My Drawings from Ace Comics June Meetup Group

Teenage Mutant Ninja Long Necked Turtles illustration with pizza Sketches at Ace Comics Annerley Drawing Group meetup by Edd Cross Teenage Mutant Ninja Long Necked Turtles illustration

Ace Comics June Meetup

On Saturday I joined the Ace Comics drawing group in Annerley.  This was the first time I went to this and was great to meet other illustrators, including people I’d met before at expos.

I drew two pages.  One included Ringo the Ringtail Possum and other characters of mine, but after we ordered pizza for lunch, I soon got in to a turtles mode and created the Australian version – Teenage Mutant Ninja Long Necked Turtles!! 

Become a Long Necked Turtle or Sugar Glider at the Green Heart Fair on Sunday

Painted long necked turtle and sugar glider boards for Green Heart Fair in Brisbane

This Sunday 2 June head over to Brisbane City Council’s marquee at the Green Heart Fair in Chermside to see my painted boards of a long necked turtle and sugar glider.  Poke your head through the boards and have your picture taken as the characters themselves!

Illustration of Long necked turtle and sugar glider riding bicycle for green heart fair

Also, whilst you are in the BCC marquee have a look for the 8 cartoon illustrations of turtle and glider as they demonstrate the various areas of sustainability.  Have fun!

See my artwork again at The Green Heart Fair!


Illustration of Long necked turtle and sugar glider riding bicycle for green heart fair
1 of 8 illustrations of Turtle & Glider to see at The Green Heart Fair.

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!).


Painted long necked turtle and sugar glider boards for Green Heart Fair in Brisbane
Have your picture taken as either Turtle or Glider…

Artwork for the Green Heart Fair

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.

Sketches From Stradbroke Island – Whalewatching & aTurtle!

Last weekend we went to Stradbroke Island – absolutely beautiful!  Not only did we see a koala and a kangaroo, but also a whole bunch of ocean wildlife to marvel over without even having to get wet!!  We saw humpback whales, turtles, bottlenose dolphins and manta rays!!
So, as always, the sketchbook came with me and I just added some digital colour back at home to a couple of sketches:
Whale watching

Ptchhhh – the first thing you see and hear from a whale is the water being expelled from it’s blow hole, then it’s dorsal fin breaking the surface, and finally it’s caudal fin disappearing back into the water.

Turtle under the surface

Hazel took some absolutely beautiful photos

Happy World Turtle Day Sand Sculpture!

In support of World Turtle Day, people are creating turtle sand sculptures around the globe.  As I was nowhere near sand today (other than what I saw in an aquatic shop!) I still wanted to show my commitment to these fantastic creatures – so here is my sand crafted turtle that I created last Christmas.  We were on a trip up near Bundaberg and there we got to see mothers coming to shore to lay their eggs – an awe inspiring and life engaging moment.

I just love everything to do with the sea.

A lot of illustrations from our little festive break

Over the festive period, Hazel and I had a little holiday north of Brisbane around the Bundaberg region.  We stayed in a beautiful little cottage on a sugar plantation.  On our first evening we were visited by two very cute little green tree frogs.  They were sat on the outside window ledge, and whenever a nice juicy bug landed on the window’s fly screen they snatched it quick!

A cute Green Tree Frog

G’day Green Tree Frog!

They weren’t they only amphibian visitors, we saw plenty of cane toads too, doing what they were actually brought into Queensland to do – gobble up all the cane beetles.
Cane Toad

The farm we stayed on had some chickens which were fun to watch and they produced some very tasty eggs!  Our cottage even had a little fish pond which was nice to feed the fish in it every day!  Then out in the open we saw dragons bathing in the sun!

Chicken silhouette

Pond life – flowering lilly pad and little goldfish

Sun bathing dragon!

On day trips we went to Bundaberg Botanic Gardens where we saw freshwater turtles popping their heads up out of the water to say hello, and also saw one sunbathing on rocks along with a Pied Cormorant and a dragonfly.

Freshwater turtle head
Life on the Rocks – sunbathing turtle, Pied Cormorant and a dragonfly
We visited a wildlife park where I was reacquainted with my kangaroo friends, and with regular visits to beaches I drew a seagull!
Munching kangaroo
Paddling seagull
One day, Hazel surprised me by booking us into a scooter tour around a town called 1770.  We each had our own scooter, which were made up to look like Harley’s and in a mass convoy we followed the staff.  It made me laugh as we were provided with helmets and jackets to look like a tough biker gang, yet our scooters sounded like we were riding lawnmowers!!  As we initially learnt how to ride the bikes around the carpark, they played the tune “Born to be Wild” – very amusing, and I thought it was the perfect theme tune for our cheeky little possum that regularly visits us – so I imagined him on his own motorbike. 

‘Born to be Wild’ – Possum on a motorbike
The main highlight of our trip was to visit the beach of ‘Mon Repos’.  This beach is famous for being the mainland breeding spot for the endangered loggerhead turtles, and right now is the season for the females coming ashore to lay their eggs.  This is one of the top things to do on my life’s to do list so I was very ecstatic, especially to see it on my 30th birthday!  We arrived at the Visitor Centre at 7.30pm, along with the other 300 odd people, and they split us into 5 groups, we were in group 4.  Rangers and researchers were patrolling the beach looking for turtles and when one was spotted a group could go down to watch, so we had to wait until the fourth turtle came ashore – that was 11pm!  So excitedly, we (and the other 50 people in our group) huddled around the turtle.  I felt quite sorry for her as at this intimate moment in her life when she would just like some peace to do her thing, she gets swarmed by onlookers!
Turtle coming ashore
It was fascinating how flexible their back flippers were in digging out the hole in the sand, into which they lay around 150 eggs!  Sometimes the turtles lay the eggs below the high tide mark, and so the researchers on the beach move the eggs to a higher place in the beach in order to do all they can to ensure survival of the species.  Being large clutches of eggs, they asked us ‘spectators’ to help in moving the eggs.  That was a very privileged and rewarding experience to hold and move the eggs to their new location!
In that evening we were also privileged to watch 2 more turtles laying, and by 1am we had left the beach.  Wow, what a birthday night out!!
I also learnt that night that the turtles reach maturity at the age of 30, so it seemed a very fitting moment in my life to watch them on this birthday!

Edward the Turtle!