Describe What You Do (in ONE sentence)

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Miscellaneous | No Comments
Describe What You Do (in ONE sentence)

HELLO?

I’ve been off the grid for the last few weeks taking some time off to think about my art and where I want to take my illustration. I felt I needed to escape the noise of the social medias and just reflect.

It was about asking questions of myself. Mostly about what I do and why. Every question I asked was like a layer of a beautiful onion; and with each answer, a layer was stripped away in an effort to find that wonderful diamond in the middle or something. Analogies.

After many onion layers were stripped, I stopped on this one question “How do you describe what you do to someone in one sentence?”. As I thought about it I realised that I’ve always struggled to really describe my art to people after they find out I’m an illustrator. (more…)

Sydney City Art Illustrations

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Miscellaneous | 16 Comments
Sydney City Art Illustrations

Greetings friends! Here is a straight-up documentation of my most recent commission. I was contacted by my agency with an offer to produce a series of illustrations for City Art, Sydney“City Art is the City of Sydney’s program for public art, supporting local and international artists to contribute to the creative and cultural heartbeat of our city.”

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LE BRIEF

Based on the compilation below, my agent said that the client had selected my style of work for a concept phase with the following brief:

“The successful artist will be invited to produce ten illustrations to realistically portray a selection of public artworks in the City Art collection. The artist is to produce illustrations of works in their entirety, which can be easily recognised by the public.” 

Examples of my work sent to the client.

The client was looking to create ten illustrations, in postcard form, of artworks and sculptures located in the city of Sydney. (more…)

Some recommendations…

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments
Some recommendations…

Well in case you were wondering I am still here. For the last few months I’ve been working on a few jobs, enjoying a bit of a relaxy time and ultimately battling the resistance to write a new post. If you’re reading this then I won the battle and I’m back baby!

I’ve been mulling over writing a post about personal recommendations for books and other media I refer to for creativity, motivation AND productivity.

I’ll just get on with it shall I…

BOOKS

Anatomy & Figure Drawing: Bridgman’s Complete Guide to Drawing from Life by George B. Bridgman

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Admittedly I haven’t really checked out other books on anatomy/figure drawing but then after having owned this I’ve never needed to. It was recommended to me by my animator friend years ago during art school. (more…)

Inktober – Complete (Days 25 – 31) epilogue…

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 2 Comments
Inktober – Complete (Days 25 – 31) epilogue…

Finally through! Here is the last 7 days of the month long challenge. It feels really good to have completed all 31 days and just want to say thank you to everyone for the kind words and support throughout this month.

I set out to complete each drawing within an hour, which I found necessary to make the challenge doable. It was really difficult at times and I really tried to make the effort to avoid taking the easy route by doing simple poses just for the sake of having a good looking picture.

DAY 25 – “FILMS”


I really learned what I can achieve within an hour . There was less time to think about things and ultimately  I had to learn to just trust my instincts more. (more…)

InkTober – Week Three (Days 17 – 24)

Posted by on Oct 25, 2015 in Miscellaneous | No Comments
InkTober – Week Three (Days 17 – 24)

Week three completo! Just one more week to go. I think I’m going to make it you know!

Once again to remind you, I placed the following limitations for each drawing I have done for this InkTober and will continue to do for the rest of them:

1/ Complete each drawing within one hour – This is to improve my speed at drawing, and become more decisive and fluid with my mark making on the page. I hope this will help me to be more rapid when hired for illustration commissions. Also I wanted to make the whole 31 day challenge doable… sparing an hour of my day is more than doable.

2/ Each drawing will be based around a particular figure, posture, and perspective – To improve my anatomy drawing further and also be willing to make bad drawing and learn from them.

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Inktober – Week Two (Days 9 – 16)

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 2 Comments
Inktober – Week Two (Days 9 – 16)

HAZAA! Week two complete, over half way!

