A large and impressive Agavaceae from the Adelaide Botanic Garden. These great palms are from the semi-desert areas in southeastern Mexico, and are commonly known as Ponytail, Elephant foot, or Bottle palms.
Drawn with a 2B pencil in a small sketchbook, then scanned and digitally coloured in Photoshop using a custom watercolour brush.
A new instrumental electronic track built in GarageBand. The cover icon design features title typography constructed from a single line set on a gridded base, and as with my Propulsion project features an image from the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System.
A retro game inspired design for all those that have won (or wish they could win!) a grand prix championship on a home video console. A reminder that we can all be champions in the comfort of our own home. And yes, I’ve won a few myself …
Available to purchase as a T-shirt, throw pillow, iPhone skin and more from søciety6.
2B pencil drawings of seashell fragments collected from Victor Harbor and Port Elliot on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. These were initially sketched on heavyweight watercolour paper and then digitally coloured in Photoshop with a custom watercolour brush.
Prints are available to purchase online from søciety6.
Rarely seen, these large and impressive birds are known as the ‘life giver.’ The arrival of a Firebird is always extremely welcome, as they only ever appear in moments of great personal need, when all hope seems lost and death imminently awaits. Featuring a vivid red and gold plumage, and long sapphire-blue tail feathers, Firebirds promptly restore life and vitality to all in peril within their immediate vicinity.
Those who have been bestowed the gift of the Firebird’s recuperative powers, state that they experienced a joyous and heartfelt warmth overrun their entire body, and that they felt affectionately protected and comforted during the restorative process. Many religious orders claim these birds to be arbiters from the heavens: returners of life to anyone about to be mistakenly called before their time. In various styles and uses throughout Quahnarren, the image of the Firebird is symbolically used to denote virtuous qualities and celestial affinity, and is regarded as an emblem of all principled people.
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A new addition to the creatures found in the fantasy land of Quahnarren.
Valentino Rossi achieved his 80th grand prix race win in the premier class of MotoGP at the recent Assen TT. This was also his 106th career victory, and first since the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix. The nine-time world champion, known as ‘The Doctor,’ produced a flawless ride and showed that he still has the ability to be a leading contender in the world championship.
My illustration was created in Adobe Photoshop CS5, and captures Rossi in action on his Yamaha YZR-M1 in the Netherlands. My earlier MotoGP illustrations can be viewed here on my website.
Quahnarren.com is now live, so as part of creating the new site for my project I’ve produced a detailed map of the fantasy land of Quahnarren.
I have always had a genuine interest in maps and cartography, and the absorbing sense of wonder and discovery that they offer, and knew that a nice map would be an essential component to help visualize Quahnarren. Developing the size, shape and actual geographical features of the landmass was not a particularly simple task, especially considering that most of the locations and stories for the project have yet to be devised and written! This process involved quite a bit of future planning (and some guesswork), which will hopefully prove to be suitably flexible and appropriate for my needs as this project proceeds.
The finished artwork originally started with a hand drawn map outline, which was scanned into Photoshop where the detailed colour and texture were added. All of the map typography was set in Illustrator and then imported as layers into Photoshop, which makes it more manageable and updatable, and also provides a sharp vector base for the type too.
It would take about a week and a half for a reasonably fit person to walk across the entire length of Quahnarren – along the way you’d be sure to see and experience a great deal of adventure and excitement.
Poster design commemorating the 2013 Tour de France – the 100th edition of this famous event. This year the riders will cover a total of 3,403 kilometres (2,115 mi), made up from 21 stages of racing around France.
The main image was created in ArtRage Studio Pro, ‘Le Tour’ title hand drawn and edited in Illustrator, and the final layout composed in Photoshop, where textures and effects were added.
As part of my ongoing studies in Event Management, I’ve produced a few simple design pieces for assessments requiring event concepts and ideas. Above is a cover design for a midwinter arts initiative, and below are an identity and promotional display stand design for a sand sculpture competition. Both concepts feature some of my hand lettering and were completed in Adobe Illustrator.
Those few that have survived an encounter with an Alvaiser claim to have been generously granted a second chance at life, and speak earnestly of the tremendous awe and humility they felt during what is now commonly described as the ‘spirit judgement’ – a personal trial of the soul.
Alvaiser are supernatural woodland spirits, keenly watching all who venture into their forests. They are guardians and protectors of the natural world, seeking without compunction to redress the actions of human weakness and violence. They are primarily found in areas where trauma and death has affected the natural balance of the environment, and therefore take what is necessary to achieve the required equilibrium within their individual location.
Appearing in human form as beautiful semi-transparent goddesses, they float amongst the treetops, glowing majestically in flowing white gowns that separate into ribbons below their waist, where no further human form remains. Their long hair radiates a warm and enveloping heat, and their hands emit a vaporous blue energy that silently flashes with arcane potential.
All who gaze upon the Alvaiser find themselves stupefyingly transfixed and unable to turn away. Reaching down to touch the head of their target, they communicate solely through direct thoughts and images into the mind, prompting powerful sensations of extreme loss, confusion, and submission, and decisively searching the soul to determine a suitable sacrifice for their needs.
Victims of an encounter with an Alvaiser are never seen again – they magically cease to exist and no remains are ever found. Those who pass judgement however, continue on to live with a new appreciation for the world they share, and believe that their personal destiny is favourably altered forevermore.
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A potentially fatal encounter for travellers in my ongoing fantasy project Tales of Quahnarren. The Alvaiser are equally feared and respected, and feature heavily in the folklore and historic fables told across Quahnarren.
This illustration was created in both Painter and Photoshop, and is one of the enjoyable quicker pieces I’ve completed recently using a palette knife style. This image was initially produced in Painter, only in black & white, and then coloured and altered within Photoshop. This technique allows me to firstly concentrate solely on the complete composition, values, and contrast, before progressing on to determine a final colour palette, add/delete/alter any details and textures, and to fully develop the atmosphere I wish the subject and overall image to convey.
Below are a few small sections of the illustration showing the differences between an unfinished early black & white version, and the final coloured piece. The advantage for this particular image of using individual programs for separate stages of production, was the ability to work with a specific brush style within Painter, and then import that base art into Photoshop (a program I have considerably more experience in using), where I could easily add the required highlighting effects onto my existing art.
As part of this personal project I’ve been compiling various notes and descriptions of the people, creatures, historical events, customs, and spiritual beliefs of all those that play a significant role within this fantasy world, and will continue to produce new illustrations of a diverse selection of these elements as I move onwards in the creation of this world.
This is a very old illustration that I had left unfinished for many years – now finally completed, and still retaining the original pencil sketch that I rather liked way back then. The manga influence is obvious in both the character design and the final colouring, something that I was keen to explore as I developed my style and approach, specifically regarding digital illustration, during that period of time.