Monday, December 5, 2011

Did some design work for Inner Credits recently - a poster and a hoody. I'll post a shot when it gets made.

I also spent the month writing - into the wee small hours of every night through November for Nanowrimo. The idea is to write a novel in one month - or 50,000 words! Sadly I only managed 25,000, but it was quite fun. And I have the beginning of a novel to continue to expand over Christmas as well, so that'll keep me busy. Whether its any good or not is another question!

Pretty depressing about the election, though not much of a surprise - and at least we retained MMP - which is more representative than the old First Past the Post system. And if nothing else, it pisses off tory assholes.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

More Phoenix...

An email invite for Phoenix Cosmetics below... Just to prove I haven't been sitting on my hands!

Meanwhile I'm doing some work for the Auckland Museum, which is fun, and have developed a new Inner circle BMX logo for Innercredits.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Phoenix billboard

Here's a billboard I recently completed for Phoenix Cosmetics. You can see it on New North Road, Auckland, if you're in the hood. If you're wondering about the pink haired model, Phoenix LOVES Jem.

I preferred the Misfits. Their songs were better.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Show Me Shorts

My short film, Last Flight is to appear at the Show Me Shorts Film Festival. It will be playing as part of the Unexpected Adventure collection - at 12 locations around the country!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Make MY movie!

NZ on Air and the NZ Film Commission are giving Kiwis a chance to make their own movie - competition style, and $100,000 is up for grabs. There's some great entries - but make sure you click the "like" button next to mine:PRIME MINISTERED.

It's a political satire - but mostly just comedy, and would be a heck of a lot of fun to make.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Orator newspaper advertising

The image is retouched from the Sunset Studios photo shoot that Stephanie and I did a few months ago for the main poster. I'm amused to say that I did the titles in Trajan - the movie font.

I have no shame.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Some editing work for the Auckland Council...

Here's a video I recently put together for the Auckland Council on the new Auckland Plan. Parts of it were a bit rushed in the end, but it was a fun project, and actually looks like quite a good plan! Go Auckland!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Phoenix Cosmetics

Here's some work I've done for Phoenix Cosmetics' new store in Wellington...
Window and sandwich board by yours truly.

Spent a surprisingly long time giving Marilyn spirals.

Aww, what a purty shop!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Botanic Gardens kid's trail

I've been designing up a kid's trail for the Auckland Botanic Gardens this last week. First I tried building the whole thing out of play dough - no kidding! I cooked up some play dough on the stove, moulded it into different shaps and photographed it. But sadly the whole concept was a FAIL! So in the end I reverted to "traditional" illustration and design. *sigh*

Anyway, here's the cover from the finished, A3 work - folded down to A5.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Taxi driver

Further my previous post, still experimenting stylistically here and thinking about character design. ...Also future vehicle design... although to be honest, I was mostly testing my ability to draw a car at all. Never a strong point for me - machines, buildings etc. I think because I'm a bit lazy.

Digital inking

I'm now officially out of work! Quit the day-job as of yesterday, so I'm now on the look-out for paying jobs. Meanwhile, I spent the afternoon experimenting with some different digital inking techniques, below. These are also partly character studies for a novel/comic/movie concept I'm chiseling away at, but are mostly just doodles. I guess I'm also trying to find a style of my own in there.

Friday, September 2, 2011

PhotoShop fun

This wee job took a lot more time than I imagined - mostly because there was so much that had to fit in! But anyway, was an interesting challenge in PhotoShop - and to a degree of technicality I haven't gone to before. Overall I created over 100 layers to get to the final image, 300dpi and 9000 pixels wide. Pushed my poor Imac to the point of being a dick. 

This was created for Weltec and Sauce.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Orator

The Orator #4: And here it is, the final poster - just completed a couple of nights ago. Photography by the rather talented Stephanie O'Connor.

A second version of the poster also exists with the Samoan and the English reversed and a Samoan tagline. The English tagline is by yours truly.

I've seen a rough cut of this film (sans grade, score and sound mix) and can safely tell you that it's going to be well worth seeing.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cannes poster

The Orator #3: I was asked to produce a teaser poster for the Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately I only had a couple of days to create it - from scratch - as no photography for the selected option currently existed.

Solution? For the figure, I set up, lit and rendered a character inside the 3D modeling application, Poser. For the floor I tiled an image of some existing flax until I had a large enough mat. The rest of my time was spent in PhotoShop trying to tie it all together.

I don't think the end result was very successful and I wish I could have spent more time on it. On the other hand, it was a good lead-in for the main Orator poster in terms of lighting, layout and the kind of problems I was going to be dealing with.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More movie poster fun...

The Orator #2: I continued to play around with the shadow concept after having the earlier poster selected on that basis, but I also experimented with using the sunlight to block out the protagonist's face (inversing the shadow idea!).

At this point I still hadn't seen the movie, which was in post production, so I was working off the synopsis alone. This wasn't a major problem - except without having seen the film (just production stills), I was unsure what the mood would be, and what quality things like the lighting would have.

Movie poster fun

The Orator #1: I've been working on a movie poster for the first commercial feature film made in Samoa, called The Orator - O le Tulafale. So, a fantastic project, which I was really excited to work on. The movie will be out in October in New Zealand, so I thought I'd show off a few of the concepts I started with when I first took on the job in Febuary 2011.

I roughed these up in PhotoShop and InDesign after sketching some ideas down. It was a tricky proposal, juggling the commercial requirements with the cultural, and in addition (as specified by the clients) keeping the main character largely anonymus.

They chose the bottom left concept to work with.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Nuts n Bolts

I finally collected all of my Nuts n Bolts cartoons into one place in the weekend. This series originally started out as an Agent Ani strip to help drive children to our EcoKids website, but as it went on I rapidly evolved it to fit the cartoon strip format and eventually changed it's name as well.

The entire run was printed (in colour) on page 3 of The North Shore Times once a week from July 2007 until November 2008.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

ONE... fell swoop

And here's the complete comic! Drawn in 2008, and originally printed in New Ground #9.

Sex, violence, politics; I tried to fit a bit of everything, really.

Fell Swoop

Still experimenting with digital painting, so sketched up this cover for my Fell Swoop comic.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Sparrow

Recently uploaded one of my comics, The Sparrow, into Issuu format. This of course was the basis for Last Flight.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rosie in space

Working on a character concept for a comic idea I've had. Decided to experiment with creating a kind of Rosie the Riveter in space, as my starting point. These are all just sketches, but fun to do.

No, don't ask me what the patch on her should is. Possibly NASA, possibly the UN. Who knows?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

My Portfolio... 2011

Here's my portfolio...
It took a lot longer to put together than I'd planned. Frankly, I realize now why I never had one before! Who has the time?

It will continue to be a work in progress and I'll update as I go. I'm also quite liking the Issuu book format - seems preferable to a pdf, but I guess I'll wait and see what feedback I get.

Anyway click to bring up full screen.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Honey pot

Hey, my honey labels made the front page of the Central Leader. Guess that's my 15 minutes all blown. Thanks Len.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Well, great, my first picture post is ghastly.

These were spos to be 3 bad monkeys. But they ended up being 3 surprised blobs. Guess I'll have to try a different approach.

Therapy Blag

Hi, from 3 Bad Monkeys... Or just one, in this instance; little ol' me.

So, I'm gonna use this blag to hone my mad creative skills. That's right - this is therapy! I'm just sorry you had to be here to see it, whoever you are.