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.
Bowral. 2015 I was invited to join a show exploring censorship and inviting us to push the boundaries of censorship in an incredibly quaint, country setting...
My piece was an orgy of sorts, including nude humans and insects alike. The piece was called 'After The Feast' and the most exciting part of exhibiting in Bowral? The threat of being shut down by local elderly folk who called the police.
I was contacted from someone in the UK looking to indulge her friend's obsession with all things 'Pug' one step further...by having me tailor Pug portraits for her friend and her fiance as a gorgeous Wedding pressie.
A few photo swaps for references later - and I had my Pug couple. So began the Pet Portrait adventure...I had a couple more requests for Pugs and other animals a little later on for happy couples to remember their special day in a more slobbery, furry form.
What made this project so much better? The impressions of their very own Pug faces they sent me. Glorious.
The SCA Grad Show came around in November, 2014 and I created a plush cushion-filled Installation using printed Watercolour Illustrations onto cotton and made into rich, comfy cushions in a cozy living room setting.
The result was meant to be 'gruesome meets chic' and the massive plus apart from graduating from an incredibly enriching and fulfilling Bachelor of Visual Arts? I took the cushions home and grossed out the housemates.
Working as Production Assistant and in-house Illustrator and Storyboard Artist at Duke & Earl, London saw some amazing opportunities fly across my desk...in 2012 I was asked to Illustrate and co-direct an animation for a 30 second spot for Chambord Raspberry Liqueur and a proceeding Sponsor animation for Chambord who were the Sponsor for the delightfully cheesy American Drama 'Revenge' on Sky TV1...
Lots of fun taking part in painting with inks and watercolour and digitally mocking up every frame then piecing everything together in post. Both TVC's aired nationally across the UK and over in Ireland. It was an awesome experience to play with Illustration but to have a taste trying my hand at Art Direction for animation and TV spots too...
Working with a group of Illustrators gave me the kick up the arse I needed to open my own little shop and voila! The Strongpencil Store was born! Thanks to Etsy I now sell my little nic-nacs to equally Pug loving, succulent-obsessed customers.
The whole shop was basically an excuse to play with Fimo again so...y'know. That happened.
Tim's parents put us up for a solid 6 months in Ireland after we left London in 2013...this was just a little token: 'thank you for having us' and a further experiment with Gouache...he's a happy little Irish Farmer for a Farmer's kitchen. I played with him in post so he glows like a goddamn beacon of light.
Flash was the bane of my existence before I forced myself into creating a short film for animation class in my last year of Visual Arts at Uni...the result is a ridiculous concoction of jumpy, sporadic movements and a comical, silly soundtrack. I happen to love the result.
Not much to say about Space Dog. This is a present I made for a very special person, who also happens to be my smelly cousin Josh for his 21st. He's the only person I know who owns an Occulus Rift...he has a spiritual affinity with the dopey Golden Lab, and space because...space. He also needed some wise words for his imminent downward spiral into Adult life so...the classic adage of the three wise sentences would suffice.
in 2013 I was asked to create watercolour tattoos and superimpose them onto a Model for iD Magazine, Australia.
I painted up a series of classic tats and digitally manipulated them onto the model in a fun Photog-meets-Illustrator campaign. The results were surprisingly cool...