Sunday, 28 August 2016
Myself and Dave Beazley with our paintings all hung
me being a Lurker
The exhibition runs for another 33 weeks at the Yvonne Rust Gallery Whangarei.
Saturday, 20 August 2016
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Thursday, 4 August 2016
I'm very excited to be part of a collective of Whangarei Local artists who sometimes like to lurk in the darker side of art. Check out https://darkarts.co.nz/ for all the dark fun! and keep a look out for future DARK ARTs exhibitions and merch. I'll be creating a T-Shirt design exclusively for DARK ARTs in the very near future.
Hi guys, big apologies for my absence of late, I definitely need to keep up to date with my blog posts.
I thought I'd start with my plate for "The Great Plate 2016" exhibition. It's always such a fun exhibition where heaps of local artists get to turn a plate into a work of art. My one this year is titled "I love watching you remember" and it was inspired by my Pops.
All the plates are auctioned on Trade Me and all money earned goes to The Quarry Arts Centre in Whangarei (NZ)....a mighty good cause for local artists.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Saturday, 21 November 2015
These are available from my little studio : Number 1 Rathbone Street (upstairs room 5), Whangarei, New Zealand or Paperbag Princess, Bank Street Whangarei.
Internationally both designs are now available in my Society 6 Store: https://society6.com/sojushots/cards
Hi all, sadly I've recently left my little studio space which I shared with MERCY Clothing....BUT...I have only moved 2 doors down the hall. It's another tiny but cosy space for me to create. I only have a small selection of things to purchase (at the moment) but you are most welcome to come up for a look or a chat.
Address: Number 1 Rathbone Street, (upstairs room 5), Whangarei, New Zealand.
Hope to see you soon :)
Photo by : Allison Stock http://www.allisonstock.com/
I recently had the awesome opportunity to take part in an online show which focuses on musical artists and connects their fans with them via Skype.
This show was all about the amazing Peppina (a musically gifted singer/songwriter from Finland) and I was asked to be part of it as she has written songs based on my illustrations for hitRECord.
The first was Mademoiselle Noir...a very dark take on the classic brothers Grim tale Rapunzel, which was made into an animation and sponsored by Sony. (you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQR0DLhp5Sg )
Beastly Beauty was the second and this one was featured on the Emmy award winning TV Show Hitrecord on TV. You can watch the animation over at hitrecord: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1503066
You can watch the episode of Fan Jam TV where she plays some awesome live music and I got to meet her (skype face to face) for the first time. <3 Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lASmVKIIuYs&feature=youtu.be
I've never had the opportunity to listen to scary stories around a campfire....but it's definitely something I'm sure I'd love. I decided to draw a bunch of my favourite woodland creatures toasting marshmellows and listening to Bunny's scary tales. I reckon bunnies would tell the best scary stories.
We've all been the 3rd wheel before, I can't imagine it being all that fun for Chewy.
I made this little illustration in the excitement of the upcoming "The Force Awakens". I'm really hoping it's an awesome addition to the franchise. Anyone out there have tickets? I'm hoping to do another star wars based illustration before the 17th of Dec.
Monday, 28 September 2015
Sunday, 27 September 2015
Friday, 25 September 2015
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
This is a photo of my Characters Margaret and May (see below post) which were turned into these huge cutouts for the premier of Hitrecord on TV in Los Angeles. Unfortunately being the cliche struggling artist I couldnt afford to get myself over there but Edward the ninth (Creative Developer) was awesome enough to send this pic through to me. It's a huge dream of mine to attend a hitrecord function someday.
"Margaret and May"
I find this blog a really cool way to keep track of all the things I get up to.....kind of like my journal. I'm not the best at keeping it up to date but I always seem to come back to it with my updates.
One of the awesome projects I got to be a part of this year was: Hitrecord on TV Season 2.
The thing I love most about hitrecord (apart from all the amazing friends/artists you get to collaborate with) is seeing my little characters brought to life. It really amazes me to see how someone else interprets my little scribbles. In this season of Hitrecord on TV a few of my characters were animated in the coolest little animation shorts:
The first is a beautiful short animation called "Little Dragon" which is on the "FIRE" episode. It's based on a brilliant little poem written by Metaphorist (a.k.a Sarah...a huge talent in words, music.... everything!) I provided the key character of Sylvie...a little dragon who breaths ice instead of fire. My character was originally called Russell but due to a lack of lead female characters in the episode little Russell became little Sylvie (which I think works just as well).
All the characters were "plushified" by hitrecorder Sinnamin ...which means she cleverly made them into "felt" versions of themselves. They live in this amazing crafty, crochet, knitted, magical land which was constructed by a whole heap of contributing artists. It turned out beautifully and has a whole heap of heart!
The second is called "Margaret and May" and is a tiny little segment but one I love a lot. It's creepy and dark and you'll find it lurking somewhere in the "SECRETS" episode.
Hope you enjoy them and all the other work by all these awesome artists.
all my best
Monday, 21 September 2015
Saturday, 19 September 2015
Recently I've been working on an awesome project for hitRECord called :The Impossible Dream.
The community has been collaborating on 3 short documentaries about real people who have dreams that to them have seemed unobtainable at some point in their lives.
The one I have been working on is about an amazing soul on hitRECord called Lena (username Buttercup) who comes from Germany.
Buttercup has always been full of support over the years to so many people on hitrecord and when she shared her "impossible dream" I just had to be part of helping inspire it to come true.
I'll leave all the details and story for the short documentary which will be coming out very soon. (I'll leave links to it when it's out).
In the meantime the above image is of Buttercup and her friendly skeleton exploring the magical land of New Zealand.
Stay tuned for more..
Friday, 18 September 2015
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Written by Johnny Clyde
This little comic was based on the amazing Timothy Dark character created by the hugely talented Johnny Clyde. This character began life on hitrecord but seemed to spread his wings and now has his own growing following outside of it. Johnny usually writes the darkly hilarious tales which are full of heart and the amazing Taylor Dolan illustrates them in her trademark awesomeness. In true hitrecord fashion collaboration is taking place with guest writers and illustrators being invited to join in. I was incredibly honoured to be asked to illustrate the above....I instantly loved the tiny story and couldn't wait to get started. (I hope I did it justice).
I predict really big and exciting things happening with Timothy Dark in the future and I wish Johnny and Taylor all the very best with this awesome adventure.
Check out all the amazing Timothy Dark Tales here : www.facebook.com/timothydarkthings
Sunday, 13 September 2015
Hitrecord on TV (season one) won an Emmy award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media....and I couldnt be more proud. This includes a huge amount of contributing artists from all around the world who worked together to make this awesome show. My main contribution was all the illustrations for the short animation "Beastly Beauty"....we worked so hard on it and it turned out so beautifully!! which makes me extra happy that this will always remind me of it.
Thanks heaps hitrecord!