31 Days In China is HERE!

31 Days In China is FINALLY HERE!

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It’s a project that’s been months in the making, I’ve been scanning, editing and collating my sketchbook from China and now it’s finally finished. The end result is a series of 3 minicomics bound with a lino-cut, hand printed banner and a podcast to go with it. If you’re interested in getting one, click here. There’s only 31 packs printed!

Check out the promo/making of video below.

31 Days In China

31 Days In China, a sneak peek.

31 Days In China In November 2016 my wife and I went to China for a month. While there, I kept a daily sketch journal of all the peculiar things I saw, of which there were many! Over the past few months I’ve been scanning, editing and collating the illustrations into a series of 3 minicomics that are going to be released soon.

Check out some of the photos below of the project coming to life in the Parchbell studio.   

I’m making a podcast to accompany the minicomics, something I’ve never done before but have always been interested in. The past few days I’ve been working on a song that will play at the beginning of each podcast using my Guzheng (Chinese harp). I’m real excited to be trying something new and can’t wait to release this whole project.

Check out the volume covers for the podcasts coming out soon… 

I’m hoping it’ll all be ready to go next month…see you then!

Alnitak_Kid Colab

Alnitak_Kid Collaboration Project

Collaborative projects are always tough work and lead to some sort of conflict…this is what I’ve always thought until I collaborated with musician and long time friend, Alnitak_Kid. He wanted a cover design and sticker for his new release beat tape, Daymares&Nightdreams.

After weeks of throwing around many good and bad ideas we came up with this one, a collection of his instruments and equipment displayed on the cover with half the illustration laying on the inside of the tape which is designed to encourage people to play with and explore what’s inside.

The gallery above shows the finished product.

To find out more about Alnitak_Kid click here.

To Find out more about the illustration click here.

The ANIMATION PROCESS

KUNG FU Animation Process

Something that fascinates me more than animation is the animation process. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes that never sees the light of day but is invaluable in creating something that is both believable and relatable. This video is a tribute to that process, it shows my process from thumbnail sketch to coloured character. It also gave me a chance to create a mini score using my Guzheng.

The TEA TRAY

I am a BIG fan of tea and I made this Tea Tray to celebrate just that.

I made this tray a few months ago when I started getting into Chinese green teas and I’ve used it nearly every day since! I was tired of having no ceremony or tradition to go with my teas and thought building a tea tray would make me spend some time learning how to brew teas traditionally…it worked! I wanted the tray to look ancient, but also contemporary, so I used the legs off an old chair for the handles and a bamboo sushi mat for the tray top. Turned out pretty good.

Click on the gallery BELOW to check out the making of The Tea Tray

Fallen

Out of the studio with the final recording of a song I’ve been working on for a while called Fallen.

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I’ve had many questions for God over the years and he has given me answers in many different ways. As I wrote this song I reflected on those questions and opened up to him about my doubts. I felt the answers coming back to me as I wrote the questions and it formed into this song…Fallen.

 

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2RT Deep Creek

2ReasonTrek Overnight Adventure Series


In Spring 2015 my wife Lucy and I trekked the first leg of the Heysen trail around the Deep Creek area. The trek was a part of our ongoing 2ReasonTrek project which aims to get people outdoors and to raise money for Our Home Community (a home for orphans in South India). We took a GoPro with us and filmed some of the best parts of the trek. Enjoy!

Scissors & Dreads

 Tony (pictured in the video below) has been growing his dreads for 7 years. 


One day he approached me and out of the blue told me he wanted to cut them off for charity. We came up with the idea to film the haircut for all the people who donated to the cause and to prompt others to donate. To find out more head to 2ReasonTrek  or to donate head to Our Home Community.

The INKWELL

I’ve recently started working with ink in my illustrations and realised just how messy it can get if you don’t have an organised work station and process. After playing around with a few ideas I came up with a steampunk inspired inkwell design that is way more basic than it looks. I salvaged some parts from an old computer and bent a spoon. After that I just attached it to a piece of wood. Simple but effective.

Click on the gallery BELOW to check out the making of The Inkwell

Letters

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It is hard to describe the feeling of receiving a handwritten letter. There is something so personal and intimate about it that you lose in the digital world. The texture of the paper, the stamps and the unique stylings of each word are only a few of the elements that attract me to the art of letters. It’s this art that I tried to capture in this song.

I used my homemade banjo to form the main riff and added the percussive element using a typewriter and bells. I then added my favourite instrument, the melodica and plugged my voice into a reverb pedal and sung the first thing that came into my mind.