Editorial Illustrations: Early Harvest Issue 6

I wish that when I was in primary school, I could have been involved with something as inspiring as the 100 Story Building’s Early Harvest magazine. But at least I did get to be involved for this issue! I was asked to do a contributor portrait for each of the editors of Issue 6, and also to illustrate one of the stories (hint: that’s the one that looks like a suspect).

Personally, I was excited to be involved because in a former life, I worked as an agent and then manager at Booked Out Speaker’s Agency, and in that time made good friends with a number of authors and illustrators. The chance to have my work published alongside a few of them, and at the same time lend my support to such an great idea of a project, is just great.

Learn about the 100 Story Building and their Early Harvest magazine here, and please buy a copy of any back issues they still have, to support them.

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Campaign Video Illustrations: Oh Yeah Wow / Go Gentle Australia

In October 2017, I was hired by studio Oh Yeah Wow to create illustrations for a special project. Their client, Go Gentle Australia, wanted an illustrated campaign explainer video to help along the campaign for a law to permit Voluntary Assisted Dying in Victoria.

I spent a week or so in house at Oh Yeah Wow, working closely with Christina Remnant (Producer), and James Bailey (Motion Graphics). The score was composed and performed by Jamie Messenger, and Ryan Granger cut the sound together. Direction came from Andrew Denton at Go Gentle, and Bastion agency.

They needed me to create illustrations that emphasised the human suffering that can be avoided, but also to reiterate the governance and checks and balances in place to keep the proposed law safe. Walking the line between sensitivity and sensationalism is a tough brief, but I had very good art direction and collaboration to help me along.

I loved working on a video that allowed me to focus on illustrating, selecting relevant images and coming up with a style to match the tone and goal of the piece. I worked with ink on paper, then digitally cleaned up and prepared images for James to work with in After Effects.

Learn more about Go Gentle and Oh Yeah Wow:
http://www.gogentleaustralia.org.au/
http://www.ohyeahwow.com/

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What Is Early Harvest?

The Early Harvest program brings together a group of ten- to twelve-year-old children from diverse backgrounds and mentors them to edit and publish a literary magazine for young readers.

This year, we held a series of creative writing workshops with eleven schools in Melbourne’s west resulting in the selection of CRIME and MURDER MYSTERY as the theme for the issue.

Then over ten weeks at 100 Story Building, thirteen young editors invited submissions, assessed ninety submissions from nine schools (and provided feedback to all of them!), commissioned three bestselling literary superstars, briefed illustrators, a designer and a window artist, and selected the fifteen stories featured in this issue. 

The Early Harvest program is about giving creative agency to children to decide what they would like to read. For Grace, age 11, the best thing about being an Early Harvest editor was ‘reading all the stories in the magazine and the decision-making’. She felt that choosing the stories was the most important thing she did as an editor.

This year, the magazine features contributions by Andy Griffiths (author of the Treehouse series), Davina Bell (author of The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade and Oh, Albert!), Andrew McDonald (author of Son of Death and The Greatest Blogger in the World) and George Ivanoff (author of You Choose series) as well as illustrations by professional artists.

Throughout the process, the young editors were mentored by professionals from the publishing industry, including authors, editors, game experts, illustrators, designers and grade seven student Caitlin, who was an editor for issue four. The program was a learning experience for them as well. ‘Adults learn children’s sensibilities, what appeals to them, what is fun for them,’ said Davina, who mentored the young editors and contributed a story to the magazine.

Identity illustrations: Saneia Norton Design Communications

SNDC approached me to create a series of illustrations that would give their new website a tone that would appeal to their clients and collaborators. Their business is to train designers to better communicate the value and function of their design, verbally, with collaborators.

The brief was to create illustrations for a series of pages & sections, that would allude to the scratchy, exploratory drawings designers and architects (and illustrators!) make, yet at the same time reveal a sense of polish in moving between hand made, ink on paper drawings, and crisp high-res digital images suitable for a variety of uses.

I worked closely with Saneia for a number of weeks, and had a tonne of fun. When a client shows you one of your loosest, most relaxed drawings, and asks you to do more of the same, it’s a dream job. I also worked with James Norton Design, to ensure the digital files were going to suit the development of the website and the format for future podcasts and other digital considerations. Thanks, Saneia and James!

