January 2016 Manga Workshops

I will be holding a Manga workshop on January 5th for 12-18 year olds.
All materials will be provided, we will be playing favourite anime music and there
will be lots of unique manga from Japan to check out as well as other Japanese cultural items. My latest manga art originals and finished manga from ‘Hiroko Chan’s Adventure’
( created for Cochlear Ltd’s Japanese market) will be on display. Participants are encouraged to bring along their sketchbooks to show and cosplay is also encouraged :)

My wife Lizzy will be assisting, and I hold a current ‘Working with Children’ clearance for NSW and a current QLD Blue Card.
At this workshop I will be teaching the tricks of professional Manga artists.

For all enquiries please contact Lizzy at

Spaces are limited, so book now to avoid missing out!

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How a character design comes to life!

Hi, I am always creating art and characters for future use, a lot of it inspired scribbles and some of it more highly finished work.
This page is to give you an idea of how a scribble becomes a character idea becomes a realized character.
I started with one of my scribble drawings that I did at my last manga workshop at Lismore Library ( Nth New South Wales, Australia).

One of the young artists, a girl from Trinity College, saw a “ruffly skirt” and I asked her to draw what she saw on my scribble (done on the whiteboard). She skillfully drew in the dress swirling and that was as far as she could see it. I was then inspired and finished it off with what seem to be my trademark big shoes (which I am sure Lady Gaga pinches off me ;-) and a girls face and arms and a flowery hat.

Not all scribbles give high yield but this one really grabbed all of us and Trinity girl named her Lucy and I added Fleur, so she became Lucy Fleur.
I had the feeling that Lucy was destined for my Daruma manga as a main character.

Lucy Fleur the scribbled white board girl from the future

Lucy Fleur the scribbled white board girl from the future

Lucy Fleur enhanced in Photoshop Elements
Digital painting based on white board scribble "Lucy Fleur"

I kept Lucy in mind, printed out the colour version and put her where I could see her from time to time. Over a year later I was commissioned to paint a painting for the prestigious Methodist Ladies College in Melbourne. I had the characters of Daruma, Mr D, Musume, Bento Boy and Joe Himeji ( the little castle robot) but needed three more to make 8 ( the lucky number!). I had thought about Pippy (Longstocking, strongest girl in the world from Sweden) and also Sister Janey Mac, the Irish master of the Super Shillelagh’s ( Irish fighting sticks).
Then I remembered Lucy. At first I changed her a fair bit and as I painted and repainted her she just wasn’t working. I went back to the original scribble drawings and suddenly I saw that she was perfect all along.

Thats Lucy Fleur third hero from left!  I realized that she was my Ningyo ( robot girl).
Watch out for the Sisters of Perpetual Tenacity and watch out for Lucy Fleur!!

Thats Lucy Fleur third hero from left! I decided that she is a Ningyo, ( Japanese for Doll), a robot person

Thats Lucy Fleur third hero from left! I decided that she is a Ningyo, ( Japanese for Doll), a robot person


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BEATS Awards 2015 ( Business Excellence Awards Tweed Shire)

I am very proud to be a Silver sponsor of the third annual BEATS (Business Excellence Awards Tweed Shire) Awards for 2015. www.beatsawards.com.au .
silver sponsor

I have always loved the Tweed Shire, having first discovered it as a young surfie in the mid 70′s and having lived here on and off since then.
We have it all here – pristine beaches, virgin rainforests, lush farmland and happy friendly people. Our business people are often some of the most talented people from bigger worlds who have chosen to make a life here in this small piece of paradise.

I am donating two artworks to be auctioned to contribute to prizes etc.
The first is the double handed chalk and pastel drawing for my Colour In Your Life TV series episode



The second artwork started out as a double handed drawing demo for the attendees at the launch of the BEATS Awards evening. I continued working on it in my studio in acrylic and Faber Castell permanent ink markers.
The painting is titled ‘Water Garden’.  I have always loved surrealist and expressionist art and despite being a competent realist I prefer creating artworks that are live dreams or visions. I love the mystery and the sheer painterly-ness of works that are not photographic and that constantly morph and suggest new ideas to the viewer.
I guess I try to create works that don’t bore me and therefore try to avoid boring others!



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Exciting News! The ‘Colour In Your Life’ TV series focuses on artist’s and today it’s my turn! We filmed all last Friday in my studio and now here it is on youtube!

The episode will also be showing on 4ME TV ( Ch 74 major cities and 64 regional) on Saturday night 7.30pm.

Hope you enjoy it! Cheers!

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Testimonial from the Consulate General of Japan

I was going through some treasures today and found this lovely testimonial from the Consul General of Japan for Queensland in 2010, Mr Makoto Hinei.

I had run Manga art workshops during Japan Week in Brisbane each year for a number of years and one year was voted the most popular event in Japan Week. An honour!japan-con-testim

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