Thursday, 18 December 2014

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Behind the Studio Door

A short profile of recent work as part of the Behind The Studio Door series, profiling Australian creators, put together by Books Illustrated in Melbourne;

Grimm-related sculptures in various states of completion under my studio window.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The key to the kingdom, pencil and ink, 2010

A version of a recurring figure in my sketchbooks, originally inspired by armor worn by a tribesman in Papua New Guinea (I think, from an old National Geographic). A similar character appears in Rules of Summer, and the endpapers of Tales from Outer Suburbia. There's always a great sense of urgency when a character is running with an object: this picture didn't seem very interesting until I added the key.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Luminous, pencil A4, 2008
An old rough sketch for a book week poster, which didn't end up being used. The concept here is that reading is like shining a light inside your head, even though it's invisible (unless you are one of these other beings of course).

Monday, 1 December 2014

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Peach coloured roof against an oncoming storm, oil 15 x 20cm

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Monday, 24 November 2014

First Edition Auction at the House of Illustration, London


First Editions: Redrawn will be a unique auction of re-illustrated and annotated first editions to raise money for the House of Illustration. Thirty-four acclaimed illustrators – and some authors – have returned to one of their classic books, adding extra illustrations, comments on existing drawings and personal insights about the motivation behind characters. You can find out more about this, as well as view the catalogue here:

I've contributed a first edition of The Bird King (as inscribed above) and a rare first edition of The Arrival. The auction takes place on Monday, December 8, 2014.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Chinese Room, scraperboard, 1998

The philosophical concept of the Chinese Room, as explored in this intriguing story by Chris Lawson (Eidolon, 1998) involves a question of artificial intelligence: if something can respond to input (like questions coming through a slot in a room) according to a set of rules (a coded book in an unknown language, for example) does this constitute consciousness? The answer is not so clear, the more you think about it. The medium of this illustration is scraperboard (or scratchboard), a card with a chalky coating painted with indian ink and then scratched into using a scalpel-like tool, and a favourite of mine throughout my twenties, especially for b&w works.