Thursday, December 19, 2013

Camping out of your comfort zone

According to this article in April's 2013 Child Magazine, there's a reluctance to venture out into the wilds and pitch a tent due to an unwillingness to leave the usual creature comforts and a perception that camping itself is somehow dangerous.  As it turns out, generally the kids thrive, love the bush as a playground, the ocean as a bath, and that any real anxiety is simply fed by the parents uncertainty. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

AFP: Arteries

Arteries and veins: the delivery system of nutrients to the system. AFP June 13 Focuses on Varicose veins, Non-Aortic aneurysms, Hypertension and Aortic aneurysms.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sins of Ommission

In cases where there are signs of an omitted easement, conveyancing solicitors need to look beyond the Register to fully investigate the title. Elementary, really... 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Most parents are concerned about the kind of person their child will grow up to be, and the kind of risks they'll take along the way. 

March 2013 Child Magazine features this story of a parent concerned that while she may be raising a perfect citizen, safe driver and honest taxpayer, it may be that a little bit of risk on the child's part can go a long way to  helping her child grow confident, independent and fulfilled.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

AFP: Embarrassing Problems

AFP June 13 takes a close look at Embarrassing Problems. But look, I'm not going into it, ok? Except for Hyperhidrosis and bromhidrosis. The rest of it I'm going to skip over.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Left Hand Drive

In Left Hand Drive, Craig McGregor reflects on his personal journey, writing about and living through some of the most compelling and defining events of modern times.

From meeting his lifelong partner on a legendary ban the-bomb march in the UK, listening to the unreleased Blonde on Blonde with an ‘attentive’ Bob Dylan, and following the twists and turns of Canberra’s corridors of power from Whitlam to Gillard, Left Hand Drive sees this two-time Walkley Award winner at full throttle. Sometimes literally at the wheel of a left hand drive Kombi.

‘This is a memoir to treasure, from a wise and talented observer of the past half century.' Kerry O'Brien

‘Craig is hip to the hip but not really hip.’ Bob Dylan

Monday, December 2, 2013

AFP: Workplace

The waiting room can be a many varied thing! 
AFP Magazine April 2013 edition concerns workplace issues across a range of occupations in general practice medicine such as Tendon Injuries, Presenteeism (which in non doctor speak is working while ill) and its implications, returning to work after injury and workplace bullying.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Self Regulation

January 2013 feature this back-to-school article regarding helping children to regulate their reactions to the everyday challenges of school, in both learning and play,using a series of activities and exercises designed to enhance their own sense of calm and self confidence. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

AFP: Pain

The March 2013 AFP Magazine Focus is Pain Management. Many people live with constant pain, ranging from  mild discomfort to debilitating agony. The General Practitioner can utilise various strategies to attempt to manage or mitigate pain.
Neuropathic pain, Opioid use in chronic non-cancer pain, mind-body therapies are all examined.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Informal Arrangements

'All this will be yours, lad!' Ok, sure, and that's all great, but as life goes on relationships can become less clear, spouses can become ex, sibling can fall out, understandings become blurred. Its particularly keen when there's been a clear sense and unwritten agreement  that working the farm entitles you to expect to inherit the farm. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Come a Little Bit Closer

Harmony, Disorder and the Delltones. Ian 'Peewee' Wilson has been singing Bass Doo-Wop with Iconic vocal group The Delltones since the 1950's and the first wave of Australian Pop. 
Come a little bit closer to Peewee's larrikin spirit and far reaching adventures in bop.

'If had known he was this funny and this colourful I would have done a TV special with Peewee years ago. I laughed a lot. You will too.’  Ray Martin

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

It's not just about the coffee.

Sometimes the reality of life with baby isn't quite what you imagined. And that idyllic life on a bush block that was a bit of a haven for a busy working couple starts to look pretty isolating for a new mother. So the opening of a new café can be about a lot more than just the coffee they serve!

