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Season's greetings! 

Felices Fiestas! Prettige feestdagen! 献上节日的问候! It’s the holidays, you guys. Across the globe, the silly season is once again squeezing itself down our chimneys. Two weeks from now we’ll all be several kilos heavier, multiple credit card debts poorer and breaking New Year’s resolutions left, right and centre. But until then, it’s preparations galore. There are presents to buy and trees to be decorated and time is running out. Eek! Before the madness of this week begins, we strongly advise you take a ten-minute breather to peruse our last newsletter for the year and catch up on what the Jacky Winter team have been doing. We have lots to share – like our holiday hours, Ben Sanders’ new children’s book, Sonia Kretschmar’s whimsical Christmas illustrations and Rik Lee’s new logo for the Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo. Now this cheeky blog monkey is heading off on holiday leave, so we’ve packed in enough content to keep you satisfied until we return on the 5th of January. Wishing you all the loveliest of holiday seasons. 

Love always – JW

How annoying are people that do their Christmas shopping early? Honestly, it’s not Christmas if you’re not racing around the night before, eyes brimming with stress-induced tears, wondering if Aunt Ruth will remember that you gave her a salad bowl last year too. For you normal people who have left it all to the last minute, we have a fantastic and totally unbiased suggestion for you: buy your creatively-inclined loved one a ticket to ‘Jacky Winter Gives You The Business’, our two-day conference for creatives. It’s the perfect gift! They get decades of collective business wisdom from the industry’s canniest minds and you don’t even have to leave your bed to buy it. It’s win-win. And it sure beats an iTunes voucher. Tickets on sale now via the conference website.

Around Town

Jacky Winter Is Going On Holidays!

Dec 19, 2014 12:30 pm

Guys, we’re really sorry to tell you this over blog, but we’re breaking up with you. It’s not you, it’s not us… it’s Christmas! We truly do love you, but we think we should see other people (for two weeks). The hour has come for us to spend some time apart, stuffing our faces with ham and hanging out with family members we haven’t seen since this time last year. It’s for the best.

But never fear, just like Ross and Rachel, our break don’t mean no thang. We’ll be back whispering you sweet nothings from the 5th of January. And we’ll be thinking of you the whole time, we promise!

Although we’ll be away in body, and the blog will be eerily quiet, we’re not away in spirit. Climb a mountain, call our name, and the wind will give you a sign. Or just call the office line, and your call will be diverted to one of our lovely producers (who has been conned into kindly agreed to working through the break). Urgent brief? Shoot us an email at and our mystery producer will sort you out quick smart.

Enormous props to Vaughan Flanagan (with apologies to old mate Norman Rockwell) for perfectly capturing the Jacky Winter Christmas dinner, snags and all.

We love you dearly, we’ll miss you muchly, and we’ll see you on the 5th of January. Until then, have wonderful, magical, fun-filled holidays! Sending hoards of love to you all.


Ben Sanders’ New Book, ‘I Could Wear That Hat!’

Dec 18, 2014 12:00 pm

When you were a little munchkin, what did you dream of growing up to be? Did you ever consider the life of an astronaut or an artist and think, “I could wear that hat!”? Well award-winning illustrator and author Ben Sanders sure did. Inspired by that, he has put together an activity book for all the curious kiddos out there who have ever considered the age-old question, “What will I be when I grow up?”

Exploring ten different professions, the book invites readers to start thinking about what we grown ups do all day. Every job has a very special hat and kids are encouraged to try them all on. Butcher, baker or candlestick maker? Fashion blogger, wind turbine technician or iPhone repairman?

Ben’s distinctive style, made famous by his first children’s book ‘I’ve an Uncle Ivan’, features retro-style characters sure to fuel kids’ imaginations. With an emphasis on learning as well as humour, the book is stacked with fun activities like fictional interviews, mazes, and even an illustrative “career quiz”, all designed to start the discussion about the exciting variety of jobs available to 21st century rugrats.

Published by Thames & Hudson, ‘I Could Wear That Hat!’ is available now at all the best book stores.


Sonia Kretschmar for Brisbane’s ‘The Wonder of Christmas’

Dec 17, 2014 07:25 pm

Christmas is well and truly in the air, people! Turkeys are being stuffed, mistletoe is being hung and crazy uncles everywhere are preparing their most embarrassing material. For the lucky people of Brisbane, there’s the ‘The Wonder of Christmas’ to enjoy – a complimentary program of more than 200 free events and activities across the city and South Bank.

To maintain a consistent look and feel across the entire range of events, The Laundry Group enlisted the talents of illustrator Sonia Kretschmar. Her illustration, used across a vast array of formats, delightfully conveys the wonder and magic that is Christmas. Just like all the events involved, the illustration inspires fantasy and fun in both the young and young at heart. The illustration also features the Brisbane City Christmas Tree. The real thing stands tall at 20m and is situated in King George Square, gloriously adorned with 4km of colourful decorations and 16,000 twinkling lights. A true sight for weary Christmas shoppers!

Running from the 28th of November through to the 24th of December, there’s something in the program for everyone. So if you’re in Brisbane and in need of some Christmas spirit (or somewhere to dump the kids for the day) head to to find out more.


Rik Lee for the Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo

Dec 15, 2014 03:30 pm

Some tattoos are wildly impressive works of art, whilst others are a one-way ticket to regret-town. Some are carefully crafted masterpieces executed by talented artists; others are the sad result of combining alcohol with bad spelling. Leaving the latter to hide in shame, the Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo proudly represents the culture of body ink by showcasing and promoting the gnarly skills of the world’s finest tattoo artists. The largest event of its kind this way of the equator, the expo had over 40,000 visitors in 2013.

The second Jacky Winter artist to work with the expo (Martin Abel did the logo for 2014), Rik Lee has illustrated a beautifully ghoulish, inked-up babe for the 2015 event. Skull in hand and crow on shoulder, one look at the Instagram comments proves she has been very well received.

Take a look at some progress shots below and head here for more info on the expo itself.


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.

Our gallery space dedicated to showing the work of Jacky Winter's image makers and beyond 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 now closed for the summer. Don't worry, we're open again from the 4th of February! Keep your eyes peeled for more information on the 2015 exhibition program.


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