Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Added lairy colour to that dragon

So I could peel it off and free up that watercolour block it was on


Another quick rough from last night.

Still a bit haunted by dad's passing.

Foxy Lachsy

After doing the quick fox at Oz Comic con because I didn't have a fox to sell, and selling it ,
I thought I'd do another.
This is actually looking closer to a storybook style....

Rat rat rat ratties

a sort of quick rat-
needs some more detail on coat and fingers. and blunderbuss darkened....

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book Expo coming up in 2 weeks time

I'll be giving Book Expo a go this year.
Its the 17th and 18th of October at Sydney Olympic park.
i know Dave Hackett will be there and the Christmas Press people...

If you are interested it should potentially cost nothing to come along because I was allocated 150 free tickets- (way more than my  # of facebook friends).

How to get the free tickets?

Use the coupon code ‘lach’
"on the website,
 following the ‘buy tickets’ link on the top right hand corner of the site, you reach a checkout with a coupon slot. After applying the code and finalising a $0.00 purchase, the tickets are sent to the email address as a pdf, which can either be printed, or scanned from a device."

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Back onto "Over is Out"

Still working on it between times.
Need to dive back into Little Bad wolf too- but I just need to complete these greyscale roughs so I can at least pitch the book at people properly.

Yes a troll is a person in your neighbourhood, in your neighbourhood

.......In your neighbourhood

Some of the idle ideas for Little Bad Wolf's neighbours.
Little bad wolf lives in a suburb where every house is a microcosm of some fairytale setting- but with some modernity thrown in.

Normally my initial sketchbook ideas are completely unreadable....these moderately so.
That's ok  -they're in a blog that's largely unread- so nature keeps its balance.

Monday, September 21, 2015


Relabel, retitle, repackage

Re-released in November I think.
Hopefully it will do well again selling to new parents.

For any young people out there -
the metal thing on right of lower picture is a pencil sharpener
used to sharpen graphite encased in wood-(a 'pencil')
which is used to make marks  on dried wood pulp or 'paper'.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Book Shelf 2

Well there I was thinking these were a bit more modern but they are mostly 10 to 40 yrs old

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The cold cold ground and the space in between the spaces

So we bury my Dad  Selwyn Creagh tomorrow.

A picture for the cover of his order of service (to fold vertically in the middle).

Not perfect- but is life?

It sort of says what I wanted to say
I don't think Dad was religious but he believed in a beyond.
He said he was born dead- the first of twins and was set aside so they could deliver his brother and then he somehow revived/awoke.
Then later he had a death/tunnel/light/choice to return experience when in hospital  for deep vein thrombosis/embolism.

But where do we go?

The space between the spaces, he thought.

So the horse is death, in the guise of the heraldic Creagh horse with the branch in its bridle- taking him on the leap from the living to the beyond.
The  star is where his picture will be.

The boy doesn't look exactly like Dad- it is meant to be him in spirit-
as the child we all still are-
not as the suffering wreck he was reduced to.
I think when you see your parents as the kids they were you feel closer to them somehow.
Here is a little drawing of Dad as he was when I saw him in hospital-
an hour and a half after he died.
This is actually very close- although I drew it 5 days after and it just a little sketch..
Its sad hes gone but I'm so glad the suffering and degradation he had to endure are over for him

Monday, September 14, 2015

Another bit of Story Arts Festival Coverage

This time the intrepid reporter is Yvonne Mes


Also another report of the same event from Megan Daley .
Megan is a bit of a champion of local creators, and books ,
and a champion with cupcakes.

As you can see I've used one of Megan's photos of her cupcake sweatshop,-
just so you can see they don't appear out of thin air--
although I wish they did.

A Puff piece from the Story Arts Festival

At the Story Arts Festival.

Seems to be in broken english...but I'll take what I can get.

* Photos are by Tyrion Perkins .

The dragon I drew in the pictures was on I drew so that she could get a picture- the class had taken the other one home.


And what does death need time for?

"Death needs time for what it kills to grow in- for Ah pooks sweet sake"

Bookshelf 1

I'm going to post a few pictures of my pretties,
- in their shelves

just one bookshelf today.
Doesn't have a picture of the bottom hutch yet- it was obscured by piles of books on the floor .
Bottom hutch has some good ones too.