Currently at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane they are showing a range of old school ‘monster’ horror films. So I bought a five day film pass to satisfy the horror fan inside of me, and the first film to see was Gremlins with the adorably cute Gizmo!
It struck me that Gizmo is very much like a koala – cute, small and cuddly and need to be treated with responsibility. So just to recap on those responsibilities: no sunlight, no water, and no feeding after midnight, all create havoc for our little Gizmo. In the film, when water is accidently dropped on Gizmo he multiplies and creates 6 more babies in a matter of minutes, which unfortunately all turn out evil. What about koala? They need their habitat protecting as they are a threatened species as their numbers are in decline.
So in a world where Koala meets Gizmo on a wet stormy night, Gizmo says to Koala “If only the rain water made you multiply”.
Last weekend I travelled over to Toowoomba to take part in a one day Picture Book workshop with author/illustrator Katherine Battersby. Katherine is the creator of the adorable little Squish Rabbit picture book series, and as I could relate to creating cute little characters I knew this would be a workshop truly inspiring.
Katherine had put the day together very well. She covered topics of the history of children’s books, and creating your own ideas into picture books from the initial idea/brainstorm all the way through to interacting with publishers.
So I was very grateful to learn a lot from the workshop to help me along my way. My above little possum with his sketchbook emerged on my lunchbreak as I was getting motivated and inspired through the day.
On Sunday 2nd June is the next Green Heart Fair in Brisbane, at 7th Brigade Park, Chermside. Once again my Turtle and Sugar Glider characters will be out in the Brisbane City Council marquee. There are 8 different illustrations of Turtle and Glider representing the four different key areas of sustainability (Backyards, Community, Homes and Natural Areas – see if you can spot them all!). And also the two life size boards of Turtle and Glider where you can stick your head through and have your photograph taken as one of them (great for your Facebook profile picture!).
A couple of weeks ago I went to a talk by Judy Horacek at the State Library. Judy Horacek is a childrens picture book author/illustrator and cartoonist. It was extremely interesting and beneficial to hear from her how she got to where she is and to see a range of her cartoons and picture books.
It added fuel to my inspiration and motivation, and after some character sketches throughout the evening I came up with Koala giving his own talk to help illustrate the blog post.
Today we saw our first live AFL game at the Gabba. Yes, it has only taken us four years to see our first match, and what a game to pick with the Brisbane Lions beating Melbourne! So to mark the occasion I thought I would illustrate my characters into the game, so here you have Emu, Possum and Koala playing AFL.
This month has been super exciting! At the end of September I was contacted by Brisbane City Council to provide some artwork for their marquee at the Green Heart Fair. This fair focuses on sustainability and environmental initiatives which is very exciting being an enthusiast of all things Australian wildlife!
They had two face-cut out boards that required some attention. So the first part of the brief was to create two characters that will go on to the boards.
Long necked turtle and sugar glider
So along came a Long Necked Turtle and a Sugar Glider!!
Then there was also part two of the brief. With the two painted boards to be outside the marquee, inside the marquee they required cartoon illustrations of the characters performing different actions of sustainability.
Edd Cross – Artist in action!!
So after an exciting challenging month 8 cartoon images were provided and the boards painted. The Fair is tomorrow and I cannot wait to go and see all the illustrations ‘in action’!! The boards were completed a few hours ago and here is a picture of my head in each:
Painted long neck turtle face cut out board
Painted sugar glider face cut out board
I’ll do another blog tomorrow showing everything in situation and a look at the cartoon illustrations.
Last weekend, we moved house, just a bit further North within Canberra. Whilst packing things into boxes, I envisaged this image of packing my characters to take with me. So from York, we have Grilla and Minster Man, and from Australia my new characters. And now we finally have internet connection again I can continue with my blogging – hoorah!