Thursday, December 16, 2010


So it's that time of year when projects end, your creative juices run out (literally, you are drawing rubbish) and your hand starts to shake and ache. You have to stop before its too late and before you have to reach for a wrist brace to ease any future possibilty of it must be Christmas break!
I want to wish all my friends, fellow artists and followers a merry Christmas and a happy new year! I myself will be quitting the computer from this Saturday and not doing anything with my right hand creatively for two weeks or so...except for putting food in my mouth, playing DJ Hero and pressing remote buttons.
I have to have a break before the very busy 2011 starts and I suggest you also take a break if you can...look at the outside world, the people and creatures and take in some new inspirations this holiday break (and go see a heap of movies!) If you want to feel good, do what I did today, donate to the RSPCA and Lost Dogs Home. I also bought a cactus (called Mc Stabby)...I dont have a dog to spoil this Christmas.
One last photo of the book in store at Readings...placed in the section with lego, world records and Star Wars or win?

Have fun!

x Adele

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monster Maintenance Manual Review

The author of the Monster Maintenance Manual sent me a link of a blog review...they mention my "superb" illustrations. That's pretty cool!
Ive recently updated my website, so you can see a bunch of monsters from the book...but don't use IE to view it as it sucks and doesn't show anything.
Here is a photo of the book in the Kinokuniya bookstore in Sydney when I went to pitch at SPAA recently.
Im just finishing off Little Johnny the Movie and some freelance for an Australian director. It will be the last work I take on for 2010. In January I will be starting a character design job from home (yay!) whilst I work on a mini bible for a project I succesfully pitched to a children's network. Because of these two big tasks, everything else will have to wait, including my Sneakerfox project ive had on the backburner for six months!
P.S. Skeletor has nothing to do with anything, he is just a scribble.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Monster Maintenance Manual now available!

The book is out (written by Peter Macinnis) and although I only found one copy after looking in four bookshops on the Gold Coast, friends back in Melbourne were able to find it. My friend Andy took a photo of his copy, thanks to him & Chris for the support. I did find five copies in Brisbane, my friends Rosa, Mark, Katie & Gemma each bought a copy and the store got me to sign two. Here is a photo of me with a copy of the book in Recent Releases.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Official book release date AND its at Borders!

The official release date for The Monster Maintenance Manual is the 1st of November and it will be available at Borders...and many other stores...WHOO!
Here are three of the sixty or so illustrations I did.

I may not post for a bit as I have just finished my role on Little Johnny: The Movie and I will be busy with freelance for a not alot of time for scribbles. I'll also be going away for two weeks to Queensland at the end of the month to visit family and friends AND Ive had to put my upcoming craft project (Sneakerfox) on hold because my sewing skills were in demand for my Princess Leia Hoth costume for the Empire Strikes Back 30th Anniversary Gala!

So unless I sneak something on here or post again about the book, ill be back around November...this ham sandwich can keep you amused until then.

Check out Maik's new trailer for his series 'Mollusks', his entry into the Movie Web Fest Competition, I painted the backgrounds in a very quick turnaround but I think they fit in pretty nicely.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Missing anything?

This is an illustration I did at work when I finished my week's quota and today I had no work to do, so I coloured him. Im glad because I haven't done a nice coloured illustration for a while.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

These guys made me do it...

Saw this on a blog and I wanted to do it too, people and companies who inspired me to be an illustrator, background artist and animator in the film and TV industry. From top left:
John K's Ren & Stimpy -It was THE show of my teen years.
Bruce Timm -His women and illustrations are just brilliant, I love everyone of them.
Henri Rousseau's Surprised! Tiger in a Tropical Storm -This painting has been my favourite artwork since I was 7.
Tim Burton's earlier films - I love the darkness and angles in Batman Returns.
Cosgrove Hall animated shows -I grew up in England with so many of their shows like Dangermouse, Duckula, Wind In the Willows and more.
Aardman -They were also a kew stand out studio in my early years in England and the original creature comforts are the best as well as their Sledgehammer music video for Peter Gabriel.
Mary Blair -I love her colour styling & influence on one of my favourite animated Disney films Alice in Wonderland.
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho -,One of my favourite films, it's camera composition, angles, everything about it I love.
My parents -Never discouraged me from the path of being an mum constantly stocked up my art supplies.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cabbage Power!

