The Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) is one of the largest flying birds on the planet, with a wing span of up to 3.25 metres. It spends most of the time gliding around on the strong winds of the Southern Ocean, circling the globe as it goes. When it does decide to make landfall, one of it’s favourite breeding sites is Macquarie Island, a sub-Antarctic island half way between Tasmania and Antarctica. Not that it’s in a hurry – young albatrosses can spend up to six years at sea. It’s a good thing they’ve perfected their power naps, sleeping for seconds at a time while flying.
Size of illustration is A2 (42 x 59.4 cm)
Superb fairywrens (Malurus cyaneus) are small little birds that bounce around our gardens and fields all year round in Tasmania. One amazing thing about this little bird, measuring only 14 cm, is that the male changes colour. Most of the time he is brownish in colour, resembling the female, but when his hormones start raging and mating season is near, his hood colours bright blue with black markings. They always bring a smile to my face, so I thought I’d bring their smiles out in return 🙂
The Pink robin (Petroica rodinogaster) is a tiny little pink-breasted ball of a bird, measuring 13 cm or less from the tip of its beak to the end of the tail feathers. Only males have a pink chest and belly, to impress the more sombre looking brown females. These gorgeous little birds are of course found in Tasmania 🙂
The Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) is normally associated with winter in Europe, but as it’s winter in Tasmania I thought it a good time to make a wee drawing of this little guy. He’s puffed up because of the cold. And not found in Tasmania 🙂
This dog portrait was commissioned by a friend of mine in Germany. Say hello to her dog Rex. The size is 30 x 42 cm, medium is pencil and colour pencils. Get in touch if you’d like a portrait of your pet 🙂
I call this ‘The Tasmanian Express’, as it depicts two wonderful creatures endemic to Tasmania. The Eastern quoll is considered extinct on mainland Australia, and is now only found in Tasmania. The Tasmanian Wedge-tailed eagle has developed in isolation for over 10.000 years, and is the largest of all the Wedge-tailed eagles. The female is the largest of them all, with a body length of up to 1.1 metres, and a wingspan of up to 2.3 metres!
This piece is not yet for sale, as it’s part of a larger project, but expressions of interest are welcome 🙂
Size: 77 x 52.5 cm (30.3 x 20.6 inches).
Medium: Colour pencils on paper.
I spent quite some time drawing whales as part of a commission for a client. Some of the illustrations were also used on product designs.
Bubbly Humpback whale
This bubbly Humpback whale is part of a larger piece, but I felt this gentle giant needed a bit of space and attention all to itself. The design is available for purchase on products in Society6.com and Redbubble.com.
Orcas (Orcinus orca) belong to the oceanic dolphin family. No wonder they love to jump and play! Available for purchase in Society6.com and Redbubble.com.
Orcas are such beautiful beasts, with their iconic black-and-white tuxedo. Here’s a cheeky smiling orca, avaialbe as design on multiple products in Society6.com and Redbubble.com.
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In August 2021, I was commissioned to draw a dog portrait. The customer wanted a portrait 60 x 40 cm, but after seeing the photos she sent me of her dog, I chose a standing format to fit the portrait I envisioned. She left it to me to decide the technique.
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I’m currently working on a book about spiders and arachnophobia. A monster project in many ways, with over 100 illustrations created in 2020/21. More than 80 of the illustrations are cartoon images, the rest are lifelike illustrations of spiders.
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This illustration was made as a 60th birthday present for a friend who loves hedgehogs. It’s my first ever hedgehog illustration, but might very well not be my last. I hope you like it too.
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