Sunday, 30 September 2012

Maralinga (Lin Onus)

While in Perth over the weekend I visited the State Art Gallery.
I came across a powerful sculpture by Lin Onus called 'Maralinga'. It depicts an Aboriginal mother protecting her child against the onslaught.
I sketched this image trying to capture the emotional structure of the image but feel the sketch lacks the rawness of the original.

Perth Royal Show win!

I was fortunate enough to win 1st prize at the Perth Royal Agricultural Show's rural art section (many thanks to the Endeavour Mining Corp for sponsoring the award).
The painting was an oil depicting the final moments of the sun's warmth as the moon rises in a blushing eastern sky.
Below is a poor reproducition of the painting.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

How long did that take...?

I was asked the other day how long it takes me to paint an illustration. The answer might as well be 'how long is a piece of string...?!'
The time it takes to complete an image depends on the complexity of the subject, the colours and layers involved, the techniques used, and probably most importantly - if I connect with the painting. If I enjoy the painting it can be completed remarkably quickly.
The illustration below is an example of an image that worked. It was completed today in about an hour from start to finish. The mediums used were a 9b pencil, watercolour, Chinese White, ink and coloured pencil.
Luckily there was a goose in my garden that posed as the model!!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Wongan Hills Art Exhibition

As artist in residense at the Wongan Hill Art Exhibiton last week I gave demonstrations throughout the four days.
Below are four results from the demo's -

1- A detailed pencil drawing overlaid with delicate washes of watercolour.

2 - A detailed pen & ink overlaid with stronger washes of watercolour, bodycolour and coloured pencil.

3 - A charcoal sketch tinted with watercolour.

4 - A detailed charcoal heavely overlaid with watercolour, bodycolour and coloured pencil.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Still Life Tonal Study

Getting back to some true Aussie themes with a still life of a worker's smoko!
This watercolour was a tonal study I used as an exercise to sharpen my observational skills.
Apart from poor composition I was relatively happy with the result:)

Sunday, 9 September 2012

New design

A new greeting card using a style influenced by artists - E. H. Shepard, Alfred Bestall and Alfred Aris.
A standard 'S' composition using large sections of reserved white to create stronger focus on the characters.

International Day of Peace Art Exhibition - last chance!

The Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes International Day of Peace Art Exhibition entry deadline will be closing Friday, Sep 14th.
With an entry cost of $10 plus a bottle of wine for the opening night you can't miss out!
The Bridgetown Primary and St Brigid's have both put some fab effort into producing masterpieces for the exhibition so make the effort to check them out.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Jebediah & the Book of Love

The latest book I've illustrated has been realeased!!

Written by Brad Kyle, a Melbourne author, 'Jebediah and the Book of Love' is the second title we've collaborated on - the first being 'Herbie and the Tune'.

"Set in the mythical land of Lovenia, this beautiful story - as told by a Grandfather to his sad Grandson - tells of a special book that magically becomes imprinted with every thought, feeling and action of the local townsfolk. As the miracles unfold, Jebediah ultimately discovers that the Book of Love is, in fact, within each of us. It is our heart."

Retails for $14.95.

An enjoyable book to illustrate with plenty of artistic license. Below are the three steps taken to achieve the final painting.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Wongan Hills Exhibition

I'll be running art demonstrations at the Wongan Hills Art Exhibition from September 20 - 23rd. This is a biannual event that exhibits a broad range of artwork from the area.
Check the site our for more details!