Thursday, November 20, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
There is nothing more incredible than the smell of rain before a summer storm. The tar cooling down at my feet and the black sky above trigger so many memories I find it hard to keep track, or keep my eyes open. I can't explain in words what it does to me so I made a mock comic (perhaps the worlds shortest?) to try and illustrate this sensation...whatever it is?
Friday, September 19, 2014
It's real cool when you meet someone that absolutely loves what they do. It seem so simple, they really like something and just pursue it with all their heart. This sailor is no different, he lives for the sea and loves everything about it. He put it best when he said, "Sail'ns me life!"
Friday, September 5, 2014
There are a few different types of weather that we just aren't made for. One of those seems to be rain. As soon as it comes down people seem to scatter as if trying to avoid falling knives. While we run for cover the ducks (who appear to absolutely love the wet weather with their waterproof outer and feather down inner) play around in the puddles. I wish I was a duck sometimes.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
I've just come back from a weekend hiking trip in the Flinders Ranges where I got to test out my new boots. We walked through water, mud and grass. We climbed boulders and scrambled up rocky cliffs. All of this was possible (or at least easier) with my cool new boots which don't look very new anymore.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
In an effort to experiment and push my style as an illustrator, I created 3 illustrations of the same character in different styles. It pushed me a little further from my comfort zone and taught me a few new tricks which I'm hoping will add something fresh to my work.
The first illustration was done with ink and brush in a comic style similar to alternate American comics. I was pretty comfortable with this style but adjusting to the bold line work took some getting used to.
The second illustration was done entirely in Photoshop but made to look like cut paper and pastel. This is a style that I always find in Disney and Dreaworks "Art Of" books; it seemed like it would be the easier of the 3 but turned out to be the hardest.
Friday, July 25, 2014
I rented a book from the library titled The Fundamentals of Illustration. It had a few exercises at the end of each chapter that intended to grow your skills as an illustrator. One of the exercises was to create an image without drawing, which meant no pens, pencils, paints or any other hand-directed media. Instead they encouraged you to "draw" with paper, found objects and photos. This was a big leap out of my comfort zone which relies heavily on drawing; but I'm happy that I tried something different, otherwise this super cool lentil faced skater bird may have never been created.
Friday, July 11, 2014
I love illustrations that tell a story, or better yet, illustrations that you can form your own story around. This is one of those illustrations. As I was drawing, I was forming a story in my head. When I say story, I really mean questions. Questions like where is this guy going? Where is he coming from? What's in the bag? All questions which I hope you can answer in your story of the Mystery Traveller.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
The speech bubble was going to say "I hate it when the weatherman is wrong!"....but the contemplative silence seemed to fit how I felt today. Grand plans of hiking, rock climbing and riding all dredged by the rain! It's time to settle in for the winter.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
There are alot of future concepts out there. Concepts for cars, for technology, planes and just about anything...but when I looked for hiking gear there was barely anything. So with this in mind I designed what I think the future of hiking may look like.
1. Solar Fabric Backpack- Made from a solar material that collects energy from the smallest amount of sunlight and powers all of your gear. The backpack also stretches into a tent.
2.HeadMap- A device that transmits images of your map into your sight. It also displays an Altimeter, Barometer (with weather predictions) and Navigational tools.
3. Thermal ReGulator- A computer that keeps your core temperature warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather. It also regulates your hydration levels.
4. Battery Pack- The energy generated from the solar fabric is stored in a super lightweight battery pack that powers all your gear and doubles as an emergency transmitting beacon.
5. Legergy- These straps enhance your leg performance to help you walk far longer than you normally would and aid in muscle recovery.
6. Feather Boots- Incredibly strong, lightweight boots that mould specifically to your feet and walking style.
I hear you saying that the point of hiking is to get away from it all, including technology. Well, it doesn't matter anyway because all these ideas are going to be stolen and weaponized by the military and never released to the public...hehehe.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Winter is definitely here! I can feel the cold creep through my bones and freeze my fingertips. This morning I woke up breathing steam in my room and searched through my draw, pulling out every warm layer that I have and turning myself into a human marshmallow. The only remedy for me is to grow my beard, drink tea and make a fire.
Friday, April 18, 2014
I've been trying for far to long now to make a comic. I've got all the right ideas and tools but there's just one more thing...MOTIVATION! I get started and do all the groundwork; Then I lay out a few pages, but when it comes down to bringing it all together it all falls apart. The procrastination periods between work get greater and greater until it all fizzles away. So ironically, I made a comic about procrastinating about making a comic.
Friday, March 21, 2014
The bible is full of amazing stories, from Noahs Ark to the walls of Jericho, but there's one that everyone seems to know...the story of David and Goliath. Whether its a small business taking on a giant corporation or the school geeks taking on the jocks, we can all relate to it in some way or another. There is something amazing about watching the underdog triumph amidst seemingly impossible odds. David is the original underdog and one of my heroes! This is my tribute.
Friday, March 14, 2014
I've grown up in a family of motorbike lovers. My dad restores old motorbikes and everyone else in the family rides them. I like motorbikes to, but I really love the art and style that goes with it. So when I was approached by a friend who commissioned me to custom paint his motorbike tank I jumped right in. The brief was pretty simple, a Kustom Kulture inspired graphic with dice in the design and the number 25. With this very loose brief I came up with the design above. It still needs a few more coats to crisp up the lines and a clear coat finish, but I just couldn't wait to post it.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Us humans are a curious bunch. Always looking for answers to questions, trying to discover how things work and why things are the way they are. We love things that we can see and touch, but what if we were to discover a Spirit. What if God showed us what the Spirit looks like. I wonder if we'd spend more time trying to discover how it worked rather than just appreciating it's beauty and mystery.
Friday, February 21, 2014
I don't like to pick favorites, but if I did, Robin would be my favorite superhero. The fact that he's just a kid and doesn't actually have any superpowers has always attracted me to him. I posted an illustration of Robin last year, but I feel this one pays homage to his more mature detective side. It also gave me a chance to play with some lighting techniques that were so popular in black and white movies, especially detective ones.
Friday, February 14, 2014
I remember loving Veronica Mars as a kid and now, years on, I find myself hooked once again. It seems just in time with the movie set to come out real soon. I think it would make an even better comic, which is why I went ahead and made the cover in the hope that someone would do the rest...hehehe. The illustration is meant to capture her school life balanced with her undercover work.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Looking around, I have started to notice more and more QR codes appearing. These strange geometric codes can be found on just about anything and it's making me question what the future will really be like? The technology around us is starting to define our identity and shape the way we act and behave. Is it making our life easier or is that what we're supposed to think? I have no idea!
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
It's the 4th day of 2014 today and I've decided this is going to be a year of ADVENTURE! I've kicked of the year watching adventure documentaries and it's got me inspired to set out. I'm not sure where or what I'm going to do, but if I end up looking as happy as this guy, I think my new years resolution will be fulfilled.