Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Brad Pitt

I was working on a Brad Pitt caricature this week. I went into a lot more detail than I normally would and am happy with the result. I though I'd post the different stages of the illustrations development so you could see how it progessed. FYI it took about 8 hours all up.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Mars Volta Redux

Cedric was too tall in the last one so I smooshed him. It allowed me to add more fro, which was of course a benefit.

Quick Sketches

Just a couple of quick sketches (Sylvester Stallone and George W), I'm thinking of drawing a caricature of him a day until he get's ousted and then sending them to him. I imagine by November they won't be too flattering.

One was done digitally the other in front of the tv.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

24 Hour Comics

Well, I'm officially obsessed with the thing now, so I have been trawling through all of my files seeing what unseen nuggets of brilliance I have. So far no luck, but I did stumble across this. Last year I was a part of 24 Hour Comics (, which essentially is an event where artists all over the world spend the same 24 hours drawing a 24 page comic, sounded fun, but it was gruelling to say the least. It was good to see where people's ideas were heading after 17 hours, and needless to say there were some weird things popping up. I do belive that if you google me, somewhere in the results is a run down of the Perth event that I was a part of and some pretty handsome photos of me..

Anywho here is a sample of the work that I produced, I still think it's funny but the artwork isn't my finest and if you want to see the rest you can find it at

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Big Willy Style

Thought I'd post an initial sketch (Will Smith) that I did in front of the tv the other night and how it looked after I spent a couple of hours colouring it. I laid down a black base layer and then worked the colour over the top, using the sketch as the base and working the colour from a magazine photo of the fresh prince himself.


Just a couple of quck sketches I did the other day: Brad Pitt and Ricky Gervais

Caricatures of note

I thought as I am primarily working as a cartoonist/caricaturist I should post something related to it. Here are two quick caricatures that are drawn digitally, but with a pretty dry brush in photoshop, which is something I would like to work at because I think it gives a nice finish and almost makes me feel like a real artist

The caricatures are of Australian model Gemma Ward, by far the most alien looking person ever, and musical duo The Mars Volta, who I just got tickets to see in June, and if they don't cancel on me this time I'll be a very hapy chappy.

My Babies.

While I was in Perth for the Literature Festival I side-tracked to a housing development that I designed. I was hoping it would be finished and it was! It's the only development that was all my work, when I was a designer, even though some of my innovative ideas were pushed out during the approval period, It still looks alright.

It's a nice feeling to see something that you create from scatch built at such a massive scale, and have people buy them!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

All Saints' Literature Festival

I was invited to present some workshops on cartooning at a recent Literature Festival in Perth. It was my such festival of words and they treat you like royalty at these things (I'm assuming they had a certain level of support for their other guests, like Mem fox of Possum Magic fame, and I just got to come along for the ride).

I presented three 2 hour sessions and to a range ages and was even on a panel talking with students about creative careers after school. It was great to be around people who have had success in their respective creative fields (Jamie Edis,, Jan Latta, Travis Tischler, and Sophia Zielinski who made a 5m high, found object, geodesic dome in her back yard!)

Architectual Illustration

Here's the architectual illustration I talked about in the last post. It's the first one I've coloured with the WACOM and has since seen my marker collection allocated to an old shoe box.

I've done quite a few illustrations for this client and they're great to encourage my brain to work beyond the toilet humor that takes up so much of a cartoonist's time.


I've been working on WACOM tablet for about six months now and the other day I realised that I had really only been using it for caroons and caricatures. A couple of months back I coloured an architectual illustration with it but I haven't done 3D concept sketching. I had a slow day yesterday so I changed all that.

I tell you what it would have made my uni projects a lot easier, although I was mostly hung over then so I'm not sure whether advances in technology could've helped me...

Monday, April 7, 2008

in the beginning...

Welcome to Unkle Wato's school for the bored. It's my first post and be damned I feel important, very important.

Where this thing will end up going I don't know but I'm looking forward to having an outlet to show all those wonderful drawings and doodles that artists tend to do, yet don't get payed for, so they never tend to see the light of day. As well as commissioned work.

I also plan to update the blog with all the adventures that fit into my professional sphere, but aren't exactly drawings, so you can see what I'm up to and where I might be next. This, I think, should serve as a way to satisfy the demands of friends and family that I have recenty left, by moving across the country, while saving money on phone calls.

To begin I think I'll stick up some bits and pieces that are recent , yet not brand new, to give you an overview of my stuff.

So onward...