Monday, December 13, 2010

Lew Keilar/ FIRST DATA Whiteboard animation

Made popular by RSA Animate (check them on You tube) white board animating relies on the illustrator to draw without prep sketches or tracing.
This commission for First Data came through Ben Goss of PP and the yello agency in Sydney on very short notice. I felt up to the task based on my own experimentation in filming illustration ( and gave it a whirl.
The shoot took a day; the camera was on an overhead jib and the whiteboard was laid out flat underneath it. Weird drawing position combined with an audience of the DoP; 3 creatives; a grip; the clients rep; the studio owner and also a junior who just wanted a look, it was, at times, intense!
This is a slightly shortened version. The unedited film was used at a major First Data sales conference and turned dry statistics into something entertaining.

Lew Keilar/ Society of Illustrators

I don't know what is more exciting. Having a piece selected for publication in the Society Of Illustrators ILLUSTRATORS 52 or deciding to go to New York to see it hanging in the Museum Of Illustration on East 63rd St in January.
It's titled 'The Bridge'.
It's an uncommissioned piece I'm using in another animatic-style short film slated for production in 2011.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sonia Kretschmar - Opera in the Market

"Opera in the Market" is a yearly charity event run in conjunction with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. I provided the main and spot illustrations used in the press ad, website and supporting brochure - I'm tempted to go along myself!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sonia Kretschmar takes on Carlton

Last night saw the launch of the latest "cook book" endeavour by Melbourne design studio Wolfgang, Shlomo & Max. It was great to have the opportunity to carve a lino print for this project, my first in years. The majority of the book was printed at the Melbourne Museum of Printing, and every illustration printed used the actual lino each artist cut as a printing plate.

From the W,S&M site: "COOKBOOK north/south is a not-for-profit publication, letterpress printed by hand, with a limited edition of 500. Each of COOKBOOK north/south’s ten suburb-inspired chapters feature a lino-cut artwork, short story and three recipes. A unique collection of letterpress forms, typography and colour create the visual identity for each suburb chapter. An unbound publication, COOKBOOK north/south comprises of hand printed individual cards, first offset and then letterpress printed at the Melbourne Museum of Printing".

All profits go to the food charity Second Bite, which redistributes unwanted food to the needy in Victoria & Tasmania, and the book can be purchased here :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christopher Nielsen/ 'Tis The Season

Thought it was appropriate to post some Christ-opher-mas stuff done recently. It being the season for it and all. This one was for the Sydney Morning Herald Christmas Food Guide

...and this one for Spinach Advertising's CSR "Bake A Difference" campaign.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dean Gorissen/Heart Failure

The November issue of Australian Family Physician focusses on Chronic Heart Failure. Dean dealt with the concept deftly and came up with an ace solution.


Dean Gorissen Long Story Shorts

The latest collection in the Affirm Press series is Gretchen Shirm's Having Cried Wolf. The stories revolve around childhood friends from the fictional coastal town of Kinsale, who have grown into women with vastly divergent lives, and their partners, families and friends. Dean's cover design aims to show how their stories create a rich tapestry of interconnected lives and shared experience.

Christopher Nielsen/ Design Federation Annual

Told you I was gonna blog more. The very first ever Design Federation Annual has hit the streets and I'm pleased to say I'm in it alongside a host of great illustrators, photographers and designers. They asked contributors to come up with something based around the theme of "1". I went with an image of Vincent. With "1" ear. Goghing, goghing, gone.

Christopher Nielsen/ Home Is Where The Art Is

Great big shout out to all those peeps in the Melbourne area. I've donated another piece this year to the Lighthouse Foundation Auction being held on Thursday night, the 2nd of December at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). Get along and start a biddin' war. I sent them "Moroccan Dentist". Let's hope it brings a smile to someone's wall.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Christopher Nielsen/ Recent Stuff

Haven't blogged on the Piggy site in like...AGES. Promise to do it more often. Here are a few things I've been working on since my last post.

Article on Bundy Rum for The Good Weekend.

Issue on "Rashes" for Check Medical Journal.

