Report design and page layout for the Centre for Work + Life at the University of South Australia. It’s always nice to have the opportunity to create a strong and flexible pattern design, which in this case was devised to be broken apart and used as visual page elements for pull-quotes. The main report (above) was then summarised into a 6 page horizontal format brochure (below).
The start of a new design in my ongoing Motor Style Inc. series of illustrated posters. Motorsport Heroes will feature a large number of individual images of iconic cars and drivers from different international motorsport series, each showing the wide variety in style and manufacture of the machines raced.
Above are illustrations of the 1966 Repco-Brabham BT19, driven by Sir ‘Black’ Jack Brabham (the only man to ever win a Formula One World Championship driving a car of his own design and construction), and the 1988 Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes Peak, famously driven by Ari Vatanen at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Colorado.
As a part of an extensive current project set within my fantasy world of Quahnarren, I’m creating detailed maps of some of the towns and cities within the land. This colour map of Ustahm, which is a mid-sized town located to the north of The Skar river in the Dehanthor Valley, is the first that I’ve completed.
Ustahm is a prosperous, well-kept, and industrious town, famously surrounded by multiple rows of the giant redwood Sehquoihar tree, providing a distinctive elegance and respectful civility to the area. Ustahm is a vital stopping point on the busy and important trade route between the major cities of Duquellah, to the southwest, and Moornehm, to the northeast.
Places of interest in Ustahm include: Warden Guhlnaar’s ornately majestic offices on Merchant Row; the Spotted Serpent Tavern on the notorious Koq Walk, for those needing refreshment or entertainment; the vibrant market corner, where locally grown and manufactured goods are enthusiastically sold and traded; the grandly appointed Haanstrom Inn on Shadow Lane, opposite the central governance sector; and the renowned Azifhar Bathhouse on The Hollow, the largest of its kind in eastern Quahnarren.
RCHRD’S GLSSS ND TH WRRNG NGHBRS is an entertaining eBook written by new authors Julie and Luca Harper, mostly about Giant Spider Crabs, Greater Bulldog Bats, Green Iguanas, maths, music, timekeeping and vowels!
I was asked to provide a cover design, including a full series logotype and hand lettering, plus a few mono interior illustrations (three shown below) for the book, which at times proved to be more challenging and time intensive than I had envisaged.
The mono illustrations were completed in Illustrator using the pressure sensitive blob brush, and were created as loosely sketched pieces, capturing some of the energy found in the written style of the book. The main characters themselves proved to be somewhat hard to successfully define and capture accurately, and we went through a number of iterations and revisions before I produced the simple character sketches for protagonists Nigel Le Nez, and Madame La Bouche.
These hand drawn pencil sketches then became desired final art, with colour added (as seen above) to match the cover formatting. This wasn’t planned, and it introduced a number of design issues to solve, as the two standing characters dramatically altered the spacing and balance of all the cover elements, which required an intensive rethink of the layout to retain a reasonable design structure.
Ultimately the client was happy – which is all that really matters – and the book moved on into the final production stage. It is now available to purchase from Amazon for Kindle, or the Kindle Reader App, and can be downloaded HERE. So, if you know someone who would like to read a fast paced rollicking story for 7-10 year olds, then I can fully recommend the eBook as a highly entertaining reading experience. And, don’t worry, the vowels are supposed to be left out!
I recently provided some event assistance for Ink Pot Arts’ Cultivating Creativity program of events, as part of the 2014 Adelaide Fringe. Ink Pot Arts are a community arts not-for-profit organisation located in the Adelaide Hills, who presented a wide variety of inclusive events and activities for all ages, including musical performances, arts & crafts, poetry, comedy, magic, and cabaret. Above are a few of my personal favourites from all the photos I took during these events, capturing just a little of the artistic energy and creative talent on display.
In a world now flooded with poorly executed communication and promotional material, only a dedicated and vigilant resistance against offensive and unacceptable typographical crimes will see us gain a much needed victory. Be part of the solution and join the freedom fight from bad type today!
Early this morning a bushfire started in the nearby Belair National Park. As you can see above the aerial response to fight the fire has been impressive! We’re not very far from the fire and are possibly under threat due to an expected wind change, which may cause a flare up and send it heading in our direction.
In 1982 hard rock gods Scuttlepig released their most ambitious album to date, the now classic, Metal Mascara. Taking new inspiration from divergent genres such as lipstick pop, disco beats, and hardcore metal, Scuttlepig produced a breakthrough sound that quickly became the defining shift in 1980′s popular music.
Featuring the worldwide hits Insanity Reigns, We Ruled Without Fear, and A Welcome Defeat, Scuttlepig’s greatest album is an inspired masterpiece loaded with complex, yet accessible, power rock anthems. Hailed by critics and fans alike, Metal Mascara continues to be acknowledged as one of the most significant releases in popular music during the 1980′s, and features prominently in all industry lists naming the important and influential albums from the decade.
Situated in the spectacular rocky valleys formed along the western base of the Morning Mountains stands a towering monument to one of the most important and legendary figures in Quahnarren’s history. Carved from a rising outcrop of ancient sedimentary rock by a dedicated team of skilled stonemasons and local artisans, the Great Statue of Tahsanook-Lai is a striking 24-foot tall permanent remembrance, impressively honouring the visionary ruler of the Guahn nations, who thoughtfully initiated the permanent migration of his people to the unpopulated island landmass of Quahnarren.
The Great Statue was constructed nearly a century ago, and is considered to be an engineering and artistic masterpiece of considerable cultural importance. Tahsanook-Lai has been accurately sculpted wearing his winged battle helm, a famed and sacred symbol of everlasting victory, worn for both ceremonial and practical purposes by only the most revered leaders of the Guahn peoples.
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The most recent illustration for my Tales of Quahnarren fantasy series. Nice to have finally turned my initial quick sketch into a finished piece.