Learn more about SNDC here, and about JND here.

SNDC Testimonial

We commissioned Simon O’Carrigan Illustration to prepare illustrations for our new website. The results exceeded our expectations.
Simon is a talented artist with professional integrity, great organisational skills and clear communication. The whole process was rewarding and enjoyable – I can’t wait for our next collaboration.

Saneia Norton
Director
Saneia Norton Design Communication
–May 2017

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Animation: The Mighty Apollo, Plot Media

Plot Media hired me to animate 2 minutes of footage for use in their pitch / proof of concept teaser trailer for a forthcoming documentary, The Mighty Apollo. The film tells the story of an Australian strongman Paul Anderson (The Mighty Apollo) who survived a horrific accident, and later went on to perform even more death defying feats. The brief was for hand-drawn, 2D animation, that would recall 1930s cartoons, and Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir.

The film  examines Paul’s psychology, and I was asked to help convey the less conventional aspects of that part of the story. The animated scenes tell the behind-the-scenes story of Paul’s relationship with his alter-ego, which changes from benevolent to threatening.

I worked with Nick Barkla (Director), and Jamie Houge & Virginia Kay (Producers). From a script, I created storyboards and character designs for approval before beginning work on the animation.

The animation is made with ink on paper, and digital tones added. I animated at 12 frames per second, using a number of layers in After Effects depending on the requirements of each shot. The animation was produced in around two months, and later the production team at Plot added voice overs, SFX, and cut it into a full trailer.

For now the full trailer and details about the project are under wraps, but I can’t wait to show the wonders that the Plot team have pulled together: it is Really Very Good. So it’s nice to have my work included in it. In the meantime, you can watch the parts I animated, sans soundtrack, on this page or on Vimeo.

In addition to the animation I made storyboard art and animatic sections for other parts of the trailer. You can see a few examples of this content on my website here.

Spot Illustrations: Drug & Alcohol Research & Training Australia (DARTA)

The Brief

DARTA were seeking illustrations to convey some of the warning signs & safety ‘tests and checks’ that they train young people to practice in situations that get out of hand. These illustrations are used in the slides for presentations DARTA delivers in hundreds of schools across Australia.

They needed a visual style that felt contemporary, but also won’t date, so they can be used into the future. DARTA is known for a pragmatic, realistic and non-sensationalist approach to drug & alcohol education, so they wanted to stay away from any ‘scare tactic’ feel to the artwork.

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The Client

Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) aims to provide education and training expertise as well as high quality research assistance on a wide range of alcohol and other drug issues.

DARTA specialises in providing education and training to a wide range of audiences and can tailor presentations to suit any agency’s requirements in the area of alcohol and other drugs. Each year, we present education sessions to hundreds of school communities right across Australia, delivering information to students, teachers and parents.

In addition, DARTA has also been asked to present to a wide variety of community groups and organisations at conferences, seminars and workshops both nationally and internationally.

Paul Dillon is the Director and founder of DARTA and he is passionate about ensuring that the community has access to accurate and up-to-date alcohol and other drug information.

Artist Assistant: Reko Rennie

In early 2017, I worked with Reko Rennie as an assistant on his monumental mural Visibile Invisible.

Reko was commissioned by Lyon Housemuseum through blackartprojects to create this 20 x 44 metre mural on the foundation concrete slab for their museum expansion. The work was sponsored by Dulux paints and used over 600 litres of paint to create Reko’s neon camouflage pattern. It took Reko, myself, and three other assistants five days in the summer sun to create the work that would be seen by the public only for one evening. After the launch night, it would be rendered invisible beneath a new building, save only for one small section under glass.

The photos here are my photos documenting the process, except the aerial photographs which are by John Gollings.

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Image courtesy of John Gollings, blackartprojects & Lyon Housemuseum.

Image courtesy of John Gollings, blackartprojects & Lyon Housemuseum.

Image courtesy of John Gollings, blackartprojects & Lyon Housemuseum.

Image courtesy of John Gollings, blackartprojects & Lyon Housemuseum.

Plot Media Testimonial

‘Simon’s work on ‘The Mighty Apollo‘ was superb.  Original, detailed and highly creative, he was a pleasure to work with and I’m looking forward to collaborating with him again in the future.’

Nick Barkla – director ‘The Mighty Apollo’ feature documentary
–May 2017