Quick character development sketches for To Hell with the Preacher, featuring some different beards and hats! A few more are shown here at Elevated Futures.
On windy nights, when thick low cloud rolls in off the sea and settles into the small valleys surrounding the tomb, a shape in the form of a man wearing a long cloak, is occasionally seen drifting silently around the immediate area of the Tomb of Haakuhl. The cloak itself appears to be formed from the twisting fog tendrils that cover the ground, his long white hair glows with a radiant intensity, and his body and face are said to be of a limitless blackness. This unsettling figure causes no physical harm, and has never attempted to approach any witness, but all reported sightings tell of a strongly emanating feeling of distress and desolation as the lonely apparition keeps silent vigil of the family tomb.
A quick piece for my Tales of Quahnarren project. Illustration completed in Painter and Photoshop.
Custom logotypes for two film projects I’m currently working on as part of the Elevated Futures volunteer group.
Both of these designs started as quick pencil sketches, which were scanned and placed into Adobe Illustrator, where I used them as a guide to begin the process of building the vector shapes of the characters. To Hell with the Preacher is a western genre film, so I was keen to create a handmade style referencing typography of the late 1900’s, as was regularly seen on all forms of signage, printing and advertising. I’ve deliberately incorporated a few unusual adjustments to the letterforms and approached this concept with both a historic and modern outlook to match the storyline of the proposed film.
The Crytozoologist is a documentary style short film, telling the story of a retired man living in the Adelaide Hills, who believes in mysterious creatures, and obsessively strives to locate proof of their existence. My logotype references the many powerfully dramatic advertisements and handbills from the 1800′s and early 1900′s, where promoters used ornate theatrical typography to publicise their attractions to an audience eager to witness remarkable wonders from around the globe. The background image includes a photo taken of a full moon together with multiple texture overlays, and visually captures the hidden and mysterious nature of these curious creatures.
These huge man-like apes are often described as standing well over 7 feet tall, feature long legs, long muscular arms, a very heavy build, dome-shaped head, wide round shoulders with no visible neck, flat nose, thin lips, deep-set penetrating eyes, and are almost completely covered in thick dark hair.
Yowies are most active at night and are believed to have excellent night vision. They are known to observe, stalk, and chase people who are viewed as unwanted trespassers within their area, and are capable of rapid movement at great speed. Occasionally they will break, bite, and tear the bark off trees, and are regularly associated with a strong, foul odour, which they can release at will.
From The Cryptozoologist documentary project, as seen at Elevated Futures.
Elevated Futures is a community based group concept, composed of a diverse range of people who individually believe in developing and managing new and inclusive opportunities for creative projects that promote proactive self-learning, volunteering, practical teaching, interpersonal skill development, community support, and the enhancement of employment prospects. We desire to manage creative projects in a manner that encourages participation and advances teamwork, personal responsibility, strategic thinking, and respect for the contribution of others. Our structure and outlook will support professional development via personalised mentoring, and the sensible application of realistic, grounded concepts.
The Elevated Futures logo has been designed to visually represent the aims and nature of our community group. The symbol is known as the arrow tree, as it depicts an upwards-facing arrow, symbolizing direction and purpose, merged with a substantial tree, which represents our location and focus in the Adelaide Hills region, and is a strong emblem of continued growth and renewal.
You can visit our website here to view our current projects and read more about our aims and ambitions.
My bandcamp collection has again been featured in their Fan Spotlight section on the front page. I’ve written mini reviews for all my purchases, so if you like good indie music covering a wide range of styles and genres (post-rock, instrumental, stoner, alt-country, pop, dance, electronica, metal-rock, acoustic, synthwave, soundtrack, etc…) take a look and support these great artists.
Most albums can be listened to in full for free online, and many are completely free to download, or available from as little as a few dollars, so there’s always something to check out and enjoy.
Here’s some more illustrations from my Motorsport Heroes poster project. This time showing three world championship winning cars and drivers from the 1970’s:
- Emerson Fittipaldi ~ 1972 Lotus 72D
- Jackie Stewart ~ 1973 Tyrrell 006
- Niki Lauda ~ 1975 Ferrari 312T
Three iconic designs from what is surely the greatest decade for Formula One car design.
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.