Archive for the ‘illustration’ Category

Bonnie Davies

Posted by campbell July 26th, 2010

Bonnie Davies is a common point of reference for most young people in the arts in Perth. Over the years she has organised more opportunities for my friends and me than I can possibly ever repay her for. In the past she has worked tirelessly for the AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things and the Hyper Festival. Now she runs the Chuckles Comedy Nights and is a professional comedian.

I recently completed some illustrations that will be featured on her website in the near future.


norman linsday

Posted by campbell July 24th, 2010

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to get a chance to visit the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum in NSW. I’m a huge fan of his work and was amazed at seeing his studio and home. I did the above sketches from two of the sculptures he had made in his gardens. He seemed determined to carve his estate in to the shape of his visions, a sort of Grecian, mythical playground of sorts.

Norman Lindsay was one of those fantastic artists who had a recognisable style that he explored in both flat and multi dimensional work. I’m always impressed when when I find artists who can do this. I’ve explored it to some degree with making maquettes for figures I’m painting, but I’ve never made any as finished pieces on to themselves.

I was a little underwhelmed with the work that was one display however. This was probably due to the traveling exhibition that visited theArt Gallery of Western Australia a few years ago. It featured all of his etchings which was pretty overwhelming.

One stand out at the Museum was a comic he had done depicting a cat stalking a rooster, pouncing on it and then being fiercely kicked off. He managed to pull so much character and emotion out of the animals, probably more than I’ve ever seen any other artist do. This was without turning them in to Disney caricatures of animals either.


hyper screenprinting

Posted by campbell July 20th, 2010

photo by the fantastic gene eaton

This thursday and next I’ll be running a screenprinting workshop at the Hyper Festival I’ve done it over a couple of years and it’s always a bucket of laughs. The workshops are held in the a large shopping centre mainly for teenagers. Shopping centres have become, especially for younger generations, the new town centre. One of the biggest problems with these spaces however, is that there are no non-consumer activities for people to partake in. There’s a great dynamic where these huge commercial spaces are used (at least, in part) for a cultural activity that’s free, engaging and creative.



Posted by campbell July 14th, 2010

The Thylacoleo is commonly referred to as the “Marsupial Lion”. It was a about the size of a small lion and played an important predatory role in Australia’s prehistoric past.

They had amazing teeth, which I was keen to capture in my sketches as I found it kind of difficult to form a clear image of them from the photos and illustrations I had seen. The front four teeth are large, piercing rods about as long as a human finger. The bottom two seem to lock in between the top two when closed. Then there are a number of small nuggety teeth whose purpose seems unclear to me, maybe they weren’t really used and were in the process of being evolved out. Then there are the back teeth. They are like large secateurs, fat sharp blades that slide past each other. It’s a truly incredible you which you get a full appreciation of when sitting in front of it.

One common theory regarding the behaviour of the Thylacoleo is that it would hide in the tree tops and drop down to attack it’s prey. It would then deliver an initial bite that was so severe and would rend so much flesh from the victim that it would quickly bleed to death.

It’s unclear if these animals were encountered by the first peoples of Australia. One theory that I’ve encountered in a number of texts is that the first arrivals caused the mass extinction of Australia’s mega fauna both through hunting and environment change. When looking at the range of animals that overlapped with the first arrivals, Australia emerges in my mind as a terrifying nightmare of a land.
Various reptiles growing up to 7m in length, one of the largest flightless birds ever to exist, carnivorous kangaroos (again, huge) 10m snakes. Not to mention all the spiders, scorpions and other creepy crawlies.

Anyway, it’s all pretty rich material for the over-active imagination.