|Black river, oil 20 x 15cm|
Thursday, 8 January 2015
|Never give your keys to a stranger (detail), oil on canvas, 2012|
For Perth people interested in Rules of Summer, you can see a selection of eight original paintings – which are much larger than they appear in the book – at the State Library of Western Australia. It's a free exhibition that runs until January 27.
Saturday, 20 December 2014
A little portrait of one of my favourite illustrators, Raymond Briggs (The Snowman, When The Wind Blows, Ethel and Ernest, much more). I was asked to draw this by a British film crew a couple of years ago, as they were doing a short documentary about Raymond; and as with much film material it was never used. Just as well probably, I always imagined Raymond would be slightly irritated by that idea. But here it is anyway! I think he would at least enjoy the tone, which also reflects a little my own attitude toward such things.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
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.