New webcomic: Pettyfolly!

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My whimsical little comics-short-story project, Pettyfolly, is now online as a webcomic! The first story, Lullaby, about a cranky giant and an opportunistic forest imp, is a few pages in already – and the comic will update with a new page every Wednesday and Friday. I hope you enjoy it!

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Terrible Tea Party

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This baby has little to no grasp of proper etiquette. I can’t think WHY she was invited in the first place!

Superhero style!

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Animation Showreel 2015!

Here is a sampler of my previous animation work, including explainer videos, promotional videos, an educational cartoon, TV commercial AND a sneak preview of my unreleased second independent short, Donut Gatherers!

¡Ole! Flamenco Fun for Kids

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Ta-dahh! Here’s my poster for a fabulous upcoming kids’ flamenco show: ¡Ole! Flamenco Fun for Kids!

Stamp your feet and clap your hands with Farida the Flamenco Fairy and friends!”

The show, created by Studio Flamenco, will stomp its way into the Adelaide Fringe (the largest annual arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere) in March. If you live in South Australia – or you are one of the 90,000 visitors who flock there for the Fringe every year (it’s hands-down the best time to visit) – you can buy tickets here.

This illustration was created as an ink and brush drawing with nib pen details, and colored digitally. As I’m across the Pacific, in California, I’m stoked to have contributed (even a little) to the color and energy of the Adelaide Fringe… ¡Ole!

Happy 2015!

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I’m back in the studio and finally giving this site some love – I’m excited to share what I’ve been up to over the last few months! Me and my scanner have been busy – expect plenty of posts in the coming weeks.

Whale Windows

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I have started a separate blog for my current project with Guildhouse and the SA Museum: Whale Windows

It’s a cross-platform, interactive project exploring the narrative potential of flawed human attempts to understand, and relate to, mammals as massive and seemingly ‘alien’ as whales.

I’ll be exploring the Museum’s world-class Marine Mammal collection; collaboratively generating fanciful, empathetic stories about humans and whales through workshops with kids, and then creating a  interactive display of comics, artwork and animation that playfully weaves together fact and fancy, and speculates on emotional connections between our very different species.

I’ve just had my first day exploring the amazing collection, the kids’ workshops are next week and the exhibition will be up at the Museum around July or August.

Check it out!

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The Huffs and the Budges

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This project was a picture book commission from Family By Family

I devised, wrote and illustrated the rhyming story, following their brief of introducing the concept of family matchups to small children whose parents are interested in sharing ideas and support with a nearby family in need.

This book was heaps of fun and I enjoyed the writing time (almost) as much as the illustrating!

Read the whole book here

The Wishing Well Series – Pozible cartoon

Another animation project completed and online! This time it’s a promotional cartoon for The Wishing Well Series’ crowd-funding campaign on Pozible.com.

This is the third short animation I have made in less than 12 months and the learning curve keeps on looping upwards! I have really enjoyed the challenge and problem-solving involved in working on such diverse projects in a relatively short space of time.

For the first time, the main characters, script and general style were provided by my client, so I was entirely focused on creating the animation itself. Apart from my initial storyboard, all the art for this cartoon was drawn entirely within Photoshop with a wacom tablet, a first for me. I love pencil and paper, but the speedier digital work-flow made me a lot more efficient. Once my client and I were happy with the rough animatic, I adapted the drawing style of Poppy and Bob (originally very clean vector images) to something I could more closely replicate with my own, scratchier-textured tablet drawings, before expanding on their expressions and movements from the static source illustrations. Then I moved on to creating all the secondary characters in a consistent style, which was great fun: designing new characters is one of my favorite things! On this project I utilized and honed many of the skills I developed in my last two animation projects, as well as trying some brand-new (to me) tools; coming to know Creative Suite far better than ever before… PUPPET PIN TOOL, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE!??

I also managed to sneak a little roller derby into this project… I couldn’t resist!

Eb and Flo: A Long Way to Go!

It gives me very great joy to share this video – the first animation I have ever  produced independently for a client!

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Ebenezer Droplet and his sister, Florence, travel from the clouds above the Snowy Mountains, along the Murrumbidgee River and all the way to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area to help the community, animals and the environment.

I was contacted by Ian from Murrumbidgee Irrigation in regional New South Wales last year about creating a cartoon for their educational programs, and working on it while living in California these past many months has provided a lovely reminder of Australia: through both the local flora and fauna in the story, and the accents of Eb and Flo, whose voices – and the whole soundtrack – were provided by fantastic Adelaide musicians, The Giggly Kids!

Beginning with the client’s concept, this project was a long haul of character design; script writing; environmental research for scenery reference; commissioning the soundtrack; hand-drawing, water-coloring and scanning all the character and scenic art, and of course animation and editing. And all the while liasing online from across the Pacific! My client was very enthusiastic, flexible and committed, and for a commissioned piece I was able to enjoy a high degree of influence and creative freedom. It has been a massive learning curve, but peppered with much delight along the way.

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