This is straight out of my sketchbook from one of our latest camping holidays in Noosa. We were pitched up near the river, and one day we were graced with a pelican swimming around.
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.
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.
The weekend before last we went to Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. And whilst we were having lunch there I peered over my shoulder to take in the view of Brisbane. Then, quickly turning to a page in my sketchbook I turned the view into the world of Cute Australia and placed Koala and Possum at the top of a hill admiring the view.
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.