Children of the Black Skirt – again

Children of the Black Skirt

My poster design for Children of the Black Skirt is currently enjoying a second coming as it is now being used again to promote the new shows by Ink Pot Arts Inc for the 2015 Adelaide Fringe. I’ve slightly altered the positioning of the main title to accommodate the ticketing and support requirements, which has actually improved the design slightly in comparison to the original poster.

Gone Troppo: Last Wave at Waitpinga

Last Wave at Waitpinga
Hand lettering, photographic manipulation and graphic design for Gone Troppo track Last Wave at Waitpinga – a great surf-rock instrumental.

I’ve created a 16-page pdf booklet as a bonus download on bandcamp, which features a selection of the photos taken by me during filming, together with a few video stills of the pro surfers shown in action during the video clip. All of the images have been given an appropriate ‘grunge’ surfing look, adding texture and colour enhancements to accurately capture the coastal feel. Here’s four images from the booklet:

Last Wave at Waitpinga Last Wave at Waitpinga

The song is available as a double single with another instrumental titled Looking Down the Barrel on CD Baby and bandcamp for only $1. Also available as a single track release on iTunes.

The previously posted music video can also be found here.

Last Wave at Waitpinga music video

Last Wave at Waitpinga
Music video for Gone Troppo‘s surf-rock instrumental Last Wave at Waitpinga. The video was a simple production shot quickly with a basic camera and then edited within iMovie, showing the story of local beach culture and the surfing journey from novice to professional on the fabulous beaches along the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. We visited beaches at Middleton, Port Elliot and Waitpinga, recording footage from late morning through to the evening, capturing the people, the landscape and all of the superb ocean views available.

 

Cultivating Creativity

Will Morgan_Vintage IncNuala Honan and Sally Jenkinson_FollyRazi DazzleLiz SkitchCrafternoon

I recently provided some event assistance for Ink Pot Arts’ Cultivating Creativity program of events, as part of the 2014 Adelaide Fringe. Ink Pot Arts are a community arts not-for-profit organisation located in the Adelaide Hills, who presented a wide variety of inclusive events and activities for all ages, including musical performances, arts & crafts, poetry, comedy, magic, and cabaret. Above are a few of my personal favourites from all the photos I took during these events, capturing just a little of the artistic energy and creative talent on display.

See you at the ballpark

All-Star GameBite v Bandits programPlayer cards

Have been producing a few pieces for the Adelaide Bite Baseball Club, where I’m currently volunteering full-time to gain some useful event experience. These designs include game programs, web banners, player cards, flyers, and other promotional work. So far most of what I’ve created has been reasonably straightforward, but I’ll hopefully have further opportunities to work on some more interesting and involved designs during the remainder of the season.

Rain, rain, go away

Stangate House, AldgateUnfortunately, our community event at Stangate House had to be cancelled due to constant rain during the period required to complete the set up for our outdoor activities. It’s always disappointing when a lot of work goes into coordinating an event, and you don’t get the opportunity to see it all come to fruition – but that’s the nature of an outdoor event. As they say, one element you can’t control is the weather.

Even though we didn’t appreciate the falling rain, the gardens certainly did!

Adelaide United t-shirt designs

AUFC_Cassio_tee AUFC_ForeverRed_tee AUFC_WeAreUnited_teeEarlier this year I created the three t-shirt designs above as competition entries for my local football (soccer) team Adelaide United, who play in the A-League as South Australia’s team.

The first design features popular Brazilian-born defender Cassio, a previous club champion who loves to dribble the ball and take on opposing defenders. The second design refers to the club nickname of ‘the Reds’ (they play in a predominately red strip), and the final design is a bold slogan graphic promoting strength in unity.

The competition is now open to public voting to decide the winning design, which will be produced by apparel supplier Kappa as an official club t-shirt for the current 2013-14 season. Online voting is available here until the 6th of November, so do the right thing and vote now for your favourite design!

1985 Australian Grand Prix, Adelaide

Keke Rosberg - Adelaide 1985Patrick Tambay and Stefan Johansson - Adelaide 1985I’ve been poking about in the dusty old Rylee Vault again, and have come up with a couple of illustrations produced 27 years ago!

These are storyboard images, created for an advertisement promoting the Adelaide race, which was at that point held in South Australia. This was a student project of mine which involved shooting a video concept, and was part of my Certificate in Commercial Art. Unfortunately only these two illustrations survive from those that I produced, but I do remember them as the better images from the set.

The top illustration is coloured pencil on black heavy weight paper, and shows Williams-Honda driver Keke Rosberg, who went on to win the Australian Grand Prix – the first time that Adelaide had hosted a race in the Formula One World Championship.

Below that is an illustration completed in ink and coloured pencil. It shows Stefan Johansson (Ferrari #28) ahead of Patrick Tambay (Renault #15) as they race up to the East End Markets section of the Adelaide street circuit.

Sketch of the day: Agavaceae

Agavaceae Nolina recurvataA large and impressive Agavaceae from the Adelaide Botanic Garden. These great palms are from the semi-desert areas in southeastern Mexico, and are commonly known as Ponytail, Elephant foot, or Bottle palms.

Drawn with a 2B pencil in a small sketchbook, then scanned and digitally coloured in Photoshop using a custom watercolour brush.

Event concepts and designs

Glorious Adelaide

As part of my ongoing studies in Event Management, I’ve produced a few simple design pieces for assessments requiring event concepts and ideas. Above is a cover design for a midwinter arts initiative, and below are an identity and promotional display stand design for a sand sculpture competition. Both concepts feature some of my hand lettering and were completed in Adobe Illustrator.

Semaphore Sand Sculpting ChampionshipSSSC promotional tent

The view north across Nelumbo Pond, Adelaide Botanical Gardens

Nelumbo Pond, Adelaide Botanic GardensI sat on a park bench in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens yesterday morning, and produced a 2B pencil sketch of the wonderfully green and pleasant view. In the foreground is the pond of Nelumbo genus aquatic plants; N. nucifera – the sacred lotus. These lily-like plants produce very attractive pink and yellow flowers (see below) and feature highly distinctive seed pods. The leaves are also superhydrophobic, which means that they have high water repellence due to the architecture of their surface. This is also known as the lotus effect.

My pencil sketch was later scanned into Adobe Photoshop, and coloured using a custom watercolour brush.

Nelumbo flower