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.

From the Sea

From the Sea2B pencil drawings of seashell fragments collected from Victor Harbor and Port Elliot on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. These were initially sketched on heavyweight watercolour paper and then digitally coloured in Photoshop with a custom watercolour brush.

Prints are available to purchase online from søciety6.

From the Sea_framed

Alien girls are damn hot!

VeronduureThis is a very old illustration that I had left unfinished for many years – now finally completed, and still retaining the original pencil sketch that I rather liked way back then. The manga influence is obvious in both the character design and the final colouring, something that I was keen to explore as I developed my style and approach, specifically regarding digital illustration, during that period of time.

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