Thursday, December 14, 2006

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Suburban Wonderland

Trying something a little different. I'm not the best at doing backgrounds and environments, so I thought I'd brush up a little. I went for a kind of wacky Hanna-Barbera / Looney Tunes style here. Not sure if it shows, but was fun to do. Might do some more.

Click HERE for a large version.

Hope everyone's enjoying the yule season!



Saturday, December 02, 2006

T'ain't nobody cooler than my man Deniro.

Just thought I'd share with you all one of my favourite moments in cinematic history. The moment when Jimmy Conway (Deniro) decides he's gonna whack toupee salesman Morrie in 1990's GoodFellas. The combination of Scorcese's slightly slower-than-real tracking shot, Deniro's brilliantly subtle performance and, of course, Cream's kick-ass Sunshine of Your Love, makes me rewind this scene about five times every time I watch this film.

Deniro's performance is amazing. Watch it again. At first, something takes his attention away from his conversation. Then after he takes his first drag, it's his cheeky little grin that let's us know that something's up. Then he exhales and locks into a distant stare. We can see his mind ticking over - cool, calculating. He's thinking of how he's gonna whack Morrie. By the time he takes his last drag, his mind is already made. He's dead serious, and we know that some heavy shit's about to go down, even before Ray Liotta's voice-over fills us in.


Thursday, November 30, 2006

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Christmas 2006

Did this for a Christmas lunch poster for my church. Click on the image for a wallpaper-sized version.

Monday, November 27, 2006


I guess it's cool to post this now. This is the short film/art piece I did for my graduating exhibition, the opening of which was last Saturday night.

If you're still planning on coming to the show (it runs 'til December 7), I'd suggest you wait until then to watch it, as the YouTube quality ain't the best.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Count Sockula hits the big time.

So I just found out that the sock-puppet I made a little while ago was featured on a puppet-building website conveniently titled (click for link). Pretty nifty, eh?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Chase the Chaser

Here's that music video for Something With Numbers that I got to be in. Turned out pretty rockin' I think.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Monday, November 20, 2006

Pension Day

Who wants to see the Project Greenlight short film I worked on?

You do?

Well, okay.

Here it is.

See? My name's in the credits and everything!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Dante coloured

Couldn't really be arsed colouring the whole drawing from the previous post, but I had a play with colouring the li'l Dante dude. I like how he turned out.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Dante in the Woods



Based off:

Don't really have the stamina to colour this thing right now. One day, maybe. One day...

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Which superlative best descibes you?

You Are "Fucking Awesome"

You are smart, funny and fun to be around. You are an incredibly well-adjusted person. Most people would be happy to take a bullet for you.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Catch THIS in the Rye!

Someone gave me The Catcher in the Rye for my birthday, and I've been really enjoying it so far. Also, I felt like drawing something today. It's my take on the novel's protagonist, Holden Caufield:

Nothing spectacular.

Holden seems quite ahead of his time. He's pretty much an "emo" kid in 1950's New York.

Also, today I was in the city donating blood for the vampire children, when I finally buckled and bought Herobear and the Kid - a comic I've always seen and wanted. The book I got was a collection of the first series of Herobear comics. I can't wait to dig into it.

Friday, November 03, 2006

New hair, new BAD ATTITUDE.

New hair.

Cut my hair last night. I wanted a haircut that said "I'm a fucking hard-ass, and also slightly homosexual." I think I found the right mix.

What I didn't realise is that, along with the new "do", I would also develop a whole new attitude. Gone is the Joe who used to let you in front of me at the Bell Street/Sydney Road intersection... the Joe who would thoughtfully switch his mobile to "silent" before the movie started... the Joe who took his shoes off before having a go on the jumping castle. If you want that Joe, then you need to go to the cemetery.

Because he's DEAD.

The new Joe is BEE AY DEE - BAD - and here to stay.

Fucking check me out:

Bad Attitude

See how BAD I am? I'm like "Yo... Yo, fuck responsibility... I'm fucking BAD. What? You wanna fight about it? Didn't think so. Bitch."

I'm gonna go scuff up some jumping castles with my shoes.

