Project Monday

A couple of months ago now, Davina - our gorgeous designer extraordinaire - Molly and myself came up with a collaborative exercise we called 'Project Monday'. Weekly, out of a tiny lolly jar one of us would pick out a word from the secret 10 we each put in that were completely randomly written down by way of a word dumb onto a page and torn into little folded pieces. The chosen word would then become the very subject of that week.

The idea of the project is to expand our creative skills in any creative area we so choose. My desire to become an experienced digital Illustrator pushed me to take my understanding to new heights, Davina wanted to become an agile animator and Moll wanted to select from creating within the written word to continuing on her journey as an equally talented designer.

We were later joined by another creative team made up of the talented AD Leila and wordsmith to the stars, Simon and now our head of Print Production, the ever spiritually enlightened, Brett.

Here are my designs so far...and one still in the making that I'm pretty proud of as I continue to delve deeper into the exciting world of Adobe Illustrator...

 

(A work in progress...)

(A work in progress...)

When Anna Met Molly

During Award School I met my lovely Copywriter partner Molly Catchcart who is not only a talented writer but a very talented Graphic Designer and all-round champ. Molly and I teamed up to become 'When Anna Met Molly' which is, of course a very daggy play on an 80's rom-com classic. 

Our work together is very much a work in progress as we work to re-jig Award School briefs together and create new briefs for interesting campaigns...

Together we poured our creative juices into a silly site that is currently more a reflection of our shared sense of humour, the lightness we want to express through our collaboration and the talent we both share as writer and artist. 

Molly took care of our title page image which is still in it's first draft stages and I mocked up some ridiculous hatchet-job images of Molly and I as Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in their respective roles and I must say the results are mesmerising...

Check us out here.

Joe and Niamh Owls...

For our good friend's wedding in Ireland this Summer, I decided to gift them their very own portrait each, painted as Owls...certainly an odd request for some but for Niamh, the Owl is her favourite fluffy, feathered critter.

I included certain personal traits unique to both of them including Joe's large Gallstones he had removed last Christmas, resting in the scales of Justice to represent his law background and ventures into becoming a Barrister...Niamh not only has a selection of her favourite books, but also her prized pair of Con's hanging from the branch she's perched on. 

Joe is from Navan outside of Dublin in Ireland, an area known for it's historical landmark 'Newgrange' so that is represented in the background...Niamh is from Tipperary in Ireland and the landmark on her sunset skyline is the famous 'Rock of Cashel' famous in that area.

The two come together beautifully in a pair of vintage frames dated from 1939 with authentic bubble glass I picked up from a wonderful old lady in Queensland, Australia and they made the journey over here to Ireland safely...

Very happy with the result especially all worked up in Watercolour...my fave. 

Before framing...cut to size and painted specifically for their vintage frames...

Before framing...cut to size and painted specifically for their vintage frames...

The vintage bubble glass frames in action, dated '1939' on the back and stamped from their maker.

The vintage bubble glass frames in action, dated '1939' on the back and stamped from their maker.

Niamh Owl
Niamh 2
Cricket up close
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A trip to my favourite Framers 'Forte' for some advice and backing to those vintage frames...

A trip to my favourite Framers 'Forte' for some advice and backing to those vintage frames...

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Award School Final Book

Here it is...three months of intense work and making my way through an incredibly engaging course and here is the result - a portfolio of ten briefs.

Yes we're all still learning. Am I not up on the wall? Did I not make the top ten? Not to worry, I absorbed an incredible amount over those short three months and I am a better Artist, Designer and hopeful Art Director because of it.  

Time to let the creative wormy juices flowing...

Time to let the creative wormy juices flowing...

Banana Boat brief that called for us to 'spend more time in the sun'.

Banana Boat brief that called for us to 'spend more time in the sun'.

Ask Izzy
Fin Cigarettes
A Radio Campaign of 3 x 30 second spots for Tefal 'Non-stick Pans'...

A Radio Campaign of 3 x 30 second spots for Tefal 'Non-stick Pans'...

Tefal 2
Tefal 3
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McDonald's Print
'FitPet' - basically any excuse to create a Sims-type platform...

'FitPet' - basically any excuse to create a Sims-type platform...

Coward Punch
Duracell
Sony Xperia going above and beyond, targeting young tech savvy experts...

Sony Xperia going above and beyond, targeting young tech savvy experts...

Award School Application Portfolio

Earlier this year I made one of the best decisions of my life to apply for Award School, a short three month course run by Sydney's The Communications Council.

Three months of intensive, incredibly engaging training and meeting some fantastic people along the way and I can almost officially give myself the title I've been aching for for so long...an Art Director

Such a great team, so involved and so incredibly enriching as a course. I was so chuffed to be accepted and even more excited to begin...

We were asked to write why we were applying for the course sans the words 'dream' or 'passion'...I felt a cheeky Limerick was in order...

We were asked to write why we were applying for the course sans the words 'dream' or 'passion'...I felt a cheeky Limerick was in order...

The brief asked us to change an ad we thought was particularly godawful...I chose the unfortunate people at Chemistworks to pick on...

The brief asked us to change an ad we thought was particularly godawful...I chose the unfortunate people at Chemistworks to pick on...

I decided to give the Spotify SMP: 'Listen to music anytime, anywhere' a bit of a kick...queue 'Sexual Bear'. 

I decided to give the Spotify SMP: 'Listen to music anytime, anywhere' a bit of a kick...queue 'Sexual Bear'. 

