This week’s cover features the art deco foyer of the Piccadilly Cinema in Perth.
It’s a lot of fun to put quokkas into movie posters…
I think Ringo looks good as a quokka- I only had to make the nose a little bigger. Here’s the original.
Since I started posting the quokka covers to this blog, I’ve done three that are references to famous images… I hope I’m not getting lazy 🙂
There’s two covers for the Quokka this week- one for a special ‘End of Financial Year’ wraparound, and one normal cover.
The one below is the first time I can remember using panels in my Quokka covers… the brief asked for lots of quokkas buying lots of stuff, including fridges, heaters, cars, houses, tools and couches. This was the easiest way I could think of to show all the required items at once.
This next one was fun- I got halfway through colouring it and started worrying that people might think that the quokkas were members of a strange cult. I meant them to be druids. The older one, stirring the potion in the cauldron, is a nod to the druid from my favourite comic series.
A bit left field, but good fun to draw.
Here’s the cover for issue 669 of the Quokka newspaper– the theme was Foundation Day, a public holiday in Western Australia. Like last week’s cover, this is a reference to a famous image- this time it’s a painting by George Pitt Morrison called The Foundation of Perth.
The original painting tells a story from the early history of Western Australia- on the 12th of August 1829, Mrs Helen Dance, the wife of the captain of the HMS Sulphur, cut down a tree to commemorate the founding of the colony. Apparently the tree was close to where the Perth Town Hall now stands. I think that’s the Narrows off in the distance, and Mt Eliza- which is now Kings Park. There’s not a hint of an Aboriginal person anywhere.
A reference to the famous photo Lunchtime Atop a Skyscraper, by Charles C Ebbets.
Junior footy= Australian Rules. To avoid any claims of bias, I avoided the colours of our two West Australian teams- the Eagles and the Dockers- and opted instead for green and gold, the colours of the Melville Hawks.