Elephants

“ELEPHANTS IN THE NEWS”, A limerick book collaboration with my Dad:

Gummy Tuskers

 Posted by on June 2, 2010  Elephants
Jun 022010
 
Gummy Tuskers

Yet another picture from the Elephant book I did with my dad a few years ago. Like so many of the illustrations, this one tells a sad fact about the life of elephants. Specifically, the fact that so many males are being shot for their tusks that a form of unnatural selection is creating a population of elephants with stunted [..read more..]

Elephant Bulldozer

 Posted by on March 25, 2010  Elephants
Mar 252010
 
Elephant Bulldozer

I have been going through old artwork looking for stuff to make PRINTS of for Wondercon next week. Not yet sure if this one will make the final cut (I already have TON of elephant prints) but thought it was worth posting here in my blog. This pic was drawn to illustrate a story (about Elephants being used as bulldozers [..read more..]

BUSY

 Posted by on September 8, 2009  Elephants, Family
Sep 082009
 
BUSY

In honour of my Dad’s visit to San Francisco last week, here is another image from our elephant book collaboration from a year or two ago. My father and his wife Wendy landed here on the home-bound leg of an around the world trip, and I played host to them at my tiny apartment. I also took on the role [..read more..]

Flustered with FUN

 Posted by on August 6, 2008  Elephants, Travel
Aug 062008
 
Flustered with FUN

Lately I have been running about, trying to finish off some artwork (both paying jobs and promises to friends) while simultaneously arranging some travel. I took a quick trip to LA a week or so ago, to celebrate longtime-pal Tony Stacchi‘s birthday. Next up I will visit New York, to spend some quality time with my friends Dave and Rhode. [..read more..]

Creative Elephants

 Posted by on April 2, 2008  Elephants
Apr 022008
 
Creative Elephants

It has been a while since I posted any pictures from my Dad’s elephant limerick book. This one illustrates a news story (and accompanying limerick) about the Thai Elephant Orchestra. Elsewhere in Thailand, there are also elephants who can paint pictures, (the elephant book features a limerick about them too, see this earlier post for the illustration). The pachyderm artists [..read more..]

Baker, the Elder

 Posted by on December 27, 2007  Elephants, Family
Dec 272007
 
Baker, the Elder

My blog-posting will be a bit spotty while I am travelling; I am not always able to get to the internet and when I do I am not always able to use my own laptop to upload new images. This is a portrait of PLINY THE ELDER, used to illustrate a quote from his famous Naturalis Historia, which was part [..read more..]

A Wedding

 Posted by on December 15, 2007  Elephants, Family
Dec 152007
 
A Wedding

This is an illustration from my Dad’s Elephant book, for a limerick about a dual Elephant Wedding held at a Thai Elephant preserve. My Father got married today in my home town, and I was his Best Man. For a laugh, I gave my speech entirely in Limerick. When HE finds the time to illustrate MY limericks, we’ll have our [..read more..]

A Visit to The Big City

 Posted by on October 20, 2007  Drawings, Elephants
Oct 202007
 
A Visit to The Big City

Another pic from the Elephant book. This one illustrates the case of an elephant who strayed into the streets of Nairobi, only to be darted and then carted back to the bush. The text was placed over the blank spaces in the composition, on the building and the sky. This particular illustration was done in a looser style than most [..read more..]

A Last Ditch Effort

 Posted by on July 12, 2007  Conventions, Elephants
Jul 122007
 
A Last Ditch Effort

In contrast to the image in the previous post, the photo textures in this illustration were applied in Photoshop, and it took almost as long, if not longer, to do it with all the latest software. The sky and ground use textures taken from photos and the elephant uses a photo of actual elephant skin. Can anyone guess the source [..read more..]

What’s My Motivation?

 Posted by on June 25, 2007  Elephants, Thoughts
Jun 252007
 
What's My Motivation?

I’ve been having some trouble with my mental focus these past few weeks. This a common problem when working on my own projects but it rarely comes up when working for “the man.” I am very productive when working for for someone else but when working for myself, I guess I just don’t respect the boss. When I need some [..read more..]

Mammoth Achievement

 Posted by on June 14, 2007  Elephants, Updates
Jun 142007
 
Mammoth Achievement

After almost 7 years online, and 6 years doing this NEWS page, this is POST #200. My first website launched in Late 2000, initially as part of the MAVERIX STUDIOS site (until I got my own domain and hosting in early 2002). This NEWS page began in August 2001 and I made the posts by hand in HTML until I [..read more..]

Elephant Prints

 Posted by on May 23, 2007  Conventions, Elephants
May 232007
 
Elephant Prints

I will be making some GICLEE (which I think is French for “ink-Jet”) prints of the illustrations in the Elephant book to sell at Comic Con. It is a good excuse for me to buy a nice printer, which I have been meaning to do for some time. There are 60 or so illustrations in the book, including those that [..read more..]

Free Hugs

 Posted by on May 8, 2007  Conventions, Elephants, Family
May 082007
 
Free Hugs

Recently there were ELEPHANTS IN THE NEWS book launches in both hemispheres, North and South. Dad launched the Elephant book (plus another book he has just written) at the official book launch in my home-town in Australia. The photo here is courtesy of my Aunty Marg who was instrumental in getting the book published, as it was she who who [..read more..]