Archive for the ‘illustration’ Category

drawing a bike from memory

Posted by campbell February 19th, 2011


I saw a post over at BoingBoing a few days ago challenging readers to draw a bicycle from memory. I was at work, and did a quick piece on some scrap paper. After finishing I check with some photos of bicycles to see how I’d done. Some parts are missing, but it’s not too bad.

I’ve since dragged it in to photoshop to colour it, which is what you see above.

It’d be a fun challenge to do more of these “from memory” drawings of other, complicated, everyday objects.

The project was started by Andrew Neher over at Bike Drawings. There are a ton of great examples over there, from super accurate ones, to the ridiculously wrong. They’re all wonderful, in fact, the “worse” they are, the better!

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astor chalk

Posted by campbell February 17th, 2011



photos courtesy of Steve Lobo

I was lucky enough to take part in this years chalk mural competition put on by the City of Stirling. The theme for this years competition was “A Night at the Movies”. I chose to illustrate a couple out together at the Astor Theatre, I wanted to avoid depicting a “Marilyn Monroe hanging out with James Dean” scene, which I really can’t stand.

It was the first time I’d worked in chalk in this way (the blackboard at work is a quite different), so it was a huge learning experience. Note for next time: bring sponges, and a ton more chalk. That stuff just evaporates!

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might as well jump

Posted by campbell February 5th, 2011


Here’s an illustration I did to include in my portfolio. The characters are all from Home Time, although I’m not sure that this scene will actually occur in the narrative.

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Portfolio Post

Posted by campbell January 25th, 2011


They’re all off! A great big stack of illustration portfolios sent out to my favorite publishers in Australia.
Many thanks to Liz for helping me put them together and getting them to the post office.

Now, we wait, with fingers crossed…

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Posted by campbell January 23rd, 2011


A new illustration in the Snow White series. Snow is found, fast asleep in one of the seven dwarves beds.

I had been thumbing through a great book on minerals, crystals and meteors when thinking of this project, so I drew heavily from those shapes, colours and textures. The dwarves in this retelling are living rocks, expert miners and weapon smiths. They run a lucrative operation crafting the finest armor and weapons for kingdoms and warlords.

It would be fun to put this together as an illustrated book. One full page illustration for a full page of text.
We can dream.

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ring a ring a rosie

Posted by campbell January 19th, 2011


This was an illustration that I did for the New Perth exhibition but I decided to leave out of the show, I couldn’t quite figure out how to make it work within the installation as a whole. I still quite like it though.
(click to embiggen, the line work is really fine and looks a bit fuzzy at smaller sizes)

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Almost there

Posted by campbell January 11th, 2011


I am so close to finishing off my illustration portfolio to send off to publishers. These two pieces need scanning and cleaning up in photoshop and then it’s ready to go. This year is going to be the year of making opportunities, chasing goals, working hard.

There are so many inspiring illustrators out there around my age who are hustling and making inroads. Meg Hunt, Emily Carroll, Vera Bee have been three that have really caught my attention recently. They have such enthusiasm, professionalism and energy to their illustrations. Having the opportunity to watch artists professional practices develop online is such a treat.

(As a side note, I don’t know how those three get anything done, they seem to be constantly tweeting and blogging. Or is that getting things done? In fact all my favorite creatives seem to spend a lot of time on twitter. Which is nice for me.)

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Grumpy Lizard

Posted by campbell January 8th, 2011


This lizard is based (mighty loosely) on the Kings Skink.
Apparently this animal has a primarily carnivorous diet while in early life, but as it ages switches to be more vegetable oriented, which I think is pretty amazing. It makes me think of wild young punks turning to Buddhism in later life.

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Peachy Keen

Posted by campbell January 3rd, 2011


A character design from my comics project Home Time. A living peach!

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misty morning

Posted by campbell December 28th, 2010


Wake up sleepy head, time to go for a walk.

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