Tuesday, July 28, 2015
I, uh, appear to have made a guest appearance in Tristian Blumenstein's article at Crikey's Daily Review... about Hall and Oates, no less. Thank you Tristian (and your older brother David) - you guys make me want to regrow a mullet!
And yes, that does look just like me.
Friday, July 24, 2015
This spin on Zallinger's "March of Progress" has been on my mind and it took a few breaks to sketch out. The beasts are pretty much a bear-dog (amphicyon), a dire wolf, a dingo, a basenji, and a pomeranian. I still have doubts about publicly posting this Sketchbook stuff, but I'm being selective. This one gets its concept across okay, I think.
I have a 3 page comic in the latest issue of Oi Oi Oi! magazine - issue #5.
This is apparently a special issue and won't be distributed through newsagents, but is available as part of a four issue subscription from the ComicOz Store.
However, if you can make it to the Childers Festival this weekend, you can pick up a copy for $5.00 (Childers is a Queensland town 40 SW of Bundaberg, 2.5 hours North of Noosa and 3.5 hours North of Brisbane).
The issue consists of stories by Alisha Jade, David Piper and myself, with cover art by Chiara Arena (with help from Ryan McDonald-Smith).
My piece... well, more on that later, but if you like Australian Heidelberg School art, or Frederick McCubbin in particular, you may well enjoy this.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Like so many, I have some grave misgivings about the whole new Harper Lee novel happening.
Worst case, it could potentially damage the enduring legacy of some of the finest characters in American literature, and the reputation of the author herself (also because of the publishing of this work in its unedited state).
Still, this kind of publishing of uncovered "lost" material has become standard practice posthumously, so I guess there really isn't a reason it shouldn't happen while the author is still alive.
Given the towering significance of To Kill a Mockingbird, and the enduring respect it commands, I really hope for the best. The original editor was certainly right to request a novel dealing purely with Scout's childhood. Worst case, I guess it will be forgotten in a few years, and become a footnote to that masterpiece. We'll soon know...
Thursday, June 11, 2015
I keep a little yellow D&AD sketchbook next to my desk for sketching down quick ideas or experiments with developing characters.
Lately, I seem to be doing regular little comic pieces in there. This one took about 20 minutes. I have real reservations about showing this hastily drawn stuff, but it is what it is. I've been posting them to my Facebook wall and this one was among the more popular of those. There are some others that I may actually develop for submission somewhere.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The past month has seen local and international artists and comickers coming out of the woodwork and banding together on a wonderful project from the Melbourne Comics people.
It's a benefit for Project Orangutan, with proceeds of the published book going to Orangutan rehabilitation.
There's an Indiegogo campaign running now, with a variety of perks available coming up, including a 32 page colour comic, and a 64 page book, all featuring inspired work about orangs - I'm really hoping you'll support this!
Tango with Orangos
I've had some fun with my piece, going back to basics, and creating the artwork on paper using watercolour, gouache, and a little ink and pencil to complete it.
The lettering was done on another piece of paper in fountain pen, then scanned in and overlaid in Photoshop. This piece originated in my desk notebook, and I stayed close to my original concept of it.
As is typical with my short comics, it's more a philosophical piece than anything particularly didactic (although there is definitely a place for that here, given the parlous state of the last precious wildernesses of South East Asia, due to palm oil, logging and mining).
To see the finished piece, you'll need to see the book (or possibly a poster that may also be produced featuring it).
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
There's a newish group on Facebook called @The Prompt (you'll need to be logged in to see it).
Each month or so they supply a theme for making a one page comic, as a collaboration with other members, or solo. The first topic was Coming Home.
There's a Tumblr feed showing the results over a few pages. Interestingly, a few of us had likeminded spins on this concept, and in a way those complement each other. The range or styles and quality of the submissions is amazing!
So, if you're lacking inspiration and motivation to write, draw, colour, or letter a comic page, The Prompt might be something that could help get you back creating again.