Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sketchbook Project

I have just posted off my contribution to the Sketchbook Project. "It's like a concert tour, but with sketchbooks."
Ours is a collaborative sketchbook, mostly Melbourne comics artists. Draw and post it on is our method. I contributed a page to the little moleskin sketchbook. See pic

#Sketchbookproject drawn + express poste on Twitpic

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Atsushi Wada Trailer

Beautiful, mysterious, the imagination of Atsushi Wada.

This can be bought as a DVD from calf

Friday, December 17, 2010


These two blokes are currently exhibited at ACMI as a part of the ACMI Screenworlds exhibition

They are stills from an one of three animations I created last year

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


These two little NZ blokes are coming to stay with us.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dogs and SWD

Can't stop drawing dogs.

Swervedriver reform and come to Aus next year.

Duress - timeless.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010


I have just put up my cars design as a postcard or as cards to purchase here in either colour or red tones.

Close ups


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

To wander when I day dream

Here is a picture of me prancing down the street in Edinburgh. I am pictured just outside the hostel I lived in for about 8 months. Ah those were the days...
I think one of my favourite things to do is to realise memories of places and people through drawings, and particularly so in comics. I really don't do it enough. It is like having many places to wander to when I day dream. To have time to day dream is quite important to me, and to my comic-ing.

This is a picture from the same time (and indeed the same comic that I did about September 11). It is me chatting to a Belfastian named Rick Brown. I have tea, he has coffee.

This is Victoria Street which heads from George IV Bridge to the Grass Market. I worked in a little shop here. It is a beautiful cobbled street. My only regret in this drawing is that I ran out of time to draw in the cobbles. Imagine it is cobbled...

(Why have these pictures suddenly popped up? Just trying to organise my folders of images... its a little crazy in there)

Friday, December 03, 2010

Cars n jumps

Working on a project in AE today, though I have been a little side tracked with this little experiment. The cars are from "How Live TV is Made", an animation I did for display in the ACMI Screenworlds exhibition. The jumping man is from a demonstration I did for the kids up in Jabiru, and the image on the left edge is an etching (with a blending mode applied).
So just playing with a few things in After Effects. Mostly I have been playing with the sound. Just a little experiment, though it may go further.

Incidently, I have the cars featured in a card/postcard here

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Petr Herel

Drawings, Paintings, Artist Books
An exhibition by Petr Herel

Australian Works on Paper Gallery
until 21st November
Smith Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne

Friday, October 01, 2010

Sufjan Stevens

My sister once gave me some Sufjan Stevens before an 8 hour drive home. Made for a pleasant drive.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pop Cigar

a very good thing
I love it
If that link doesn't suit you then you can have a little preview here

Here is a snippet of the comic I put into Tiny Peeks

These are little Yuendumu dogs.
This is Yuendumu
Two weeks till I go back to Yuendumu.  on Twitpic

The idea for the exhibition/tiny limited edition book was to do a 'tiny peek' into your day to day, limited to one page. I was in Jabiru when given the brief. I couldn't think of an appropriate scenario that I felt captured this theme as my "day to day" has been all over the place this year. So I decided to whip up a day in the year comic...if that makes sense...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Good Things in Melbourne

Tiny Peeks Group Show and Book Launch Opens tonight

Check out the Fikaris activity. It's pretty hot.

Paper Theatre
Bernard Caleo does Kamishibai
Next few Tuesdays in North Melbourne

The Bret Braddock adventures, Comic Launch 6pm tonight.

Preview of the work here
David's blog

Other good things in Melbourne
Nicki's Hamlet is here

I missed a recent show by Ord and Dillon Naylor. Check out their blogs.

Sinna Man Excerpt

Here is an excerpt for Sinna Man

I just realised this was the winner of the MIFF animation shorts. I did miss one of the screenings this year. What a shame. I hope it will be in MIAF 2011

Friday, September 24, 2010

Anita Killi animation Sinna Man

I have been looking at Sinna Man making of on the Trollfilm AS site. It is animator Anita Killi's most recent animation. Sinna Man is a book by author GRO DAHLE and illustrator: SVEIN NYHUS. It looks absolutely magnificent. I would really like to see it in it's original language (prefer the voice acting). It is also called Angry Man in English.

