Sunday, August 01, 2021


My musical Project name is Busker's Dog, just so you know ☺

Almost all the tracks for the album are mixed, so next there's mastering, artwork layout, possibly some videos to make...

I'm fortunate to have worked with many fine singers and musicians.

The plan is for CD and digital release.  It's a little long for vinyl, but you never know.

Busker's Dog (at Bandcamp)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Sketchbook - Central Gardens again 

Sketchbook drawing over several morning tea breaks. I'd say "plein air," but that's painting, right?

It's all about the textures, light and shadow. Transcribing it all with pure black and white lines brings home the process, but does feel limited. However, the result at this small scale almost seems like etching, and there's a certain timelessness to that look, I think.

I can't tell if these things are ever finished, but it is what it is.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Sketchbook tree 

Sketchbook July tree, over a few morning tea breaks. There's something pleasantly meditative about following the branches out and transcribing them.

Trees change over the days in subtle ways that are easy to miss, and people come and go. A father whose daughter commented on me said, "I used to draw before I had you," but then went on to talk about art in a nice way to her. I had a few conversations with other people who randomly sat with me.

Every day is new.


Thursday, July 04, 2019

Fox for Illustration Friday 

It's been a long time since I've done a picture for Illustration Friday, but the chance to portray my Totem Animal wasn't to be passed up.

This is quick, basic watercolour and acrylic gouache in a sketchbook, so the paper has wrinkled. I'm not sure what I think, but here is "Fox" - hero, villain, beautiful stranger, feral menace, hunter and hunted, creature of the night.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Photobucket pictures 

I'm sorry to find that my Blog looks pretty much ruined, due to Photobucket's sudden decision to cease remote linking to images - unless you pay an annual fee of USD$399.  If it had been a reasonable monthly fee I would have considered it, but that's untenable for most of us.

Story here: Amazon eBay images held to ransom by Photobucket

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Save the 5 cent coin 

Inflation affects everyone. This might not have much currency outside Australia.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Australia! for Beyond Blue 

This new book is a wonderful showcase for Australian comickers across a broad range of styles.  It's called Australia! and proceeds will help benefit Beyond Blue.

The artists and writers were invited to contribute by Oi, Oi, Oi! editor and ComicOz Publisher, Nat Karmichael.  The majority of the stories appear in full colour and the production values are the highest I've seen for an Australian book (it's also hardbound and complete with a dust jacket).

My own piece in the book is a four page story introducing "Drover Girl," a long time character in my stable who I haven't completed pages for until this point.  If you like horses and Australian historical stories, you might find something to like in this.

There are a few page samples for the book, including the full first page of "Drover Girl" at: The Comic Oz Store.

You'll also find a one pager, "10 Great Things About Penguins," illustrated by the legendary Paul Harris!  We go back a long way, to the Reverie days of the early '80s, so it's nice to finally have collaborated on a piece.  His style is as hilarious and inimitable as always.

Those two pieces should give some idea of the range in this book.  Personally, I think it's one of those big, essential Australian comic anthologies that come along only once in a while - well worth the purchase price for individuals or libraries with an interest in our local comicking.

As for whether there will be more Drover Girl, at this stage I can't say.  If the right magazine was willing to commission me (as in pay), I'd certainly consider producing this as a regular feature.

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