A collection of artworks created using traditional materials.
Acrylic painting of the leafy sea dragon (40 x 30 cm)
Original photo reference by Tony Brown
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).
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.
Winter came early this year, so an Arctic Flutterowl gets first dibs on the snowberries before they sell out. October 2017 Copic markers/ Unipin, Artline and gel pens/ Xpressit A4 blending card Original available!
Illustrative interpretation of the serval cat. Ocotober 2017 Copic markers, Unipin fineliner on Xpressit A4 blending card | App. 3 hours Original available!
Eastern Blue Devilfish
Illustration of the eastern blue devil (Paraplesiops bleekeri), an endemic species to southeastern Australia. October 2017 Copic markers, Artline felt tip, white gel pen, A4 Xpressit blending card | 1.5 hours total Original sold!
August 2017 Copic Ciao markers and fineliners | A4 X-Press It blending card | <1 hour Original available!
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."
A Life on Air
Tribute to one of my inspirations, Sir David Frederick Attenborough.
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
Illustrative interpretation of the lion December 2016 Copic Sketch markers, Artline felt tip pen and white gel pen on A4 paper | App. 10-12 hours. ORIGINAL SOLD
Illustrative interpretation of the seahorse. April 2016 Black ballpoint pen | A4 paper | App. 3 hours
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
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
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
Rather rough drawing from a preserved specimen of the pebble crab (Bellidilia laevis) January 2016 Felt tip pen and HB pencil on A4 paper | App. 2.5 hours.
Illustrative interpretation of the Siamese fighting fish January 2016 Copic markers, black Micron pen on A3 paper | App. 15 hours.
Grumpy Christmas Owl
Not-so-festive great horned owl. January 2016 Derwent Studio pencils + Micron pens | A3 paper | App. 2-3 hours.
Illustrative interpretation of the fantail goldfish November 2015 Micron felt tip pens and Copic markers on Moleskine paper | App. 4 hours.
Illustrative interpretation of the Alpine Ibex. January 2016 Derwent Studio pencils & Micron pens | A3 paper | App. 10-12 hours.
Flying fish/humminbird hybrid October 2015 Copic markers, black and white pen | A3 paper | App. 1 hour
The European shore crab. Drawn for the methods component of my Honours thesis. May 2015 Black felt tip pen | A3 paper | App. 5 hours | Drawn from a collected specimen ORIGINAL SOLD
Illustrative interpretation of the Snow Leopard April 2015 Black felt tip pen and black pencil | App. 3.5 hours
A drawing representing the theme of animal welfare in science March 2015 Black felt tip pen and HB pencil | A4 paper | App. 2 hours ORIGINAL SOLD
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
November 2014 Black ballpoint pen | 28 cm x 35.5 cm | App. 7 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