Friday, November 29, 2013

On the Golden Couch with ...

Our inaugural Golden Couch interviewee, first came to my attention when I was perusing Pencilmark Lane. My eye was drawn instantly to a height chart, which was covered with brilliantly bold, humorous and expertly crafted vector characters. When I whooped with delight, the lovely lady behind the counter informed me that it was conjured by Ballarat’s own…

Friday, November 8, 2013

BallaFornia: I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

It is time to don your overalls, stuff your Walkman full of some pumpin’ Ray Parker Jr tunes, and ensure your proton streams don’t cross. Why? Because there are ghosts to be found at the Eastern Station Hotel!

The Australian Paranormal Society will be holding an overnight investigation at Australia’s most haunted hotel. You will get to experience what it’s like to be involved in a paranormal investigation, use the equipment and learn about the field from some very experienced investigators.

I can’t say that I really believe in ghosts, but I do believe that at the very least you will find spirits behind the bar!

More info:

Sunday, November 3, 2013


So, it must be a completely contented betrothed man living in the country thing, but I'm now totally nuts for this whole gardening craze … which folk have been gas-bagging about for the last few thousand years. 
My late blooming passion is based on the fact that for practically my whole adult life, I've lived in apartments (my place in Tokyo was smaller than the home studio in which I'm typing this bit of bollocks from), and I only ever got to sow bottles of vodka from the local off-license, and propagate steaming hangovers.
But, now I have a big block of fecund soil, I'm totally sold on getting my hands filthy while the rest of me basks in organic glory. And my son, Cash, digs it too… well, being a boy, he loves the digging part of crop creation - unfortunately that’s rapidly followed by the destroying of said crop creation in a Godzilla versus the aforementioned Tokyo kinda way.
Anyhoo, as it is bloody freezing here in BallaFornia today (after a teasing hint of Summer yesterday), and we couldn't create/destroy crops, I decide to whip up these little characters.
I'm popping them in little laminated pockets next to our seedy underworld, and teaching my boy to love our little veggie/fruity/herby brethren… that is until we totally masticate them!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Life is a BallaFornian Cabaret Ol’ Chum

Get your best frock out of mothballs, because the glittery madness of the second annual Ballarat Cabaret Festival is landing on our sunny BallaFornian shores!

It all starts with tonight’s sold-out Gala Opening. Hosted by the fabulous Geraldine Quinn, the Gala will feature performances from Antionette Haloran, Bradley Mc Caw, Amelia Ryan, Amie BrĂ»lee, burlesque beauty Goldie White and a few surprises. Not lucky enough to get a ticket? Fear not, you can head over to the Piano Bar at The George tonight from 10PM. Free Entry!

The 2013 Ballarat Cabaret Festival, fourteen shows presenting twenty seven performances in six venues over four days… get on board for a wild ride!

I’ve got a fun side project going on …

It’s my little guide to what is happening in Ballarat and surrounding areas. As a recent addition to Ballarat's rich history, I'm on a constant hunt to justify my tree change by finding the best bars, the tastiest food and the most interesting folk in this golden city. 

A cuddle for each like!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Logo: BallaFornia

Whipped up this logo for a little personal project of mine.

Still building the site, but the bones can be seen here…

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

3d cartoon car WIP

A little 3d-ey personal project WIP. My mid-life crisis in more affordable form...

Poker Kingdoms in 3D

Just for fun, I whipped up a King and Jack version of the Poker Kingdom characters in 3D ...

Poker Kingdoms Character Concepts

Some early concepts of the characters...

Poker Kingdoms UI mockups

Time to reveal some mock-ups of the way the game is shaping up...

Still lots of tweaks, but it's coming together quite nicely.

New character for the Poker Kingdoms game...

The Joker (George Burns... maybe a touch obtuse for the Gen Y folks, but tickled my funny bone)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Logo and site: Poker Kingdoms

Time to reveal Moosebot's first game... Poker Kingdoms. It's still in very early Beta. 

Here is the logo and the web page background that I've been working on ...

Monday, July 1, 2013

Logos: Studio Bento

I'm doing a new web site, and thought I'd do a new logo as an added bonus. Alas, they wanted to keep their old one. I kind of like my update - oh well, thems the breaks:)

Logos: Moosebot

In the spare 25 seconds I have each week, I'm making pretty pictures for a game which will soon invade your computational devices. Here's the logo I whipped up. I'm working with an incredibly talented friend of mine, whom haz skillz what killz- he's the Moose in the Moosebot.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Concept logo for upcoming game

Managed to get a couple of hours on the drawing board this weekend to work on a concept for the logo of our upcoming game. I think she may be a combination of Daenerys Targaryen and Jeanne d'Arc :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Buyers Do Wear: Shotgun Wedding

Adventures in the 3rd Dimension

In the spare 25 seconds I have each week, I've been dabbling with 3D. Here's a little self portrait done in Blender.

Ruxcon 2013

The wonderful folk at Ruxcon have signed me up again to whip up some crocodile-themed wonderment for their upcoming conference.

In 2011, they presented me with the brief of "a crocodile holding a pint of beer and a laptop", and "a crocodile fighting robots". I love briefs like that!

Here are some images taken from the wild...

Lining up for my tshirts and hoodies

In 2012, they wanted me to recreate the following famous scenes from the brilliant Office Space ...

 ... with crocodiles ...

I wonder what adventures the 2013 crocodile will get up to...

Robot logo inspiration

Whilst looking for logo inspiration, I ironically found a little guy I did years ago in a couple of Logo Inspiration sites. That made me happy.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Long time, no post

Wow, it's been ages since I graced the blogoverse with my bits and bobs.... I think having a mortgage and a burgeoning family has a lot to do with it! Anyhoo, here are some illustrations I did last year...

Meet Carlos, some new branding for the good folks at Boysons.

New Web Site

Wow, I've been slack on the ol' Blogeroo for a while now. That's because I've been busy!

Anyhoo, here's a web site I did for our builder... who is awesome, and I totally recommend him: Roger Comini for all your Building and Plumbing needs in the Ballarat area...