A betting guide for bookmaker Tom Waterhouse. More of the series at

Something about "Roadblocks" for PlanAdvisor (US)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Nigel Buchanan / Men's Style

Australia's year of Indecision... from federal elections to Australia's Top Model and the AFL rematch we couldn't make up our minds... choices too difficult perhaps?
Art Director Barry Goodwin

Escape Velocity -Lew Keilar

My second animation, Escape Velocity, premiered at a short film festival on the Gold Coast this week.
As with A New Day In Old Japan (see a previous post) my starting point for the narrative was an existing illustration with an unexplained scenario.
Click on the image to go to You Tube for full screen.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Nigel Buchanan / teams galore

Two commissions recently needed illustrations for 'Team building' stories. These bees were used on the cover of Associations Now magazine based in Washington and the image below was for SooJin Buzeli at Plan Advisor magazine in New York. The story was about putting together the ideal team; these guys have a particular advantage.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nigel Buchanan EFII podcast

I met the hard working Thomas James of Escape from Illustration Island at the ICON6 conference in L.A. in July. He interviewed me on skype last week and you can listen to the podcast here:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

By the way...

Dean's got a new blog up. So far it's jam packed with practically no insight into the working process whatsoever, but does have the odd robot plus a few new items of interest. Drop in and drop us a line!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Long Story Shorts

The 3rd collection in the Affirm Press series designed and illustrated by Dean has been released. Emmett Stinson's Known Unknowns is a chronicle of post September 11 Washington DC and the disconnected souls within.

AFP: Street Drugs

Dean illustrated the street drugs feature theme for this months Australian Family Physician. (And welcomed the opportunity to do something with a bit of grit)

Monday, August 16, 2010


Chris Badger, Head of Art at Clemenger BBDO advertising recently invited me to exhibit my work in Clemenger's Sydney offices in a new space devoted entirely to showcasing interesting art to their art directors and clients. In an environment designed to showcase new and exciting artists as great campaign options, Clemenger are asking illustrators and photographers to participate on a monthly basis.
Chris said "this way we get some great work to look at and the artist gets the chance to get their work seen and sold".
I'm really excited to have my canvases up in front of such a great potential art buying audience who can not only purchase original work but also commission illustration for campaigns.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Ben on your Desktop

Bens' illustration adorns the cover of the August Issue of Desktop Magazine, and inside is a nice little story about his career, and some general good hearted banter. You can read the first couple of paragraphs on the Desktop website, or you can enjoy the experience of having a real magazine in your hands and read the whole interview, by popping into your local newsagent.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Nigel Buchanan/ Plansponsor

The excellent art Director SooJin Buzelli asked me to illustrate an article in Plansponsor magazine about executive's pay packets being scrutinized more closely. It was thought the zebra in the original sketch may be checking out more than the flip-top lion's pay packet!

Monday, June 21, 2010

SECOND GO ROUND'S THE CHARM/ Christopher Nielsen

This was a recent job for SooJin Buzelli for the online mag ai5000. It all started out as a completely different job for PlanSponsor magazine which SooJin also art directs. I submitted 5 ideas including the one below for an article on healthcare reforms but we ended up going for a different concept. However she really liked the skull and said she would keep it in mind for something else if it was appropriate.

Normally when an AD says this I don't get my hopes up too high and never hear about the rough again. To SooJin's credit she came back a couple of weeks later and said she had an article on Equity which would be a perfect fit for the concept but there was one hitch...The format was different and I had to reshape the layout. I said no probs. I've always found coming up with concepts to be the hard bit of the job. Resizing an existing concept was a breeze.

Here's the final layout

And here's the finished piece.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Shanghai Expo / Nigel Buchanan

Another booklet cover for Screen Australia, this time for a China / Australia co-production event at the Shanghai Expo. I was very mindful that this was pushing the boundaries of cuteness, but it went down well in China.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Three Loves of Persimmon - Sonia Kretschmar

Happy to announce that the latest book for Cassandra Golds, for which I have done the cover, has just been released by Penguin Australia (I also illustrated the covers of her previous novels "Clair de Lune" and "The Museum of Mary Child".

