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Portrait of a Bookshop

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 […]

Heather Rose: Bruny Booklaunch

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.

A conversation with Bri Lee – Author, Survivor, General Powerhouse

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 […]

Percheron

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 […]

FAIL paintings: Kenny

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.

Self Portrait Sketch

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 […]