Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 Create Design Awards Night

In 2014 I was lucky enough to be a dual finalist in the Create Design Awards. I had my work for Pack of Heroes as well as the CD cover and concert poster I illustration for Red River Shore's single Wild, Wild Wind both selected to be finalists in the illustration category.

As you can see from the photos, the awards night was a lot of fun and I ended up being selected as the runner-up for the Illustration of Pack of Heroes. The awards themselves were held in the beautiful Forum Theatre in Melbourne. It was great to meet and mingle with other creatives and to receive recognition for all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears that went into Pack of Heroes with a Create Awards finalist nomination and a runner-up result.

Big thank you to all the judges and staff at Desktop magazine for putting the Create Awards together and for supporting creatives like myself.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Too Many Cinderellas - Game Cover

I was recently contacted by the wonderful folks at Grail Games to illustrate the cover for their great new game called Too Many Cinderellas. The premise of the game sounds so fun and basically is that Prince Charming can't remember who Cinderella is and the players have to try and persuade him that they are the Cinderella he met at the party. The game is an English language version of an existing Japanese game.

While working on this cover I looked toward the various depictions of the Cinderella fairytale in popular culture to come up with a strong cover that instantly portrayed the Cinderella story. I wanted a very princely yet generic Prince Charming sitting below a castle that could only exist in a fairytale. I looked to the work of the wonderful illustrator Mary Blair, the colour stylist for Disney's Cinderella when working on the colour palate for my cover.

I wanted to use colour to really help make the characters jump off the cover while also presenting the idea that Prince Charming has rushed out of his own party in the middle of the night to track down Cinderella. After leaving the party the baffled Prince Charming discovers a vast mountain of crystal slippers, of all shapes and sizes (go to the head of the class if you noticed the roller skates!) I loved this idea and I really feel it reflects the quirkiness of the game itself.

Lastly I decided to add the mouse character sitting on his pumpkin to the foreground of the image as one final nod to the Cinderella fairytale, of course the mouse and pumpkin are Cinderella's carriage and driver transformed back to their original form after the fairy godmother's spell has worn off at midnight. Too Many Cinderellas should be out at your local game store some time in 2015 in the mean time you can back the project on Kickstarter right now.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thirty Three and a Third and a Third Exhibition

I have some very, very exciting news I have been selected to have an illustration of mine in the Thirty Three and a Third and a Third Exhibition at the wonderful Gallery1988 East In Los Angeles this December.

The exhibition celebrates the art of the album cover, featuring reinterpretations and re-imaginings of existing album covers by artists and designers!

I won't give away what album I have done just yet - but I will say a sneak peak of it features on the flyer above. If you are in LA this December you've gotta check this exhibition out it's sure to be fantastic! The exhibition will run from the 5th until the 21st of December.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tori Amos Illustration and Unrepentant Geraldines in Sydney

As soon as a heard that Tori Amos was returning to tour Australia on the back of her new album Unrepentant Geraldines I thought about illustrating something to mark the occasion. I have been a fan of Tori and her music for most of my life and I was really excited for the shows with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.

As always Tori's live performance was energetic and electrically enchanting. She performed songs from across her vast back catalogue that had been specifically arranged for the Symphony. Winter, Purple People (performed solo), Hey Jupiter, Programmable Soda and 1000 Oceans (also performed solo) were definite standouts from the performance for me.

The following day I joined fellow Tori devotees in the line for the meet and greet before her rehearsal for the second show at the Sydney Opera House. Meet and greets are something that Tori has done from the very beginning of her career. I have attended them before and they are always a very special event as a fan. It is a great way to spend a day meeting other fans and talking about your favorite songs before Tori herself comes out. They seriously broke the mould when they created Tori Amos she has limitless time, patients and appreciation for her fans. Meeting her is such a great experience. To say I was nervous would be a massive understatement but I did manage to get a few words out and to give her a print out of the illustration I drew which she thought was super cute! What a day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pizza Dude - Limited Edition Poster

Meet Pizza Dude, this superhero is fresh outta the box and ready to deliver justice one slice at a time!

This limited edition poster print is available now!
It's from an edition size of 250, is A2 size 420mm x 594mm (approx 16.5" x 23.4" ) and is offset printed in Australia on 300gsm, 100% recycled paper stock!

You can grab one now from my online shop.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pack of Heroes Activity Book

Here is a look at the new Pack of Heroes Activity Book that I have created. It's 24 pages jam packed with pages to colour in, find-a-words, mazes and even your own cutout hero to create!

It features the fun and colourful superheroes from the game Pack of Heroes and is a great gift for the superhero fan that is young or young at heart! The activity book is printed in Australia on 100% recycled paper stock. You can grab a copy via the brand new Pack of Heroes Website here.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Feast of Flavours Brading - Illustration and Graphic Design

Here is a look at the branding, poster, banner and invitation postcard that I designed and Illustrated for Ashifeld Council's Feast of Flavours through my work at Sweets Workshop.

The festival encompasses three different events, Ashfield's Tastes of Asia, Summer Hill's Neighbourhood Feast and Haberfield's Festa.

I wanted the festival's new branding to showcase highlights from the individual events with a colourfully festive uniformed design.