I love drawing. When I was a kid, my Dad, a photocopying technician, would bring home reams of A4 copy paper for me and my brothers to draw on. One side was usually occupied by a test print (sometimes these were funny cartoons!), and the other side was fresh, blank, and ready for scribbling on. So, you could say I had a good childhood.
My favourite things to draw are characters, and lettering. I have a fascination with the process of taking one’s experiences—the good and the bad, channeling them through a mark-making device into illustrations, and inviting others to meet, relate to, and even accept these characters into their hearts and memories. Breathing life into an inanimate drawing is a two-part process, an unspoken agreement between the artist and the viewer.
I relish the tension that exists between wild, expressive shapes, and the logic and order of systems that attempt to harness the vital parts of that expression. I see this process of abstraction in character design, where the constraints of animation necessitate a removal of unnecessary details. Also in type design—particularly typefaces inspired by lettering—where untamed letterforms are forced to fall into a tightly choerographed dance. It’s a beautiful thing, and it’s why I draw characters and make fonts.
Clients I’ve worked withDisney, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Dolby, New York Magazine, The Lily, Jamie Mag, Buck (for Nike and WestConnex), City of Sydney, Westfield, Woolworths & Mint Velvet.
Things I’ve written or spoken aboutI Love Typography
Clearing Out the World Wide Cobwebs
Isla Script Process Diary
The AGSC Tutorials
Typism 2017 — Talk
Creative South 2015 — Talk
Things I’ve been published inCoachella CAMP magazine
Fonts In Use
Typism Blog (speaker)
Typism Blog (workshop)
Typism Book Three
Typism Book Four
C&C Artist feature