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Friday, February 05, 2016

Australia! for Beyond Blue 

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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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Friday, November 20, 2015

Tango With Orangos available 

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These are the covers for the two Tango With Orangos books, published by Melbourne Comics to benefit Project Orangutan. They are superb!

My one-page piece, Treetops, features in both, but I strongly recommend the complete Deluxe edition, for the range of material included. While the Indiegogo campaign finished back in July, both are available here.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Mermaid for Illustration Friday 



This week's topic for Illustration Friday is "Mermaid."

The picture here was a wraparound cover I drew for the third issue of Australian music comic The Ink, back in 2006.

There is a wordless comic story to accompany this cover illustration.  I developed that a few years back for submission to a large format, hand-printed Australian comic, with the idea of finishing it in the same two colours. As I never received a response from them, I didn't bother completing it, but I have been looking at it again. It may be another piece I complete toward my potential big anthology book.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Pointy for Illustration Friday 


After drawing two white rhinos in my D&AD yellow sketchbook, I realised that they worked as a picture for the subject of this week's Illustration Friday, which is "Pointy."

I wanted to make some use of the yellow paper as a medium tone, so these were drawn with black markers and a white pencil.  I used a screen picture in Britannica as my reference.

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

The Pioneers in Oi, Oi, Oi! #5 

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The latest issue of the fine Australian anthology comic Oi, Oi, Oi! is now available in the ComicOz Shop, I'm guessing for a limited time (as some previous issues have sold out). Better yet is the deal on a 4 issue subscription!

As I've mentioned here before, I'm a fan of Australian bush impressionist painter, Frederick McCubbin (and The Heidelberg School in general), so my three page piece is a tribute to his wonderfully evocative triptych, The Pioneer.

Something that occurred to me about this set of paintings, is that it really should be called "The Pioneers" - hence the title of my comic piece.

In a sense, this triptych has always seemed to me like a big, wordless, comic format story, told in only three panels, and I have heard various interpretations of it over the years. My piece was originally conceived as an outright comic pastiche, but the style became more formal as it progressed. I also wanted to test myself with adapting a painterly piece into pure black-and-white linework, and for added difficulty I thought an impressionist painting was a good place to start with this.

Of course, my story does show what happens when I take my smutty little mind to The Art Gallery, but I think it also says something I wanted to about plain old long-term relationships and the passage of life. If you want to see my other Frederick McCubbin adaptation, that can be found on this Blog, see: Lost.



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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hall and Oates - that good bit! 


I, uh, appear to have made a guest appearance in Tristian Blumenstein's article at Crikey's Daily Review... about Hall and Oates, no less. Thank you Tristian (and your older brother David) - you guys make me want to regrow a mullet!

And yes, that does look just like me.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

The Walkies of Progress 


This spin on Zallinger's "March of Progress" has been on my mind and it took a few breaks to sketch out. The beasts are pretty much a bear-dog (amphicyon), a dire wolf, a dingo, a basenji, and a pomeranian. I still have doubts about publicly posting this Sketchbook stuff, but I'm being selective. This one gets its concept across okay, I think.

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