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.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wedding Cake Toppers - Of The Custom Mego Variety!

I thought I'd include this post to show the Wedding cake toppers I created for our Wedding last year. As you have probably already read on this blog, I'm a bit of an action figure fan and there is nothing I like more than cutomising a 1970's style Mego style action figure! So when we it came time to find a set of Wedding toppers to sit on top of our cake... I think you can guess what happened next.... I built Emma and I in Mego form.

As you can see from the photos the likenesses were pretty good and some clever clothing choices helped add to the appearance. I also put together a custom built platform and spinning base to give it the look of a traditional tiered Wedding cake. I used a model of our favourite Jukebox the trusty Seeburg SX100 Marauder as a backdrop, a record as a base and positioned us in a way that when we got spinning it gave us the appearance of having a little Rock 'N' Roll Dance!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Live Music: Arcade Fire, An Epic Reflection!

Well they say a picture tells 1000 words and the photos below begin to show the colourful, energetic carnavale that was Arcade Fire's concert at the Sydney Entertainment. I was very excited for this concert, I love Arcade Fire their new album Reflektor is fantastic and has been on high rotation since I got it. This gig was truly an amazing experience, living up to my expectations and will definitely be a tough one to top. The curtain rose to an empty stage with the band playing a stripped down version of Neon Bible's My Body Is a Cage from all corners of the arena, making their way through the crowd to the stage.  With 10 musicians on stage the sound was fantastic and full but every instrument was audible, I really don't think I've been to an arena show that has sounded this good. The band had two Haitian percussionists with them who's mirror ball congas really fit in great with the carnavale feel, this concert had.

Arcade Fire utilised the power of a good set list to create the energetic tone for the evening kicking things off with Reflektor and Flashbulb Eyes from their new album followed by the crowd favourite that never seems to grow old Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out) before moving back to the new album to play the punchy Joan of Arc. From this point Arcade Fire had 100% of the audiences attention giving them space to play the more pensive and brooding numbers such as Ocean of Noise, Afterlife and Normal Person. Everything about this show was large; the sound, the great light display as well as three giant 3-dimensional mirrors that would change position through the songs to reflect light and colour back at the audience.

The remainder of the set included among others No Cars Go, Keep the Car Running, Devil Inside (an INXS Cover) and an encore that included Ready to Start and Wake Up, which though they are off older albums were really played with the same energy and carnavale-spirit as the newer songs, leaving the audience on a spectacle-fuelled high, of course being showered in ticker-tape confetti also really helped!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pack of Heroes - Rules Booklet and Hero Almanac

Here is a quick look at the Pack of Heroes - Rules Booklet and Hero Almanac which is included with every copy of Pack of Heroes!
I had a lot of fun putting these small publications together and wanted to present the information about playing the game in a fun easy to follow manner using familiar comic book elements such as star bursts and pull panels to tie in with the rest of the game.
The hero almanac features information about each character and I designed it to look like a tell-all, top secret, dossier put together by a clandestine government organisation.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Do The Sausage Dance! - Limited Edition Print

I created this illustration for Sweets Workshop's Annual Food Fight Exhibition and Publication. The 2013 theme was The Festive Feast and what's more festive than a group of sausages having a dance! I've actually had a simple sketch of this design sitting in a sketch book for a few years now so it was great to have such a wonderful excuse to turn it into finished art.

The Posters are of a limited edition size of 100 and are all hand numbered by me. You can pick up a copy here.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Live Music: Bombino, Rockin' The Tent Desert Style

Tonight I had the pleasure of seeing Bombino play in the Spiegeltent as part of the 2014 Sydney Festival Lineup. Omara "Bombino" Moctar is an Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter from Agadez, Niger. I first became aware of Bombino with the release of his 2013 album Nomad. The Album was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and was one of my favorite albums of the year. While Bombino sings in the Tuareg language of Tamashek his music definitely paints a picture in a universal language with its hypnotic vocals, spiraling blues-inspired electric guitar riffs and thumping rhythms.

