|Studio in Bundanon, rural NSW (2009), oil 15 x 20cm|
Thursday, 29 October 2015
Friday, 23 October 2015
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
|The Master Thief, clay, bronze patina and candle, 25cm tall|
Thursday, 15 October 2015
The Singing Bone: sculpture notes
While I was working on illustrations for Grimms Märchen and The Singing Bones, I remembered to document a little of my process, so here it is. I don't think there's anything special about it and I imagine there are many other ways to create effective sculptural illustrations (some no doubt better than mine). In any case, below is a step-by-step example of how I approached this task, fairly consistently over 75 works. The Grimm story I am illustrating here is 'The Singing Bone', from which I drew my own collection title, about one brother murdering another in order to claim a reward for killing a wild boar.
Interestingly, I did not make the kind of preliminary drawings for this project that I normally would, and often started making the first thing that came to mind upon reading each story (also unusual for me). I guess I was very interested in capturing an immediate gut-reaction, and just getting my hands dirty without over-thinking things too much.
|A little more refinement of surface, adding some unity of weight and curve to the back and limbs.|
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
I'll be at No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne for a final Singing Bones book signing - and maybe the artist talk I didn't get around to doing last time, with a little Q&A if possible. That will be this coming Saturday, October 17, from 12 - 1.30pm.
On the evening of November 11, Armistice / Remembrance Day, I'm participating in a panel about peace at the State Library of Victoria, alongside artist Bill Kelly, film-maker Paul Cox, Lyn Gallacher of ABC Radio National and Deborah Cheetham, Associate Dean of Indigenous Development at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. I think it will be quite a broad and no doubt very interesting discussion about using art to promote peace, reconciliation and social justice. This is a free event, but requires booking. More info here.
Sunday, 11 October 2015
|The History Lesson, pen and digital|
An illustration on the theme 'darkness > light' in which artists were asked to include the colour yellow as a negative element. It's always fun to invert conventional values ascribed to things, eg. yellow being usually regarded as sunny and positive, and this is often a good staring point for both illustration and writing.
Thursday, 8 October 2015
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
|Plasticine Era, artworks by exhibition visitors|
As part of the Singing Bones exhibition I've included a table with blobs of plasticine, encouraging visitors to make their own narrative sculptures, either Grimm-inspired or not – the only rule being to have fun. It's great to see kids and adults equally drawn to this. The result (ongoing until October 18) looks something like elemental lifeforms popping into existence, hence the provisional title I've given to this anonymous communal artwork. Many thanks to all participants. Do drop by No Vacancy Gallery, QV building,if you happen to be in Melbourne CBD and add your own bit of weirdness!
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
|Thorn Wolf sketch, clay sculpture and digital|
Above, a preliminary design for a large wall painting to accompany the Singing Bones Exhibition, and below, a wall at No Vacancy Gallery, which continues for the next two weeks. I ended up grouping the 70+ Grimm-inspired works according to general themes, this section dealing with predators, demons and witches, both good and bad.
Thursday, 1 October 2015
|The Devil and His Sooty Brother, clay, paint, iron filings, photo, digital; reproduced as a cover for The Iowa Review|