Monday, February 8, 2016

Year of the Fire Monkey!


This is a poster I designed and illustrated for Ashfield Council's 2016 Lunar New Year festivities, through my work at Sweets Workshop.
The festivities celebrate, the ninth sign of the 12-year cycle and it is represented by a Monkey. In Chinese astrology, each year is associated with a Chinese zodiac animal sign and also one of the Five Elements, which makes 2016 a Fire Monkey.


I had a great time illustrating this cheeky golden Fire Monkey and  I used a traditional style and colour palate so it would be instantly recognisable as poster for Chinese New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year I hope you get to enjoy some festivities!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Whatta Man - Salt 'N' Pepa with En Vogue, Song Poster Illustration Commission #3


I was recently commissioned to illustrate a fantastic project that was a little secretive as the end results was a wedding gift from a bride to be to her husband. Now that the wedding is over I can finally blog about it. The project was to illustrate three posters that visually represented three songs that were very significant to the couple. The end result was going to be three posters that they could hang in their home. The third song was Whatta Man by  Salt 'N' Pepa with En Vogue.


Well this poster was a whole heap of fun to illustrate. I decided to created caricatures of Cheryl James (Salt) and Sandra Denton (Pepa) and represent their rap (that among other things describes features of their perfect man) as a series of pictorial speech bubbles. I chose a colour scheme that would scream 1994, so I looked to the intro of the television show Fresh Prince of Bel Air for a little inspiration.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Illustrators Australia 9x5 Exhibition - "Playtime"


This is my gouache painting called Playtime 1984 - Skeletor a Portrait. It is part of the Illustrators Australia 9x5 Exhibition that is on in St Heliers St Gallery, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne. This years theme was "Playtime" so I decided to paint my favourite toy circa 1984, the evil lord of destruction, Skeletor.



The 9x5 exhibition is run by Illustrators Australia and is inspired by the Heidelberg School of artists in the late 1800s, in which cigar boxes measuring roughly 9 x 5 inches were used as the substrate in an exhibition of the same name. It has been a mainstay of Illustrators Australia’s exhibition activities since 1995. You can view the other pieces in the exhibition here. A big thank you the Illustrators Australia for hosting the event and also for the photos from the exhibition above.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sunny - Marvin Gaye, Song Poster Illustration Commission #2

I was recently commissioned to illustrate a fantastic project that was a little secretive as the end results was a wedding gift from a bride to be to her husband. Now that the wedding is over I can finally blog about it. The project was to illustrate three posters that visually represented three songs that were very significant to the couple. The end result was three posters that the couple could hang in their home. The second song was Sunny by Marvin Gaye.

With this poster rather than directly illustrating the lyrics, I wanted to visually represent the beautiful sunshiny feeling that you get from listening to this fabulous song.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Eye Scream Sundae Halloween Illustration


First up Happy Halloween! YAY! Here is a look at my illustration for this year's Food Fight collaborative exhibition and calendar at Sweets Workshop. Food Fight is an annual exhibition & calendar featuring artwork and recipes by Australian artists & makers. If you like the look of the calendar you can purchase it here.


This year's theme is Seasonal Love, so I decided to illustrate a Halloween piece to be featured in the month of October in the 2016 calendar. For this illustration I wanted to revisit the style and characters I created for my Haunted House Rock exhibition from a few years ago. I began by sketching a scene set inside a 1950's diner.


I wanted the scene to look like it was straight off the set of Happy Days, with Frankie out on a nice romantic Halloween date with his latest squeeze a seductive Vampirette. Also in the background I decided to draw a Teen Werewolf listening to his favorite new hit on the jukebox while howling at a female waitress who looks like she has emerged from the Black Lagoon.


To give this illustration a very vintage feel I dusted off my paint brushes and painted the final piece with gouache on illustration board which was a lot of fun I haven't taken the time to paint in years. I think using gouache really gave the illustration and authentic vintage feel.  For the calendar I also decided to include a small recipe for some gross eatable eye balls made of lychee's and raspberry licorice that can be added to add a touch of Halloween to any dessert! You can grab a copy of the calendar here.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

True - Spandau Ballet, Song Poster Illustration Commission #1

I was recently commissioned to illustrate a fantastic project that was a little secretive as the end results was a wedding gift from a bride to be to her husband. Now that the wedding is over I can finally blog about it. The project was to illustrate three posters that visually represented three songs that were very significant to the couple. The end result was going to be three posters that they could hang in their home. The first song was True by Spandau Ballet.

With this poster I wanted to use iconography and minimal typography to illustrate the song's lyrics. I also wanted the poster to have an 80's colour pallet giving a sense of the period the song was from. I emblazoned the centre on the poster with the word "True" (the title of the song ) which I illustrated to have the appearance of a giant mirror ball to represent the big impact that the chorus of the song has.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

2015 Feast of Flavours Brading - Food Festival 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. It's an update on the original design that I did for the same festival last year which you can view here.