Mulga :: Commercial Illustration

Mulga is Sydney-based artist, Joel Moore. He draws beards and zombies and zombies with beards and creatures wearing hats and various other oddities such as knife-fighting bananas. He is well-known in Sydney for his signature characters, often composed of textured shapes and intricate lines, they pulsate with untrammelled colour.

Mulga can usually be found outside, painting large-scale murals and writing poems to his beloved monsters.
Created by hand with Posca Pens and then digitally remastered.

Elliott Routledge / Lara Allport / Shannon Crees :: Coronation Property

Set to become a destination for creative types, Charlie Parker, a boutique development by Coronation Property, has art woven into its very fabric.

The campaign visuals, inspired by Gillie and Marc, created by Elliott Routledge and Shannon Crees, and digitally remastered by Lara Allport, were used across everything from sales brochures to display suites and a vibrant, large-format mural wrapping the entire site.

It’s so awesome to see Sydney following in the footsteps of creative cities like London, Lisbon and Prague, and designing an urban landscape that’s increasingly rich in public art.

Simon Barrett :: City of Sydney Concept Work

“The idea was to capture the detail and energy of Sydney’s most iconic architecture, in a super bright, free form style. I’ll paint these on giant canvases at some point and sell them for thousands of tonnes of moneys.” – Simon Barrett
Created by hand and then digitally remastered.

Jordan Clarke :: Walk Through the Fire

Working predominantly in the mediums of embroidery and digital collage, Jordan is fascinated by all things dark, whimsical and vintage.
Her creations are a collision of Victorian vignettes, rockabilly pin-ups, religious iconography, 20th century circus, tattoo art and fairground lore.
And we are completely captivated.

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)!

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