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Merry Christmas Eve 2021

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  Happy Holidays everyone!  Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, hope you're all at least enjoying the time off or getting that sweet, sweet holiday money. I haven't been working as much this month since finishing up at Studio Moshi.  I spent my 2.5 weeks of unemployment catching up with people, training at the studio gym, Christmas shopping and Christmas parties.  It was so good just being able to catch up with heaps of people. Had a picnic at the park for Studio Moshi.  I worked with them this year as an Assistant Animation Director for a TV series that will be released next year.  The two guys are veterans in the 2D animation Melbourne scene and definitely, my good friends and  one of my most favourite animation teams to be a part of. Studio Moshi Christmas Party My long time friends and fellow cat lovers and who are all veterans of the 2D animation scene as well.  We still have yet to work on a project that involves all 4 of us though.  We had Christmas lunch at a lovely

Lucky Cat (Maneki Neko) Collection updated on Redbubble Shop

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 Hi, hi!  I've started updating my Redbubble shop again and this is an illustration based on my lucky cat collection from a few years ago.  My collection has well and truly increased over the last few years.  Anyway, I spent the last few days, after working hours, to turn this illustration into a pattern.  It took a while and I've come up with this fairly detailed thing.  Lucky cats, also known as maneki nekos, beckoning cat, fortune cats and Chinese Money Cat (though they originated from Japan) come in many colours and carrying different props which all mean something different.  If you do have one in the house, make sure to put it near where you make money or easily seen through an open door.  I have a few in my office and next to my computer where I make most of my money.  It's good feng shui I hear, that said, I am not an expert! The lucky cat print looks great on quite a few products!  These are a few below.  Do make sure to check out my shop and feel free to click on

More work illustrations and it's November. Where did the time go?

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 Hallo, hallo!  Where did the time go?  Seriously, we're in November now.  It's been a real busy few months.  Above are illustrations I did for a job earlier this year.  I really should make a separate folio for children's book stuff since I can do it but my folio in general is pretty erratic.  I love drawing nature and skulls best but you don't get a lot of jobs with those.  I need to draw more humans in my folio and definitely ones with full backgrounds.  It's just finding the time and motivation to draw those I guess.  Right now, am more interested in creating patterns and am hoping to expand my folio there as well. Currently I have an Assistant Animation Director role on the current TV series I am working on. Should appear on the Disney channel some time next year. That has been keeping me busy.  Lockdown has finally ended (again) in Victoria, so I am enjoying that right now.  Seeing friends, training with Justin and just recently Rob and I went to the museum fo

Finished Illustrations for a job and life update in general

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  Hallo, hallo!  Been so long since I wrote anything since August.  Well, I was working on a TV series at Princess Bento and am now at Studio Moshi, my contract is until end of November, early December.  I finally wiped out everything for this illustration client I've been working for since February and the drawings above are a few I did for the job.  My favourite ones anyway. It's about books, if you haven't been able to tell.    It's been a super busy year.  I haven't posted up heaps of drawings or projects that I've been working on or the last few commissions for Fuzzy Pudgies, all that!  This is my second day of not working 2 jobs.  I look forward to drawing my own stuff or relaxing!  

Blue Jays and Skull

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  Hi!  It's been a month since I wrote, whoops!  Things have been really busy, as per normal.  So  the Blue Jay skull above was the last illustration I managed to finish, for myself , before things got crazy.  I've been working on back to back contracts.  A Chobani commercial, which I will post up on my next blog post, a commission for Fuzzy Pudgies, I am currently finishing my contract as an animator for Smiling Friends this week and then am starting on another contract at Studio Moshi for Solar Oppostites and on top of ALL these jobs I've been doing illustration jobs after hours and on weekends.  It's quite nuts!  I will hopefully be able to post more and show the work I've done.  There's a lot of content I could put up and just not enough time or inspiration to do it. Drawing above was done with copic markers.  I am so close to completing my copic collection.  Very excited. For other news, Victoria, Australia is back in lockdown.  Thanks a lot NSW for not con

Beechworth Day trip in Regional Victoria

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Hi!  So earlier this month, Rob and I went to Beechworth!  Got to say, I would totally recommend this as a lovely stop over.  We arrived early afternoon, around lunch time and stayed one night. We went and had lunch at the Bridge Road Brewery after checking into our hotel.  I had a delicious apple and blue cheese/gorgonzola pizza and I would definitely recommend.  The "Beer that taste like ice cream" was super yum too. We had dinner at the Ox and Hound .  It was delicious, I had a rabbit pasta which was super nice.  Service was great too.  Though, the place can get a bit cold at the back room, dress warmly in winter, i would say. The next morning we had breakfast at the Moments and Memories Tea room.  Oh, I really liked this place.  I think my mom would love it too.  Tea cups and post of the owner's own personal collection and stuff for sale too.  I can recommend the breakfast pancake. After that, we checked out the Beechworth Sweet Co.  It's like walking into Willy W

