Thursday, September 27, 2007

THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #4 - COVER

Andrew Brophy backside 180 nosegrind on the waist-high bar meant to protect people from flying boards from Prahran's enormous vert ramp. This had a silver foil masthead - I'll try to get a better photo of it one day.

Photo: Steve Gourlay





Tuesday, June 12, 2007

THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #3 - COVER

I wanted this to be done with a shakey hand, so I drank a billion beers at the pub and got up earlier than normal. Got it 4th shot...




ZOMBIE ILLUSTRATIONS FOR THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #3

I did these really quickly in the last hours of deadline only to find out that all of the characters involved looked like locals at the pub...

3D SCULPTURE FOR THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #3

I'd been spending a lot of time watching the making-ofs from the Pirates of the Caribbean series of DVDs. I always pay attention to special effects in films, and was really blown away by the effort taken to make things look just right.

I yet again wasted a huge amount of time on this spread. I bought a model ship, built it and ruined it, painted the sunset background on masonite, and made a great big Cracken to attack the ship from under water. Then we had to shoot the products, and I spent too much time getting the right amount of diffusion through an imagined body of water, spewing out of the ship.

I'm still happy with the work on this, I learnt so much about Photoshop as well as sculpture and model making.

Oh, and unlike my other 3D work, the ship and the Craken have been binned, though the sunset painting lives to fight another day.

IRON BOARD LORD FOR THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #3

I had forgotten about this article until I went back to look over my older stuff. This article was about a guy named Jack Nanoto skating around in the Philippines.

I had this idea of some kind of Akira-like character speeding past a Jeepney, just charging along and the shockwave just smashing the shit out of the car.

I'm no Katsuhiro Otomo, but it kinda worked. I think I've learnt a lot more about working in this style now.

Friday, April 6, 2007

THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #2 - COVER

Andy Murphy got his feet out for our second cover. It was nice to have him involved at such an early stage of the mag. A lot of people get bummed when we don't put some ripping dude on the cover, nut mark my words, Andy is a ripping dude.

DC TOUR - ISSUE #2

This article was fun for me, though one individual I know didn't like it because the leather-headed narrators apparently didn't make any promotional sense.

Oh well... sometimes tying to do something different kicks you in the face, but if you don't try, you can't fail, and that's not cool.


3D SCULPTURE FOR THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #2

This is the second sculpture I made for the magazine. This was about 10 times better than my first attempt in my opinion.

These sculptures came from my feeling that product pages were boring and inadequate.

This job was really quite complex, even my my current standards. I had to built it all -the 41 Willys gasser drag car had a scratch-built polystyrene shell finished in modelling clay, painted the background on canvas, made the car park blacktop out of the lid of a polystyrene box and the characters are wire skeletons with painted modelling clay skin. Then the products were shot and photoshopped in.

A huge waste of time that was immensely satisfying for me in the end.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007


THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #1 - COVER

Ahhh, the big issue number one. After 8 months of planning, we finally got one on the shelves in mid 2007. Andrew Currie wallriding a Canberian bus shelter. There were a lot of candidates for this hotly contested cover, but this one simply worked for us. The masthead was gold foil, and as with the cover of issue #4, I'll post some images of when I get better shots.