The My Heart Mate app is now live. Working for Flying Bark Productions, I supplied the character and world design and layout for the app that is used by people hoping to strengthen their heart health. The app has you adopt a heart character that you name and keep healthy via brain challenging games as well as real world activities that are designed to maintain good heart health like; exercise, relaxation and a healthy diet.
The character design process saw a few shaped and coloured hearts until we hit one that was appropriate enough and cute enough. The process of creating different versions of the same character and refining down in to the right one was really enjoyable.
Once my job was done my designs were used to render and animate the little guy and now it lives in the app, providing people with an entertaining way to recover and keep their health in check.
The app is available to download on iPhone and Android.
Singing Bones is the perfect podcast for anyone with a keen interest in literary history, story telling or anyone who just wants to know how many magic beans you should really get for the family cow.
This week I completed the new logo design for the Singing Bones podcast which is written and read by Clare Testoni. When chatting to the podcaster, we discussed all the artworks and stories that influence this project and what the logo should convey. The logo was inspired by Clare’s love for, and work with paper cut shadow puppets and could almost be a Lotte Reiniger Rorschach ink blot test.
Testoni’s love for the history of fairy tales makes for an exiting listen. These stories that are so familiar and almost always a part of everyone’s childhood differ vastly depending on location and language.
You can follow the podcast on Twitter @singingbonespc and can subscribe and listen to the podcast here www.singingbonespodcast.com
Communicating visually and being iconic.
After celebrating my three year anniversary with Jigsaw I had a looked back at some of the designs I’d created and the skills I have learnt. One of my most constant design challenges was creating simple icons that have been peppered through our presentations.
After Jigsaw had a rebrand 3 years ago by Christopher Doyle & Co. we had a clean and crisp new design direction, as part of that design Chis created about ten icons to use in our presentations with the plan for me to create more as time went on. Over the past three years I’ve been busy in Adobe Illustrator morphing the same 14pt red lines into soup cans, unicorns, anchors and basketballs. At the moment the icon count sits at 861.
This work has been great for my creative practice as it has taught me to think about how to communicate simply and directly while maintaining a strong aesthetic – A skill which is very valuable in cartooning. My cartoons have become clearer and more focussed which in turn has made them funnier as the reader is able to digest the joke in a shorter amount of time.
Well all this hard work has made me hungry – I’m off to make a sandwich.
Every dog is supposed to have his day, but some get neglected, rejected and fall victim to abuse. To ensure dog’s to get their day Denise At PAWS is a little non for profit that helps dogs that are down on their luck find a home.
I put my hand up to help D.A.P fight the good fight and created their new logo. The simple pentagon seemed like a perfect home-shape to frame the dog character. It speaks directly to the work they do and gave me a great opportunity to work with typography and simple character design.
Through Denise At PAWS you can adopt a rescued dog or foster one until it can be adopted to a new family.
Some of their dogs have been seen on Bondi Vet and they are always looking for donations to continue their work. Even if you can’t give a dog a home you can spare a few dollars surely. Click here to donate. if you can’t make it to a Bunnings barbeque.
Last week I created business cards that I hope would make Patrick Bateman squirm with jealousy…just squirm, that’s all… and then he would leave me alone and totally not murder me while listening to Huey Lewis and the News.
I created a simple icon of myself, for myself. It speaks to my skills in cartooning, graphic design and the subtle expression speaks to my humour and sense of curiosity.
I have rolled out this icon online adding it to my WordPress account, LinkedIn, Facebook etc. and now on a business card. The card is a heavy GSM and the circle image has a slick gloss finish. I decided the back only needed my name and contact details as I have branched out far further than just illustration and design. I believe if I’ve handed someone this card they will remember my face quite easily along with the reason why I handed them the card.
I had the cards printed through vistaprint.com and am very happy with the result. So long as I maintain a slick haircut and this beard I shouldn’t need to update these cards for a while.
When I grow up I want to be a cartoonist or a train driver. This was my aspiration when I was a kid. I don’t drive trains, I didn’t grow up and that is probably why I’m now still drawing cartoons every day.
This week I picked up a great gig to translate the the hopes and dreams of a class of 7-8 year olds into a big colourful poster.
I was given 28 drawings the kids had done and each image was converted into a cartoon. I still wanted to keep an element of their original drawing so I cropped out a segment of their colouring in and trimmed in into a circle. This became the body for each of the little cartoons and a good reference point for the legend at the bottom of the page which also included what they wrote on their drawing, complete with verbatim spelling.
The final product was a lovely snapshot of what this full class hoped to be in about 20 years time. I hope some of them get as lucky as I did. (Especially for the ninja)
And here is the final 100 x 700cm poster ready to be auctioned off to raise money for the school.
As an artist who works as a graphic designer, painter, prop maker, comedy writer, performer, caricaturist and cartoonist, I sometimes get requests to create artworks that are a little more out of the ordinary. I recently delivered on a commission for a full size furry orange puppet to be given as a gift.
The puppet was created with glasses, pigtails and overalls which were all direct references to the wardrobe of the person for which this puppet was created. The orange fur was a creative liberty.
I spent a lot of time watching videos of bearded puppet makers giving tutorials on how to create a proper functioning puppet. Turns out it’s a really elaborate process which saw some trial and error before I got the happy looking monster you see here.
It was was an excellent artistic task for me riddled with “ah ha” moments as she slowly came together and was given personality and life. It’s now an odd new skill I possess and it was a really rewarding artwork to create. I am however finding orange fur all over the studio and on my coats and scarfs.
Mike at work has a massive brain.
For a recent presentation we made a point of the value of his brain and decided I should immortalise it by preserving Mikes head in a jar.
It was a fun portraiture exercise in Adobe Illustrator.
I have a job so I can pay my bills, today the job was to illustrate different people paying their bills, which I did, so I can pay my own bills.
Kinda like how Andy Warhol screen printed this Mercedes Benz, which would have sold for enough money to buy a new Mercedes Benz.
…but not quite the same.
I’ve designed the company Christmas card the last three years and last year we gave away kites as well as a donation to Redkite – a charity that looks out for young Australians suffering from cancer.
Designing a card that matched the gift was a really fun exercise and I enjoyed working with this illustrative flat design.
Last year also marked the 20th anniversary of the company. I was tasked with designing a postcard that got inserted and distributed in Research News magazine. I illustrated the trends of 1994 and 2014 and again kept the design within our company palette.