P.S. The likeness to Zangeif from Street Fighter was completely unintentional.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Dinner Bun

Felt like drawing something today:

For wallpaper-sized versions:



The original file is A3 size, so I might print it out and frame it for me wall one day.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Shoot Music

I've pretty much finished everything on my short film/art piece "Shoot". I stayed up late last night editing and did the music today. I was going to put the whole video up, but I don't want to spoil it for those of you who will be attending my graduating exhibition (end of November - more deets in a later post).

So instead, I offer you a teaser, of sorts. The music. I spent a good four or five hours today putting it together, and I'm pretty happy with it. Those of you familiar with Jon Brion's work (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I Heart Huckabees, Punch Drunk Love) may notice the similarities in style. I didn't rip off any of his melodies or anything, but there's a definite influence there.

Shoot Music - mp3 4.1 mb

All the instruments came from my brother's old Roland SC-88 MIDI module. It's a great little machine.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Busy, busy.

Sorry 'bout the lack of updates around here. Been busy with a few things lately.

It's the last week of uni. Tomorrow's my last class. FOREVS. It's really weird. These past three years have just flown. Part of me still feels like I've just come out of high school. But there is another part of me that's glad I'm finally out in the real world. Then there's a part of me who feels like a toasted sandwich. With ham. And tomato.

Even though I won't have any more classes, I'll still have quite a bit of work to do. I won't be fully done with uni until early December, as our grad show runs until the 7th, which we're all organising ourselves (more details 'bout this in a later post).

I got my film back yesterday. There were a couple of surprises. The shots that I thought were gonna be too dark turned out looking GREAT. Just perfect. But the shots that I had no worries about turned out overexposed. Most of it should be salvageable though. I'm a little disappointed, but not too miffed. I've chalked it down as a learning experience. It hasn't turned me off Super 8 at all. It'll just force me to be more careful in the future. Editing should begin in about a week.

In other news, I just spent two big days on a shoot for a Project Greenlight short film. In case you don't know, Project Greenlight is a televised competition where emerging filmmakers face off. It's televised as a reality-show of sorts on Foxtel's Movie Extra. They're down to the final four directors. Gordon Napier, the only contestant left in Victoria, was the director of the short I worked on. It was quite a bit of fun, although I'm still feeling a bit buggered from the two 12-hour shooting days. Can't wait to see the finished product, though. Gordon's quite a personable chap. I sure do hope he goes on to win. First prize is a million smackers to make his feature screenplay a reality. It's a great opportunity.

Here's a snap from the shoot. It was the first time I'd been around any real stunts. It's an action-packed little film.

Other than that, I've been doing some more work on background silhouette stuff for the Jen Cloher clip. Here's one that I've made into desktop wallpaper. Click on it for bigness:

I've also got a couple more small illustrating jobs, as well as work on another TV commercial next week. Not sure what that's for yet, though.

Stay tuned for more stuff soonish.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Monday, October 16, 2006

Super 8 and Serial Killers

I know you're all horribly disappointed, but unfortunately I haven't felt like drawing much lately. All of my creative energies have been focused on shooting my graduating piece for uni - a short film shot on Super 8mm. I call it "Shoot".

I shot it on Friday using an oooold camera that's been in my family for donkey's yonks. The stock used was the new Kodak Ektachrome 64T, as they discontinued the brilliant Kodachrome Super 8 stock a couple of months back. Apparently you can still get it if you're willing to go hunting, but there's only one place in the world that still processes the stuff. Surprisingly, the new Ektachrome stock proved almost as hard to find (locally, that is). Every camera shop said they'd have to order it in from America. After some extensive searching (trawling the web and making lots of phone calls) I found a guy in Glenroy who always keeps a couple of reels in his shop for the lucky filmmaker (me). His name is Ed.

