Just a quick hello to tell you about a brand new elegant zine that I received this week in the post.
The new zine is called Bespoke and was put together by the lovely Jess of Epheriell Designs! It's full of interviews, news and handy tips regarding all things hand made and crafty. It really is a super read!
I am totally thrilled Jess chose my Bird Cage Dress print as Bespoke's first cover girl too of course!
If you'd like to purchase a copy head over here ---> Bespoke Zine.
Secondly, I ordered this brand new cartoon/ comic book story on line after seeing it reviewed on Book by it's Cover the other day.
It's the first comic book by Blaise Larmee and it's a dreamy tale of parties, motel rooms, mysterious projects and night time swims. I couldn't put it down! I also feel hugely lazy because this young person has written and illustrated an entire book in the sweetest soft drawings ever! It's inspiring stuff!
If you would like to order a copy for yourself you can go here to do so!
I'd also like to mention that my prints are now available on the beautiful WallSpank art shopping site too!
The zines have arrived! A brief re-cap: I collaborated on this zine project with five other amazing Australian artists - my previous post about the cover and contributors is here and my previous post about the contents is here.
Behold! A very bad scan of a page from The Adventures of Astral Rabbit. As you may or may not recall, yesterday I posted some photos of two beloved former animal companions: Charles Aznavour and Astral Rabbit. Astral Rabbit was named after a cartoon I was up to my eyebrows in at the time. I thought today I'd show you a small portion of that story.
Above you can see our hero, Astral Rabbit, valiantly escaping the evil duo Mike and Felix on an elephant. I can't quite remember what the story behind Mike and Felix is, I'm sure if I rummaged around I could find the chapters that fill me in on their evilness. Anyway, Mike and Felix being the resourceful chaps that they are, are consulting a gypsy crystal ball reader: Madame Pink Eye as to the whereabouts of hero Astral. It really doesn't get much more exciting!
It's a big drawing! I didn't ever think about the logistics of mass producing any of this story i.e. in a book or something. I just drew it for myself. I was a mad keen cartoonist at that time and was drawing like my life depended on it for inner city newspapers and even for bigger publications like Australian Mad Magazine. Since then I have settled down and have discovered the wonderful smudgy world of pastels and charcoal and Art Deco dames and pretty birds!
Hump Day be gone folks! We're on a downward trajectory towards a bliss filled weekend!
Ah! Sweet internet! Once more I am plugged in and I couldn't be happier! Again, thank you kind souls for all your encouraging and supportive thoughts re-moving and lack of internet! I can't wait to go have a look at what everyone's been up to! Blogland here I come!
Meanwhile, this black and white number is for the zine I'm collaborating on with some of Australia's finest illustrators. Possibly, it may be the cover but we'll wait and see what the verdict is! Just to re-cap: these were my two illustrations for the brief of "Love and Hate", these are Penny's, these are Emma's, these are Helena's and this is Nina's! There is also Ali too but I can't lay my hands on hers at the moment! I'll link it as soon as I find it!
Today is cold and blustery in Sydney so it's been pretty easy to stay in all day today and work on my two drawings for the zine project! The zine project is a collaboration with a number of Australian artists and the theme is LOVE and HATE. So, I present to you LOVE and HATE!
Here is Helena's and here is Emma's LOVE + HATE. I think they are both totally awesome but joyously very different!
Last weekend I bought two stylish gocco print greeting cards from one of my favourite Etsy artists: Emma Kidd of benconservato. Pictured left is "Red Man". I just love the colour and line here! I also got a gocco "Polar Wolf" card too! You might remember I interviewed Emma a few weeks ago. Anyway! Imagine my total delight and surprise this week when I received in the post not only Emma's very fine cards but also a gorgeous "Orange Surprise Fox" screen print and a hot off the press copy of her fabulous zine "Lucinda"! It was very sweet of her to send me these extra presents and it has truly made my week!
"Lucinda" is the tale of a shy young thing who realises that one of the most important things in life is to be true to yourself. She is aided in her discovery by a badger and his pals. It's utterly delightful and I highly recommend it for avid zine collectors, art lovers and birthday present hunters! It has been printed beautifully into a glossy 34 page little book. Thank you again Emma! You are a very talented human being!