AFP: The Elderly

AFP Magazine's December 2012 focus is on isues common in the treatment of elderly patients. From Chronic Kidney Disease, Dementia, to strategies for falls prevention and various medications and their potential interactions and side effects.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pet Therapy

These illustrations are for the October 2012 Child Magazine, for an article on the use of pets for therapeutic purposes, from comparatively mild cases of withdrawal to more serious emotional or developmental issues. Pets can be enormously helpful in helping children to relate to the positive aspects of the world around them, helping spark or nurture compassion, trust and a sense of responsibility or caring.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

AFP: The Respiratory Tract

The November 2012 AFP Magazine focus is on respiratory problems. Discussing issues such as management of chronic lung disease, Bronchiectasis and strategies to continue the 'endgame for tobacco'.

Joyful Strains

Immigration for a variety of cultures and experiences has enriched Australia enormously. Joyful Strains is comprised of twenty seven memoirs from writers describing their expatriation to Australia. Stories about what they found, who they became and what they now think of Australia. The driving concept behind the cover design was of this enrichment, the metaphor being waterways in a typically vast, dry continent.

Edited by Ali Lemer and Kent MacCarter, writers include Dmetri Kakmi, Alice Pung, Michael Sala, Paola Totaro, Danny Katz and Mark Dapin. 

Friday, October 25, 2013


The August 2012 issue of Child Magazine featured this story on Embracing Technology, its role and benefits in education. 
And how its the kids who are more easily adapting to it, often more readily than their teachers!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Failure To Bargain

Workplace Bargaining requires more than just showing up for the meeting. Failing to engage with the process risks not just clear understanding or any chance of good faith, but self interest.

Friday, October 18, 2013

AFP: Psychological Strategies

The September 2012 Issue of Australian Family Physician feature is on Psychological Strategies in General Practice. 
The Family Doctor deals with a variety of illnesses and issues, among the most challenging being the psychiatric. From cognitive behaviour therapies, to motivational techniques, problem solving therapy, to prescriptions and monitoring of potential side effects,  the first strategy for all Doctors is to listen.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pop Life.

This is it! The definitely NOT official story of life inside seminal Australian pop magazine Smash Hits Australia from 1984 to 2007, as told by those who were there: Marc Andrews, self confessed pop tragic andwriter during 1988-1990, returning as editor in 1992 for several years; Claire Isaac, obsessive pop fan, turned pop hits magazine professional, and David Nichols, now writer and academic, then accidental pop journo!

And in spite of all the exclamation marks, I still thought it was nicer to have a full point after the title. The design intention was to echo the colour and boldness of the original magazine, and if you look closely you may find it looking right back at you. (!)

Chaz: Superchef!

Chaz's first book has him entering the school's Superchef competition. One way or another, he's going to be the last chef standing.
Getting inspiration from a familiar looking TV host.
Plating up at school.

The school unplating. 

Noob: Crimebuster!

Here's a couple from Noob's first book of the set,  Crimebuster!

Noob flexing his sheer awesomeness.

Taking down arch enemy and suspected Library Book smuggler Liam Lawson.

Been a LITOL bit busy...

For the last year I've been illustrating a couple of sets of books for McMillan Education. The Legends In Their Own Lunchbox series comprises six characters, each with their own set of six books. In a fit of overconfidence, greed or (most likely) wilful self-delusion I accepted 2 characters, requiring 12 books in all. 

Noob is the self described 'Playground Superhero', defender of the underdog, guardian of library rules and schoolyard etiquette. All tied in with his eternal struggle against arch enemy Liam Lawson, smart, confident, deceptive, all-round-nasty-piece-of-work and, unfortunately, son of the school principal! Fortunately, Noob has best friend Trung to keep him from stepping over the brink to complete disaster. Well, most of the time, anyway. (written by Tristan Bancks, )

Chaz loves to cook. The fact that he's absolutely terrible at it is no barrier to his, err, unbound creativity. Long suffering mate Toby tries to reign in Chaz's greater excesses, usually to no avail and certainly to the digestive regret of anyone sampling his dishes. And  pretty much anyone standing directly in front of them, as well. It's his dream to become the next TV SuperChef. Duck and cover! (written by James Roy, )

I'll post a few more images from the series in the coming months.