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Five things we've learnt this week:
1. Halloween is creeping up and our artist's costume ideas are way better than our spacesuit-made-out-of-toilet-rolls;
2. 'The Loud Earth' by Elizabeth Murray, cover design by Alison Colpoys, is a book we definitely want to read;
3. Walking around bluish-black and naked is only acceptable if you're an emu at Meredith;
4. Gemma O'Brien has a whole street named after her. Well, not a whole street, exactly...
5. Guy Shield goes through phases of artistic panic and occasionally succumbs to illustrator's block. He doesn't say anything about chowing through a whole packet of caramel Tim Tams, though.
Lists are never short. Time is. There's your creative inspiration for the week. Get cracking.
Love always - jw.

Tommy Doyle and Beci Orpin worked on a trick AND a treat for HOORAY! magazine's Halloween-themed issue. Tommy created the front cover and illustrated a story about the origins of Halloween as well as another on how to gift plants. Beci charmed the child within by giving costume tutorials. You can be a robot, a dinosaur or an owl. We've already baggsied robot. 

Around Town

Tommy Doyle for HOORAY! (with bonus Beci Orpin)!

Sep 29, 2014 10:38 am

Hooray! It’s that time of month again, when we reveal the latest JW artist to have worked on the glossy cover and glorious innards of HOORAY!, the magazine formerly known as Hitched. Issue 7 has a Halloween theme (yes ma’am, it’s creeping closer) and we recommend you fish your eyeballs out of whatever punch bowl they’re floating in and feast them on these devilishly good illustrations by Tommy Doyle. He conjured up the cover, which tips its hat to the children’s toys and picture books of our childhoods, and illustrated a spread on the origins of Halloween as well as a story on how to gift plants. But wait, there’s more! Beci Orpin contributed a costume tutorial on how to become a Robot, Dinosaur or Owl with no midnight sorcery required. That’s right, you get both a trick AND a treat this month. Hooray for Halloween! Hooray for Tommy and Beci and 31 October!



Gemma O’Brien for ‘Grant Street’

Sep 26, 2014 12:25 pm

When Motherbird were brought on board to birth the brand identity for Melbourne’s new performing arts space and destination bar, ‘Grant Street’, they commissioned our typographer Gemma O’Brien to create a logotype for the space. ‘Grant Street’ will rise from the ashes of the old Grant Street Theatre on 23 May 2015, and play host to a weekly line-up of performance art, live gigs, cabaret acts and avant-garde events. Hey, it’s already got a one-of-a-kind logo and the Gemma O’Brien seal of approval, so clearly it’s going to be a cavalcade of awesome.


Clemens Habicht for Meredith Music Festival

Sep 25, 2014 11:58 am

Clemens Habicht collaborated with the cool kids at Meredith Music Festival again to create the artwork for this year’s festival. His sexy emus can be seen striking a pose on the official website, looking a little stunned on promotional flyers, and generally using their three forward-facing toes to give an appearance of authoritative indifference. They are magisterial, menacing and magical birds, and you’ll be seeing a lot more of them round the traps in the lead-up to this year’s festivities. We reckon you should nab a ticket if you haven’t already – the line-up’s massive – but  unless you are an emu, please don’t front up to the festival largely naked and bluish-black.

Check out Clemens’ quizzical birdies from last year here.


Allison Colpoys for Hologram Books

Sep 23, 2014 10:45 am

Allison Colpoys was commissioned by Hologram Books to design and illustrate the cover for Elisabeth Murray’s ‘The Loud Earth’. So, what is the ‘loud earth’ exactly? Described by reviewers as ‘deeply unsettling’ and inspired by midsummer travels to New Zealand, it’s a book about a recluse who lives in a mountain cabin far above a lakeside tourist town. Acquitted of the brutal murder of her parents, she hides away from the incriminating eyes of the townspeople who still believe she is guilty… but one day, a strange young woman arrives on her doorstep…

Intrigued? Aside from the rad cover art, you should totally buy this book because Hologram Books, through Express Media, will publish two novella-length books by two Australian writers under 30 this year. That’s something to support. ‘The Loud Earth’ is out now. With a rather rad cover design.


And that's your lot for this week. Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodbye til it be morrow,

The Jacky Winter Group

Named for the adorable native Australian robin, The Jacky Winter Group is an independent Australian creative agency.


Photographers, onshore and offshore, dedicated exclusively to photography.

The country's largest, best (and most exciting) roster of illustrators.

Where our prospects earn their patch. Emerging artists of the utmost promise.

Our hard-working storyboarding and visualisation all-stars.

The best artists from around the globe, represented in Australia.

A new breed of imagemakers, from art directors and 3D artists to stylists and set builders.

Putting our work in motion, Flutter is a full-service animation house combining the genius of Jacky Winter's roster with the talents of our award-winning motion graphics and animation specialists. 

Your one-stop digital shop featuring a hand-picked selection of work from Jacky Winter's finest. Fixed cost rights-managed images, including out-of-license and purpose-created imagery, are available on-demand for your projects in the formats you need.

The Jacky Winter Group: Special Projects Unit. From Live-Action events and conferences to freelance curating or art buying, this is where our production expertise allows us to take on weird and wonderful projects of any shape and size. Coming soon.

A warehouse gallery space in the heart of Collingwood, dedicated to showing the work of Jacky Winter's image makers in a selection of solo and group shows. As well as killer commercial art in a devoted gallery space, Lamington Drive also houses New Blank Document, our fine art printing division.

Lamington Drive is pleased to present Graveyard Shift, a large-scale typographic installation by Gemma O’Brien between 4 - 27 September.


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