Archive for the ‘Illustrations’ Category

System of a Down at Rock en Seine

Monday, September 16th, 2013


I recently did a poster for System of a Down‘s concert at the Rock en Seine festival in Paris, as part of the festival’s Rock Art exhibition. It was huge fun, with the added bonus of impressing the hell out of my son’s friends. The poster was shown at an outdoor exhibition (along with posters by some of my favourite artists), and a framed copy was presented to the band in their dressing room before the show. The next day Serj Tankian Instagrammed it, so hopefully that means he thought it was okay:


A couple of people have asked about the original art. This is what it looks like:

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The big drawing is on A2 paper (594 x 420mm, 23.4 x 16.5 in), and I assembled (and coloured) it all in Photoshop, making various small changes to the fire and a few faces, etc.

Sketches – part 2.

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Here’s another batch of sketches done earlier this year as part of my crazy bargain commission frenzy. You can see the rest here.

(click on a thumbnail to see larger image – and there are many more after the jump!)



Friday, March 16th, 2012

Here are some of the sketches people ordered last month (note: I’m still learning about scanning watercolours, so the colour on these isn’t entirely accurate). I’m steadily making my way through the queue, so if you’re still waiting for yours, you’ll hopefully get it soon!

(click on a thumbnail to see larger image)

Waitakere Legends

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

I’m on holiday (i.e. away from the Magic Pen) until the New Year, but I’ll try to post some pictures in the meantime.

These are some drawings I did for Waitakere Legends, a project organised by Waitakere City Council before it was merged into the new Auckland City. They commissioned a number of artists (including Misery and the great Barry Linton) to illustrate stories from the history of the region. These then turned up in various places: on a billboard at the Henderson Railway Station, in a printed booklet, and decorating selected public buildings.

I did three pictures for the project, and here they are. You can click on each image to see it larger.

Whatipu dances

In the 1920s, a large cave at Whatipu beach was used for evening dances. A wooden (kauri) dance floor was laid down by local millers and a launch would bring revellers from Onehunga to the Whatipu wharf. The cave was decorated with lanterns and ribbons and a band would play for the well-dressed dancers. Decades later, the cave was also used for psychedelic and trance dance parties, although the wooden dance floor is now buried under metres of sand.

Karekare Races

Since 1985, a semi-annual horse race has been held at Karekare beach (a wild west-cost surf beach), to raise money for the local school, surf lifesaving club and volunteer fire brigade. People come from all over the region, and a festive atmosphere reigns, with barbecues and raffles, bright banners and family fun. The date of the event moves around, as it needs a low tide at midday on a Saturday, which happens about three times a year.

Oratia Beauty

Waitakere has long been a place of orchards, vineyards and market gardens – many first planted by newcomers from the Dalmatian Coast in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One such family is the Glucina brothers, Gregory and Mate, who arrived between 1898 and 1900, whose orchard on Shaw Road in Oratia gave birth to a brand new variety of apple, which came to be called the Oratia Beauty. The apple is famously tart and crisp, and rather sour but it spread throughout New Zealand and is now considered a heritage apple.