I'm dedicating this to our Little Johnny production manager Neil, who is a very hard working cabbage.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Quick Couch Scribble

Here is something I did quickly based on a few scribbles Id done a while ago. She is some sort of flame steampunk mutant woman with flaming hair and one of those flame extinguisher thingys...I don't have photoshop at the moment as my motherboard died, so Im just working on my net book,

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Nurse Zombie Adele by Alex Drummond

I just wanted to share a painting by Alex Drummond (freelance concept artist), who based his Zombie study painting on me, I feel so special! The image is based on the time when I went to the Melbourne Zombie walk this year. Its so cool, I wish it had come from my hands, go check out his other cool stuff at his blog.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Monster Maintenance Manual

Holy Macaroni! Look what I just found, promotional release details for the book I illustrated for Murdoch Books, written by Peter Macinnis. All you peeps with kids or without, buy the Monster Maintenance Manual in November, its only $30, huge & one of those books that you keep discovering things as you age & re-read...& most importantly you can support my art career. Apparently its an Australia & UK release and more countries to follow...I'm so excited, I'm just so excited! A copy is coming my way next week. This is a Long Legged Underbed Pig, it was one of the monsters you had to do for the initial brief...I had to clean him up a bit more for the final book, but Im glad to see he made it in.

Update: Got the book...its freakin' sweet! When it is released ill be posting more images up here and maybe some of the rejected concepts.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Maik's Dorito's ad in top 3, please vote for him!...and pray my PC recovers.

Please vote for Maik's Dorito's Ad entry & help a artist get some money to work on their own projects! it's the only animated entry and called Fantasy Corn Chip Island.

In other news, I had to take today off work because I have caught a yucky cough, & to add to my dismay, I turned my computer on to do some work & it decided to also become sick & go into a coma. Thankfully I have all my files backed up, unfortunately I hadn't backed up previous personal sketch working files from the last month, including flash files for a new website I was working on for a side project. Im due to finish my contract in less than 2 months & really didnt need to loose PC power when I need it for upcoming freelancing & website updating...shithouse as Maik would say. Thankfully I have a netbook which runs sketchbook pro & my cintiq.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

That Bieber kid needs a helmet Usher...

(Quick scribble) He's either walking into glass or having bottles thrown at him.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Heroine Chit Chat

Update: Here is the coloured version...I forgot, its suppose to be brother, not cousin.

Here is a quick scribble of Wonder Woman and She-ra I did just to get rid of some creativity as I didnt get to do much sketching this week. Id like to colour it but Id have to fix a few things up in the sketch first, like straightening out She-ra's sword arm, its too well as her legs, thigh and hand...but I did this at 11pm, so thats my excuse for dodgy dynamics.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Alice and the Funky Time Rabbit

Here is my second entry into the ACMI Tim Burton Wonderland Gallery, in line with the current exhibition here in Melbourne. I drew it up as a sketch ages ago and thought the gallery was a good reason to actually finish it off in colour.
Update: So Tim Burton didn't pick mine as his top ten...and im not so sure about the ones he chose either...I actually don't think he even saw them...just sayin!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Last Minute Scribbles

Here are some last minute scribbles I did at work, just before shutting down the computer for the day.

Friday, July 9, 2010

D is for Dogs

I did these scribbles while at work. My computer has been stripped back to basics, so I don't even have sketckbook pro or photoshop, hence going back to paper, pencil and pen.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wall Street Cyclops for

Here is an entry I quickly illustrated tonight for
I was just notified of the website & the voting is tomorrow during Bobby Chiu's interview with Pixar artist Nate Wragg. So I thought Id give it a go as you can win a Nate Wragg illustration, his own version of a Wall Street Cyclops, which would be great! Anyhoo, here is my entry & you can see it on the site too.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Extra work on Neighbours.

I don't get to do any acting these days, so when I do get something on telly, I share it. I was on Neighbours going on strike at the Pirate Radio station. I appear (hair down and plaid red shirt on) in both videos. Sure i'll never be Oscar worthy, but these little jobs are fun to do & I enjoy being on set. Channel Ten owns the rights.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

C is for Chickens & Clowns...and Creepy

I just wanted to add that the baby clown is based on one that used to walk around a themepark I once worked at. I literally went the long way round to the staff room just to avoid him.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The day Adele met Mr. Burton

Director Tim Burton came to town this week to open the Tim Burton exhibition & he was nice enough to take time out to sign his awesome art book and have photos taken. I was pretty freaking excited inside & only about 250 people got the chance on a chilly Melbourne morning. He's very cool in my books & he seemed very nice. Im eager to get to the exhibition at ACMI...I bought a season pass, now I just have to find some time! The photo was taken by Michael Amos.
Below is my contribution to the Burton art wall from when I finally visited the exhibition. As you can see it was aimed for kids due to the medium of crayons...but there were more adults than children having a scribble.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Childhood Fear : Bathroom Wolf

Here is a quick illustration I did today for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) here in Melbourne for their Burton Wonderland Gallery, in line with the upcoming Tim Burton Exhibition. They have invited artists to submit up to two original artworks inspired by the style of Tim Burton. This one is based on a childhood fear I had...each time id go to wash my face at night and after looking up from the basin, I would be afraid of seeing a wolf standing behind me in the mirror. I think it came from having too many storybooks with wolves as the theme, eating billy goats, stalking little girls and so forth.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

B is for Bikers & Badgers, Badgers, Badgers...

Here are some ladies I drew whilst doing some extra work during last week...I don't need one, but smart phones are great when they keep people in a position long enough for me to draw them.