Here are my final two drawings for the second series of the Coast is Calling, now available as prints, posters and cards on RedBubble.
All funds raised from the sale of these pics get tipped into the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the gazetting of Black Mountain as a nature reserve in Canberra.
I drew some pics for the anniversary, which were run in The Canberra Times back in July. They’re now available as prints, posters and cards on RedBubble.
A natural history of the mountain was also published recently to mark the anniversary.
The new designs feature Moruya, Broulee and Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast, and the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in the ACT.
They join two other pics I drew during our covid shutdown earlier in the year, of Rosedale, on the NSW South Coast, and Batlow, in the NSW high country.
Yes, there is already a Batemans Bay pic in the series, but I wanted to draw the bridge before it is replaced by the new concrete flyover currently under construction.
All these pics are of places closer to home, but covid-willing I’ll be down Eden way before too long.
Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of the posters out and about. It’s wonderful to see where they are bobbing up!
And they’re up!
The pics I drew of the NSW South Coast after the bushfires are now available as posters, cards, notebooks and art prints (framed and unframed) on RedBubble.
Australian Community Media has decided to donate all profits from the sale of these prints and merch to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. FRRR provide small, discretionary grants to small regional communities across Australia.
I have drawn some posters of towns and regions on the south coast of NSW affected by the recent Australian bushfires.
These posters are being published this month as part of a tourism campaign in the newspapers of Australian Community Media (ACM). ACM is the publisher of The Canberra Times, Newcastle Herald, Illawarra Mecury, Border Mail, and many other regional and agricultural mastheads.
Prints, posters and postcards will then be available for purchase, to raise funds for the long-term bushfire recovery effort. Details of how to buy them will be available soon, but it is likely to be through an online shop like RedBubble, which will allow for prints to be made as required, and for purchases to be made overseas. I’ll post details here when I have them.
As you can see, the posters draw their inspiration from the old Australian travel posters of the 1950s and 60s, along with the Japanese woodblock print tradition of decades earlier, and more modern comic book influences.
I wanted to draw the things we love about these places – which, despite the devastation, remain in intact – without downplaying or glossing over the impact of the fires. I hope they help strengthen connections between town and coast, and support livelihoods disrupted and devastated by the fires, without sidestepping the climate warning the fires represent. Recovery from the ecological destruction and human trauma wrought by the fires can’t be separated from the global effort to cut the greenhouse gas emissions that now turbo-charge Australia’s fire conditions.
I have been overwhelmed by the positive response these posters have received since their launch last Friday and have been inundated with requests to draw other towns and places: Batlow and Tumbarumba in the high country; Bermagui, Eden and Mallacoota on the Far South Coast; Moruya and Rosedale, Braidwood and Kangaroo Valley. I do hope to be able to add a few more in the coming months, including the Namadgi National Park in the ACT, close to home and heart. 80 per cent of Namadgi was burnt – one third of the ACT! – and it remains closed to the public.
Thanks to all those who I spoke to during my visits to the South Coast, particularly in Cobargo and Conjola (Lake Conjola and Conjola Park). The relief centres organised by their local communities are inspirational.
Like many other news outlets, The Canberra Times now has digital subscriptions to pay for its journalism. So the gallery of my most recent cartoons is now behind a paywall.
My colleague Sally Pryor has written a feature on my 10 years drawing cartoons for The Canberra Times. I selected some cartoons to illustrate it and wrote a few accompanying words.
Despite my tardiness updating this site, I am still drawing! I’m looking forward to seeing how many established caricatures we will get to retire at the upcoming Federal election.
(The Canberra Times, 18 December 2018 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)
Spare a thought for the editor of Australia’s annual political cartoon anthology who regularly finds Australian politics imploding right on deadline.
This is the 16th edition of Russ Radcliffe’s annual survey of Australian politics, as drawn by the nation’s cartoonists. Russ writes a handy introductory essay on the year that was, and includes a liberal helping of political quotes to accompany the collection of cartoons.
Available in all good bookshops etc, or via the publisher Scribe.
And one more, drawn after the anthology deadline, to complete a leadership triptych…
(The Canberra Times, 24, 25 August, 6 November, 2018 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)
The Minister for Coal warned students that protesting for climate action would only lead to the dole queue.
Lecturing the next generation of Australian voters to ignore global warming really should be an express ticket to the back of that queue. Instead, it will probably lead to a lucrative minerals industry lobbying job.
John Quiggin has written on where we’re at in the long struggle over Adani’s plans for a giant coal mine in Queensland.
(The Canberra Times, 1 December 2018 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)
As apartment developments reshape the inner city, Canberra’s public housing has now fallen to 7.1 per cent of the capital’s total housing stock.
(The Canberra Times, 26 December 2018 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)
My sketch of the Prosecutor’s closing arguments in the retrial of David Eastman. My Canberra Times colleague Alexandra Back wrote the inside story of the trial.
Eastman was originally tried and convicted of the murder of Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Colin Winchester in 1995. He spent 19 years in prison before a judicial inquiry found he had not received a fair trial and quashed his conviction. Following a lengthy retrial in 2018, Eastman was found not guilty.
Courtroom sketching, like live caricature, are crafts unto themselves, so I was a little apprehensive in approaching this. I tried my best to ignore one of the more interesting visual elements in the room, the attentive jury, to preserve their anonymity, but I still had to remove some detail on advice from our lawyers.
This drawing actually records the very last day of ACT Supreme Courtroom One. Drab and windowless, and virtually unchanged since I was last in there 30 years ago, the courtroom was abandoned early on that last day as the buzzing from an old piece of tech in the room began to give one jury member a headache. The trial reconvened the following week in the new court building next door.
(The Canberra Times, 22 November 2018 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)