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What a week it’s been! We’ve been busy little bees here at the Jacky Winter hive. Every member of our creative colony has been hard at work collecting metaphorical pollen to produce figurative honey and we’re chuffed to finally show you the sweet, sticky fruits of our labour. The big buzz at the hive right now is our brand-spanking new, two-day conference, Jacky Winter Gives You The Business. It’s a one-of-a-kind business conference for creatives where YOU get to pick the content! It’s everything we wished we had when we were larvae and we’re unbearably excited to share our years of industry wisdom with you all. Don’t worry, we’ll get to the details farther on in the newsletter. 

Now that we’ve used up all our bee terminology, it’s time to get onto other news. Like Nigel Buchanan having a whopping five illustrations accepted into the NY Society Of Illustrators Annual 57! Or Ross Murray’s striking illustration of U2 for Rolling Stone magazine. There’s also Jesse Marlow’s four-month photo essay for the City of Whitehorse’s 20-year anniversary. And what about 1000 Colours, the CMYK colour gamut puzzle Clemens Habicht just released in collaboration with our very own Lamington Drive Editions? Read on, my pretties.

Love always – JW.

We want to give you the business. And in the words of Jacky Winter head honcho and mastermind behind past events such as Field Trip and Creative Mornings Melbourne, Jeremy Wortsman, here’s why:

“Over the past eight years, Jacky Winter has consistently pushed the envelope with regards to producing events that both educate and entertain. If there's one thing that we’ve heard over and over in this time, it’s that nobody is preparing today's creative professionals with the business skills they need to start and sustain their careers. We truly feel that this event is the ultimate culmination of all our experience and expertise, and it is being offered in direct reply to this feedback.”

Now if that doesn’t get your spidey senses tingling, I don’t know what will! Scroll down for in-depth info and ticketing details.

Around Town

Jesse Marlow documents the City of Whitehorse

Dec 08, 2014 12:03 pm

If you follow us (@jackywinter) and our photographers (@seaphotographers) on instagram, then you will know how much we love to document the happenings, general shenanigans and colourful goings on at JW HQ. If you don’t follow us? Well, we’ll wait right here while you get onto that…off you go. Done? Excellent!

We like to think that there is a little street photographer in all of us but when you see these pictures from Jesse Marlow’s commission for the City of Whitehorse you’ll be seeing the genre captured at it’s best.

This series of work was shot over a four month period and is a candid look at the community through a range of portraits and observational candid street photos documenting significant local landmarks and various community groups and demographics.

If you’d like to see more of Jesse’s photography, check out his profile here.


Nigel Buchanan accepted into the Society Of Illustrators Annual 57

Dec 04, 2014 12:30 pm

We’re just proud as punch today here at Jacky Winter HQ because our very own Nigel Buchanan has had not one, not two, not three, not four – ALRIGHT JACKY WINTER BLOG MONKEY, GET TO THE POINT – but five illustrations accepted into the Society of Illustrators’ 57th annual exhibition and publication! This is more than a big deal. It’s an enormously, colossally, incalculably, big deal. High five Nigel!

Since the Society’s inaugural exhibition in 1959, they have continued to uphold the same first-rate standards of excellence and variety, and this year looks set to be no different. Open to artists across the globe, the competition involves a jury of professionals carefully considering thousands of entries before whittling it down to a select few. The Annual presents not only the year’s finest illustration work, but also includes commentary by the artists who are given the opportunity to explain their creative processes in their own words.

As if having five entries selected wasn’t enough of an honour, Nigel’s illustration of footballer Mario Balotelli (see: bright red nose) won a silver medal in the editorial category! That Nigel, too much talent for his own good.

See the rest of Nigel’s accepted entries below.


Ross Murray for Rolling Stone Magazine

Dec 03, 2014 12:30 pm

Although released just a few months ago, U2’s latest album Songs Of Innocence has already built itself a rather complicated legacy. When Apple made the ill-fated decision to ‘gift’ the album to more than 500 million iTunes accounts, people were less than psyched. Users’ reactions ranged from confused to outraged and Twitter was a proverbial sea of hilarity. Just like grandma in the supermarket, the actual music itself got a little bit lost amidst all the kerfuffle, so when Rolling Stone magazine published a review of the album that didn’t focus on Apple’s blunder it was a refreshing change.