The band took to the stage in their desert attire and instantly commanded the audiences attention. The musicians all played amazingly well holding solid through a variety of tightly syncopated rhythms. Bombino came across as a very humble front-man, choosing to thank the audience through the translation of his bass player. His guitar playing and singing was outstandingly energetic and ever ferocious at times and when put together the songs had a powerful sense of urgency. The set was structured in a way that added to this, with the slower more acoustic songs toward the beginning. Once Bombino swapped over to his electric guitar a few songs the energy and tempo of the gig climbed and kept climbing until reaching a spiraling reggae inspired jam at the end which saw most of the band and most of audience jumping along to the same beat! Seeing Bombino perform these songs in Sydney's late afternoon, summer-heat in a venue as luscious as the Spiegeltent really set the scene perfectly for this gig and the music transported the audience to a tent in the middle of the band's native Saharan Desert for an hour and a half. Great work Sydney Festival a truly awesome gig and we even got to meet the man himself after the gig.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Pack of Heroes - Weapons Pack Mini Expansions!

Here is another post about my work for the card game Pack of Heroes. The success of the Kickstarter campaign allowed a further expansion of the game to include a series of weapons which add a further element of fun and playability to the game.

Above is a quick look at the twelve weapons that I created for the game.  I wanted to keep a classic comic book feel to them sticking closely to the vintage comic book mythology that Pack of Heroes already had while expanding it to appear part of a larger picture. I thought up some pretty elaborate names and presented the weapons as items boxed and cataloged in the secret  government warehouse of the Power City Superhero Munitions Depository.

Through a series of stretch goals throughout the Kickstarter campaign the weapons were presented as a series of 6 two card themed mini expansions. The Accelerated Expiration Ray and The Regenerative Healing Tank were Mega Machines. The All-Seeing Staff of Ra and the Destructive Doomsday Disc were Ancient Artifacts. The Venusian Stun Phaser and The Intergalactic Hyper Gateway were Extraterrestrial Objects. The Crime Fighting Multiuse Belt and The Boogie Blastin' Battle Van were Arsenal of The Vigilante. The Hyper Velocity Hover Boots and The Remote Control Blockbuster were The Wealthy Genius’ Inventions. Finally Enyalius' Golden War Mace and The Invigorating Supernal Essence were The Celestial Legacy.
Above is a look at two of the final cards as well as the back which features the Level Five Clearance logo for the Power City Superhero Munitions Depository.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Speech Baubles

I recently designed this set of Christmas Speech Bauble decorations for our shop Sweets Workshop. We had them laser cut out of acrylic by our friends over at Online Laser Cutting they turned out great and brighten up any tree!

Anyway I think this post is a good one to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pack of Heroes - Gets Two New Teams!

Introducing two new teams to the Pack of Heroes roster, the Elementeens and the Galactanauts! Both teams were added to the game after the smashing success of the Kickstarter campaign.

The Elementeens are a group of teenagers with elemental powers they feature; Muddy the fearless quarterback turned leader, the hot tempered Furnace, the ice cold Shivers, the windy twins Cy-Clones and the loveable school mascot with a heart of gold Beau.

The Galactanauts are a family team of space travellers. We knew a space themed team of superheroes would be fantastic but pretty much everything about these guys was decided on by supporters of the Kickstarter campaign through a series of polls. The final team consists of; the commanding Luna Sparks, her brainy husband Professor Parsec, the eccentric grand father Cogz, the zippy adolescent Zander Zapp and finally the mysterious Star-Child!

I had a ton of fun illustrating these characters and I am really happy with how they look together and compliment each other as teams.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Wedding!

We'll as you know it's been a super busy year and amongst all the illustrating Emma and I managed to find the time to get married! We had a marvelously fun day with friends and family. After a gorgeous sun soaked ceremony we celebrated well into the evening at one of my favorite places in Sydney, a beautiful Art Deco hall that was formally a cinema called the Crest Theatre! Of course we had to arrive in style and a '58 Buick just seemed perfect! Man I could look at those fins for hours, guess they just don't make cars or cinemas like they used to. Of course it wouldn't be our wedding without a bit of Rock 'n' Roll dancing... luckily our good friends The Drey Rollan Band were on hand to make it a night we (and our feet) would never forget!