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Flourish Exhibition: Busy-Bee

Hey everyone,

The last few months have been insanely busy. So busy that I haven’t been able work on any personal stuff or bake! Saying that I’ve been loving every minute of it. I hope I’ll be able to share with you some of the things I’ve been working on in the near future. I’ve also once again neglected all types of social media to the point where I feel so un-co when trying to share and post things!

I was so thankful for the long weekend as it gave me some time to complete a piece to contribute this year’s (first time ever for me) Illustrators Australia 9X5 “Flourish” Exhibition.

We were all given a 9×5 piece of plywood to work on, with the theme being “Flourish”. I worked with gouache and wanted create something really colourful, full of flowers, busy and buzzing with energy. I give you Busy-Bee! Gouache on Plywood.


You can check all the artworks and even bid on them here:×5-exhibition-flourish/


QANTAS Spirit of Youth Art (SOYA) Awards: Finalist


This year I entered the QANTAS Spirit of Youth Art (SOYA) Awards in two categories: Animation and Visual Design & Communications category.

I was selected as a Finalist in the Animation category and Highly Commended in the Visual Design & Communications category! :O Was super excited to be a finalist along with friends, people who studied the same University course & those who I really look up to in the industry.


Congrats to this year’s winner: Pete Lowey who took out the award! He’s such a talented, humble and lovely human being; win well deserved.
Check out his work on his website, my favourite is his original “Alfred Skimmy” series, makes me giggle every time.

Also big congrats to Runners up: Darcy Prentagast and Luke Saunders, and all the other finalist! So much talent, super excited about the future of the Australian Animation Industry 🙂


Semi-Permanent x Whirlwind Print, Take me Home Poster Exhibition


May this year, I designed a poster for Sydney’s Semi-Permanent X Whirlwind Print, Take me Home Poster Exhibition.

The theme was Take me Home. I heart dear little Adelaide. It’s been my hospitable, lovely surrogate home for the last 5 years and one that’s nurtured my professional growth. It was an opportunity to express that in a little way. Roses, frog cakes, quaintness and touch of Wizard of OZ too.

Here’s the poster:

Take me Home Adelaide




Ko-Oni (Little Troll)

I’d like to present Ko-Oni (Little Troll) very first Paper Rabbits short. Like the name, it’s a “little” short less than 2 minutes, something I created in my own time a while back. I really enjoyed bringing these Oni to life and I would love to do more with them in the future. Ko-Oni was missing sound design and score for a while, so I was super excited when Lachlan Coles kindly provided the Sound Design & Christopher Larkin composed a lovely Score. Both were perfect & I can’t thank them enough. Thank you both so much!

Here it is! Enjoy 🙂

Ko-Oni (Little Troll) from Paper Rabbits on Vimeo.

TVC Pitch Concepts

Recently I had the opportunity to work with an advertising agency to provide treatment and early concepts for a series of TVC’s. While the pitch was unsuccessful, I though it would be nice to share how I approached it and some of the work I provided for it.

Here are some images I mocked up for the pitch. The turn around on the pitch was quite short.  I started with an illustrative, picture book style.


After the first stage, the agency requested  a grungier direction. The reference provided pointed towards line drawings and water-colour. I played around with ink drawings and treated them digitally in Photoshop. This approach would be Aftereffects heavy, though still retain the warmth from my initial concept.





Hope you like them!