To accompany the piece, Rolling Stone commissioned Jacky Winter artist Ross Murray to create a portrait of the Irish rockers and Murray certainly delivered! The illustration, vibrant and powerful, is a nod to the band’s almost 40 years of existence. Whilst Rolling Stone’s decision to name Songs Of Innocence their album the year will be contested by many, none could argue against the strength of Murray’s artwork.


1000 COLOURS Jigsaw Puzzle by Clemens Habicht & Lamington Drive

Dec 02, 2014 12:30 pm

Within every creative person lurks a perfectionist who struggles to leave even the most slightly crooked of picture frames untouched. It’s that part of you that gets immense satisfaction from blogs like this and it’s nothing to be ashamed of – it’s what makes us so good at our jobs! Here to relieve your inner cravings and calm that pedantic demon inside is 1000 COLOURS – a CMYK colour gamut jigsaw puzzle of 1000 pieces. Produced by Jacky Winter artist Clemens Habicht in collaboration with Lamington Drive Editions, each tile is its own individual colour, just ever so slightly different from those surrounding it.

In the words of Clemens himself:
The idea came from enjoying the subtle differences in the blue of a sky in a particularly brutal jigsaw puzzle. I found that without the presence of image detail to help locate a piece I was relying only on an intuitive sense of colour, and this was much more satisfying to do than the areas with image details. 

What is strange is that unlike ordinary puzzles, where you are in effect redrawing a specific picture from a reference, you have a sense of where every piece belongs compared to every other piece. There is a real logic in the doing that is weirdly soothing. Therapeutic. It must be the German coming out in me. As each piece clicks perfectly into place, just so, it’s a little win, like a little pat on the back.”

If you have any designers/artists/perfectionists/people with lots of time in your life, 1000 COLOURS will make the perfect pressie! Retailing for $40 AUD, the puzzle is available for purchase both online and in person at our gallery, Lamington Drive. Get your orders in before December 14th to better secure your chances of receiving the puzzle before Christmas and head to to find out more.


Jacky Winter Gives You The Business

Dec 01, 2014 12:30 pm

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Trying to keep our mouths shut about this over the last few weeks has had us literally bursting at the seams. But now (drum roll please), without further ado, we bring you Jacky Winter Gives You The Business.

This February 14th and 15th, we’re going to teach you how to transform pixels into pennies. A two-day conference running in conjunction with Supergraph, Jacky Winter Gives You The Business is here to arm you with the essentials of starting, sustaining, or growing an emerging creative practice. The nuts and bolts. The brass tacks. The nitty gritty. The meat and potatoes. The business end.

There’s no shortage of visual inspiration out there to get your creative genius juices flowing, but what happens after that? How do you price your work? How do you negotiate a contract? What do you do when someone steals your work? How can a freelancer save up superannuation? Do you know the muffin man? So many questions.

But who are we to be talking about this stuff? Well, as trusted business advisors to both the talented artists we represent and the clients who engage us, we smash through an endless number of extremely complex projects day in day out, taking care of the boring business stuff so that our artists can focus on doing what they do best. That means that we’re really damn good at the boring business stuff, and we have the folio and partnerships to prove it! But we want you to be good at it too, so together with our event partners Media Arts Lawyers, we want to give you The Business.

Now here comes the experimental part: we want YOU to decide who speaks at the conference and what they speak about. When you buy a ticket to JWGYTB, you get to have your say in curating the weekend’s program. We’ve popped our suggestions up there, but if what you really want to hear about is missing, just write it in yourself! The two topics for each session (see below) that get the most votes will be the ones that go ahead. High five for democracy!


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 pleased to present Pink Fist, a solo exhibition by Sonny Day of WBYK. On show until the 13th of December.


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