Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Business of Storytelling

We're all telling a story of some kind. The way we dress and behave, the words we speak and the way we say them, the way we wear a hat and sip our tea. We're surrounded by storytelling for entertainment, education, enlightenment and commerce. 
I recently completed a cover and interior commission from Riordon Design in Canada for their promotional publication Culture Cue. The article, by principal Ric Riordon concerned the use of imagery and words to enhance story telling for clients across a range of disciplines and utilising a variety of media. 
From initial brief I did 3 concept sketches for the cover: one focussing on different communication media in our everyday environment; another on different personal stories, every building being a book with a variety of chapters within. 
Think my favourite little bit was adding a TV thrown out of a window! Pretty sure the band had an added expense on the credit card after that one. (The third concept seemed like a good idea at the time, but seems to fall apart in trying to write it, so let's edit that paragraph!)
A great brief and Ric was a pleasure to work with! 

cover 

interior

State Trustees

This latest project for State Trustees was commissioned by Carolyn Simm of Simm Design in Melbourne. The task was to illustrate the many and varied services the State Trustees Office provides, from Wills and Executor services, Deceased Estates, Enduring Powers of Attorney as well as a conceptual overview of the function of the office. 
Carolyn and the client wanted a visual solution well beyond generic handshakes and photo stock libraries and were hugely encouraging and supportive, making for an extremely enjoyable experience. 

Overview

Overview detail

Enduring Powers of Attorney

Wills & Executor Services

Monday, May 21, 2012

Big Baby

Looking after newborn babies can be a gigantic task. May's AFP focus is on the first 3 months of a child's life. It's a pivotal time, and comprehensive examinations are crucial to determine any potential areas of concern.

Art Director Jason Farrugia and I discussed a few conceptual approaches, but really this one seemed to nail the scale and detail of the task, and still gave us room for both cute factor, care and a little bit of fun. 

Spotlight on Specialists Seminar

Photo: Roger Harvey
On Saturday May 12, I took part in Illustrators Australia first Spotlight seminar at the beautiful NMIT Fairfield Campus, along with fascinating medical illustrator Levent Efe, fashion Illustrator Angie Rehe (who very kindly swapped times so I could get to a family event), Kate Nolan and her exquisite sculptures, jewellery and natural history drawings, and primo editorial illustrator Jim Tsinganos.
Ran through a full gamut of work for an hour or so, picture book work, editorial and commercial projects covering 20 years, plenty of changes and some recurring themes.
Great to see some familiar faces, as well as many new ones! 
Roger Harvey snapped the attached photo and sent it through. Shades of Colonel Kurtz, '...the horror... the horror...' but am very glad the moment didn't end the same way.
Many thanks to Jody Pratt, Illustrators Australia and to hosts NMIT  for looking after us all so well!
More Spotlight seminars will follow in the coming months. 




Alas, poor football...

T'is true, slip'd by. April's Publish'd Child did featured this tale of Australian Woe, this crisis existential caused by callous heart of child, resistant, nay rebellious, to his parents entreaty, their lofty ambitions for him as embodiment of sporting prowess. 
Ball of foot, oval and round; ball of basket,too; the eastern arts martial; see, a mountain, A Mountain yonder rises! Climb as it is there, they beseeched. To. No. Avail.
"Can't I just have Drama Lessons?" asked he. And thus were lessons for all well learned.
The rest was theatre.