Thursday, 29 September 2011

Inspired by tape

Inspired by tape

This is my third and final submission for the AGDA poster annual and the theme inspired by music.

Having already submitted 'caged by routine' and 'the Beat and the Melody' I started thinking about what has changed in music, any why nowadays I spend more time listening to the radio than my iTunes library. I decided it was because I miss the story of the album and that the ability to shuffle my library has  made me less observant of what has been compiled by the artist.

My memory skipped back to laying on my bed killing hours listening to music with the low hum of the tape moving from spool to spool. And long hours in the car on family road-trips with the auto changer taking us from the A-side to the B-side and back over and over again. All the while the composition of the album taking us on a journey that is now missed by skipping or worse still not purchasing. 

There are albums from my uni days I can't bear to listen to out of sequence, or feel like I'm missing something when the strange little interludes are jumped over in the hurry to get to the next pulse racing anthem.

I suppose that's why I like a good live set or even music dvd – the story is unavoidable.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The Beat and the Melody

The Beat and the Melody  
'One spring afternoon the Beat asked the Melody to meet in a park not far from here. Melody showed up in a white dress. Conveniently all their friends were there when they gave their lives to each other. Now the Beat has a melody to keep his head in the clouds and the Melody has a beat to keep her feet on the ground'.

This is second submission for the AGDA Poster Annual and the theme of 'inspired by music'. The idea behind this poster came ready made being that I attended the wedding of the Beat and the Melody.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Caged by routine

Caged by routine

This is the first of my submissions for the AGDA poster annual which explores the theme of 'inspired by music'. 

When thinking about the theme I reflected on the way I use music to relax or escape from the day to day grind and the positive difference music makes to my immediate environment. So even when caged, putting on my headphones can help me to escape the boredom.

AGDA poster annual

So the ADGA Poster Annual finalists have been released which is very exciting. I had a go this year but missed out on making the shortlist. But I did had fun putting together a few submissions which I'm still happy with. I'll them up this week and look forward to seeing the winners on the 21st of October at the Gaffa Gallery.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Sketch Club – The Paper Mill



Recently I have started going to the Sketch Club sessions at the Paper Mill gallery in Sydney, and it's been a blast. With just two hours to address their project it's a create opportunity to see how other people attack the project and the varied results that come out of it.

The last session was on portraits I couldn't find anyone who sat still enough for my pedantic line making so i made do with a couple of magazines. Hopefully you can recognise my models.

Sessions are run on the last Thusday of each month – see here for details

Sunday, 31 July 2011

They called her name ...

“They called her name until it didn’t sound like a real word anymore, but she never returned.”

When the team over at the Monday Project put up their latest theme I was a bit intimidated by the specificity of the title. But having read the back story I found myself sitting on the couch with the sketch pad out pondering a few projects at once. At the same time our dog Milly was sitting on the floor ignoring instructions to go outside – all of a sudden I totally got it!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

special T

special T

I've always been a fan of beautiful type so when sparkapolooza put up the theme 'special tea' I did my usual trick played on the words and went straight to my favourite type book (a visual history of typefaces and graphic styles) and a specimen sheet by Johann Heinrich Meyer for a very special 'T'.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Agent of change

Special agent of change

I couldn't work out where to go with the latest Monday Project so after a few false starts I've ended up with a this well hatted character as my 'agent of change'.

Monday, 27 June 2011



After having missed the left them eat cake theme over at sparkapolooza I've made it back for the DADA theme. Having recently been to the National Gallery in Canberra and seen some real DADA I decided to leave the toilet where it was and work from the sound of the word rather than it's artistic meaning.

Friday, 27 May 2011

under the lamp post

One last puff

Another theme from the Monday Project. I've gone reasonably literal on this one for a change, but added in some copy for context. I'm finding that using the wacom I'm less precious about the line and prepared to command z, where as on paper I'm very reluctant to pull out the eraser.