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27.2.14

D's Panda



My favourite thing is designing characters. Here's a series of concepts for a Panda, for a proposed food product, exploring different styles.

Movie Trailers

Godzilla

In the Blood

SpongeMen SquareWatch

25.2.14

Creatives

Street Artist Logan Hicks photographing forgotten Subways around the world.

45 Olympic Logos and Symbols From 1924 to 2020

The Sochi Project, cataloging in video, words and pictures, life in pre-Olympics Sochi.

Lego Masters by Marco Sodano 


John Conway's Dinosaur Pet Guide 

  Illustrator Danielle Knoll


19.2.14

Movie Trailers

Guardians of the Galaxy

 Jodorowsky's Dune

Joe

Locke
Tom At the Farm

Bad Country

D's Nuleaf




I was called on by Queensland garden supplier Nuleaf to update their character mascot as part of an overall corporate re-branding. Their ‘Little Man’ has obviously served them well, but was also in desperate need of an update.


With the only requirement to maintain the colours and outfit, I decided to be bold and rather than work up a series of sketches (as I normally would), just go for it with a couple of well realised colour roughs; one capturing the spirit of the original, the second starting from scratch. 
The client was quite pleased with the new concept, but had a few requests to capture his ‘essence’ and a great reference of a large statuette they use in store.


Using that as a base, I went back to the drawing board with a few line drawings and quickly came up with a final product we were all happy with!


Before and after


The final product.

18.2.14

Podcast: Wilosophy

I've stumbled onto a fantastic Podcast: Wilosophy.

Wil Anderson, comedian and host of The Gruen series interviews Australian entertainment 'icons'; gets deep and meaningful about their personal philosophys and how they got to where they are now.

I was reluctant at first not being a big fan of all interviewees but each interview has soemthing valuable and unexpected.

I would recommend starting with Advertising mogul and Gruen co-host Todd Samson, quite an eye (ear?) opener...

Check it out on itunes or online.

Creatives

Toy Sculptures by Freya Robbins 


A nice selection of some of the alternate universe adventure of Mort K√ľnstler
 
Michael Allen's Alphabeard

Sam Polcer's New York Bike Style



Vintage Ski Posters on Brain Pickings


Real life Emojis created for a digital child safety awareness campaign by Rosapark on Co. Design.


Six Things Every Designer Should Know About Copyright from Design Milk

13.2.14

D's Illustrated Monsters

A few 'quickies' I did just for fun, while playing the Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords game.






Movie & TV Trailers

Ernest And Celestine


The Double

Under The Skin

The Two Faces of January

Game of Thrones Season 4

12.2.14

Videos

The bset Superbowl commercial, that wasn't...


In the spirit of 'Real Actors Read Yelp' is YouTube Comment Reconstruction... Godamn hilarious...


52 Animals


Creatives

Miniature 3D Movie Sets by Siebe de Boer

Little Golden book Tribute exhibition

Behind the Sochi Oylmpics Logo


Brett Kern's Inflatable Ceramics

Kyle Lambert Finger Paints Morgan Freeman on an ipad


6.2.14

D's Illustrated Star Wars

I don't think I'm coming out of the closet to reveal that I'm a geek; but perhaps you don't know just how geeky... I play Roleplaying Games (like Dungeons & Dragons)- Phew, it feels good saying that out loud (actually I'm pretty unashamedly proud of it).

My group recently finished up a two and a half year Star Wars 'campaign' (which is quite impressive I assure you) and as part of that process the players kept up a series of fantastic journals (via a blog) written from their character's perspective and illustrated by me. I recently (finally) finished that epic task and thought I'd share a few of my favorites….







5.2.14

Trailers

Enemy

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Maladies

Alan Partridge

4.2.14

DTV

What am I watching at the moment?

Community Season 5
Community is back, picking up after a number of major cast changes (additions and subtractions) that may have seen it jumping the Human Bean, but no, the show is indeed back to form as well as fact, and funny as ever; with a nice mix of light drama and the usual self referential pop culture parody. What other series would ask "Nicholas Cage; Good or Bad Actor?"


Parks and Recreation
Season 6 of Parks and Recreation has resumed, and like Community, whilst departing from its roots and obviously accommodating the temporary departures of its cast, P&R continues to deliver its warm but cringe-worthy brand of comedy.

Arrow Season 2
This series just continues to impress... I am NOT a DC superhero guy, and I was very wary of the 'Smallville' appearances of this modern retelling of the Green Arrow, but as the one DC superhero (expect for Lobo maybe) who kind of interests me I gave it a go and well... They just get it right. It's a real Goldilocks, Dark but not too melodramatic, exciting but not over the top, fun but not silly, true to it's roots but willing to play a little with the cannon. The creators of Arrow GET comics but know how not to exclude the non-comic lovers.
No, this is NOT The Sopranos, or Game of Thrones... What it is, is Buffy (with a lead who's very Angel). It treats the story, and us seriously with the very tip of a tongue in cheek.

Hell on Wheels Season 2
It's hard not to compare this series to the Shakespearean Deadwood but don't. It won't immediately hit you over the head like Al's foul temper; but what begins as a straight up Western vengeance story (actually, that' sounds pretty awesome...) becomes a stunning, complex and surprising drama. It's dirty, authentic and mean with artful storytelling, visceral visuals and characters you can't always predict. A must for Western fans but a good series for anyone who loves great T.V.

Walking Dead Season 4 returns Feb 9...
Nuff said...

Videos

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 3

True Facts About The Armadillo

Creatives


Coathanger Sculpture: David Mach

2013 Most Famous Movie Quotes Illustrated as charts.



 Tokyo Subway Signs

RIP Greg Martin, seminal videogame box artist.