Monday, March 10, 2014

Year of the Horse stamps

Commissioned by Guernsey Post to design a collectors edition of stamps and souvenir sheets to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Horse 2014 using my signature Chinese style and patterns. All the designs have been approved by the Queen and are now available to view and purchase from Guernsey Philatelic.


















Monday, February 24, 2014

Fashion Featured







I'm very happy to have my fashion illustrations published in TASCHEN Illustration Now! Fashion edition. This is the second time I've been published by TASCHEN - the first was back in 2011 in their Illustration Now! - see it here.

Here's a little more about this book:

Styled by hand

The many incarnations of illustration in the world of fashion

Every dress begins with a drawing, every skirt with a sketch. Illustration is integral to fashion design not only as a means of expression, and the starting point of every design, but also for patterns and prints as well as magazine editorial illustrations. Often, artists will even illustrate the newest looks directly from the catwalks. It’s high time we celebrated fashion illustration in our Illustration Now!series: here you’ll find new work from 90 artists around the globe, including Ruben Toledo, Aurore de La Morinerie, Bil Donovan, Tanya Ling, and Jean-Philippe Delhomme. The book features quotes by experts from the fashion world: Valentino compliments the work of Gladys Perint Palmer; voices out of the studios of Maison Martin Margiela, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, and H&M add their praise for the talents in the book.

Following an introduction by illustration expert Steven Heller, the historical essay by art and fashion historian Adelheid Rasche provides an in-depth exploration of the subject. Looking back to the 17th century, she draws a timeline of fashion illustration until today, accompanied by images such as an early etching by François Watteau, a drawing by Paul Iribe for the book of the famous Parisian couturier Paul Poiret, and illustrations by the highly acclaimed masters of modern fashion illustration René Gruau and Antonio Lopez, as well as, from more recent years, François Berthoud.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Family



Here's a private commission I worked on for a surprise gift from the husband to the wife. The daydreaming girl is the wife when she was a little girl and all the things you see are symbolic of their life together. The teddy bears belong to their two sons, the golden gate bridge represents their time living over in the US, the harbour bridge represents their life now in Sydney. The cactus is symbolic of his Texan heritage, the sweet pea flowers are her favourite so are the sunflowers and daffodils. The tent symbolises their family holidays and love for camping. The flamingos represent her friends. The flute playing character was the symbol for their wedding. All of it is full of meaning. A very special commission.

Friday, February 21, 2014

1001 Feasts


I recently had the pleasure of working with chef Melissa again (see last year's project here). This time Melissa asked me to design a new logo/branding for her food website 1001feasts.com.
It's hand drawn letting surrounded by foods that she is inspired by. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

FEATURED in CREATIVE REVIEW UK


February's issue of Creative Review is an Illustration Special with my Dare to Dream illustration featured.
My agency Illustration Ltd's Senior Agent Victoria Pearce took part in a round table discussion along with three other Illustrator's agents resulting in a five page article entitled “Someone To Watch Over You". Covering topics such as the state of the industry, how illustrators can develop their career and what agents look for in new talent. See the Creative Review blog for more. 








Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Learn To Draw

learn to draw

These are some quick tips to get you into drawing again. For some of you it's probably something you haven't done since you were a little kid but have been meaning to do for a long time. You could be someone who wishes they could draw but thinks they lack any skill. I always say that everyone can draw, you just have to let that inner kid shine. It's always hard to get started but that's all you have to do is pick up a pen or pencil. Remember there's no right or wrong, gradually over time you'll start to create your own style. Let me know how you get on!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Dare To Dream




Dare to Dream - if you do just that you never know what you might achieve. 
It's been 3 months since I quit my day job and decided to pursue my dream of illustration full time. I'm loving every minute of it, sometimes I pinch myself because it really is something I thought long & hard about for many years. We also bought our first house which was my ultimate dream.



Challenged by creative agency DDB Sydney to make Hair famous. The campaign promotes awareness of their 2014 Grad Program. The posters are rolled out nationally across all Australian universities. Keep your eyes peeled!


Also mentioned on Australian Creative, Mumbrella, B&T and The Campaign Brief

Friday, August 30, 2013

Rocket Man!










Commissioned by media agency Maxus Australia to create a unique mural in their kitchen/dining area. After receiving everyone's ideas the main concepts that stood out for me were Innovation, Digital, Change, Future, Vibrancy, Organic Growth. On one wall is Einstein's quote "The measure of intelligence is the ability to change". On the other wall is a futuristic rocket man leaning into change.

“We challenged Chrissy with a brief to create a mural that encapsulates our agency positioning ‘Lean into Change’. After working closely with key staff members, Chrissy created a brilliant image that we feel perfectly encapsulates the agency culture (first take). As the Mural was being developed the agency became more and more excited about the meticulous detail of the unravelling design. After a few days our mural was finally revealed and the decision was unanimous – a masterpiece had been created. Thanks for a brilliant job Chrissy, we love your work!” - Jonathan Chadwick Maxus CEO