This is the sort of wirey dog I would like. Isn't he beautiful. The whole production looks beautiful, very inspiring.

What is nice about the Trollfilm AS site is the documentation of the process. Paper cutout. It is really interesting to see.

Other things:
I'm listening to Boy and the Echo Choir, their album And Night Arrives in One Gigantic Step is worth a peruse. Piano-ey, and very nice.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Bai Rong Wang - Lao shu jia nü (The Mouse Marries, 1983)

I've been looking for good examples of paper cut out animation lately. Michel Ocelot being the obvious one to look at, but it is nice to find something like this little animation. It is wonderful for so many reasons.

Hmm, I'm not sure about 1983? It suggests 60's to me. I'll have to do some research.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Have a look at this interesting article (blog) on Spike, the Meanjin blog, by Jessica Au.

Au gives a review and discussion of the Short Films at MIFF, and discusses the shifting accessibility and experience of the short film.

Au's article also shows this strangely alluring short puppet-animation Johannes Nyholm’s Dreams from the Woods (Features the music by Little Dragon which adds for a particularly mesmerising cinema experience.)

Dreams from the Woods was last in the MIFF Animation Shorts 1 screening, which contained a really refreshing selection of animations, including Atsushi Wada's In a Pig’s Eye (mentioned in previous blog-post)

Something about it is a little Phil Mulloy, though not nearly as challenging as his work

Atsushi Wada

Atsushi Wada's animation In A Pig's Eye screened at this year's MIFF and it was fantastic. A real cracker. Information on it is available here (link to nice Zagreb Animafest festival site)

I've been looking at Mirai Mizue also

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Winter days / Fuyu no hi [1]

"Winter Days (冬の日 Fuyu no Hi) is a 2003 animated film, directed by Kihachirō Kawamoto. It is based upon the renga of the same name by the 17th-century Japanese poet Bashō."
This is part one animated by Yuri Norstein

This is a project I blogged about in 2004 and I am so excited that many of the animations are now available to view online!

Koji Yamamura is number 35

Co Hoederman is number 32

Isao Takahata is 28

Mark Baker is 21

The Hill Farm
Example of Mark Baker's work

Aleksandr Petrov is number 12

Old Man and the Sea

Example of Aleksandr Petrov's work

Monday, July 12, 2010

Hanae Seida

Olney Clark- "Josefin the Writer" from Hanaé Seida on Vimeo.

Pencilly nice animation by Tokyo artist Hanae Seida. She worked as a digital artist on Sylvain Chomet’s feature “L’illusionniste (The Illusionist, 2010)”. This is screening in the Melbourne International Film Festival
Friday 23rd and Saturday 31st

Also in MIFF in the animation shorts is an animation by Atsushi Wada Beautiful and strange, and indeed pencilly.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Animating Jukurrpa

In February and June this year I have been working in Yuendumu NT at PAW Media as an animation trainer. Here is a link to some of the projects made ANIMATING JUKURRPA
Keep an eye on the Animations listed - there are still a couple to come I believe.
Kinky Kinky is a bit of a treat if you've only got time for one.

Here is a picture of some dogs waiting outside the Nguru Walaja (or Walalja) shop.

At the moment I am trying to animate one thing but being distracted by another. That is, trying to redo this (see pictured) old 2002 animation called Clickity Clix. It was originally done as an animated comic for SBS site Cornerfold (now offline). I like it. It involves a bit of Bingo, some monsters, and Ferret Face.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Michel Ocelot & Shiriagari Kotobuki

Lovely, Michel Ocelot's early animation is on the tube now.