Some roughs for a current job and update

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  Aaaaaah!  Thank goodness we've been set free in Regional Victoria.  More or less.  There are some advantages moving to the country.  Metro Melbourne is still unfortunately in lockdown which is a major shame, I can't see my family or my friends.  Hopefully I can see them in a few weeks.  If it wasn't for Rob and Hanzo, the country and working from home would be very lonely. This week has been busy working on a new commercial, the illustrations for work above and another book illustration job over the last few days and today.  Gosh, so dull.  I work, I train with Justin and do some house chores and hang out with my boys pretty much on a daily basis.  I draw both for fun and for work.  Even now am thinking of colouring in one of my old pieces after a day of animating and illustrating.  I feel like I should do something about that.  Anyway, am going to relax now, have some dinner and do the dishes!  Maybe read some comics to relax tonight too.

Wonderful Wings: Galahs and daily diary

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  Hallo, hallo!  Another busy day.  The image above was one of my designs for Wonderful Wings  . This is part of the image before I turned it into a pattern.   I do love Australian birds.  I do love all birds actually.  Anyway this was hand drawn, scanned into Adobe Photoshop and coloured and edited in there.  Buying this on a dress, shirt and other products can be bought on my Redbubble Shop. I am thinking of making more bird patterns once I get a chance!  I've been really busy. Today, I trained in the morning, then was working on a book job and at lunch time I was in a zoom meeting for another commercial job, which worked on till I got a rough done, then I finished off the book job I was working on, afterwards it was cooking dinner and then spending the rest of the night playing movies in the background while working on another illustration job.  It was a busy day and tomorrow will be another busy day.  Most likely working on the new commercial job I got today and the current ill

Birthday in Lockdown

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  Birthday drawing, hand drawn and coloured with copics Ah dear.  I had all these awesome plans for the weekend past but alas, Victoria Australia is back into lockdown.  Again.  It is very frustrating and surely there must be a better way rather than locking down the State as soon as the virus makes it's appearance.  We sadly have to live with this for a very, very long time and we can't just keep locking down the minute someone has a sniffle (yes, am downplaying it by a lot.  Anyway, am annoyed to say the least, but I know that for me it is just an inconvenience and I am ranting out of frustration more than anything else.  There are plenty out there that have funerals with limitations, Weddings that had to cancel, operations scheduled, jobs lost and who are in a far worse situation than myself. I turned 41, a few days ago. Since I (and a couple of million people) were in lockdown, there wasn't much else to do but take stock (and draw) of what I've been doing with my li

Fuzzy Pudgies: Yokai Monster Occult Cats and update

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  Hi!  It's been a while, since Easter really, since I last wrote.  April was really busy.  I was working a few jobs and painting cats where I had free time.  It was all about yokai/demon cats in April.  I finished the last batch yesterday.  I will be working on a new batch this month, hopefully get some done for Mother's Day and this month is quite eventful with dinners, catch ups, work and birthdays!  I managed to prep a batch this weekend for painting. Chopstick holders are the best for placing paint brushes in use, I think.   I've also been working at a studio part-time.  The project is wrapping up soon, though I may still be called upon, when needed.  Here I am at the studio! A bit grumpy since it's so early in the morning.  Working on a commercial.  It's a proper campaign and am not sure when it will be on TV. Aside from working and painting cats, I've upped my game in collecting Maneki Nekos.  There are certain brands and types that are pricey. They make

Happy Easter 2021! Fuzzy Pudgies, Beechworth and general stuff.

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  HAPPY EASTER!!!!  Hope you all ha d a lovely break, whether you celebrate it or not.  These are my Easter cats for Fuzzy Pudgies!  I think they look pretty cute! Here are some of the sketches I did prior to painting.  I worked on them during breakfast and before going into my current studio.  I've been working on a commercial for the last week, but I arrived really early.  I have a key now, so I can go into the studio and work but beforehand, i sat in a cafe and worked on Fuzzy Pudgies. This was at  Bakemono Bakery .  Their baked goods are delicious, especially the Yuzu croissant.  The one in the picture is a garlic bread that is one of their best sellers.  It was all right.....I think the combination of sweet and garlic was a bit too odd for my tastes.  I look forward to trying their "shokupan" though.  That said, no days off to the city for me for all of April, not until my current studio job is finished so I won't be able to go back to this particular bakery for