Monday, May 28, 2012

Deer Diary

There's going to be a sort of booklet thing to accompany the upcoming Funny Games exhibition that I talked about in the last post. Here's one of my drawings that'll be in it.
It's a self portrait, unfortunately.

Friday, May 25, 2012

My posters are nothing to be proud of

The Margeret Lawrence Gallery in Melbourne held a competition for people to submit a poster design to be used for their upcoming exhibition, titled "PROUD".

Here's a compressed version of the design I submitted.
It got a little bit of positive feedback, but alas it did not win.
Here is the image that did win, by my studio pal James Tunks.
James' image is very cool, I really like it, and it'll obviously make a great poster.
I can definitely see why they chose it. I wouldn't have picked mine either.
Still though, I would've loved to see my poster on some walls here and there, that would've been fun.

In light of this, it just so happens that in a couple of weeks I'll be in a group show at the VCA gallery with a few of my friends, and so I made another poster, and this time the poster I made gets to be used.
The show's called "FUNNY GAMES".

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Just another day at the races

Hey. Here's a couple of English girls I drew on the tram who were coming home after a day at the Melbourne Cup.
It was a particularly unflattering drawing so it's pretty incredible that they responded so positively. I'd love to hear what they thought about it the next day.

In other news my 29 DRAWINGS OF PEOPLE ON THE TRAIN book is currently featured in the READ section of Melbourne City guide, which is really just amazing.
Click on this sentence to see the photos and read the article.
Thanks so much Mark W Free for such a well written, funny and cool little write up, I'm really flattered.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

tap water toast

My friend Amy has a tumblr where every time she gets a coffee she takes a photo of it with the book that she's reading. The tumblr's called cappuccino sandwich.

There's another section on Amys tumblr that's made up of photographs of the book that her "mates" are reading and their coffee.

This sentence is a link to the page on her tumblr with an image of the book that I happened to be reading, with my water bottle that I was drinking from.

As an added bonus, just for you dear reader, because this is my blog and not Amys, here's a revealing behind the scenes photo of the same image from a slightly different angle.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

29 drawings in 29 books

I've made a book out of 29 of the train drawings.

 I only made 29 of them.
They're all signed and numbered.

Ten of them are currently at Sticky Institute. 
You probably know where that is, but if not it's Shop 10 Degraves Subway under Flinders Street Station, Melbourne.
(Open 12-6 Wednesday to Friday and 12-5 on Saturday)

They're only $4. 

Here's my buddy Dan in the shop.
If you can't get to the shop I still have the other 19 of them, so send me an email if you're interested in getting a copy. I can send them just about anywhere.

Monday, May 14, 2012

A book to sink your teeth into

Saturday night was the launch of Issue 5 of the publication Death Of A Scenester. 
The theme for Issue 5 was FOOD.
(The illustration on the cover was done by James Weinert.)

Death of A Scenester is an independent Melbourne run publication that comes out twice a year and aims to publish "quality writing with a real voice". 
This issue features three of my images.
I really like that my capsicum spray painting was put opposite Kim Opie's article titled "Food security".

The launch was a lot of fun. It was a lot bigger than I was expecting. 
Here's a photo from the jelly wrestling tournament.
Thank you to Shalini and all the guys at Death Of A scenester, I'm really proud to be a part of the issue.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Girl in bandana handling a ball

Here's some festival goer I drew who was practising her routine on the train.
The train was reasonably busy, and everybody seemed to do their best to ignore her.

People looked annoyed if anything, she dropped the ball a couple of times and it slammed into someones ankle.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012


Last Monday I was in a site specific painting exhibition at the VCA.

My work in the show is made up of three pieces, and is acrylic and metal screwed into board.

There it is below, just behind a kissing booth and to the right of that canvas that says bitch.

The work is titled "PUBLIC TOILET DOORS" and is essentially just a representation of three public toilet doors, (male, female, and disabled), each with door handles at different heights.

The show was only up for a week and was deinstalled last Friday.
The above image is of my friend Sam, and was taken by my friend Isabelle, who co-curated the exhibition.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Man with thick eyebrows reading a newspaper

I put another video of life drawing on the train up onto our friend the internet.
This is the third one on my youtube channel where the speakers in the carriage announce that the train is arriving at Nunawading station, (the other two are the one with the blind man and the one with the racist).

Maybe some day someone will be going through Nunawading and for just a split second they'll think to themselves "hey, this is where those creepy videos were filmed".

As a fun fact, I looked up the suburb and apparently the name Nunawading is thought to be derived from an Aboriginal word meaning either battlefield or ceremonial ground.

Was that actually a fun fact? Maybe it's just an interesting fact. Or at the very least it's just a fact.
Although my source is Wikipedia so it might not even be that.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

A funny thing happened on the way to uni


Here's a quick story that happened to me while I was drawing people on the train sometime back in the first few months of 2011. 

It all started with this drawing.

I know, I know, this drawing sucks.
You don't have to tell me.
Just look at those foreheads.

I probably wouldn't have let you see this drawing,
(or who knows, maybe I would've kept going with it and it might've gotten a bit better)
except that as I was drawing it a guy leaned his head over my shoulder and said
"Aw that looks fresh as man, sick stuff. I'm a tattooist too".

The guy was pretty gangster, and so naturally I went along his tattooist assumption.
"Yeah cool. Where do you do it?" I asked.
"Oh just by myself, my bro gets me the ink".
I forget what I said next but after that he got real excited and he tells me
"Hey you should draw me and her".

This was the first point that I turned completely around, and I saw that he was with somebody.
"Uh I don't know man" I said.
"Na carn bro, just pretend you don't know us, and just draw us like you did those guys, it'll be mad"
He was getting louder, and I didn't want him to get the attention of the guy I'd already drawn as he was a big tough guy as well,
and so I decided the only thing to do was draw them.
"Yeah ok" I said.

I moved seats so I was facing them and got out a new piece of paper.
They were getting off at Ringwood so I only had two and half stations to do it.
It was a really weird situation.
This wasn't train drawing anymore, it was just straight up portraiture, the job of one of those charcoal sketch artists you see on the streets in the city.
Like this woman on Swanston Street.
Back at the time that this was happening I'd only really just started drawing people, and I'd never shown anyone their drawing as rarely did the drawings look anything like the people I drew, and even rarer were the drawings flattering. (Not that a whole lot has necessarily changed since then).
But so I felt a lot of pressure. I needed to draw them both good looking, and even though they were bickering I definitely needed to draw them both looking happy.

The guy made it pretty clear that he also wanted the drawing to show them looking happy
and he kept yelling at the girl "Don't cross your arms!" and "Have good body language!"
I liked the guy. His excitement was contagious. But it didn't feel good drawing them when I'm pretty sure that she didn't want to be any part of it.
She was as uncomfortable as I was.
I tried to look at her as little as possible, and I made sure I didn't work on drawing her any more than I worked on drawing him.

Anyway so it got to Ringwood and I showed them what I'd done.
They both really liked it. They asked if they could have it and I sort of ummed and arred and they understood and had to get off in a rush. I should have gotten an email address and sent them a copy, but this was long time before I'd thought of doing something like that.
I was glad it was over, and I was also fairly pleased with what I'd produced out of that pretty intense situation. It could've been a lot worse.

Anyway that's the end of the story. I've never seen them again, and even if I did I doubt I'd recognise them. Maybe they'll recognise me if they ever see me drawing. 
And then I'll be able to send them to this blog.
And then we'll all meet up and give each other tattoos.
It'll be great, you should come.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012


Hi. Here's a new video I just loaded up onto the back of the old ute tube.
Thanks for watching.