Drawn to drink

Several years back (or a few vintages back to use vintner's parlance) , First Drop Wines dragged me kicking and screaming into the worst proposition of my career: draw comics about wine. Every year since, Matt Gant and John Retsas have promoted their fine product through the four-colour pulp  medium in "The Adventures of First Drop", utilizing one-page scripts often parodying films and television.

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Those comics found their way onto their labels and a handsome bottled library is building up on my shelf, with the 2013 label on my desk this week.


   Available in red and white the world over. Always read responsibly.

Big Illustration


Earlier in the year I was contacted by the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport, and Infrastructure to provide illustration for "the big build", a campaign highlighting the various public projects going on in and around Adelaide. (www.thebigbuild.sa.gov.au) What started as an illustration for web and print soon became an illustration for web, print, and tram,  meaning I had to allow for my image to work at a scale variation of 15000% ( That's going from screen display of around 20cm to the 30m length of a tram. Feel free to correct my math.)

Not to mention having to rearrange everything to fit around all those doors and windows.  


Even though the tram version of the illustration was the most challenging, that's the one I'm the happiest with. Maybe it's the terrifying thrill of seeing it so darn big, or maybe because when actually applied to a piece of infrastructure it most successfully achieves what I believed was the client's intent: depict what is basically a story of concrete and cranes in a lively and human manner. 


I just take issue with that "one of the world's great small cities" line. Pfft. Adelaide is one of the world's great cities, full stop.