Thursday, June 12, 2014

DJ Niche Juan!

I will refrain from calling it DJ-ing but I'll be spinning some of my favourite rare Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly, Northern Soul and Surf Rock records for Misspent Youth #2 at The Greenroom Lounge in Enmore this Friday night! 

The first Misspent Youth night last month was a hoot so why not come along for some great music, fun dancing and tasty cocktails!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Unboxing Pack of Heroes

After a nerve-racking wait, the day of reckoning has arrived and a final copy of Pack of Heroes made its way from the printers in Germany all the way to Australia. Unless you've been sleeping under a rock your probably aware of this mammoth project which I've been busily working on with Phil Walker-Harding from Adventureland Games for the past two and a bit years. The project involved undertaking the illustration, graphic design and character creation for a superhero card game called Pack of Heroes which culminated in a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of the game late last year.

After an initial shock at seeing something I've worked so hard on for so long in the flesh I couldn't be happier with the production of the game. The box is bursting with stuff, thanks to the success of the Kickstarter campaign. The quality of the materials used and vibrancy and consistency of the colour is exceptional and something I was really looking at given the amount of time I spent working on this project.

Not one, not two but three booklets are included with the game, a Rules Booklet, a Hero Almanac and an Origin Mini-Comic.

The cards themselves are so colourful, vibrant and punchy.

So many heroes...... So much work! All in all the game contains 80 cards, 40 Unique Hero Cards, 12 Unique Weapon Cards, 18 Power Cards and 2 Reference Cards.

The game in action. If you backed the Kickstarter campaign, check your mailboxes because your copy of the game should be arriving really soon!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Secret 7" Exhibition-Record Store Day 2014.

Happy Record Store Day 2014 everyone! It gives me great pleasure to finally reveal that a piece of artwork I designed was selected to be a part of the great Secret 7" initiative.

Secret 7" is an annual event that combines music and art for a good cause. Secret 7" take seven songs from seven well known musicians and press each one 100 times, inviting creatives from around the world to interpret the tracks in their own style, resulting in a one-of-a-kind sleeve for every 7”. The unique pieces of art were exhibited anonymously at Mother London Gallery in London before going on sale this Record Store Day. The proceeds from the event go to the War Child charity.
My design (seen above) was for the classic T. Rex track Get It On. Marc Bolan is one of my favorite artists I love the work he did as T. Rex in the 70's and feel so lucky to have had my artwork selected to represent this track. Get It On was released in 1971 it spent weeks at #1 and went on to sell millions around the world becoming a glam rock anthem. It’s taken from the album Electric Warrior.
I used a photo I took of a mirror ball exploding with light to represent the colourful excesses of the glam rock pioneer, T. Rex. When designing the cover I wanted to use a similar colour palate and treatment that was used on the original cover of the Electric-Warrior album, designed by British art design group Hipgnosis (see my photo of the original cover below).

I am including some pictures from the exhibition opening taken by the folks at Secret 7".

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Zombie Pinball!

I recently drew this illustration to be part of the inaugural Slam Tilt Zine, Australia's only Pinball and Rock 'n' Roll Zine! I thought the idea of a zombie playing a Game of Life pinball machine was pretty neat and ran with the idea!

If your interested in picking up a copy of the zine, head over to the Slam Tilt website.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Red River Shore - Wild Wild Wind Single Lauch Poster!

As mentioned in the previous post Our good friends from The Drey Rollan Band have started up a new musical project called Red River Shore. Along with their logo I also had the privilege of designing and illustrating a poster for a gig launching their brand new single, Wild, Wild, Wind next month.

I liked the idea of making the poster look like an advert for a B-Grade 70's road movie and I decided to draw the band riding cross country in a beat up 1960 Buick Invicta, avoiding some pesky hitch hikers while being chased by the cops and a school bus!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pack of Heroes - Origin Mini Comic

Here is a bit of a sneak peek at the Pack of Heroes - Origin of the Battle For Power City mini comic, which is included with every copy of Pack of Heroes! Pretty early on in the process of illustrating Pack of Heroes I thought about how great it would be to include a mini comic with the game. I've always loved mini comics, they take me right back to my childhood and the 80's as most of my favorite toy lines growing up contained a pack-in mini comic. They usually featured a small story that included the action figure you just received, unlike regular comics they were aimed solely at children and featured simple stories with bold colourful art. The mini comics Mattel produced for the Masters of the Universe line had great overlapping stories and were works of art featuring artwork from many talented artists, a few even featured artwork from the amazing Bruce Timm. Kenner's Super Powers line also included some pretty amazing mini comics and were pretty much my first exposure to the wonderful world of superhero comics.

In the play testing phase of an early version of the game I was told that someone had asked "why are the heroes fighting each other?" From that day forth I made it my mission to produce and include a mini comic that explained the origins of the Battle for Power City. The smashing success of the Kickstarter campaign helped my dream become a reality and after a little time writing and story boarding my ideas, I began the mammoth task of illustrating it in the form of a 16 page mini comic. It was great to see many of the characters from the game leaping from their card to interact with each other and I feel the final comic really helps to give a sense of depth to them and power city, setting the scene for the game.
I actually took a new approach and drew most of the comic in Adobe Ideas, which is a pretty neat vector based Ipad drawing app, I also used a Waccom's Intuos Creative stylus which took some getting used to but I really appreciated the portability of being able to draw such a big project anywhere. Anyway here it is I hope you've enjoyed this sneak peek at... Pack of Heroes, The Untold Origin of the Battle For Power City!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Red River Shore - Logo Design

Our good friends from The Drey Rollan Band have started up a creative musical side-project called Red River Shore and I had the pleasure of designing the band's new logo. I really wanted to create something that had a handmade feel and instantly portrayed the band's sound; blues rock, with a dash of country and western and a pinch of folk.