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 everĀ  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.

Derby crazy #1: Fresh Meat sketches

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One reason for my tardiness in updating my site this year has been my blossoming involvement in the glorious yet time-gobbling world of ROLLER DERBY! I drew these fierce and colourful fictional ladies during my Fresh Meat training with the wonderful Adelaide Roller Derby while I was learning basic skills, and the oft-spoken-of derby obsession was only starting to take hold. They are sketchy scribbles, dashed off in the flush of enthusiasm but much as I might itch to re-draw this wonky wheel or that disproportionately-long limb, instead I present them to you here in all their imperfect, excited glory – much like new derby skaters at their first scrimmage! Enjoy – my first derby-related art post, but very unlikely to be my last.

Bonnie Adventuress!

 

Another card, this time for my lovely, one-of-a-kind buddy Bonnie on the occasion of her intrepid solo bike tour around New Zealand following Adelaide Roller Derby’s visit with (and victorious bout against) Auckland’s Pirate City Rollers last year. She’s an adventuress and no doubt about it!

Pedal parade

I never really need an excuse to draw bikes and their riders… but the recent Tour Down Under here in Adelaide provided one anyway! In this peloton are a jumble of assorted loose & jolly cyclist scribbles from around Tour time and a couple from my Spring Ride brainstorming too. Hop on your own trusty treadly today!

With a ho ho ho

It seems an age ago now, but in the lead-up to the silly season I was hard at work on a varied suite of illustrations to accompany letters from Santa. That’s right, FROM Santa! As I’m sure you’re able to deduce for yourself, it logically follows that my client was none other than St. Nick himself. You see, Santa’s quite a wordsmith, but has never been any great shakes at drawing, and what with Mrs. Claus’ arthritis setting in, I was the natural choice to decorate the letters!

I particularly enjoyed drawing all the different elf-kids and the various Woodland hanger-onners of their tree. I have it on good authority that rather than rudely separate all the critters from their stubbornly-defended lodgings, the elves just decorated around them!

The little grey cat was a constant attendant to proceedings …

 

Goofy Caricature Cards

This will be the first of a relentless slew of long-overdue updates! A couple of caricature commissions for birthday cards, for some particularly excellent personages about town. The first was for a Fashion Disaster / Op Shop themed birthday. The second, well, who can say, sometimes you take a brief in a new direction and that direction is RECEIVED WITH MUCH JOY AND HILARITY BY THE CLIENT!

Spring Ride this Sunday!

The birds are above and the bees are a-buzzin’ … Spring is here! The Bicycle Institute of South Australia gave me free reign on this poster for their second annual Spring Ride, and it ended up a cavalcade of colour and new life. It was more of an excursion into watercolour than I’ve braved before, and I’m very happy with the freshness of this big birdy and how she holds her own without the black lines I usually use.

The Spring Ride itself looks set to be an excellent event, I can’t wait! A couple of the organisers are the masterminds of past Ready Set Ride outings and I reckon anything they’re associated with is guaranteed to be heaps of fun. If you live in Adelaide, come along! This Sunday, from 10:30 at Victoria Park. There’s more information here and here

 

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DOGS! I’m a bit obsessed with ‘em. In pencil, watercolour, ink and pen, I’ve been busy doodling woofers all over the place. Here are a few of my recent canine creations in a variety of styles. Lovely little fellas.

 

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