Unused spot illustrations for a Hunter Valley Wines festival - they ended up going for a photographic approach.
A series of illustrations for the beer brand Hahn, used in social media campaigns to spark discussions about halloween, beer, movie cinema arm rests, cricket and office Christmas parties.
I was approached by Katie and Mel of Australian comic series Metcop Wonderland to provide the poster for issue 7, Monsters. It was great working with them, and getting to feature my favourite characters on the cover. The full design is a wraparound and they used some WIP images for the endpapers. Us indie creators have to look out for each other.
As an extension of the Rooster of the Month tradition, I organised a secret ballot for Rooster of the Year as a culmination of everyone’s contributions throughout 2018. The winner was Bec Dujin, and as soon as I’d collected the votes I set to work on a full-body illustration of her to be laser cut onto two-tone rose gold acrylic by Sydney business Online Laser Cutting and mounted on a trophy by local boys Purnell Trophies. The trophy turned out great, and looks entirely different depending on how the light hits it. I had to keep all of this a secret for almost two months, and it was killing me.
Photos from the awards ceremony by Mitch Lee
Character design for a series of animations about severe asthmatics. If it were up to me, they'd all look like Soft Daniel.
In 2015, I initiated a giant art project called No Rooster Left Behind, for an exhibition celebrating the 5 year anniversary of The Roost, the creative co-working space I work from. This involved me drawing a simple cartoon portrait of everyone who had worked at the studio for longer than 2 months over the past five years, and all 90 portraits were displayed on a feature wall adjacent to the main entrance.
Over the past few years, new people came to work at the Roost, and asked me when I would find time in my schedule to just bust out another 90 cartoons to update the wall. I agreed to do one portrait a month, designed to look a little more nuanced than my original illustrations, and the portrait would be awarded to whoever contributed the most good deeds to the studio. We set up a nominations system and it eventually became a very large part of the studio’s culture.
I’m currently four portraits deep, and have signed on for many more.
Poster and program design for Bearfoot Theatre's 2018 show, Take Me To Neverland.
A hand-drawn map of Newcastle East, used in corporate scavenger hunts by walking tour company Newcastle Afoot.
Illustration, branding and interface design for a webapp developed by the University of Newcastle’s FASTLAB, used to train an AI program to locate endangered koalas through satellite imagery.
Poster design for Rare Finds' third birthday party show at the Oxford Art Factory, featuring the band Bootleg Rascal. This was a sequel to last year's birthday party poster with Hey Geronimo. Both posters had to feature the venue's iconic yellow striped pillars, and also debut the headlining band's new lineup, which meant I needed to actually research what instrument everyone was playing now. It is alarming to see how much better I got at colours in a year's time!
I have been producing a self-published comic series called Storm Clouds for several years - for more information, please check the comics section of this page, or the Storm Clouds website.
A cocktail collaboration between Rare Finds and Oporto for their shows in Melbourne and Sydney - it has a habanero in it!
Poster design for the 2017 Welcome To Sunnydale exhibition at Junky Comics in Brisbane
Variant cover for Matt Kyme's comic book series The Demon #4 - Captives of Colombo!
A superhero-themed design for Beep! Bicycle Bells. It really makes a ding!
Bonus: unused concept, deemed not colourful enough.
Various illustrated menu items for The Press Bookhouse, on Hunter Street. They are great friends and I love working for them.
In 2016, I worked on character design, puppet/asset creation and storyboarding for an (as of yet) unproduced animation pilot. The story followed a man working in a toy factory after awakening from a coma, unfamiliar with his strange co-workers and dangerous surroundings. One day, I'd love to see these guys in motion!
EP artwork for the rock band The Meantime. I had a lot of fun making textures for this one, and the band was extremely easy to work with.
Tribute poster for Nick Milligan's sci-fi novel Enormity, made as part of the Chasing Paper exhibition at the Renew Newcastle gallery in 2015
An interactive mural for The University of Newcastle's UON50 exhibition at Newcastle Museum - guests of the opening party were asked to tweet their visions for the future of education, for them to be live-drawn by me and Alexis Pepper. My favourite was the robot cleaner.
Illustrated portraits for every employee at a certain technology store in Charlestown Square.
Branding, illustration and character designs for Slice Virtual Golf, a bar on King St.
The Reunion was a rock and roll festival held on the Central Coast for three years, where a bunch of old bands did reunion sets alongside the new bands their members had started. I did all the artwork for the 2012 and 2014 shows, creating several characters that were blown up and used as stage backdrops, as well as promotional materials and merchandise.
In 2012, I designed several characters based on real-life members of Central Coast bands, with Danny DeVito on drums - the idea was that half of the members were coming out of retirement, and the other half were young rockstars. In 2014, the characters were a visual pun on the name "The Misfits" with the girl representing the Misfits from the cartoon Gem and The Holograms, and the boy representing the punk band The Misfits, like from the early 80's. Really, I just wanted to draw a keytar.