Friday, May 1, 2020

An artwork for Zegrac Explains

Fairly recently my brother approached me to do an illustration for a fun project he had been brewing, called 'Zegrac Explains' - which is something he was creating with the children of Yagoona Public School in mind.

The brief was to draw an otter and a bear in Victorian-style clothing sitting in front of a fire place. So, I set out to create a digital oil painting on an iPad using Procreate.

Here is the final result:

And here is a time lapse video of the process:

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Summer portraits

Recently a friend of mine gave me a large box of watercolour pencils. And when I say large, I'm talking three layers deep with what feels like a more overwhelming array of colours than a photoshop colour-circle. I also, incidentally, happened to have a portrait commission for a dog that needed to be done, and so had a ready opportunity to use them.

Now, I have collected and used watercolour pencils for some time, but I have been loathe to use them for any illustration work as I have often felt I was able to more easily create a repeatable colour intensity by using watercolours overlaid with coloured pencils (helpful for drawing the same character over multiple pages). However, I think I will try to use them more, as I am quite pleased with how this project turned out, and I think in the process I have better learned how to use this medium.

This is Banjo. 

Something I have also had the joy of doing earlier this summer were some family portraits for friends. Below are two of them. Both of these are done in coloured pencils, and drawn in the  multicoloured style that I have been enjoying over the past few years.

And, should anyone be interested to see the progress shots of Banjo, here are some pics:

Monday, January 6, 2020

Family pets

Christmas has come and gone. And, as I have often done before, I took the opportunity to create some sketches as gifts for family members.

It is with fondness that the Nichols family remembers Cockie and Snowy. 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Assorted illustrations

In this post I would like to share a variety of illustrations and drawings that I have done on the side while studying at Moore. I think most of them I posted on my Instagram when I made them, but here they are collected together for this blog.

Elvyn Butcher: a portrait.

The Guimelpod Tractor: designed for my brother-in-law.


Camel: a childhood toy. 

Piggy: another childhood toy.

Supremo Merino stars in an art lesson on comics panelling.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

A portrait of Eugene

Last summer I received a commission to paint my family dentist.

In my experience, Dr Eugene Lee has been a very warm, smiley person, and I hoped to draw this out in the portrait.

Below are some process shots and then the finished artwork.

After the first sitting:

After the second sitting:

...and done! Eugene Lee, completed January 2019.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Profile portraits

Towards the end of November I took on the task of constructing some victorian-style profile portraits of friends for an event - the Create ministry's black tie dinner. Here are photos of some of the artworks.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Clandestine projects

This seems to be the year for secret art projects - I've had two people approach me with clandestine instructions, and while both have been carried through I will only speak of one project here. This is, of course, because it has now been revealed.

Introducing the new (temporary) acting principal of Moore Theological College... Colin Bales! At least until Mark Thompson returns from study-leave mid-2019.