Unfortunately I couldn't get to meet the great man himself, BUT the drawing was passed onto him during the show (thank you to some friends!)
My largest piece to date: over 100 hours worth of work, at approximately 85cm tall. Drawn using Derwent Studio pencils, white gouache and a hint of black fineliner on Arches hot-press watercolour paper (365 GSM). Many photo references were used.
"Sir David Attenborough, along with the team at the BBC, have showcased the natural world and encaptured audiences worldwide. With over 60 years on air, Attenborough has certainly had a huge influence on many people, including myself. Hummingbirds are often symbols of endurance, adaptability, joy and playfulness, all of which are traits that Attenborough acquires.
It is true that many people have become increasingly disconnected to the natural world, even if it is as simple as exploring their own backyard. However, it is thanks to Sir David, and to the phenomenal team at the BBC, that so many people around the world feel connected to nature once again."
Original given to Attenborough himself | February 2017
Acrylic painting of the leafy sea dragon (40 x 30 cm)
Original photo reference by Tony Brown
Unsuccessful entry for the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. Entry description: ""Invasive marine species can impact on native biodiversity and human resources, with the European shore crab, Carcinus maenas, being the classic example. The carapace markings represent the global establishment of marine bioinvasions, which are increasingly prominent in a hyper-connected world." March 2016 Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour on Arches hot-press paper (365 GSM) | 65 cm x 102 cm | App. 45 hours ORIGINAL SOLD
The Fabric of Life (Alternate)
Entry for an organic themed exhibition, and one of my most tattooed and reposted artworks. May 2013 Photoshop CS5 + Wacom Cintiq 24 HD tablet | App. 15-18 hours
In Pursuit of Knowledge
I was honoured to be commissioned as the illustrator for a book written by Professor Corey Bradshaw - Matthew Flinders Fellow in Global Ecology at Flinders University, and creator of Conservation Bytes: conservationbytes.com/
The book is titled "The Effective Scientist - A Handy Guide to a Successful Academic Career" and is being published by Cambridge University Press. The book is currently in print and due out early 2018, make sure to keep up-to-date here.
This was a somewhat abstract concept of a person in contemplation (or deeper thought). The components on the face and surrounds are made from various STEM-related objects, representing the majority of natural science disciplines. Colours chosen were inspired by old science fiction magazines and books (Isaac Asimov in particular). We wanted this book to be a little bit 'different' and eye-catching than the usual science text books you come across, and I am proud of the final piece. November 2017 Artwork (C) René Campbell | Photoshop CC + Wacom Cintiq 24HD
Submission for the South Australian Museum's 'Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2018.'
"This piece explores the wonderful diversity of temperate marine life along southern Australia, and the unfortunate persistence of marine plastic pollution. Walk along our local beaches and you'd agree that seeing marine organisms washed ashore is a familiar sight. Unfortunately, plastic pollution is also getting washed ashore amongst it, even in what we'd call 'pristine' beaches. The bits of plastic stuck onto this painting were removed from some local Adelaide beaches. It goes without saying how widespread plastic is in our oceans, and how surprisingly abundant it is on our beautiful coastline here in southern Australia. These plastics further degrade into microscopic fragments that are small enough to pass through food webs and accumulate in tissues of animals even smaller than the ones shown here. Sadly, we now face the reality of observing plastic pollution wash up on our beaches with these beautiful, unique animals, and paints a reminder for this issue at a global scale."
Watercolour, gouache and ink on Arches hot-pressed paper (365 GSM, 102 cm x 65 cm). Beach litter stuck on with removable adhesive that won't damage paper. Approximately 60 hours total - animal references obtained from a huge array of marine life books, my own photographs, online museum collections etc.
Elements - Pristine
Version of Elements without beach litter; exploring temperate marine biodiversity in southern Australia.
Watercolour, gouache and ink on Arches hot-pressed paper (365 GSM, 102 cm x 65 cm).
Illustrative interpretation of the great horned owl November 2011 Black ballpoint pen | App. 3.5 hours ORIGINAL SOLD
Jellyfish commission. Drawn with Derwent Studio Pencils, black Artline & white/bronze pens on A3 Canson paper (220 GSM). Approximately 15+ hours of work.
The large jellyfish were loosely inspired by the Plagiidae family, but I made the oral arms looks like feathers. The smaller jellies are inspired by the Aurelia genus. The overall look was inspired by Studio Ghibli's "Ponyo."
Inspired by the song "She Was" by electronic producer Seven Lions. Model reference: Kendra Anderson April 2013 Derwent Studio pencils, black felt tip pen | App. 10 hours
Model reference: Lindsay Ellingson June 2012 Photoshop CS5 + Wacom Intuos 4 tablet | App. 40-50 hours
Illustrative interpretation of the red fox, and a coloured remake of my artwork "Deceiver." August 2014 Photoshop CS5 + Wacom Cintiq 24 HD tablet | App. 14 hours
The Lady Lionfish
A mermaid inspired by lionfish species. Model reference: Anja Rubik February 2015 Derwent Studio pencils, black felt tip pen, white gel pen on Kraft-coloured Stonehenge paper | 50 cm x 38 cm | App. 30 hours ORIGINAL SOLD
February 2012 Black ballpoint pen | App. 4.5 hours ORIGINAL SOLD
Flight of Paradise
Inspired by European bee-eaters January 2014 Derwent Studio Pencils, Black Felt Tip and White Gel Pens on Kraft-Coloured Stonehenge Paper | 38 cm x 28.5 cm | App. 6-7 hours ORIGINAL SOLD
Illustrative interpretation of the crow October 2012 Photoshop CS5 + Wacom Intuos 4 tablet | App. 5-6 hours
Illustrative interpretation of the Siamese fighting fish January 2016 Copic markers, black Micron pen on A3 paper | App. 15 hours.
Digital scenery painted of one of my favourite beaches: Almonta Beach of Coffin Bay National Park, South Australia. June 2016 Photoshop CS5 + Wacom Cintiq 24 HD tablet | App. 3 hours
Illustrative interpretation of the seahorse. April 2016 Black ballpoint pen | A4 paper | App. 3 hours
November 2014 Black ballpoint pen | 28 cm x 35.5 cm | App. 7 hours ORIGINAL SOLD
Painting of the marine gastropod (Cancellaria reticulata) February 2016 Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours and Neef sable brushes on A5 Arches hotpress paper (300 gsm) | App. 4-5 hours. ORIGINAL SOLD
Portrait of a baby Nile crocodile June 2011 Acrylic paint on canvas | App. 10 hours
Illustrative interpretation of the Snow Leopard April 2015 Black felt tip pen and black pencil | App. 3.5 hours
January 2013 Derwent Studio pencils, white acrylic | App. 3-4 hours
Painting of an Atlantic blue crab claw (Callinectes sapidus) March 2016 Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours and Neef sable brushes on A5 Arches hotpress paper (300 gsm) | App. 3.5 hours. ORIGINAL SOLD
Entry for the Daily Spitpaint group on Facebook January 2014 Photoshop CS5 + Wacom Cintiq 24 HD tablet | App. 35 minutes