Hmmm I’ve done some fun things…
Like the time I was training as a neuropsychologist, or playing to thousands every week as a working lead guitarist or founding and building a successful IT consulting company…Yeah Nah, I was still always happiest with a pencil in my hand.
So eventually I studied illustration and just before graduating in 2004 I was fortunate enough to take out the top prize in the Inaugural Australia and New Zealand Illustration Awards for students. My artworks that made the cut included a picture of a strange half chicken, half man, dying of avian flu. The award’s exposure was really useful to help me get those first few valuable illustration jobs which set me on my way.
During those first few years as a freelance illustrator I was kept busy with a stream of commercial illustration projects for various brands in the food, beverage, packaging and advertising industries. In my limited spare time I continued to work on my folio aimed at the children’s book arena as well as further refining my drawing, painting and design skills.
Those late nights paid off as I was soon commissioned to illustrate for books and magazine covers. Notable achievements followed including The Children’s Book Council of The Year Awards which recognised myself and Author Carole Wilkinson in the Eve Pownall Awards for Information Books with a Shortlisting for Ned Kelly’s Jerilderie Letter. A second coveted award also from The Children’s Book Council saw The Dragon Companion, fully illustrated by myself and also authored by Carole, bestowed with the honour of ‘Notable Book’.
I then did a bit of teaching, in digital art and 3D modelling but just as I was having some fun I got sucked into the corporate world (my fault, I started a business) for a 10 year sentence, and I’ve only just been released on good behaviour.
It’s so great to have the time to get the pencils out again. And the paints. And the Wacom tablet. My ability to adapt my style and apply my ideas, solid drawing skills, using both traditional and digital techniques, has very made me a very handy resource for art directors and editors.
When it comes to image making, styles and techniques I don’t really like boundaries – I just like collaborating with clever and creative people to produce great imagery that moves people – we all love a wow moment every now and then.