Some info:
A 1-minute sample of the 13-minute short film by Michel Ocelot, completed in 1979. The complete film, in a much clearer, more recent transfer and with English subtitles, is available on the French DVD 'Les Trésors cachés de Michel Ocelot,' which is region 2 and PAL and can be imported from online shops such as Fnac or the French Amazon. This sample was found at the production company's page

Head to the clip on YouTube for more links and information on this little animated film.

I've been in NT for the last four weeks working in Yuendumu. Animation work that will be launched online in late July I believe. I'll keep you posted.

Being there meant that I missed 99% of the Melbourne International Animation Festival, though we did catch Best of the Fest on Sunday night, a bunch of intriguing and inspiring films. A curious collection that really made me wish that I'd caught the rest of the fest! Oh well. I've been having fun drawing lots of dogs, namely two: Ginger and Bruce. Some selected pics to come.

Consequently I've been having an animation fest of my own this afternoon.
Actually I've been having a Shiriagari Kotobuki festival.

Monday, May 17, 2010


And Ferret Face STICKERS!!

Hip hip hooray! Stickers!
Well I am most excited.
So far only Ferret Face and Nude Man. That'll do.
I'm buying 6. They are about $1.20 each but you get a 50% discount if you purchase 6 or more.

Here is a link

You have to go to T-shirts then click on purchase to preview the stickers.

Friday, May 14, 2010

as is my wont

An excerpt from "Ferret Face and the Glass Slipper Saga" comic that was in the NZ comic anthology "My Soiled Sample" edited by Tim Danko.

Trying to tidy up and thought I'd slip up an oldie... as is my wont.

Monday, May 10, 2010

crumbly lunch animation

This was a lunchtime project (yesterday). Essentially this guy has no reason to exist other than I just wanted to doodle a bit during lunch.

funny man

Probably the worst drawing I've ever done. He's a deleted inbetween. He made me laugh so I thought I'd bring him back to life here.

Actually this one is pretty bad too!

Monday, May 03, 2010


I just slipped this guy up on the bubble I really am procrastinating. I might revisit him tomorrow because I don't like the tulip's semi-opacity-neck revealing properties. Back to work.


Here is my small roughy for Chugnut last week, theme being blister.

Lots to write but busy as a blue-arsed-fly.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Nudeman - NEW TSHIRT

I've just popped up a new T-shirt design
You can have a look here

I am aiming to make him look a little newspapery in texture and tone. It's a bit of an ask for a t-shirt print, but my other t-shirt design with Ferret Face looks okay. Nudeman looks good on yellow, but this example may be a more appealing t-shirt colour.
As linked to in my previous post, you can see his whole story here.

If I sell one I make approximately $1.25! If I sell a Ferret Face one I don't make anything, but I am happy he is out there, skipping away, on people's chests.

I received a great little care package today from a fellow Chugnut Mel Rowsell, containing some of the Gocco prints made at comics camp a few weeks back.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Camp comic

This is a comic for the Chugnut Collective site.
The Chugnut Collective spawned from our recent comics camp. You can see the Chugnut blog here.
Starting this week, Chugnut have a weekly challenge to draw a small comic on a theme. This week's theme was "Camp". I've managed to just scrape in for this weeks challenge with my four panel comic "Camp things"

Comics that I am doing, but should be doing other things...
Nudeman is searching through old records here. Looking for some of his favourite bands. Nudeman came about when I did round 07 of Comic Artist Rehab.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Loosey Friday

tax comic draft

Comic camp was last weekend. I've had a little flu this week, and I'm inspired. Both by comic camp and having had some chats with about some story issues with my 'problem' comic.

'problem comic'

I've been testing some new ink and may pop up a pic later. Taking a drawing to the RMIT Gallery today. Will link to the show next week.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Animator of the week

Animator of the week: Evert de Beijer from Holland
Have a look at AFW's excerpt of his beautifully drawn animation, the characters

I have blogged a little about him previously here

Just got back from this place:

There's an animator of the week in there somewhere I'm sure of it.