Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Long Story Shorts

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.

And as an added bonus the series to date has been accepted into the Communication Arts 2011 Illustration Annual, yippee.

Friday, February 4, 2011

My New Picture Book!

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.

Creative Magazine Illustrators Australia Awards

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.

3x3(x3!) Illustration Annual

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.

The entries were: The Kinglake Cookbook, art director Mick Sowry; Smarten Up, Boss Magazine, art director Oliver Towning; and Children's book My Dad's a Wrestler written by Matt Zurbo.

3x3 is a fantastic journal, completely dedicated to illustration, crafted beautifully every single issue and with articles by and about some of the finest illustrators around the world, including picturepig stablemates Nigel Buchanan and Christopher Nielsen, so it's an honour to be included.