Quokka- McCubbin photo reference

Here’s a photo reference for an upcoming Quokka cover- the painting ‘Down on His Luck’, by Frederick McCubbin (1889). It’s owned by the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

I’ve added in the original caption, found amongst Fred’s journals.

Here’s the first rough sketch I did for the cover. We binned it after I realised it didn’t make any sense without the first image. Still, it made me laugh.

Quokka, issue 704, Feb 4 2010- draft #1