Ed was a funny guy. Not "ha-ha" funny, but more "weird guy who runs a small-format camera shop in the middle of Glenroy" funny. It took me a while to find his shop amongst all the clothing stores on this little strip on Wheatsheaf Road. The reason was that his shop was a clothing shop, at least it looked that way from the front window. It was like some kind of slick cover-up that Ed had devised to keep the fuzz from finding out about his completely legal camera shop. Ed's rouse would've worked too, were it not for the small sign on the front door that read:


I twisted the handle, but the door was locked. I noticed a smaller sign on the door: "Back at one." Before I could even pull my phone out of my pocket to check the time, the door jangled open and a tall, ashy looking man with crew-cut hair stood before me. "You here for the film?" I nodded. "Come in. I'm just having lunch." He showed me in and walked me past the clothes to a small back-area where he kept all the goodies.

I later discovered that Ed rented the building at a discount, on the proviso that he could only run his camera business if he also manned the clothing store. He didn't seem like the sort of guy who cared much for fashion, and I suspect his odd behaviour would've weirded-out many an innocent customer in search of a new cardigan.

The back-area behind the clothes contained a large glass cabinet, in which lay a multitude of vintage cameras and projectors, and a whole lot of shelves on the walls, with various camera accessories, reels and books. Ed didn't muck around. In fact, it seemed like he took every opportunity to let me know that he was "a real film buff". And he meant real film. There wasn't a video tape or digital camera in sight.

I spent a good twenty minutes chatting to Ed. Once I got used to his odd mannerisms, he was actually quite personable. Although, the way he never once looked me directly in the eye did remain somewhat disconcerting. It felt like I was conversing with a blind person at times (the thought that Ed may actually be vision-impaired did cross my mind, although this theory was laid to rest when he took a look at the Super 8 camera I'd brought in and pointed out specific details to me).

He told me about the film nights he ran, where he'd show classics like Star Wars, which he actually had on old reels and projected. It was quite fascinating. He also told me of his dream to run a small-format film festival in Glenroy "with a friend". He told me all this within five minutes of our meeting. I hadn't even purchased the film yet. I would've felt privileged to be privy to such information had it not been so blatantly apparent that Ed told this stuff to anyone who cared to listen.

After the conversation was exhausted, I finally got 'round to buying my reels. He charged me $26 per 50 foot reel, which isn't such a bad price. We exchanged departing pleasantries and, as I was about to leave, Ed asked me for my phone number... "So I can let you know when the next film night is." I suddenly had visions of a Norman Bates-like situation, me turning up to Ed's mother's house for a screening of Return of the Jedi and strangely being the only guest in attendance. I ummed for a second, and then, with a breath of reckless abandon, I threw caution to the wind and gave Ed my mobile number. I said goodbye again and left Ed to his cucumber sandwiches.

It's been a couple of weeks and I still haven't heard from Ed, but I have received a couple of odd phone-calls where I can just make out the faint flickering of a film projector under some heavy breathing. Just kidding. I do wish he'd call, though. His passion for film is strangely inspiring.


The shoot went pretty smoothly. One of the locations proved unusable, but we found another that shits all over where I had originally planned to shoot it. I took my time and made sure I rehearsed every shot with Leon at least three times. I didn't have the footage (or more importantly, the money) to be fucking around. Believe it or not, it took about eight hours to shoot six minutes of film. Granted, we had a break for lunch, and there was a fair amount of driving time, but still.

I sent my film off today to get processed at a place I found in Daylesford, VIC. I spoke to this guy on the phone. He seemed nice and personable and not at all like a serial killer. He develops by hand, as most in Australia do. He said he can get the processing done for me in a couple of days, and for a good price ($20 per reel), so I should get it back by the end of the week, at which point I'll send it off again to a place in NSW to transfer it to digital so I can start editing (I briefly considered purchasing a film splicer and editing by hand, but then I realised that I wasn't insane). The transfer people seem very professional, and least likely to invite me over and hack my limbs off while I'm taking a shower.

There's a lot of waiting around when shooting with film, which I'm not used to. Usually, when I use video, I begin editing as soon as I'm done shooting. With Super 8, it'll take a week before I even get to see what I shot, and another week or so before I'm able to edit. You may be thinking that this is the perfect opportunity to get some drawing in, but you'd be wrong. Instead, I'll be spending most waking moments praying that the film isn't under or over-exposed or out-of-focus.