"Persimmon lives a solitary life, pouring her passion into the florist shop she owns in the underground railway station. Her only companion is Rose, a talking cabbage. Intriguing young men come and go but Persimmon has yet to find the love of her life.

Several levels beneath Persimmon's shop lives a mouse called Epiphany. Epiphany has a questing mind. She wants to know what lies beyond the dark tunnels of her home. As in all good fables, Persimmon and Epiphany are destined to meet. And when they do, life will never be the same again."

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Stuart mclachlan-APA book awards 2010

The Australian Publisher's Awards just recently passed and I was happy to be awarded winner with Mel Feddersen , designer of "Best designed Fiction Book ", as well as coming second for "Best designed cover". The title of the book is "A True History of the Hula Hoop- a novel ". The designer gave me the freedom of hand illustrating the cover type in tandem with the illustration which was a rare treat for me. The rest is just a alcohol induced enjoyable blur. Also , good onya Sonia Kretschmar for the great illo on Tensy Farlow's book, congrats!

Tensy wins an APA Award - Sonia Kretschmar

At the 2010 Australian Publisher Awards announced last week, Tensy Farlow and The Home for Mislaid Children won "Best Designed Children's Fiction Book" for designer Tony Palmer / Viking Penguin. I illustrated and helped develop the cover concept and internal lines drawings - it was a lovely project to work on and I'm glad she has fared so well!

Dawg drawn.

This is the cover art for the latest doggy detective thriller novel by American writer Spencer Quinn I have done, following 2009's Dog On It. Having made a character for the main protagonist Chet the dog detective, the ideas were much easier to formulate, bit noir, it could be turned into a strip I think!
Book him Danno, WOOF!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Illustrations and Ramblings by Ben Sanders

I've just started a bit of a blog detailing what's happening inside The Milk Agency studio. Come on over, and chew the fat or just have a peek at some of the latest pics at Ben's Illustration Blog. (But only after you've sniffed around Picture Pig first!)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Childhood Emergencies-Dean Gorissen

Dean illustrated this months's Australian Family Physician magazine focus is on childhood medical emergencies, opting for a light touch on a very serious subject.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Chinwagging / Ben Sanders

Another year of "Schmoozing" in Melbourne with this retro-inspired illustration being used for invitations to the events. Thanks to Piers Buxton at Tommy Gun for the commission.

The excellent Screen Australia / Nigel Buchanan

The wonderful people at Screen Australia have been keeping Nigel busy during the run up to the Cannes film festival. There have been booklets, posters, banners, magazine ads, invitations galore for all sorts of different events. The brief called for a completely new approach to the marketing push, which is usually dominated by stills from one or more of the competition films. The images had to stand out from the marketing frenzy.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

AADC "Killer Ideas"

These bar coasters are part of the "Thinking About Drinking?" campaign for MAC South Australia, developed by the fine people of Clemenger BBDO (Art Direction by Jane Keen / Illustration & Design by Ben Sanders). At the recent 33rd (AADC) Adelaide Advertising & Design Club Awards the illustrations were Finalist in 4 categories including Best Poster, Art Direction & Press, and ultimately captured the gong in the "Other Print" category... So next time don't take the car!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Lew Keilar- 10 Big Ideas to Grow NSW-website

Link to the '10 Big Ideas' website....

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Lew Keilar- Business Connect magazine cover

The brief:
"Business concerned, and a little daunted, about backed-up Legislature.
Keep it simple and clean."

Lew Keilar- 10 Big Ideas to Grow NSW

Five illustrations from a series of ten.
A commission from the NSW Business Chamber illustrating the document '10 Big Ideas to Grow NSW'.
A really enjoyable print project with an unusual, wide format.
The illustrations ranged across a double page spread in an A4 booklet and were visual metaphors for the 10 strategies.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Imaginary Friend - Ben Sanders

This is one of three new illustrations for Readers Digest. The story is about celebrities and their imaginary friends. A good read and a fun job too... This one is "Spike" the childhood friend of author Di Morrissey.