Thursday, 13 November 2014

G-Tuned goodness

Just got a new pick-up for my old G-tuned guitar and it's transformed it!

I've had this gat for maybe 19 years and I bought it to replace one I stupidly smashed into pieces during a Nihil show in Hamilton . I took the pick-up from that poor smashed thing and put it into what was to become my permanently low tuned monster.

Turns out that pick-up was broken (duh) and never worked right.

I also never really knew about intonation and the fact that turning down to G means you should really move the bridge back... so I had that fixed recently too.

All that adds up to me playing more gat than ever and loving it.

Me and Christian P plus Ben Hawker are trying to put together some songs for a new band in this super-low and delicious tuning, so I'll post some of that eventually.

In the meantime, here's a rough sketch I wrote and played the other day:

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

AGM Monsters

These poor little mutants were designs I did for two of Neill Blomkamp's sneaky short youtube clips.

The second one is based on a napkin sketch that Neill drew, so you can blame him for the giant slimy testebags. He's a strange man with strange whims.

The final sculpts were done by my mate and sculpting maestro, David Meng and produced in silicon, painted and hair-punched at Weta Workshop.

Neill just posted this great pic of the props on instagram:

And you can see the two clips they're from below:

If you think these are weird, then I think the next step,  Marvin is gonna surprise even more...

Monday, 30 June 2014

Taillefer - Les Sentinelles - French WW1 Comic hero

This is Taillefer from the French comic series Les Sentinelles.

While my Dr. Grordbort's Exhibtion was in Nantes a couple years back I met Julien Mokrani who's making a film adaptation of the comic and I did a quick interpretation for him of the main character.

Looks like it could be bloody epic, and anything that features robotic soldiers fighting World War One has my vote.

A write up about the film version here at Le Figaro.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Umami Monster and MECHA-HOP designs, for Garage Project Beer

I love making art for beer - it's the perfect trade!

These are the designs I did for Garage Project for their two new, highly experimental beers, Umami Monster (brewed with sea weed, sea water and bonito flakes) and the beer designed to combat it, MECHA-HOP (brewed with refined hop oil, refined yeast and other industrialised ingredients).

They're both pretty full on beers, and have great high concepts behind them. These guys really go to town with the brewing methodologies and stories behind their beers.

Tim Gibson, creator of Moth City took my designs and turned them into beautiful posters, labels and t-shirts, which you can see here.

I recommend both beers, but you might wanna baton down your taste-buds - they're as mighty as you'd expect.

Sunday, 18 May 2014


Gareth Edward's Godzilla is out now, and I'm proud to say I had a small part helping design him.
This, as you may note, is not Godzilla, nor a concept for him, but I post this idle scribble in the interim as I await approval to show actual concepts I did for the film.

Watching Godzilla made me want to dig out all the giant monster inspired pieces I've done over the years - made me think of doing a print of the Faction cover. Hmmm.... maybe I will...

Godzilla: the Art of Destruction, a spiffy art of book, is out now and features a ton of Christian Pearce's, Andrew Baker's and my own conceptual pieces in glorious paper format ~ Pixelised versions on this blog coming soon!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

GIRL & TYRANT LIZARD FRIEND Print on sale at Eyeball Kicks

It's true I tell yah.

$50 (unframed) each.

Limited to 100 prints only, they're each signed and numbered.

Order it Online at Eyeball Kicks

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Bonus Telephone Twattage

For your perusal: a munterly misanthrope, a saucy synthetic swordstress and a self-portrait of a simple pillock.

Made on the personal pocket telephone.

And as a bonus bone-headed bonus, please accept this curmudgeonly cave crone.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Seasonal Telephonic Pixel Twerkage

Oh hey there!
I almost didn't see you, standing there all quiet like. Gave me the bloody heebeejeebees.

Its nice to see you regardless.

This blog needs a little love doesn't it?

I've decided to spruce it up with a few pixelised pontifications created on the pocket telephone during  moments of retreat from the xmas-bourne onslaught of family togetherness.

If you're anything like me, then you love the prospect of the Christmas holidays and look forward excitedly to seeing the families reunited,  but the brute-force reality of it when underway can send you scampering for a quiet corner and a place to scribble.

