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Monday, February 27, 2012

Scrapper Paper

Above are a few examples of some experiments on ‘scrapper paper’. This paper has a black coating on it and you scratch away at it to reveal the white. So the trick (if there is one) is to think in terms of negative space and draw the white. I really enjoy this stuff, it’s fun to work, you can achieve some very striking results and it is conceptuality simular to working chalk on a black back ground (or road surface).

These particular drawings are experimental images for chapter titles in a book that I am working on for Random House.

Monday, February 13, 2012


Wow, it’s been awhile since I updated my blog! I have been flat out since November last year. Lots of art stuff and lots of life changes. One of the most time consuming is my family and I have moved from Hobart in Tasmania to Sydney. On the art front I am currently working on a drawing for the Sir John Sulman Prize, which is run in conjunction with the Archibald prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. While I am not sure if I will even get my work into the exhibition, I will give it my best shot. The painting I am working on is based on one of my favourite Japanese folk stories, ‘Peach Boy’. I am also busy work with a good friend and amazing author, Nick Falk, on a series of his stories with Random House Australia. It is handy being in Sydney for publishing meeting. Lastly, I am reviewing my first handmade book, ‘The 9 lives of Oliver’ form 2003. I am looking to see if it can be re-written to make it suitable for commercial publishing. I have attached some scans of my character drawing. In the story, Oliver the cat lives 9 lives, spread throughout history, so heaps of fun things to draw and hopefully funny for those who read it. That’s about it, I will promise to update more regularly now that I’m settled in Sydney and have my computer up and running again.