Aside from learning that shooting on film is a bit of a waiting game, I've also discovered that it's a lot pricier too. By the end of it all, I would've spent close to $300 on this baby, and that's not including the Hungry Jack's I bought Leon to say thanks for helping out. Quite a bit when you compare it to the $20 or so I spend on MiniDV tapes when I'm shooting video.

Still, if the footage turns out as good as I'm hoping it will, it'll all be worth it. Leon looked great as escaped mental patient "Jerry", and the locations we used were pretty cool as well. Here's hoping "Shoot" will be a short film worthy of Ed's film festival.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

An interesting day.

Yesterday was an interesting day. I showed up bright and early for work on a music video shoot for Something With Numbers. I was supposed to be operating the video split (they were shooting on 16mm film) and doing general PA work, but I somehow ended up playing a bit-part in the video itself.

Aside from the band, there are three other characters who make an appearance in the clip: two orderlies (the clip is set in a mental hospital) and a nurse. Although I wouldn't have minded the challenge of playing a nurse, they needed a rough-nut orderly, as the guy who was supposed to play him didn't show. So I put on my white scrubs and was instantly transported into the world of Mean Orderly Number 2.

I got to do cool things like drag the lead singer down a corridor and nearly drown him in a bath. It was probably the most fun I've had on a shoot so far, although it was also pretty tiring. Aside from chasing mental patients around, I also did my regular PA duties in-between takes. It was a great experience, though. The people were nice, the food was great and I got to be around motion control cameras which was pretty neat.

I would like to add that the band members were some of the nicest guys I've met. These guys have just been signed with EMI, which is huge. Their new album just came out on the 7th, and from what I've heard, it's pretty kickin'. They've just finished touring with Panic! at the Disco and start their own headlining national tour next week.

The music video for Chase the Chaser should be out in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, you can enjoy the band's previous music vid for Apple of the Eye, which was made by much the same crew.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Be careful who you illustrate for.

This post isn't about me. It's about my good friend Steve who is a kick-ass illustrator and all-round awesome guy.

Recently he got a job to illustrate a book cover. He did an amazing job, as usual, but something went horribly wrong.

Here's the finished illustration as he submitted it to the client:

Amazing, isn't it? Here's what happened when they sent him back the cover with the text included (author's name obscured to protect his boring identidy):

What in the sweet name of Mother Teresa happened here? I nearly lost my mind when I saw this. Apparently, the client suddenly decided that they wanted a more "abstract" and "obscure" look for the cover (which the job brief spoke nothing of). So to accomplish this look, they took his illustration, added some half-assed Photoshop filters and called it a day.

Steve also created this awesome alternative image as well:

They have yet to pay Steve for the work he did.

TV stuff.

I've been doing a bit of work as a Production Assistant on a few TV commercials and music videos. They've finished editing a couple of them, which you can download:

The Bleeders - Night Sky
This was a music video for New Zealand punk band The Bleeders. The song got a bit tedious after having to listen to it for about 15 times in a row. The only visible contribution I made in this video are the passing headlights you see every now and again in the car scenes - that was all me, baby.

Herbal Essences - Stalker
This is a TV commercial for shampoo. I'm not too sure about the Home Alone-esque music, but I was there during some of the editing, and the alternative hardcore techno track didn't work much better. The shoot was pretty fun, even though I had to wake up at 4.30am. I got to say "Action!" and "Cut!" over a walkie-talkie, which was awesome. I'm pretty sure this was only done for in-house promotions, so there's not much chance of this one being broadcast on TV.

The other stuff I've worked on is still in post production. I've got another music video shoot tomorrow for Something With Numbers in a hospital, which sounds like fun.

Considering selling out...

My blog is worth $1,129.08.
How much is your blog worth?

Friday, October 06, 2006

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Tragedy Ranking System

I don't usually do shit like this, but I liked this so much that I had to share. This comes from Scott Adams' blog. You should check it out. I really wish I could write like him.

"Every time there’s a military conflict, someone points out that many of the victims were NOT adult men. The theory is that a tragedy is way more tragic if anyone other than adult men get killed. If you throw a woman or a minor or a puppy into the mix then we all have a reason to be sadder and madder.

