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Illustration by Sean Morris.

Wed 10 Jul // 2019

Hi everyone!

Greetings from the depths of the zone. We're deep in it. You know those days that just start and sort of just fire you out of a cannon and then all the sudden it's over? It's a bit like that. Not complaining - It's been fun to get so deep into a singular project though and we're only weeks away from being able to share it with you!

In the interim, here's some other stuff that's been keeping me busy between being cannon fodder:

Games! The NY Times finally has a leaderboard function for the crossword app. It's only for the mini right now, but if you want to add me, here's my invite link! - I've also been really enjoying Minit on the iPhone, even though I'm really bad at video games in general.

VR! We've upgrader our VR rig here at the office to the Oculus Quest. It's amazing how far the tech has come and so freeing to not have to deal with cables or a PC laptop and all that other garbage. We're currently porting our VR experience over there and can't wait to share it. If you've been thinking about diving into VR though, I think this is the perfect device to do it with, borderline magical, first iPhone feeling.

Reading! I recently finished both 'Less' and 'Normal People'. I didn't like either of them very much. I think there is a gene mutation I am missing that makes me both really dislike these books, as well as anything Phoebe Waller-Bridge has done. There, I said it. I didn't like Fleabag. Come at me.

Listening! If you listen to an Audiobook, is it reading? I need some advice on this one. Either way, I'm immensely enjoying 'Small Fry', Lisa Brennan-Jobs' memoir. An amazing counterpoint to the official Steve Jobs autobiography and a fantastic rendering of life in California at a certain time and place.

Watching! I am however loving 'Easy' which I am devouring based on Bianca's recommendation. I could watch 24 minute slice-of-life narratives about middle class people and their problems where everything basically works out okay in the end pretty much...forever. Yeah, there's no limit on that for me. That is basically my catnip. Although this is a bit sad to know. RIP Easy.

Eating! (Beyond Burgers!) Drinking! (Plenty of water) Walking! (Briskly.) Breathing! (Slowly.) There's really so much more. but you don't me to tell you what's good, right? Unless you want me to, in which case I will. In the meantime, our artists are still good. Really good - Go on, have a look! See you next week.

— Jeremy Wortsman

Founder & Managing Director

The Week

Highlights from our Instagram

Allison Colpoys illustrated three covers for New York Times best selling author Jodi Lynn Anderson’s YA novels with Harper Collins.

Julian Frost seizes the day!

Jessica Meyrick created four editorial illustrations for In The Moment magazine with Immediate Media.

The Washington Post celebrated the 4th of July with this illustration by Ellen Porteus for their news app on Kindle.

And we got a very special delivery of Four Pillars’s Bloody Shiraz Gin, featuring artwork by Jess Cruickshank!

The Podcast

This week on Jacky Winter Gives You The Business we're discussing the elite privilege of saying no to screens and graffiti’s transition from outside the law to in trend.

“This idea of isolation is something that has very real effects on our industry - Whether it’s clients simply not willing to meet with us and develop a real relationship, or artists working on their own and feeling lost and disconnected.”

// Jeremy Wortsman

Each week on our podcast we dissect three links we’ve come across our internet travels. These are jumping off points for what’s shaping issues, processes and happenings in the creative industries today. To find our more about our IRL open tabs events, visit opentabs.rodeo

We're chatting about the effects of graffiti becoming gentrified.

and about how 'Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good'.

Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down / Shaka

Casa Luis Barragán (Lara)

Thumbs Down to Thumbs Downs

Eating almonds and pretzels together - the pretzel to almond ratio (Jeremy)

The Artists

New stuff from the JW roster

James Gulliver Hancock created this Sydney and champagne themed illustration for Veuve Clicquot.

Karan Singh’s artist’s edition puzzle with Clemens Habicht and Lamington Drive is now stocked in the MoMA Design Store!

This illustration by Diego Patiño is for The New Yorker Magazine’s piece on HBO’s Los Espookys.

New skull art alert from James Fosdike!

Jean-Pierre Le Roux with Arcade Studio bringing us a relatable morning full of emails.

Eirian Chapman shared her punny new piece ‘Goldilocks’.

Daniel Gray Barnett shared this photo of Kiehls’s float at World Pride in New York which features his illustrations!

This is an experimental personal work from Lilian Darmono titled ‘Firebrand’.

Check out Andrea Innocent’s animated illustration of The Night Gardener.

James Gulliver Hancock created this Sydney and champagne themed illustration for Veuve Clicquot.

Karan Singh’s artist’s edition puzzle with Clemens Habicht and Lamington Drive is now stocked in the MoMA Design Store!

This illustration by Diego Patiño is for The New Yorker Magazine’s piece on HBO’s Los Espookys.

New skull art alert from James Fosdike!

Jean-Pierre Le Roux with Arcade Studio bringing us a relatable morning full of emails.

Eirian Chapman shared her punny new piece ‘Goldilocks’.

Daniel Gray Barnett shared this photo of Kiehls’s float at World Pride in New York which features his illustrations!

This is an experimental personal work from Lilian Darmono titled ‘Firebrand’.

Check out Andrea Innocent’s animated illustration of The Night Gardener.

Q: What's your earliest drawing memory?

"A snowman (very weird as I grew up in snowless Melbourne). I remember drawing a green one in kindergarten and putting his smoking pipe straight up between his eyes because I hadn’t learnt how to draw in perspective yet. It crossed over his carrot nose, it didn’t look good."

// Kat Macleod

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The Gallery

Lamington Drive is an exhibition space, art school and a great way to meet other artists. Feeling lonely? Come to a show!

Lamington Drive Residency


LDR operates in two parts – 4 emerging illustrators and image-makers will work in-residence at the gallery for a duration of 8 weeks, encouraging on-site production and exploration (which will be open to the eyes of the public throughout).

This is followed by a dedicated group exhibition of the finished work created in that time, opening mid August.

Come down to the gallery between 11-6pm Wednesdays through Fridays and 12-5 Saturdays to check out what our residents are getting up to!

The above artwork is by current LD resident April Phillips.

The Gardens

Clear the mind. Feed the process. Jacky Winter Gardens is a creative retreat nestled in a half-acre of natural bushland only 45 minutes from Melbourne. It’s a perfect getaway for solo travellers, couples and small groups.

"We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature."



// Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

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