Featured on Bespoke + Bespoke calendar!

The lovely Jess, who puts together the Bespoke zine has created a 2013 calendar, featuring the work of 12 Australian artists. Each month features an illustration of a lady, and I'm happy to say my illustration "The Chaperone" is Miss January! (That bear needs a Miss January sash)

The calendar was successfully crowd-funded and reached it's funding mark a few days ago! There's still 24 hours to donate on pozible, if you'd like a copy of the calendar for $15. After that, it will be sold at $20 + shipping.

Jess has been profiling the artists on Bespoke, and I was featured last week, so pop over to the blog to check it out.


2013 calendars are here!

Lady of Rock - 2013 Calendar - and my very small feet

A new year is almost upon us (whaaaaat?), and my 2013 calendars are here!

For the last 2 years I've made mini pocket calendars, and a few people had requested a larger size, so this year I thought I'd try something different. 
I made three A3 size calendar posters, printed on a lovely, heavy recycled card stock. I was so excited when I got these back from the printers. The colours have turned out great! 
Each of these calendars comes in a limited edition of 15. Yep! Once they're gone they won't be reprinted.

The designs are Lady of Rock (above), Bird Radio (below), and The Connoisseur (at the bottom).
What kind of calendars do you prefer? Larger wall calendars, or mini calendars for your desk? 
Or perhaps just the calendar in your phone?

Bird Radio - 2013 Calendar
The Connoisseur - 2013 Calendar


Song Kong

Just wanted to share this fun project I recently finished - illustration, branding and business card design for Song Kong Music Supervision! 
What is music supervision you ask? It's a film industry role, overseeing the music that's used in movies or TV shows. Awesome job, right? That calls for some awesome cards.
Debra was the loveliest client, and we went through a couple of concepts before selecting this happy, ukelele-twanging fella.


This Is Melbourne Exhibition

I was recently invited to participate in a group exhibition called 'This is Melbourne', as part of the Fringe Festival.
It opened last week, and is on until October 13, so get down to The Bella Union bar in the Trades Hall to check out some art! There are some amazing illustrators involved, such as Shaun TanAndrea InnocentLouise Kyriakou, and Laura Wood.

I think one of Melbourne's defining characteristics is its amazing music scene, so I illustrated Melbourne as a Lady of Rock. Damn right she is!
The Trades Hall is also one of the first venues I ever played in, as a wee teenager in a rock band. We supported Melbournian/Japanese punk band Mach Pelican, who modelled themselves on the Ramones. It was a hot, loud, black t-shirt heaven, and we loved it. A perfect venue to hang this piece in.

Photos by Oy Photography


La La Land Cards

I'm super excited to announce that Australian Card Company, La La Land, have just released two cards featuring my designs, Dip and Fat Batman!! 
It was really fun working with the La La Land team, throwing around taglines that would go with these images. 
You may start seeing these in selected gift shops around the country. I just saw them at my one of fave designy shops, Lulu, in St Kilda East!

To celebrate, I'm giving away this double card pack over on my facebook page, so head over there to enter this weekend.

You can buy these cards at La La Land, and of course, my original Dip and Fat Batman cards are also available at my etsy shop.


Eternal Guardian of the Dad Jokes

Father's day is coming up in 2 weeks here in Australia, and I just designed this new card. It had to be about dad jokes of course.
The first skill men develop as soon as they become fathers is the ability to tell cringey dad jokes. I've seen it, you've seen it, we all know it's true.
These dad super skills are not always appreciated as much as they should be, and I thought some dads surely deserve an official title and a medal for their life's greatest work, the dad joke.
Will you bestow upon your father the title of "eternal guardian of the dad jokes"?

Have a lovely weekend!


Eva and Jem Custom Portrait

I just framed and delivered this custom illustration to a very happy client! She commissioned this portrait of her niece and nephew as a special gift to her sis. So sweet!
It's been really lovely working on custom illustrations for clients this month. Makes me happy to think that these one-off works will be hanging in their homes.


Lullaby for Seren

I was commissioned to create a custom artwork recently. It was for a little girl called Seren, whose name means Star in Welsh!


Shiny shiny records

Here's my piece for the Illustrators Australia A3 show, which is opening this Friday at Northcote Town Hall.

By chance, it also fits with Illustration Friday's theme this week 'Shiny'.
This sentimental bun is not one for tiny white headphones with tiny dead sounds. He prefers his tunes on big, shiny vinyl.

I must admit, I love vinyl too and have a little record stash, mostly collected from one favourite record store in my teen years when it was cheaper to buy records than CD's, and I was into old rock bands anyway.
Here are a few of my faves (it's so hard to choose!)

From Top Left: Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde. Bob looks like a fixie-riding hipster on this cover. Except he's not. He's frigging Bob Dylan. I love the blurry photo.

Pink Floyd - Obscured by Clouds. Not the best album, but I absolutely love the cover.

Beatles - White album. Words are not enough. I've listened to this about a million billion times. Amazing to think how daring this cover would have been at the time.

Roberta Flack - First Take. This one was a present from Matt when we first started dating. What an album! Roberta kills 'Compared to What' and 'Tryin Times'.

There are so many more, I could go on all night, but I've already geeked out too much. Do you have a stash of records too? What are your faves?


North Melbourne Market

I will be at The North Melbourne Market this Sunday, from 10am to 3pm, at the awesome Lithuanian Club on Errol St. Get your mittens on, and come down to say hello!
Carpenters tunes have been promised. Err.. I hope that's a good thing. Why do birds suddenly appear?


Midnight Apparition

A midnight sketch.
I really love working late at night, but my morning self does protest.



This Canadian short, Sunday (or 'Dimanche'), was one of my faves at the Melbourne International Animation Festival last year, and I was happy to see it nominated for an Oscar earlier this year.
I loved its humdrum and fantastical memories of childhood Sundays spent at Grandma's. Not to mention the beautiful character design!


Calendar sale!

Can you believe it is already the middle of Feb?! The ides of Feb! If you're still looking for a calendar to pretty up your walls, my 2012 mini calendar is now on sale. Only $12!
I'm looking for a new calendar for my studio too. Leave me a tip if you have a fave!


Print Love

One of my lovely customers pointed out to me that my Sushi Love card was featured in this month's issue of Shop Til You Drop Mag! It was under the glorious heading, ' Totally non-cheesy Valentine's Gifts'. Is such a thing possible? Let's just say it is. I'm pretty chuffed to have one of my Milk and Cookies goods in a glossy mag!

Another mag that featured me recently was, believe it or not, the Malaysia Airlines inflight magazine! They featured my 2012 calendar in their calendar spread. How cute is the fabric radio calendar on the right?