Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mishka Bear

Another icon for a liquor label working with designer Chris Travers. The thing with these is that after drawing a dozen bears, I take the one that is working the best and start reducing the detail until it becomes a simple graphic icon. With this one I could have refined and simplified it even further, but in so doing it loses something of the original idea. The trick is knowing when to stop. So this still retains some of the angular line work of the original thumbnail sketch.

Clipper Beer

Clipper Beer icon. Not really much more to add except the designer I worked with is Chris Travers.


Commissioned and actually designed by Zillah Dunton of the Scarlet Design Group is this illustration for Unilever...I think. Her idea, my execution....that is called collaboration.


Illustration work on cans are a real challenge because the printing surface is unforgiving and the ink can bleed all over the place. This illustration for Yello, a design firm in Sydney, had to be very controlled in order to have a half decent chance of surviving the can print process. I listened closely to the production crew, because they will certainly tell me if I become too adventurous. No point in doing work that won't print. You may notice a white keyline separates the greens from the yellow and magenta. We didn't want these colours bleeding into one another. The various yellows and oranges didn't pose the same problem. The product is Nestea, which most people will be familiar with.

Clea Crimson CD art

I thought I had better add this image seeing it is very current and I haven't posted anything for a while as I have been busy on other things. This is the CD art for Clea Crimson's album 'Home is where the art is'. A very cruisy collection of her own compositions that is currently on high rotation in my studio and home. I have posted a link to her website. Seeing the CD has just been released, why not check her music out. Supporting her on this album is a selection of some of Australia's gifted jazz musicians including Bill Risby, Ben Ackland, Steve Elphick, Toby Hall and Spike Mason

Monday, March 29, 2010

Safcol Tuna

The designer already had this concept fairly well finalised in the visual, but never the less, I had to redo the image from scratch for hi res printing. The final result was a coyright independent illustration with hi res detail for POS applications.

10 can Coke Box

This illustration was for a 10 can box for Coke in the UK. Based on the Coke Semi that is ablaze with lights. I had to do the five sides with the production art handled by LFH in Belguim.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Strumbras Vodka

Stumbras Vodka....these were illustrations for designer John Blackwell in the UK as reverse labels to the backs of these you know, vodka is being flavoured these days. I think it is a lithuanian company.

Old Crow

Another label illustration.


Illustration for Dencorub packaging....thanks Jeff. DCS file in two colours and white.


Would have loved the time to make this one work better, but perhaps overstepped the brief somewhat...important not to let enthusiasm cloud critical thinking.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tahiti Promotion

An illustration for a travel promotion.

Tuna Fisherman

An editorial piece accompanying a story on the dangers of being a tuna fisherman and in particular their war with sharks.


An illustration for the cover of a book on dinosaurs done some time ago. I wanted to do it digitally but the client was reluctant at the time, so out came the airbrush and pencils.

Sea Captain

Using my father as a model. He has been a sailor since his youth in Holland and taught my brother, sister and I how to sail, a love we still have to this day despite the expense. Of course it helps to have Sydney Harbour as your playground.

Crocodile Communications

Some years ago there was a company called Crocodile Communications. I did quite a lot of work for these guys, which I enjoyed. I did this crocodile for them.

Hit for Six Ampol poster

A promotion for Ampol through their Autoshop.

Indy Grand Prix Coke Promotion

Another Coke promotional poster for the Indy Grand Prix on the Gold Cost.

Torture of the cross

This one gets a varied reaction depending on the viewer. An exploration in a symbolic nature of the cruxifiction. Looks like a heavy metal poster so it finished up being a little jarring because of that.

Coke Caltex promotion POS

Another one of those 50's style illustrations again. This time for a marketing promotion for Caltex and Coke that appeared in the gas stations around Australia. A gouache illustration and I think the last traditionally executed work I ever did in gouache.

The Juggler

This is an older illustration that I have had hanging around and it is of a corporate nature, I just can't remember the client or the brief. A generic concept that has been done to death. I can't remember how long ago I did it, but the glasses might be a clue.