So my good pal Lachlan Bruce and I went along to Arcade Screenprinting last weekend.
There we took part in one of their super-rad 'Screenprinting For Beginners' classes.
Over the course of the day, we covered most aspects of screenprinting.
From printing, picking and making our own screens, to pulling inks and drying.
I feel like my knowledge (and confidence) in screenprinting is much higher than before.
Part of the class requires you "bring some artwork' ... so I scanned a sketchbook page.
Taking the grim-reaper result and giving it the vector love and affection it deserved.
Here are some photos from the day ... A3 screenprints available form my store.
The Sydney Zombie Walk is an amazing, incredible and f**ing awesome event.
Thousands of blood-coated brain-hungry zombies walk through the city of Sydney.
And I was lucky enough to do the poster-art for this year's creepy walk.
To register for the walk, go to: www.sydneyzombiewalk.com
And here's the next installments of my monthly illustrated posters for Sydney venue The Square.
For April we have the bubble-blowing weirdo and May is a good ol shouting stresshead of doom.
Both were hand-drawn ... scanned then vectorised using what the kids are calling a computer.
I recently completed some more art for the Beach Burrito Company, this time... BEER COASTERS!
And to make it EVEN MORE EXCITING ... I had a Christopher Walken impersonator talk about the art.
OPEN-WIDE! ... I got down and dark orally-illustrating this poster for Sydney punk band X.
Formed back in 1977, the guys have been around a while and are amazing at what they do.
If you're floating around on the 27th of April, come down and checkout some sweet bands.
Kickass photographer Eden Meure recently contacted me regarding some business-card art.
With a mutual love for old-school Nickelodeon cartoons ... we set off sketching and landed on a cute caricature.
Really happy with how it came out, the colours, the freckles... it all came into place and another happy customer.
It was a dark and stormy night, not a peep could be hurt not a single soul in sight.
On Sindy's computer ... an email arrived, from beeeyyyyoooon the graaaaave.
Wait a minute, that's not how it happened.
It's Zach Smith, Host and Lead Investigator of Illinois (US) based ghost-hunters Afterlife Sessions.
He needed a super-sweet shirt illustration that represented the spooky work these brave men do.
So here we have the colour and black and white versions of the artwork.
To checkout more of what these guys do, jump onto their site: www.afterlifesessions.com
Brutal black metal band BASTARDIZER got in touch with me for some brutal artwork.
They required a dirty evil baphomet and their band name illustrated for a range of merchandise.
So I cranked up some Bathory, postponed a church-burning and whipped up some satanic-art.
Photos of the final shirts and posters are coming soon.
A half-page comic I have recently started contributing to DIRTY LOVE MAGAZINE called MOTORGAGS.
It's a DIY bike-builders magazine, read by overalled-gentlemen with grease-stained hands.
And here's the next installments of my monthly illustrated posters for Sydney venue The Square.
The February one was drawn by hand and scanned, whilst the March one was drawn entirely digital.
If you've a spare 3 minutes, click the March poster for a time-lapse video of it's creation on YouTube.
So here's a little-known fact ... I'm also a drummer. Always have been and always will be.
I recently did some illustratred typography for one of my newer bands, The Pieter Van Den Hoogenband.
With lots of shows on the horizon, including the recording of a debut CD release... it became art-time.
So I cracked open the crayons and got sketching on some typographical font-fighting logo-mania.
I was approached by Sydney band The Bitter Sweethearts to create an illustrated logo.
They wanted guitars and hearts to be used as a cover for their debut EP, 'THEIR BEST YET'.
Really excited to wrap my hands around their best yet when it's sealed and ready.
The launch date is set for Friday the 15th of February at none other than The Square.
If you're interested, I have posted the full creative-process on my new PROCESS BLOG.
One of my first projects to kick off 2013, was an illustrated logo for MAD DOG CYCLES.
These guys have grease running through their veins, they live and breathe custom motorcycles.
Can't wait to get my hands on some tshirts, stickers and swag from these guys.
I've put a rundown of my process for this illustration on my new PROCESS BLOG.
I am an illustrator who is OBSESSED with process. I'm at my happiest when creating.
So it's been a long time coming but I've finally opened the door to me sharing my ways.
To celebrate another year, I put skulls on the walls of Newtown's Beach Burrito Co.
It was there for all of January… my 'BONEHEADS' exhibition, cause it's ALL SKULLS!
Sixteen hand-tortured skull-tastic creations. There're brand-new, full-colour and A3... AND completely sold-out.
Thanks to everyone that got their butts outta the house to chow-down on burritos and picked up your favourite skulls.
I feel like I'm a lucky guy. I have really talented friends and clients.
Recently I made good-pals with some amazing people on the other side of the world.
Canadian boardgame creators RED SHIP STUDIOS got in touch with me regarding an illustrated logo.
They're a great bunch of guys, super nice and I can't wait to do more stuff with them in the future.
Below you can see the final illustrated logo, along with both coloured and uncoloured concept-sketches.
I was also asked to illustrate the three great minds of Red Ship Studios.
They are; Jonathon the warrior, Robbie the wizard and Marco the archer.
You can see below how they were clevely illustrated fighting-off a dragon!
Just recently, my bloody-great hairy and handsome friend Daniel Coolahan shot me an email.
He was setting up his own film production business, 'THREE LEGGED LAB'. Exciting times.
