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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apples and axes

Posted by campbell December 19th, 2010


Here’s a painting that I did for the last Milk Tooth exhibition that was held at free range gallery. It’s a precursor to the New Perth exhibition, I was playing around with the colours, shapes and imagery that was to feature heavily in the show.

The Milk Tooth exhibitions have their origins at Edith Cowan University where I studied. It was customary for the 2nd year fine arts students to host a fund raiser for the 3rd year students graduating exhibition. The thinking was that the 3rd years had enough to worry about without the extra hassle of fund raising, and then, when it was your turn to graduate, the favor would be returned. This fund raiser would take the form of the A4 exhibitions, where each artist would produce a work (or two) on an A4 sized surface and each work would be priced at $100.

Our graduate year kept doing a similar project after leaving university. The exhibitions were titled Milk Tooth, and have been help most years. It’s a fantastic opportunity to keep in touch with people who we studied with and see how their work and lives are progressing.

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studio sale

Posted by campbell December 6th, 2010


We’ve decided to move out of our Inglewood studio space at the end of the year.

To celebrate (and to make the moving process that much easier) we’re are holding a sale of our works this Sunday from 10am. Original paintings, framed prints, art supplies and various other trinkets will be available. We want to say goodbye to everything, so all works are priced from 5$-$100.

There will be works from myself, Elizabeth Marruffo and James Macneil available.

Come have a browse, with muffins and a cup of tea and pick up a Christmas gift for someone cute (or if you’re selfish, for your own cute self)

date: Dec 11
time: 10-2
address: 126 Crawford Rd, Maylands

Jump aboard the facebook event here.

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