Sunday, March 20, 2016

Portfolio - Teddy & the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir posters & fliers

Some work I did last year to promote Teddy Tahu Rhodes concert.

Email attachment

A3 Poster

DL Flier - back

DL Flier - front

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Google Fonts - a great resource for free font faces

I admit, I love fonts. I have a few favourites that I often go back to when designing for clients but I always love to find new and interesting fonts, that are a little more wild, for my own personal projects.

Google Fonts has lots of filters so you can search for the type you are looking for with ease. This is going to be a great resource for me and hopefully for you too!

While on the subject, an old favourite font site is

But nowadays they no longer have free downloads and you have to pay for the fonts. It has many unique and funky fonts, so if you are after something special, they are great.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Fine Art of Masturbating

One tumblr user has set out to append a Hitachi Magic Wand vibrator to some classical art. I'm not sure if the user is doing it to celebrate female masturbation or just make something hilarious. But both reasons work for me.

Now we know why the Mona Lisa is giving that wry smile!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

"High Tide" short animation film by Kristen Kemper

I found this adorable little short film with a hand drawn quality to it. I've always had a fascination with mermaids and I'm even more happy when the subject matter becomes mermen.

The artist also has a tumblr filled with amazing artwork!

Please enjoy the film and the art!

High Tide from Kristin Kemper on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ACM203 Photographic Practice - Final Folio - Cosplay Photoshoot with BW Film

My assignment from Photographic Practice allowed us to choose any theme we wanted. I decided to explore cosplay portraits. Usually cosplay is photographed in colour because the costumes are so vibrant, so I wondered how the costumes and characters could be expressed when the colour is taken away.

These photos were shot on a medium format camera and processed by myself in the dark room. After a few years of sitting my big pile of art stuff, I've scanned the images.

I think the results prove cosplay quite stunning even in Black & White. 
I also got a HD mark for this assignment.

The digital colour photos from this shoot and these BW scans can be viewed at my smugmug account ~

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Cosplay Prop Guide - How to make Gaara's gourd with paper mache!

Wayyyy back when I made my gourd for cosplaying Gaara. I photographed and video'd a little of the process. I have since dug them up and compiled the photos / video for anyone looking for some ideas on making their own!

The video probably needs some annotations to explain more of the process to make it a proper guide. But the process is fairly simple once you figure out your base shape to put the paper mache over. I found some cheap bouncy balls in a toy section of a homewares/gift store at my local shopping centre. They are still inside the gourd prop to this day, as they are light weight.

Materials Used

STEP 1 - Structure
Electrical Tape
Bouncy balls (1 large, 1 small)

STEP 2 - Paper Mache 
PVA Glue + Water
Newspaper strips
Cork (cut in half)

STEP 3 - Painting
Paint Brushes
Acrylic paints
Stencil for symbols

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Instax Printer - Fujifilm Share SP-1 - Print Polaroids from your phone!

This is the coolest thing I've seen all day! It's a mini wifi printer, that will print any photo from your smart phone on to instax mini film. Turn everything into an adorable polaroid? Yes please!

This Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-1 is available in Australian stores for around $300. Importing from overseas looks to be around $200.

Here's a review of the product by Digi Direct ~

Saturday, July 26, 2014

ACG203 Graphic & Digital Imaging - Planet Air Project

One of my larger projects at Deakin Universtiy was a series of assignments based around a fictional airline. We had to choose a name, create a logo, business cards, food packaging, letterheads, plane decals, annual reports and a website. Here's some of my on screen and sketchbook work. I look back on it and see a few things I could improve but overall I was fairly pleased with how this series went at the time. (2nd year of my Bachelors degree in 2010).

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Picasso's hidden painting

A picture inside a picture! Looks like Picasso reused a canvas to create something new. Did he not like his original painting or just not have enough money for new materials? Infared scanning revealed the old image underneath The Blue Room painting.

Image by AP/Wikiart.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Advertising and Internet Pop Culture

I guess this isn't the first time advertisers have been inspired by internet culture. Take a look at this video "Sad Cat Diary" and then the "Dear Kitten" advert for Friskies.

While the feeling of the ad is a little more upbeat, it reminded me a lot of Sad Cat Diary, in fact I instantly thought of it when the voice over started.

I think it's fun when ads remind me of these amusing creations by people on the internet but at the same time I realise that the ads are cashing in on someone elses idea. Nothing in this world is truly original but how far is too far? Large corporations certainly wouldn't hold back when it comes to suing someone for using their ideas. So is it fair that advertisers ride the free waves of internet pop culture in order to make a buck?