That's where these pictures come from.

Holiday dinner being prepared upstairs, children giggling and stomping about at high speed,  adults exchanging tales of workaday woes and me huddled away in my little bubble drawing dinosaurs.

Murray Xmas everyone!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Keloid II - extreme robot fappage

The new Keloid trailer is out and it of course, frikkin' owns.

Me and Aaron Beck did a little bit of work for JJ and his team at BLR a whiles back, and it's inspiring to see how it's all come together - the final trailer is nothing short of incredible.

Below are a few of my concepts and at the bottom the final robots from the short.

If you wanna fap over yet more truly juicy Keloid roboporn, head over and check out Aaron's blog.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Travel Scribbles pt 4 - being the final of the series

Well, that Debbie Does Dallas content really went down a storm. The post was even featured in the official Debbie Does Dallas monthly fanzine, so thanks everyone for the support and well wishes.
It's a great feeling to receive kudos from your peers in the film industry.
I hope that these fan art homages inspired by the pioneering DDD sequel, 'Star Wars' connect just as powerfully.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Travel Scribbles pt 3

So, when I watch films or play games, a special kind of synesthesia kicks in.
Some synesthetes confuse colours and smells, some correlate sounds with shapes, some even associate couplings of roman numerals with sexual positions.
But it seems I alone, confuse Matt Damon with a Ceratosaurus.
So I apologise for what must seem to some a tenuously vague artistic connection with recent pop culture.
I present as some form of recompense, these scenes from something a little more classic and recognisable: Debbie Does Dallas.
By virtue of decency I've omitted the more risque moments and focused more on the scenes of character development.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Travel Scribbles pt 2

Boy oh boy, there was a colossal backlash against my GTA5 inspired fan art from the previous post, with some emailing me to tell me that the likenesses were awful, and that Trevor should look more like a haggard hobo Vince Vaughn than a loosely speculative Allosaurus, and I've taken that to heart.
This time I've chosen to showcase drawings inspired by... umm, Elysium... I particularly like the one of Kruger in an imagined and likely scene where he mows the lawn, which he would have had to have done at some point or another between the killings and the punch-ups.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Travel Scribbles pt 1

What could possibly be better for an artwork blog post than pop topicality. That's why I thought that fan art based on GTA5 at this particular moment could be a real hit.
With that in mind, I thought I'd present these sketches (doodled on a recent trip) of Franklin, Trevor and Michael in various 'kick ass' scenarios.
Now, I've taken the artistic liberty of imagining them as dinosaurs, in situations unrelated to the game proper, but I think the connection is implicit.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Sunday, 18 August 2013


Who hates their ears and wants them to die horribly in a car crash because they stole your girlfriend and owe you money?
Stupid ears! I hope they fall down a cliff and break their hips.

Well, some people think murder is a bit OTT, even when it is just some dickfaced earholes.
So how about playing them this little ditty by Ghidoragh instead? Think of it as a violent compromise.

More ear punishment necessary? Try out the previous vid on those pampered little waxcatchers: Highly Punchable.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

The 4th Law and Comic Con 13

I've been back from Comic Con for a couple weeks, and that as always was a whole lot of fun. Comic Con is always exhilarating and exhausting at the same time.
I managed to get sick on the last day, which is what you get for racing to finish and release an EP, organising a roving Beam robot to patrol the show floor, and battling to get this new baby ready in time to display at the show in a few short weeks.

Not that I'm complaining - I got fly across the globe once again to visit that mad house of nerddom, go to parties that gave complimentary massages (of the legal kind) and generally have an amazing time meeting amazing people.

We were lucky enough to have Stephen Fry join us via the Beam Robot but sadly I was hung over in bed when he Beamed in from London. What a top gent.

But the thing I wanted to share today is this monstrosity/beauty - the 4th Law - my latest high end art-piece raygun.

We're only making 20 and a big chunk of those have sold already. It's expensive yes, but that's what it costs to make a piece like this. We built this prototype here at Weta Workshop and each production piece will be handmade at the workshop  - it's made by ninjas. I think they do a back-flip after assembling each 4th law.

You can check it out at the WetaNZ website here.