Monday 15 December 2014

Illustrations for Santillana Publishers...

Earlier this year I worked on a couple of illustrations for the publisher Santillana, a textbook and general-interest publishing group based in Spain and Latin America. I was asked to do two versions of a Paris street scene, for a large wall planner for 2015 and also for the cover of a School Agenda. We decided to make the wall planner version with a Summer feel and the cover to be more Autumnal.

Here they are. (Excuse the varying quality of the photos!)

Thursday 30 October 2014

Review of 'To This Day'

John McIntyre gave a very positive review of 'To This Day' this morning on National Radio's Nine to Noon programme. Here is the link where you can listen to the full review. Such a pleasure to have been involved in this amazing project.

Monday 6 October 2014

Illustration for 'To This Day'

Here is my double page spread illustration from the recently released book To This Day, by Canadian spoken word poet Shane Koyczan. Illustrators were each given a verse from the poem and asked to interpret the text in their own unique visual style. The verse that I illustrated was about the main character being questioned at school about being bullied. Here's what I came up with:

Sunday 31 August 2014

Middlebury Magazine...

I recently had the pleasure of being able to do several illustrations for Middlebury Magazine, including the cover of the Summer issue which is out now. Middlebury Magazine is published by Middlebury College, a liberal arts college in Vermont. The illustrations were for an essay on summer reading. It was a real pleasure to work on these, and the magazine looks incredible - beautifully printed and designed. A big thanks to AD Pamela Fogg.

Monday 25 August 2014

Storylines Festival 2014...

I had the pleasure of being invited to attend the Storylines Festival 2014 Family Day in Wellington on the weekend - it was an action packed day and I got to meet loads of very nice people. Thanks to all the lovely folks who came and said hello!

And congrats to the winners of the 'Bug Hunt'.

I took this little guy and some of his bug friends down with me....

Tuesday 12 August 2014

To This Day...

Excited about the recent release of this book from Annick Press - 'To This Day' by Shane Koyczan. I had the pleasure of being one of the illustrators who got a chance to illustrate a verse each from this fantastic anti-bullying poem. It was a thrill to be asked to participate, along with so many other talented illustrators, and to be part of something so positive.

From the publisher's website:

'Now this extraordinary work has been adapted into an equally moving and visually arresting book. Thirty international artists, as diverse as they are talented, have been inspired to create exceptional art to accompany “To This Day.” Each page is a vibrant collage of images, colors and words that will resonate powerfully with anyone who has experienced bullying themselves, whether as a victim, observer, or participant.

Born of Shane’s own experiences of being bullied as a child, To This Day expresses the profound and lasting effect of bullying on an individual, while affirming the strength and inner resources that allow people to move beyond the experience. A heartfelt preface and afterword, along with resources for kids affected by bullying, make this book an invaluable centerpiece of the anti-bullying movement. '

Monday 21 July 2014

Workstyle Cover

Awhile ago I was commissioned to illustrate the cover of the current issue of Workstyle Magazine. It was a pleasure to do the cover for this magazine, which is beautifully designed and printed and features lots of interesting illustration and photography. Thanks AD Marta Scetta.

Friday 20 June 2014

Montpellier map...

Here is another illustrated map that I did earlier this year for Conde Nast Traveler magazine. This time it was Montpellier in France. Thanks AD Jon-Paul Pezzolo.

Friday 6 June 2014

'Sheds' drawings at Alcove gallery

I have a few drawings currently showing at Alcove Gallery in Hamilton. It is a series of 6 pencil drawings based on various old sheds and buildings, most of which I go past regularly as I drive to and from my house. Thanks to gallery manager Lynda Wilson for asking me to show some works and for her great job in hanging them.

Saturday 17 May 2014

Zinefest Illustration

I really enjoyed yesterday's Hamilton Zinefest, there were so many great zines and comics for sale - and some amazing people giving workshops throughout the day. And thanks to the kind people who purchased my comics! Here is a poster that I illustrated for the event:

Monday 31 March 2014

Taste of Hawkes Bay...

Here is another map I did recently for Taste Magazine, covering the cuisine and produce on offer in the Hawkes Bay of New Zealand. Always great to contribute to this mag, and thanks to AD Mike Watson.

Sunday 9 March 2014

Unlimited Mag...

A while ago I did this illustration for Unlimited Magazine - an NZ business magazine available now for digital platforms only. This was for an article about the different personality types that need to work together to make a business work.

Tuesday 28 January 2014

Portland Map...

Awhile back I was commissioned by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine in the UK to do an illustrated map of the city of Portland in the US. The map was to accompany an article about the various foodie destinations and highlights of the city.

Below is the result. Thanks to AD Jon-Paul Pezzolo.

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Riff Raff

I recently did an illustration for the cover of RiffRaff Mag, an arts zine focusing on the arts and creative community in my local area.

Riff Raff is a really great zine that is put together and designed by the talented Emily Russell, and it is always a fascinating read, filled with art, photography, poetry and interviews with lots of local artists. Well worth checking out if you can. Some of my work and an interview with me is also featured in this issue.

Thanks to Emily for featuring me and for all her amazing hard work in producing this labour of love.

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