I totally agree with the view that some tragedies are more tragic than others, depending on who is involved. But I do demand efficiency. That’s why I propose ranking the value of all types of people so I can more easily judge how sad I should feel when they get killed.

For example, if 400 villagers are buried in a mudslide, I’d like to know how many of them were drunks, assholes, nags, dickheads, crooks, or males, just to pick a few examples. I wouldn’t feel as much pressure to feel bad about that portion of the village. In the best case scenario, the victims would all be adult men with no special talents. That’s barely even a tragedy. We adult males have our uses to be sure, but society agrees that it’s not such a big deal when someone kills us.

I think that the main reason there are so many wars is that most of the soldiers are adult males. If all wars had to be fought exclusively by second graders or contestants from the Special Olympics, no one would ever start a war because the results would be too tragic."

Bongo Ape II

I re-vamped the logo, pushing the colours and adding highlights and shadows. I have a tendency to use really low-saturated colours in my own drawings, so I think I need to remind myself that companies generally want a punchy logo, and pastel colours don't really work too well for that sort of thing. I guess I'm just wary of things looking too tacky, but I think the balance is quite nice with this logo.

I also changed Mr. Ape's expression to make it more "HEY KIDS"-y.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Bongo Ape

This is a logo design I'm working on for a small toy business. I had fun with this one.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Updizzate in ya fizzace.


Haven't been drawing much lately. Uni's been hella-busy. Plus I got some work going with Catfish Productions. You can see some piccies here.

Last night Louie was playing with my pocket knife after I took some scissors away from him. Then he started play-fighting with Leigh and nearly cut his pinky finger off. After he bled all over my room, we took him to the hospital. He got some stitches. He's okay now.


Saturday, September 23, 2006

Untitled II


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Rain, rain... it went away!

Click on the image for the bigger version. DO IT!

Here are some snaps of the process:

The shitty original sketch. I came pretty close to chucking it.

Fixing up the sketch. You can see the the body structure here. That really helped in getting the proportions right.

Cleaned up line-work.

Some flat colour.

An alternative colouring I did using the burn and dodge tools. I didn't really like the artificial look, so I went for more painterly colouring.

Finished colour, before colour-adjusting with the background.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Count Sockula for realz.

Time spent looking for old sock: 20 seconds
Time spent looking for buttons: 6 minutes
Time spent cutting up old t-shirt for cape: 2 minutes
Time spent making teeth: 2 minutes + toilet break
Time spent THREADING THE FUCKING NEEDLE: too fucking long

Resolution: the next time I decide to make a sock-puppet, DRAW THE FUCKING EYES ON.

Count Sockula Wallpaper

Wikipedia rules.

This is the funniest shit I've seen on Wikipedia:

Mike the Headless Chicken

Some gems of information include: "His crowing [...] consisted of a gurgling sound made in his throat" and "Not quite sure what to do with his by now loose head, on the first night after the decapitation Mike [the chicken] slept with it under his wing".

As a kid, I was always amazed that chickens could still kick about for a few minutes after being decapitated. If I had known of Mike back then, I would've gone nuts.

Conclusion: Wikipedia is rule ass.

You wish you had one of these.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Friday, September 15, 2006


I was bored before uni this morning so I decided to re-work my MySpace profile. I ditched the whole "emo" thing, and now I'm basically a 15 year old caricature of myself.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

FAQ you.

I made a li'l FAQ page (Frequently Asked Questions) for my site, which you can find here. No one really asks me these questions, but I figured that if I pretend that people pay attention to what I do, people might actually start paying attention.



Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Have YOU had it the right way?

Inspired by a conversation I had with Steve at uni today.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Sil-who-ette Wallpaper Deuce

I futzed with the colours a bit and made the stars a bit brighter. Here 'tis for your downloading pleasure (click it for the full sized thang):

Oh yeah, and the singer who's music video this is for is Jen Cloher. Her music is very pretty:

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Remeber the Brown Bastard.

Seeing as I don't have any new drawings to offer you, here are some shitty animations I made back in the summer of two-thou: