Tales of Quahnarren: Sacred Bone Tree

ToQ: Sacred Bone TreeIn a small glade surrounded by thick forest, an ancient tree, known as the Sacred Bone Tree, stands starkly in the centre of the clearing, isolated amid the brilliantly luminous grass that grows only in this singular location. Long ago it was believed that the great warrior, teacher, and protector Guahvaan, the purposeful and enlightened leader of the early nomadic peoples, met his untimely end in this location, most likely directed or influenced by tricksters summoned by demonic forces who sought to swiftly kill his rising influence. The tree is said to have risen from his fallen remains, fractured bones forming into a sturdy trunk and branches, enriching the soil and creating an area of remarkably fertile growth, offered as a parting gift to all his people and a demonstration of the genuine power of the human spirit.

See you at the ballpark

All-Star GameBite v Bandits programPlayer cards

Have been producing a few pieces for the Adelaide Bite Baseball Club, where I’m currently volunteering full-time to gain some useful event experience. These designs include game programs, web banners, player cards, flyers, and other promotional work. So far most of what I’ve created has been reasonably straightforward, but I’ll hopefully have further opportunities to work on some more interesting and involved designs during the remainder of the season.

Rain, rain, go away

Stangate House, AldgateUnfortunately, our community event at Stangate House had to be cancelled due to constant rain during the period required to complete the set up for our outdoor activities. It’s always disappointing when a lot of work goes into coordinating an event, and you don’t get the opportunity to see it all come to fruition – but that’s the nature of an outdoor event. As they say, one element you can’t control is the weather.

Even though we didn’t appreciate the falling rain, the gardens certainly did!

A Christmas Garden Trail map

Trail mapIt’s just over a week until the ‘A Christmas Garden at Stangate House‘ event takes place next Sunday, so I thought I’d share my artwork for the children’s Christmas Garden Trail. This will be a fun activity for all the kids to take part in – wandering the Stangate House garden paths and discovering the items hidden amongst the plants surrounding them. We’ve made most of them rather easy too …

My Blue-tongued mate

Blue-tongue LizardHere’s a photo of my new neighbour – a Blue-tongue Lizard. He’s recently moved into the garden area near the rainwater tank outside my front door, a spot where I’ve unfortunately often intruded on his outdoor sunbathing. Today he was out sunning himself on the stone steps and decided to stay put when I arrived, so I grabbed the camera and got a few shots off before he lazily took his leave into the shadows and safety of the garden.

A Christmas Garden at Stangate House

A Christmas Garden at Stangate HouseMy poster design for a community event to be held at Stangate House in Aldgate, South Australia. ‘A Christmas Garden at Stangate House’ is a free event featuring carols, poems, children’s games and activities. Myself, two other students, and our lecturer from Mt Barker TAFE, will be organising the games and activities as part of our assessment for the Events diploma. Everyone is encouraged to bring their rugs and picnic, and enjoy this lovely garden setting in the Adelaide Hills.

Visit the Stangate House Facebook page if you’d like to view some photos of their fantastic camellia gardens, which are recognised as one of three International Camellia Gardens of Excellence in Australia.

Adelaide United t-shirt designs

AUFC_Cassio_tee AUFC_ForeverRed_tee AUFC_WeAreUnited_teeEarlier this year I created the three t-shirt designs above as competition entries for my local football (soccer) team Adelaide United, who play in the A-League as South Australia’s team.

The first design features popular Brazilian-born defender Cassio, a previous club champion who loves to dribble the ball and take on opposing defenders. The second design refers to the club nickname of ‘the Reds’ (they play in a predominately red strip), and the final design is a bold slogan graphic promoting strength in unity.

The competition is now open to public voting to decide the winning design, which will be produced by apparel supplier Kappa as an official club t-shirt for the current 2013-14 season. Online voting is available here until the 6th of November, so do the right thing and vote now for your favourite design!

Final laps in Gran Turismo 5

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1Alfa Romeo TZ2Ford Focus RS WRCMazda Savanna RX-7 GT-XFord Mustang Trans-CammerVolkswagen 1200

After repairs to my ‘fat’ PS3 (YLOD struck it down) I’m now up and running again, and so am taking a number of cars for a final drive in GT5 before the new GT6 lands later this year. Posted here are a few photos of a variety of models I’ve taken for a spin:

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Alfa Romeo TZ2
Ford Focus RS WRC 07
Mazda Savanna RX-7 GT-X
Ford Mustang Trans-Cammer
Volkswagen 1200

1985 Australian Grand Prix, Adelaide

Keke Rosberg - Adelaide 1985Patrick Tambay and Stefan Johansson - Adelaide 1985I’ve been poking about in the dusty old Rylee Vault again, and have come up with a couple of illustrations produced 27 years ago!

These are storyboard images, created for an advertisement promoting the Adelaide race, which was at that point held in South Australia. This was a student project of mine which involved shooting a video concept, and was part of my Certificate in Commercial Art. Unfortunately only these two illustrations survive from those that I produced, but I do remember them as the better images from the set.

The top illustration is coloured pencil on black heavy weight paper, and shows Williams-Honda driver Keke Rosberg, who went on to win the Australian Grand Prix – the first time that Adelaide had hosted a race in the Formula One World Championship.

Below that is an illustration completed in ink and coloured pencil. It shows Stefan Johansson (Ferrari #28) ahead of Patrick Tambay (Renault #15) as they race up to the East End Markets section of the Adelaide street circuit.

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