Thursday, October 27, 2011
If you love books and book design that goes beyond the photo library and embossed foil type, take a look at The Caustic Cover Critic blog. (One mans endless ranting about book design...) CCC has a finger on the pulse, a sharp eye for a rip-off and a sharper turn of phrase for transgressors.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
I was recently interviewed by Óscar Palmer about the Long Story Shorts series for Affirm Press. Óscar runs a small publishing house in Spain, Es Pop Ediciones and also maintains the blog Cultura Impopular , which discusses design, Illustration, comics and the like.
Whoops: heres the link to the actual interview:
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
On Monday I was at Westgarth Primary School as part of their Book Week and talked to years 3 to 6 on the process of creating a picture book from start to finish. I spoke about the differences between working with a writer, Matt Zurbo on 'My Dad's a Wrestler!' and writing my own 'the Search for Bigfoot Bradley', showing initial scripts, drafts and first sketches, working with editors and publishers and the whole shebang, (at least the bits of it I know about)
Monday, August 29, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Phew, a frantic few weeks doing some renovation on studio and home. Speaking of which: This months Child Magazine features a story on Extenders, which actually has nothing to do with home renovation but does provide a pretty tenuous segue.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
July's Australian Family Physician focus is on Dermatology, I really wanted to show the emotional fallout as well, and how the outward manifestations of the various conditions can result in societal isolation as well as physical discomfort.
A Bigfoot thanks to Liza and all at Westgarth Books for making last Saturday so much fun and looking after me so nicely, in particular for having the right sized pencil sharpener on hand when I suffered equipment failure in the middle of a scribble. Plus they do a great coffee and cake if you're in the neighbourhood!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
June's Australian Family Physician focus is on mental health. The solution was based on on the prevailing opinion of finding a balance of treatment, therapy and coping with the distractions of life to achieve a balance in mental health.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
May's AFP magazine focus was on menopause. After a number of conceptual approaches (I feel obliged to point out it was expressly forbidden to explore any imagery associated with change or metamorphosis!) we decided on the breezier approach above.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
From May 1st to 5th I was honoured to take part as a speaker in agideas, the international design week. The staff and volunteers were terrific, calm, professional and enthusiastic. A great help if you're about to speak to a few thousand people. In fact, by the time it came to head out on stage, I was so at ease that time slipped away and I settled in for a much longer chat than time allowed.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
The Search for Bigfoot Bradley was Launched last Sunday, (17th May) at Sunflower Bookshop and was a huge success. A stack or more of people turned up and helped give Bradley a great start in life.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Dean recently worked with agency the blue group for pro bono campaign 1 for 100 which encourages subscription to the Big Issue to raise awareness and prospects for Australia's homeless women. The campaign was produced in partnership with The Body Shop and appears in stores all across the country.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunflower Bookshop in Elsternwick is launching my new book the search for BigFoot Bradley on Sunday 15th May 2011 at 11am. Sunflower has a tradition of support for local writers and artists and I'm happy and grateful that they've offered their beautiful shop for releasing Bradley into the wide world. We launched my book with Matt Zurbo 'My Dad's a Wrestler' there a year or so ago and it was a great success, though hope my drawing display splashes less paint on the carpet this time around!
I've been invited to speak at agideas 2011 international design week, May 1st to 5th. There are 40 leaders in design and creativity speaking over 3 days at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and I'm tempted to say something funny and self deprecating to cover my nervousness about it!
Friday, April 8, 2011
Dean illustrated this article for art director Oliver Towning at Boss Magazine on the topic of what happens when the boss falls sick. How effective can the CEO remain? How does the business adapt? How much should the company disclose? And can the company really be run from a sick bed?
This April's Child magazine features an illustration by Dean for the article 'Routine Fears' about the anxiety faced by one mother as her daughter competes in gravity defying gymnastic competitions and how she must resist the urge to over protect or face the wrath of an eight year old!
The March feature for Australian Family Physician is on adolescent health issues, including eating disorders, alcohol and energy drinks and the effects of bullying. After discussing with Art Director Jason Farrugia I opted for a fairly serious, almost portrait treatment, though setting it on the steps down the shops just drew itself.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The latest collection in the Affirm Press Long Story Shorts series is Bearings, by Leah Swann. Described by Patrick Holland as
' lustful, violent and comic as it is by turns --– is a work of quiet reverence and respect for people, their dreams and their failings ... This is a work of pain so sincere, so lived and so wonderfully wrought it possesses the power to heal.’
Like the rest of this powerful series it's often intense reading and pushes you to give its character a unique visual voice while still remaining strongly identified with its companion collections. Its hugely rewarding to be involved in.
Friday, February 4, 2011
There was once a little boy with big feet.
He didn’t know why or where or who he got them from,
but he had really, really, really big feet.
So begins my new picture book the search for Bigfoot Bradley. And while everyone else is following giant footprints all over town, Bradley's just trying to find out where he comes from. And to hide those enormous feet from the kids at school...
It's the very first picture book I've written, illustrated and designed (at least the first one I've finished) and I certainly hope it won't be the last as I had a great time doing it. It's for Helen Chamberlin's new imprint at Windy Hollow Books and is due in bookstores in May.
While we're on the topic of awards, Creative Magazine have announced the winners of this years Illustrators Australia Awards and am very happy to report that I got a gong for 4 entries, The Kinglake Cookbook, Smarten Up (both pictured below in previous post), the first three covers in the Long Story Shorts series and Street Drugs for Australian Family Physician magazine.
This possibly qualifies as not so new news, but the highly respected journal 3x3 Illustration Annual (Number 7) rather belatedly arrived on my doorstep last week, reminding me to mention that I was lucky enough to get three series entries accepted.