Posts Tagged ‘animals’

bestiarum vocabulum

Posted by campbell August 16th, 2010

Two strange and wonderful creatures to wonder over.
A sharp round turtle and slinky red fox.


bestiarum vocabulum

Posted by campbell August 4th, 2010

More delightful creatures created to delight.
A cactus sheriff and romantic cyclops ghost.



Posted by campbell July 31st, 2010

This is a quick concept sketch for the comics project I’m currently working on “Home Time”. Some of you may remember the first issue was serialised online last year.
The first chapter was a monochrome pencil work, the following chapters will be in glorious techniwatercolour and coloured pencil! Arts materials favoured by primary school students and retirees. With these as my weapons I’ll carve a mean slice of comic work from the something something clever analogy.


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.


bestiarum vocabulum

Posted by campbell July 22nd, 2010

I’ve cut a whole stack of watercolour paper in to squares to use as warm up sheets when I sit down at the desk. If I get one crap drawing out of the way first thing, then that’s one less crap drawing I will do that day.

While this is in part, another in my seemingly endless series of side projects, it will work it’s way in to other things and build up to something… I hope.


Dungeons and Cats

Posted by campbell July 21st, 2010

When we get the chance, some of my friends and I play Dungeons and Dragons. Tonight we have the chance. We’re pretty loosey goosey with the rules and it’s all a bit ridiculous. My character is kind of like a cat person who is a protector of the forests, or something. Anyway, he’s awesome and cat like and spent the entire last adventure drugged, chained in a basement and used for food orgies.

Up until now I’ve been the dungeon master, so I haven’t had a chance to actually try out the character, so tonight’ll be a bit of a learning experience for me.

You can listen in at Jimmerish FM download past episodes on itunes and check out the wiki.