Tales of Quahnarren: RARE items

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A preview of two RARE items currently on offer as part of the Kickstarter campaign for the exclusive special edition of my Beyond the Morning Mountains gamebook. These unique, precious and powerful items add various benefits and abilities to your character, which may aid you to successfully survive the long journey to Liust.

ToQ: Laneway ruffian

Tales of Quahnarren: Laneway Ruffian

An illustration from the free preview version of my Beyond the Morning Mountains gamebook. A key part of the development for this project is for me to create a number of fantasy images using a range of different styles and techniques, in both full colour and black & white. This piece shows a possible encounter with a thief in the town of Ustahm and has been created digitally, using a comic/graphic novel style that I enjoyed working with and will certainly use again within this adventure.

Tales of Quahnarren: Spacers

Tales of Quahnarren: Spacers

A selection of the small black & white spot illustrations recently created for my Tales of Quahnarren gamebook. These small pieces are known as ‘spacers’ as they are used to fill or create space when formatting the pages of a gamebook. They are frequently utilised to prevent widows and orphans from appearing in the text layout, and also to help with the placement of written sections that are accompanied by a full-page illustration and therefore must fall at a particular point in the document.

Tales of Quahnarren: Spacers

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown poster
Poster design for an upcoming production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown by the Hills Musical Company.

The main title was hand lettered by me using PITT artist pens, referencing the early lettering style of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. As a huge fan of his work, I was very keen to create a colourful design that respectfully conveyed a classic comic style with an obvious Peanuts feel, while also matching the set design which will feature large comic panel sections on the stage backdrop. Charlie Brown’s iconic zigzag T-shirt, which was also hand drawn and inked, became an important central element in the design as it offers a strongly contrasting and very striking pattern.

Further promotional design work for this production will use these key elements in a variety of different combinations, which have been deliberately created to provide a flexible system of components for any desired layout or format.

ToQ: Objects and Artefacts

Tales of Quahnarren: Objects and Artefacts
I’ve recently been creating several illustrated articles for my Tales of Quahnarren project site, detailing some of the unique items to be found within the world of Quahnarren. The Objects and Artefacts page will be regularly updated with further new pieces as they are completed, and will eventually contain a wealth of information regarding the daily lives of the Quahneri people, their possessions, customs and beliefs.

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.

Tales of Quahnarren: ancient artefact

Qadhul statue
A small wooden statue carved to represent a Qadhul, made by an accomplished craftsperson from the ancient Guahn peoples. The mythical Qadhul were menacingly intimidating creatures featuring a long prehensile trunk similar to the modern Makkhra, and historically were widely worshipped as significant spiritual creatures with divine attributes.

This example stands roughly one hand tall and was used as an incense burner, as it features a hole at the top of the head in which numerous sticks of incense can be inserted. It is therefore likely that this statue was of regular ceremonial use, appeasing the vengeful gods with aromatic smoke in combination with small gifts, prayers and songs of praise.

Animated birds

Seagull Pelican Sparrow Eagle
Early last year I worked on a home-made music video for local artist Gone Troppo, drawing four bird animations for the clip Make This Thing Fly. Unfortunately I couldn’t animate them as well as I desired due to limitations with the editing software that I had available, so I’ve now created these animated GIFs to show them off as intended.

They’re all hand illustrations, with the seagull drawn with a brush pen on paper and the remaining three all drawn on my Wacom tablet directly into Photoshop.

Our troubles blind us

When Will We Learn?
OPPRESSION AND VIOLENCE RESOLVE NOTHING

While billions of people desperately need welfare to provide basic human survival needs, nearly two trillion dollars are spent globally on warfare every year. When will we learn that our troubles will not be resolved by childish disputes and warmongering?

Our destructive acts against each other breed only greater distrust, a desire for violent reprisal, and generational resentment. At a time when the world economy can’t afford this continued spending on such wasteful misery and destruction, solutions must urgently be found to help those in poverty and war ravaged countries, and to no longer continue the harmful cycle of oppression and war.

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A photomontage of the unending conflict, terror, and resulting shattered lives.

Children of the Black Skirt

Children of the Black Skirt posterPoster design for the Ink Pot Arts production of Angela Betzien’s Children of the Black Skirt:

A group of lost children stumble across an abandoned orphanage in the Australian bush. They become trapped in a timeless world, haunted by spirits from the past. These stories, told by award-winning playwright Angela Betzien and performed by Ink Pot Arts’ youth acting ensemble, take us on a journey through the darker side of our Australian history.

The play has a very mature theme and storyline, and a darkly gothic tone, which I’ve captured within my colour and typography choices. ‘Black Skirt’ was hand lettered and features both points and loops to represent the youthful characters and their situation, and the main supporting font used is Aeterna – a great small caps typeface in old style figures that nicely balances my custom hand lettering and supports the gothic feel.

A group of lost children stumble across an abandoned orphanage in the Australian bush. They become trapped in a timeless world, haunted by spirits from the past. These stories, told by award-winning playwright Angela Betzien and performed by Ink Pot Arts’ youth acting ensemble, take us on a journey through the darker side of our Australian history. – See more at: http://whatsoninadelaide.net.au/event/children-black-skirt-written-angela-betzien-performed-ink-pot-arts-youth-ensemble/2014-08-01/#sthash.gYu4eGik.dpuf
A group of lost children stumble across an abandoned orphanage in the Australian bush. They become trapped in a timeless world, haunted by spirits from the past. These stories, told by award-winning playwright Angela Betzien and performed by Ink Pot Arts’ youth acting ensemble, take us on a journey through the darker side of our Australian history. – See more at: http://whatsoninadelaide.net.au/event/children-black-skirt-written-angela-betzien-performed-ink-pot-arts-youth-ensemble/2014-08-01/#sthash.3Nyl268M.dpuf