And the first thing on the agenda was getting some logo artwork together. Artwork. Pronto.
With a love for Bolex cameras, old-school surf-art and native culture... we got to work.
Daniel cleverly named the business as a tribute to his loved three-legged labradour Buster.
Here's the final artwork we both agreed on liking... along with some work in progress shots.
I suspect we'll be hearingmore from Three Legged Lab ... expecting to see super-cool shit soon!
Old-time pals The Heavies got in touch for a Christmas poster... wanting something "christmasie".
They didn't mind if it was a little rude and if it depicted how stinking hot it's getting (here in Australia).
So here it is. Some jolly fat-man christmas action... Merry Christmas everybody.
Towards the end of 2012, I began doing more and more out of house work for Sydney Posters.
They have some great deals on poster printing and (particularly) Sydney-wide distribution.
One job that I was happy to see come through, was the illustration of monthly posters for The Square.
For those that don't know... The Square is a rad little venue in the guts of the city. It's a rad place to drink.
So below are the posters I illustrated for the months of November and December.
On Sunday November 25th (2012) the Secret Walls crew were let loose on the Oxford Arts Factory walls. The gallery room has been a victim to some very impressive mural-work over the years. This time it was our turn...
Working with the theme 'PAINT WILL SPILL', artist Luke Okay and I teamed up on a 'BRAINS WILL SPILL' piece. Taking a character I had floating around my sketchbook, we spent the afternoon working on the 6 metre high monster.
Below is a shot from the work in progress, the final wall and one of Luke and I enjoying a hard-earned beer.
I recently had the pleasure of illustrating a logo for my friend Troy White's motorbike chop-shop, BAD GARAGE.
The guys he works and rides with are the types of guys who sleep in the dirt on the side of the road.
Truely obsessed and dedicated bike-coulture. Old-school bikes with an old-school approach to match.
November 24th and 25th (2012) marked the first of many to come, annual DOOMSDAY RUN.
Which not only did I illustrate the poster for, but I handpainted a bike-helmet as a prize-giveaway.
On the 22nd of November, my Secret Walls pals and I took over the walls of Ambush Gallery (Waterloo).
This time our work was upon the walls without the countdowns, decibel-readers or the 2.3m sweat-panels.
I had three pieces for sale, along with Limited Edition signed and number screenprint (courtesy of Aisle6ix).
Below is my 'BATTLE ROYALE ... WITH CHEESE' piece, along with my 'King Of Rock' series.
The 'King Of Rock' series is hand-drawn, Indian Ink on archival 180gsm blah blah blah with GOLD ink.
Appropriately titled DIS-GRACELAND, TAKEN CARE OF BUSINESS and LOVE ME TENDER.
A massive massive thank you to all who came out, hung out, bought stuff and showed support. Love your guts.
On Friday the 2nd of November, I had a piece titled 'FRANKENDEAD' in the Hotel Of Horrors exhibition.
Taking place at the Annandale Hotel (upstairs), alongside some really great work by some amazing artists.
Big-ups to my main-man Mike Watt for organising the event and the batty poster design.
FRANKENDEAD: THE PROCESS
After sketching up a rough draft on some scrap paper, I got my hands on some A-Grade butcher paper.
I lay it out across my studio desk and loosely free-handed my design... keeping in mind future framing etc.
Once the sketch is finished, tightened and stared at, I trace out my pencil lines with black Indian Ink.
I've used a Faber Castell PITT Pen, for clean and chunky lines... then erasing any visable pencil marks.
I then move on to fill in the background of Frankenstein's grave with Copic Markers.
I prefer the C5 grey with Brush tip... occasionally switching to a C6 for any darker bits.
The blood and guts foreground of Frankenstein's grave then gets filled in white with Acrylic Paint.
I mixed some Clear Medium with my white to get a smooth flow, taking my time to brush it all in.
Once the white has dried, I go back over the top with my PITT Pen... fattening up my outlines.
At this stage ... the actual work is done. But the thick use of Acrylic Paint has slightly warped the paper.
So I pile up my piece with almost 20kg worth of weight... this flattens the whole thing out ready for framing.
Sunday, the 21st of Ocotber, I was lucky enough to do another installment of Secret Walls at the Marrickville Festival.
Kicking off at the coffee-breathed 11am, it was a people packed morning on a shut-off Marrickvlle Road.
After the intense 90 minutes of black-inked mayhem, my piece was deemed the winner over CREON by crowd-vote.
Below is the poster for the day and some photos of my concept, progress and final result.
On October 12th, Secret Walls hit Newcastle's Watt Space Gallery.
I was drawing alongside Mike Watt versing the girls (Shannon Crees and Eddy-Lou).
For those who aren't sure how it works... 90 minutes on the clock, black ink only, no sketches, GO!
Our final piece, Mike took the left-side and I took the right side.
(Shannon Crees, Eddy Lou, Mike Watt and Sindy Sinn)
Eddy-Lou and Shannon Crees posing with our finished artwork.
It quickly coming back around to my favourite time of year... Halloween.
Out come the skulls, frankensteins, ghosts, spiderwebs, demons and devils.
Bloody-legends The Heavies got me onboard illustrating a poster for their Halloween show.
They're taking over the Vanguard on Friday the 26th of October with 'Nightmare on King Street'.
So a beer-swilling Freddy Krueger seemed like the perfect choice... just don't fall asleep.