I went to the Australia Day / Invasion Day protests in Perth city on Sunday 26th with Cassie. We made a note of our favourite signs (#TooStrongForYouKaren was a crowd pleaser). I made one referencing traditional tattoo flash with a treacherous handshake and replaced the ‘Trust No One’ text with ‘Sovereignty Was Never Ceded.’
Kaya Bandang! (Hello everyone!) Illustrator Anne Barnetson and writer Cassie Lynch have brought best-loved picture books and Aboriginal languages together for this special series in honour of Children’s Book council of Australia’s Book Week 2019. Cassie is a descendent of the Noongar people and translated the titles of these famous picture books into the Noongar […]
Sometimes a day will start with a couple of hours sketching in court and end behind the counter at my bookshop job. This requires a change in heel height and sensibility (if not the loudness of my pants). When I’m in court, I usually sit with the journalists in the media section and a business […]
I’ve been instagram friends with Anna and the other booksellers at independent bookshop The Bookbird for a little while. Recently they held their first illustration competition to celebrate The Bookbird’s fourth birthday, and I drew the shop as a colourful little bird house complete with a couple of customers. Geelong local Carla Ellis won the prize, but […]
Tasmanian author Heather Rose launched her newest novel, Bruny, in October. I did this sketch of the author for New Edition’s social media to promote the Fremantle launch event.
Back when I first read the proof of Bri Lee’s memoir, Eggshell Skull, in early 2018, I was impressed with how much the force of her personality and determination came through the writing. It’s a gruelling, heartbreaking and ultimately triumphant account which, when you finally close the book and set it down, makes you feel as […]
A hardy and muscular French draught horse breed, Percherons are probably my favourite kind of horse to draw. This picture was a study from a photograph in graphite, and a Christmas gift to my brother. The white horse was a gift to my other brother. Equestrian studies are something I like to do to flex […]
The first in what was to be a series of canvases, Kenny is a portrait of a real-life white tiger who died in 2008. Kenny had health problems due to inbreeding, and a pretty singular face. Painted from a photograph, 2014.
I keep a sketchbook close to hand and try to make a quick study when I can. I’ve also had a mirror on the desk, which has helped with other aspects of illustration, especially the comics. Facial expressions and postures convey most of the meaning in figurative art. I must’ve been thinking hard in this […]