Sep 5, 2012

Any Cake Left? - Twin dobermanns

The Illustration Friday 'Identical' topic prompted me to post a variation of one of my cards from the Beestycard Zazzle shop.
This is not exactly an original illustration as it is appropriating a 19th century etching that I found.
This expression on the pup's face reminded so much of my childhood dog that I couldn't go by it without somehow stealing it, reworking it and giving it a new 21st century life.

Jul 27, 2012

The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project is at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, PA, USA from August 23-25.

The Sketchbook Project is a mobile library of artists’ sketchbooks contributed by thousands of creative people from across the globe. It encourages artists from diverse backgrounds — working artists, full-time parents, busy professionals, students — to share their process with each other and the public.

My Encyclopedia of Grim effort is in this shelf somewhere.

Jul 8, 2012

Offshore Breeze - Suspended in blue

Between the sky and water.
Warming westerly supples the spine.
Gently held by rolling swells.
Waiting for the perfect.
Suspended in blue.

Jul 2, 2012


I remember when this photo was taken.
A very hot summer Sunday. Hair freshly combed.
As Mom took this photo she said, "Don't get wet."
We were going to my cousins shortly.
I stood there silently, not doing anything wrong.
Mom said a little louder, "You better not get wet."
I was just standing and thinking, geez.
"Go put your shirt on and don't get wet!"
What? huh, all this talk and standing in the sun makes me feel warmer.
Walking in through the back door Mom yells, "I'm warning you!"

Jun 26, 2012

Heartspace - Encyclopedia of Grim

The heart space a space of infinte richness or infinite emptiness.
Love found can make it feel like it's filled with the wonders and joy of the universe. Love lost can make it feel like it's filled full of nothing.

This is a drawing from the Encyclopedia of Grim.

Jun 11, 2012

The Rabbit Star Shining Bright

This one is for the kids.
On the way to the rabbit star.
• Name: T Leporis
• Type: Vitamin B class star – visibility good.

Pronunciation/ˈlpəs/, or colloquially/ˈlɛpəs/; genitive /ˈlɛpərɨs/
Symbolismthe Hare
Right ascension6 h
Area290 sq. deg. (51st)
Main stars8
Stars with planets3
Stars brighter than 3.00m2
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)3
Brightest starα Lep (Arneb) (2.58m)
Nearest starGliese 229
(18.83 ly, 5.77 pc)
Messier objects1
Meteor showersNone
Canis Major

Jun 6, 2012

A3 Show 2012 - Illustrators Australia

Top, Shaman Mask - Angry Red
Below, Shaman Mask - Antler

Illustrators Australia will be holding it's annual A3 Print Show in June this year and I'll be one of the exhibitors. (see image below for dates and times)

I'll be showing and selling the two images above as Glicee prints. They are professionally printed on Acid Free Canson Edition Etching paper, 310gsm and printed using the Epson 9900 series. 
(Limited to an edition of 40 signed prints). 
Image size 297 mm X 420 mm. Paper size 330 mm X 455 mm.
Prints signed, titled and editioned in pencil at bottom. The electronic signature seen on the above images will not be on these prints.
Contact me by email  if you are interested in obtaining one or more. 
The email address is at the top of this blog.

These artworks are based on my Shaman series skateboard designs (See them in the beestycard zazzle store). I was interested seeing if I could apply the rich ornate vertical design of the boards into a more standard print format proportion for this show. It took awhile to work out but I have finished the digital artwork this morning (with a break to sit outside to observe the transit of Venus). When the sun became obscured by clouds in the afternoon I had the first prints from the edition professionally printed by Angus Benham at his printery called Gusha Visual Media over in Brookvale NSW. Thanks to him for such great quality work.

Jun 4, 2012

Skateboard design at Beestycard

I've had a big play around with my Angry Red Shaman Mask illustration (top) and applied it to a skateboard deck design. Here it is as it appears in the Beestycard Zazzlestore.

Riding Around on my Rooney

What a great old day this Sunday. Sun's out, .......not in much of a hurry really, as it is the weekend. Just enjoying the day and having a ride around on my Rooney. 

A little drawing from the Brownsnake2 Sketchbook.

This has become an intriguing drawing for me because of a odd little coincidence. I drew this fellow on his chopper tricycle while in my bed before drifting off. The following day I spotted an article in the online Sydney Morning Herald newspaper announcing that the designer of the first chopper bicycle the 'Raleigh chopper', Alan Oakley, had passed away from cancer at the age of 85.
Here's a DailyMail article link:

May 7, 2012

ImpBoy Hitched

Walking down the banks of the River Styx I came upon this little ImpBoy.
He told me the Harpies stopped him on his the way to the Calgary Stampede and hitched him to a post.
Since the Harpies didn't bother to tell him why he was hitched to a post on the beach of the River Styx Impboy was finding it all a little undignified and was kind of embarrassed.
I decided to tell him a story about me, the Calgary Stampede and Muhammad Ali but since he wasn't in the mood to listen he just sat and sucked on his tail.

A little piece from the theatre of the biographically absurd and the Brownsnake Sketchbook.

Apr 30, 2012

Jumping Pup

Jumping Pup

A jump thru hooping hands.
A leap of joy and freedom.

A jump into my owners arms,
for love and protection.

Jumping Pup is from the BrownSnake Sketchbook.

Apr 2, 2012

Return of the Cat Juggler

This kind of activity could return to haunt anybody.

It seemed appropriate for this image to be posted under Illustration Friday's 'RETURN' topic as it was prompted by a little mental nostalgia trip I had a few weeks back to when the comedian Steve Martin did a little cat juggling. Here's at a short little video of this comedy moment that has stuck in my brain for the last 30 odd years or so.

Cat Juggler is an image from the BrownSnake Sketchbook series of collage.
PS. No kittens were harmed in the production of this image.

Mar 12, 2012

Humanity, high yielding - self seeding

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
by John McCrae,
May 1915