Monday, December 20, 2010

The Skateboarder's Journal #18

Sammy Winter get's his second cover, and it's our first gatefold. I love this cover, and couldn't bear putting cover lines on it.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #19

Chris Nieratko basically owns the last article of the mag. Here's another good one.


Monday, November 8, 2010

The Skateboarder's Journal #17

I totally forgot about this one... it was for a Chris Nieratko article about the current health care system in the US. The article centred around the fact that he's paying so much for health insurance for his family, it reminds him that it's easier paying for a crack addiction than being healthy, and that when you're a crack addict, you don't give a fuck about health...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #17


Young Vo got his first cover with a Bjorn Johnson kickflip. Well done boys.

ADIDAS TOUR INTRO SPREAD FROM THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #17

I just had to do something fun for this issue and the opener for the Adidas tour was just screaming for a giant shoe.


I made the skeleton of the shoe from construction card and covered it with white denim, followed by a lick of paint. I wanted the bodies to look really naive so made them purely from aluminium foil, painted them and stuck prints of the riders heads up top. The background is more card and some painted MDF, and the clouds are made from some stuff we found in Pete Daly's studio when we were shooting it.


We shot it all in three pieces seperately, the shoe and riders, the buildings and ground, and the sky. This way we could avoid a complex set up, and simply bring everything together in Photoshop. And I can save space storing it, all of this stuff is starting to fill my house...





Wednesday, September 15, 2010

BAKER DUSTIN DOLLIN "BOTTLE" GRAPHIC

I did this one entirely in Illustrator for Dusty, so there are no sketches or making of shots to accompany it.


I was inspired by these bar mats in pubs over here in Australia with glistening bottles on them, and after a million beers they reminded me of the Gene Wilder quote from the Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles:


"Well, it got so that every piss-ant prairie punk who thought he could shoot a gun would ride into town to try out the Waco Kid. I must have killed more men than Cecil B. DeMille. It got pretty gritty. I started to hear the word "draw" in my sleep. Then one day, I was just walking down the street when I heard a voice behind me say, "Reach for it, mister!" I spun around... and there I was, face-to-face with a six-year old kid. Well, I just threw my guns down and walked away. Little bastard shot me in the ass. So I limped to the nearest saloon, crawled inside a whiskey bottle, and I've been there ever since. "


He might not be in a whiskey bottle, but the sentiment remains...


It had been a while since I had done something this complex in Illustrator and I feel pretty happy with the way it came out.


Dustin was the most stoked that I got his tattoos in there for him. The board should be out in early October.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #16 COVER

Tommy Fynn, backside noseblunt somewhere in Melbourne. Steve Gourlay photo.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

ILLUSTRATION FOR THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #16

I did this drawing for Chris Nieratko's article on the demise of Big Brother magazine, bogged down in a mire of regret, crying himself a river of tears.

COMIC FOR THE PAT DANDY INTERVIEW IN
THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #16

Jesus - I had fun doing this one! We had spoken since the magazine's inception about doing a comic to accompany the photos in an interview. We actually had totally different styles in mind, but they never really fit any of the interviewees - until Pat Dandy came along...

I've always loved Sergio Aragones' art, I grew up with his doodlings as a kid reading Mad magazine. It was a lot of fun learning to draw (although obviously not as well) in his style, and once I had done about an hour of random test drawings, I really ripped through the comic.

I laugh every time I see this stuff. I especially like the way Lizard King somehow snuck out of my subconscious onto the opening page! Check out the guy in the green smock and you'll know what I mean,

I just wish I had time to colour it all...





















































Lizard King and the dude from Pat Dandy's opener!



Friday, May 28, 2010

VOLCANO DRESS FOR ROMANCE WAS BORN

Here's a dress I made for my missus. She runs a fashion label called "Romance Was Born". They had a wild show for Australian Fashion Week at the Hogwarts looking building at Sydney Uni.

It's made from expander foam, with fibre optics in the laver flows strobing away, and LEDs in the collar to light up the face. I had to glue about a thousand Swarovski crystals onto the fuckin' thing...

Some more of the show can be seen here:


and here:








Tuesday, May 25, 2010

BAKER DUSTIN DOLLIN "X-RAY" GRAPHIC

Dustin Dollin's new X-Ray graphic coming out on Baker mid July (I think...)

I'd been collecting scans of X-rays for a while for this idea. Dusty was really pleased that I'd got his spine just right...

I personally like the finger hair!


Monday, May 24, 2010

BAKER "WOOD LETTERS" TEAM BOARD

Out sometime mid 2010.





DUSTIN DOLLIN "MAD HATTER" BOARD GRAPHIC

This graphic came out on Baker in early 2010 to coincide with the release of Alice in Wonderland.

I'd been looking at the etchings on bank notes and had this idea of using graduated colour in the lines of the etching to create the shading. This was a really tricky job, I didn't know whether I could pull it off, and struggled for about 10 hours before I knew I was on the right track.

I had a huge A1 print of it done for Dustin's 30th birthday, and the detail printed beautifully. Very pleased with the final image.



BAKER DUSTIN DOLLIN "MAD HATTER" CLOSE-UP






Sunday, April 25, 2010

THE SKATEBOARDER' S JOURNAL #15 - COVER VARIATION

We did 2 covers for issue #13 because we could... either that or we have absolutely no idea how to run a business.

Shane O'Neill, kickflip out of the underpass into the bank. Steve Gourlay photo.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

OUR NEW JOURNAL COVER - ISSUE # 15

Apparently Lance had been thinking of this channel invert for almost 20 years... he's still super gnarly! Mike O'Meally photo.




Wednesday, March 24, 2010

BJORN JOHNSTON PORTRAIT FOR THE SKATEBOARDER'S JOURNAL #15

Here's the portrait I did of Bjorn for his interview in issue #15. It was made from 3mm construction card, glued together and painted. There are some pretty trick features under the skin to keep it standing, which it does manage to do on 2 feet with no assistance.

Bjorn has Norwegian blood, and everyone jokes about him having Viking heritage. I looked at abunch of Norse art and watched some documentaries on Vikings before I started this. When confronted with a landmass the Vikings would tow their boat overland - the boat was sacred to them so it went where they went. They would make a path with a series of logs, grease them with fish guts and haul the thing over what ever was in the way.

I had this idea of making a sculpture out of sharp lines, the painting it in textures that wrap around it to make the lines less harsh. A lot of the paint on it comes from various Aboriginal art I'd been looking at.

The Viking ship board is an old board, cut down with a ship made around it and finished in gold leaf - I've been doing a lot of gold leaf lately.

The portrait stands about 3 feet tall. Included below are a bunch of making-of shots too, some showing the mast between Bjorn's feet that I ended up cutting off.

Lastly, I might review this job and extend the trucks down with risers to accommodate large spoked wheels.