Listerine wins in this brief, it's also supposedly a healthy substitute for floss...

Listerine wins in this brief, it's also supposedly a healthy substitute for floss...

A Buxom WIP...

Super excited about my latest project - still very much a work in progress and part of a much larger series coming soon.

I'm investigating the world of the 'Motivational Poster' and I will be developing a series of printable posters for you to pin up in your office cubicle to keep you alive throughout the remainder of the work day.

Huzzah!

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My Week In Sketches

My Week In Sketches was a project I created designed to motivate me to engage in everyday news and current affairs and become a littler bit more culturally 'on the ball'. I decided to start picking items of everyday events that interested me and characters that I found both ridiculous and fascinating... 

Every week I would update the world with another useless painting which was a quick sketch of items that caught my attention or points about certain aspects of life I wanted to highlight...

This is a collection of just a few but for the full rundown, I post weekly to Tumblr and Instagram to keep you 'in the know'...

Kim
Tone
Me
Kim K
Boobs
Tone 2
Dress
Hi...
Trump
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Hairy Bunting

Following on from my new found bunting obsession comes 'Hairy Bunting'...a focus on the feminine hair movement and chicks 'hairing it up' across social media. I wanted a celebration of all things bush, armpits and legs like Wattles.

I still can't decide if people would actually like a more ironic spin on the cute bunting of bum fluff and fuzzy chicks on their wall...they might appear on The Strongpencil Store...stay tuned.

Knobhead Bunting

The Knobhead Bunting series was inspired by the world's great Knobheads. 

Ever since I can remember I've had an irrational hatred of Rod Stewart. I was curious to see if anyone else had a hateful, insipid side to their psyche so I put the call out across social media to see who could offer up their most hated public figure...the results were glorious. The three winners received their very own Hipster-chic Knobhead Bunting created by me. 

Julie Andrews, Alex Perry and Rihanna took the winning spots as the fairest Knobheads of them all...my list included Rod, Bono and Dr Harry - a special selection of very particular Knobheads.

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Timeout Magazine Portrait

Bars and Pubs Editor for Timeout Magazine, Emily Lloyd-Tait asked me to make her her very own portrait for her social media presence. Her specifications were 'Victorian Bar Wench' so, I pretty much just went with that...

The result is a busty, stern Bar Wench who filled all of the necessary requirements and certainly looks like a woman you wouldn't want to mess with. I used a combo of my usual Watercolour with the added thickness of Gouache.

Bar Wench

Jane Farrell Food & Health

Jane who's based in the UK, approached me to draw a collection of her favourite foods as a Coeliac for her food and health blog. She gave me a list of possible foods to include to be scattered throughout the site as a static backdrop - I decided to make everything on the list as a bit of a foodie challenge for myself...

I then built the custom made background and images into her site all by myself! I think the result is stylish, bright and works well for her content.

Jane ran her very own health-food store called Aubergine based in Portland, UK that was an award winning organic supplier and carried on her obsession with all things healthy, delicious and nutritious to her blog to talk about her own experience battling Coeliac Disease. 

Food and Health
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Piss In Boots

In 2015 I created the Satanist fat cat I like to call 'Piss In Boots'.

Piss In Boots was an experiment I created after I was invited to take part in an exhibition exploring Satanism, curated by self confessed Satanist, Vice Contributor, Artist, Writer and Director Shane Bugbee, based in the US.

The content made me squirm slightly and it wasn't an image I was used to creating or an area I was comfortable involving myself in, but I wanted exactly that. I wanted to push myself well out of my comfort zone and into: 'anthropomorphic-overweight-cat-with-a-whipped-cream-pentagram-smeared-across-his-chest' territory. 

Piss In Boots

NSFW Santa

Not Safe For Work Santa was an experiment I decided to play with in December, 2015...a comic a day showing off Santa's more risque side...

On social media I released a drawing a day over the December month, this year he'll become a Christmas card comic. Bring on the cold dangly bits...

Christmas Card 2014

This year I wanted to create a card that contrasted my very British roots and memories of a Dickensian-esque cold Christmas growing up and the hot Christmases of my home in Aus...this is the result and a bit of an experiment for potential future cards to come!

I printed the cards and dished them out to a few special people...pretty chuffed with the result. I gave myself a skimpy little deadline and wedged myself through it in time for the festivities. 

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Quentin Tarantino Exhibition

In early 2015 I was invited to contribute a piece for AU Creative Network's Tarantino Show, hosted in Wynyard, Sydney.

I decided in an homage to classic Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, I would create a Tarantino portrait built from a Pulp Fiction classic reference, the: 'Royale with Cheese'. Here he is, complete with melty cheese face.

Tarantino

Artwhore

Josh Griffiths of Artwhore asked me to create a banner for his website. His Model was Kate Moss and the only mandatory was to create a Kate in my own vision - a vision, I saw as a 600lb slab of woman, reclining in a mountain of food.

Kate is a watercolour spattered mess of junk food and grease and I really could not be happier with the finished product. 

Artwhore

Legal Tweaks Magazine

I was approached to draw a cover for Legal Tweaks Magazine, a publication run by Labour Lawyers, Sydney. I decided to venture into the world of the robed to experiment with a more Political cartooning/satire aesthetic and really, any excuse to draw a fat old man in a wig going through an endless parchment of reforms...purrfect. 

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The party to reign in the new issue...complete with Lawyers, Judges, Legislators and wine. 

The party to reign in the new issue...complete with Lawyers, Judges, Legislators and wine. 

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