Monday, August 16, 2010


Clemenger BBDO Sydney have set up a new space in their offices to showcase the work of artists, illustrators and photographers. The space is designed to inspire not only staff but visitors to the building with new and interesting work from different artists each month. Chris Badger, Head of Art at Clemenger Sydney recently invited illustrator Christopher Nielsen to one of the first to exhibit a selection on his work in this new area.
The work includes a range of the different styles from Christopher Nielsen all produced on canvas. Badger said "it's a great way to get people talking about art, not only in the creative department but around the building as well". All the work on display is also for sale, so it's giving everyone a chance to start or build their own art collection. The textured and vintage images from Christopher currently on display are proving to be a the perfect match for the new Clemenger exhibition space.


Thought I'd give you some insight into the painful drawing process that I endure most times I start a piece. This years Illustrators Australia 9x5 exhibition theme is "Untold Stories". I'd been inspired looking at sea monster pictures recently for another job so I wanted to recreate a classic Kraken or Squid v Whale image showing what was really going underneath the murky depths. The untold story.
I start out with lots of tracing paper and very little drawing ability and just keep hashing away until a rough composition begins to appear.

super roughs at this stage

Starting to develop a bit more in the 4th sketch. I stumble across the idea of adding a Giant Squid attacking the Whale attacking the Kraken attacking the Ship (to give the story a little more "depth" so-to-speak).

I go to my reference to tighten up my image and start focusing on some details.

I decided I liked the image flipped. It felt more balanced. Now I'm ready to start painting the final on my 9x5 piece of wood now. Phew... this drawing almost sent me to Davy Jones Locker!

Thar she blows. Title: "Tug O' War". Fingers crossed someone bids for it. I hope this post gives hope to those who say they can't draw. Don't let that get in your way.