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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Robot for Illustration Friday 

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This week's Illustration Friday topic is a lot of fun - "Robot"! I almost missed it.

The one that sprang to mind for me was a little robot from a 4 page Moth and Tanuki story that appeared in Mania magazine, back in 2007.

Here's the final page only - I think it makes sense on its own - just imagine a mystery package being left on a train and the right robot being deployed for the job.

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Sweet for Illustration Friday 

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This picture  - "Sweet" for Illustration Friday comes from a piece I had published in the book, The Tango Collection a few years ago.

If you'd like to preview the whole story (and maybe even buy the book), you might see it at Amazon - just click through to the first page of comics at:
The Tango Collection - Amazon preview (sometimes the page appears "intentionally blank" though).










"Sweet talk like candy rots teeth"
Prefab Sprout - Hallelujah

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Out on the Meme Streets 

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

A new Australian flag 

If Australia really needs a new flag, then I reckon just go with a map of Australia itself, maybe yellow against a blue background.  Not many countries could actually use their geography this way, and it would be as distinctive as Canada's iconic maple-leaf flag.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sky for Illustration Friday 

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This old painting of mine was my first thought when the topic of "Sky" came up for Illustration Friday.


Photobucket This was during my painting period, something I plan to come back to eventually. The black-shouldered kite was a familiar sight, hovering in the late afternoon sky over the backblocks of Aspendale, where we were living then. I had an absolute concept of how I wanted this to look, with the shoulder bars working as an outline against the sky. The framing was part of how I conceived it should look.

Originally, I planned to paint in clouds in a linear style, but the kite looked so good against a plain background that I left it this way. What surprised me was how brown the white paint appeared when applied to blue underpainting. The only solution was to add blue to the white paint before applying it, although I made the wings using a series of transparent washes, one feather at a time.

The main reason I don't paint more is that I don't have enough spare time during daylight, which it needs to work right. The picture here isn't very good, as it was taken with a flash (which I've left in on the frame), but here's an even worse attempt, taken outside on the deck tonight. I have no idea how to photograph my paintings, which is why you don't see many of them here.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Coelacanth in Going Down Swinging 33 

GDS #33 cover design by Santangelo + HallThe stellar new issue of Going Down Swinging is available now, featuring sixty contributors - of prose, poetry, art (plus music and spoken word works on the CD included) - so much to enjoy it's a little overwhelming! It's also issue number 33, which is a remarkable achievement in itself.

PhotobucketLurking inside you'll find "Coelacanth," a poem/comic that I'm particularly proud of, as I think it makes good use of the form.  I've done a few poem/comics now, but they've tended mostly to be illustrated stories, rather than images and art working to weave complementary, sometimes even contradictory, threads into a cohesive whole.

When I drew this I was feeling at a loose end, and went to my lyrics book searching for something that I could possibly illustrate as a comic (this one hadn't been set to music, and still hasn't).  The best tales want to tell themselves, and this one emerged rapidly from the creative darkness.

There's so much to discover in GDS #33 - for me, so many favourites, old and new.  You can find it to purchase here.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Wuf in Hush - Funny Aminals #3 

Hush cover by Bryan StoneThe new big, anthro comic Hush (issue #3 in the Funny Aminals series), edited by Bryan Stone and Jeff Lok, is full of wonderful, surreal, completely wordless animal comics. My one pager featuring Wuf can be found tailgunning right at the back!

It's available here.

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I'm increasingly drawn to this form of storytelling in comics, maybe partly because I'm tired of drawing borders and lettering word balloons, but also because there's something about this "silence" that lends itself to poignancy and strong visual characterisation.

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