The Drawing Arm New Recruit :: Andrew Dennis

This week we’re welcoming mural, street and textile artist, Andrew Dennis, to The Drawing Arm.

Andrew is a collector and amalgamator of artefacts, from retro furniture designs to primitive African masks and memorabilia. His constant search for unexpected connections between different facets of human history is a source of artistic intrigue and inspiration.

A prolific mural artist in particular, Andrew describes his style as ‘a cabinet of curiosities’.

And were pretty excited to add him to our cabinet of curiosities.

Mural created with exterior acrylic.

Dave Homer :: Knock Knock New York

Splitting his time between Sydney and the States gives TDA artist, Dave Homer, an opportunity to take in all the sites and delights of the big apple.

These illustrations are part of an ongoing series of New York apartment doors and street furniture.

Created on a Wacom Tablet.

 

The Drawing Arm New Recruit :: Chris Nixon

We’re super stoked to welcome Perth-based illustrator, Chris Nixon, to the team! Inspired by the West Coast and with an emphasis on the handmade and crafted, Chris’s work can be found across a wide range of media, from children’s books, animation and commercial illustration, to large-scale public art.

Where digital illustration is concerned, his process is to work as traditionally as possible before remastering, to get the best of both worlds.

Chris has installed many large-format artworks around Australia, and has exhibited in Bali, Berlin and Tokyo.

Mural created with exterior acrylic.

Insights/foresights :: with Lew Keilar

Introducing wickedly talented artist and graphic facilitator, Lew Keilar. Lew has been illustrating for over twenty years and is a well renowned champion of the drawn world.

Specialising in live scribing, storyboarding, whiteboard art and now animation, Lew’s work has been described as free flowing and spontaneous, yet reassuringly confidant, bold and defined. Just like the man himself!

With pieces that vary from detailed pencil sketches to big, blocked-out colour and graphics, Lew creates a range of moods with the flick of a finger and the curve of a line.

And we sat down with the man over pastry, to grab his insights and foresights into the industry.

What’s your dream project or brand to work on?

Collaborating with a professional screenwriter to produce a whiteboard animation about future tech and the impact on human evolution – now that would be a dream!

I also love doing band sketches at live gigs, so being the official sketch artist at one of the big festivals like Splendour would be so much fun!

What do you see trending in illustration this year? 

It seems that corporate storytelling is becoming more and more sought after.

A big company came to me recently with a beautifully crafted script, capturing their story from the immediate past to the present and into their bright and ambitious future.

It’s a story-structure I have used myself in developing road-map style illustrations – they become powerful communication tools for staff and partners – and big corporates are really beginning to see the value in such commissions.

As a side note – the writer of this particular story was just so eloquent that I reached out to him to see if he would be interested in working together again. Our first conversation was a bit of a Vulcan mind-meld, so this could be a collaboration to look out for!

Name your top three Instagram accounts to follow?  

I don’t do that much on Instagram, I must admit, but this Moebius (Jean Giraud) Pinterest page is well worth a minute of your time.

 In the future all art is destroyed, and you can only save one piece – what would it be?

Comicbook master artist, Moebius (as mentioned above), produced a graphic novel series called ‘The INCAL’ with writer / director, Alejandro Jodorowsky, back in the 1980s.

It’s incredibly influential material to which films like The Fifth Element and Blade Runner owe their grandeur and visual texture. The series has finally been compiled into a beautiful, single volume just recently.

Moebius has always been a line artist with incredible imagination and technical virtuosity. His body of work is truly daunting (and certainly one to be saved)!

The Drawing Arm on Show :: Beastman :: The Human Intervention

In his upcoming show TDA artist, Brad Eastman (Beastman), depicts the potential future of the 🌏 via a series of painterly systems; balancing geometry, measurement, movement and colour to create symbolic, contemporary landscapes.

Aptly named, The Human Intervention, the collection takes on an aerial viewpoint, allowing us to look down and consider our impact on the natural world and the complex interplay between nature and the man made, and to creatively observe the consequences of our actions.

Beastman doesn’t seek to answer the question of our role in nature, instead he evokes enquiry through the considered composition of key shapes and lines that resemble the manipulation of natural landscapes and environments.

Opening 6pm May 4th, Backwoods Gallery, Collingwood.

Acrylic on canvas.

Brent Smith :: Modus Operandi :: Dream Weaver

Tropical, hazy, unfiltered…these are the words used to describe Dream Weaver, a Limited Edition IPA from Sydney’s Modus Operandi.

Funnily enough they also describe artist, Brent ‘Biffy’ Smith, reasonably accurately. Brent created Dream Weaver’s signature citrus illustration, which will adorn t-shirts, posters, stubby holders and the brew itself in an MO venue near you.

Cheers.

Carly Casey :: Barker Street Canteen

Some projects leave you grinning from ear to ear, and this mural gig for Barker Street Canteen was certainly one of those.

Commissioned to bring life and colour to the cafe (that sits within Prince of Wales Hospital), Carly designed this beauty and executed it over the course of three days, much to the delight of passing patients.

And the lovely cafe owners were smiling too: “You are simply amazing, Carly. You have truly lightened up this space and its impact is greatly felt by every person who walks in.”

Yep, this one delivered a bigger buzz than a triple shot cap.

Created by hand, with love.

Stuart Smythe :: Waiting Day

Stu always knew that being a creative was his calling – being surrounded by creative people opens his mind to the beauty that exists in every thing and every place.

He believes that artists have a responsibility to give, to entertain, to beautify, to educate, to evoke thought and to share goodness.

And it really shows in everything he does.

Created by hand and then digitally remastered.

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