If you didn’t read it in my last post, I placed the following limitations for each drawing I have done for this InkTober and will continue to do for the rest of them:

1/ Complete each drawing within one hour – This is to improve my speed at drawing, and become more decisive and fluid with my mark making on the page. I hope this will help me to be more rapid when hired for illustration commissions. Also I wanted to make the whole 31 day challenge doable… sparing an hour of my day is more than doable.

2/ Each drawing will be based around a particular figure, posture, and perspective – To improve my anatomy drawing further and also be willing to make bad drawing and learn from them.

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InkTober – Week One

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments
InkTober – Week One

In my last post I mentioned I was taking part in InkTober. I wanted to use the whole month to challenge aspects of my drawing and creativity. For that reason I placed the following limitations for each drawing I have done and will continue to do for the rest of October:

1/ Complete each drawing within an 1 hour – This is to improve my speed at drawing, and become more decisive and fluid with my mark making on the page. I hope this will help me to be more rapid when hired for illustration commissions. Also I wanted to make the whole 31 day challenge doable… sparing an hour of my day is more than doable.

2/ Each drawing will be based around a particular figure, posture, and perspective – To improve my anatomy drawing further and also be willing to make bad drawing and learn from them.

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Improving Your Artwork with the right Questions…

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments

Hey there sports fans! And/or art fans. I’ve been locked away the past few weeks working on a few things, mainly a new series of illustrations of the tennis Big Four. For those that don’t know The Big Four are top tennis players Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Some of you may have seen versions of Djokovic and Nadal which is where the idea for this series began. As I posted them around on different sites a lot of people were requesting that I do the other two and create a series of the four.

Djoker

The popularity inspired the idea to do my first art launch of limited edition prints. With that in mind I decided each illustration will need to be worthy of print.

As it has been a long while since I originally created the illustration of Nadal I thought he needed freshening up. I noticed a lot of flaws in the original design and I thought it would be helpful to share a bit of the process I go through when analysing and improving my artwork.

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Start Illustrating By Planting The Right Seeds

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 12 Comments
Start Illustrating By Planting The Right Seeds

I received an email recently from an another artist who is just starting out. He had great work but was unsure about how to launch off into the illustration world. I look back to years ago when I made the leap into full-time freelancing as an illustrator and was probably quite naive, and wasted a lot of time, money and emotion working things out.

I thought I’d offer these points for your consideration and hopefully they can help you avoid some of the pillow punching I went through and more streamline your journey towards creating beautiful artwork for the world.

I’m sure there’s a number of different articles out there talking about similar things, and you may already know about this stuff or maybe it won’t necessarily apply to what you do. So I’ll just say the following is my personal take on what I think are the essential ingredients, that at a bare minimum, need to be in place to make your way towards illustration success. There are many other little clumps of clay to slap on top but I think everything else builds on the foundation of these six.

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25 Drawings for Your Pleasure/Displeasure…

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 8 Comments
25 Drawings for Your Pleasure/Displeasure…

I realised I’ve got a lot of drawings hidden away in various sketch books so I thought I’d compile a few of my favourites and share them with you, along with a few words about them i.e, what was going through my head, what I like/don’t like about them. FYI I also have a lot of crap drawings in my sketchbooks but no one needs to see those.

I’ve simply taken photos of them to show them in their raw, untouched state. A lot were done in cafes, simply because I love coffee and I love to draw in the warm ambience of a nice cafe: the sounds, the various conversations you overhear, the weird characters you notice – they all have stories.

A couple of these you may have already seen if you follow my instagram, but you can probably see more detail with these larger versions:

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I was on a Saturday mission to have coffee and get supplies all within two hours so I wouldn’t have to pay an extra tram fare (hey, we’re all on a budget sometimes). The top image is what I completed in that time, I later filled in the rest at home, as I already got the basics I needed. I was really inspired by the lighting in the cafe and wanted to focus on pretty much using large areas of black.

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