Zombie TV

Zombie TV illustration for FHM Australia magazine, February 2009

A parasite that exists in real-life could lead to the Zombie apocalypse, according to FHM Australia.

The parasite is called toxoplasma gondii. When a host (usually small mammals such as rats and mice) become infected, the parasite can change the behaviour of their brain, causing them be drawn to (rather than fearful) of cats. The twist? The parasite is able to reproduce if its host is eaten by a cat.

Rather than medical diagrams I tried to take a more conceptual approach to this illustration. A pair of zombie hands emerge from the fictional reality of the television into our real world…

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How to drift

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How to drift, Motor magazine, February 2009Another illustration for Motor magazine in Australia.

The white car illustrates the “skando (Scandinavian) flick” rally technique, which involves steering away from the corner then turning in.

The blue car shows the technique for using a handbrake, or “the pro-drifter’s joystick”. Click here for more info.

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Shark vision

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Here’s an infographic I recently completed for FHM Australia.

The size of the circle represents where a shark is likely to attack you. According to the article sharks don’t actually like the taste of human beings (if they did “it would not be safe to go into the water at all”). For some reason that doesn’t make me feel any safer…

Check out the January ’09 issue of FHM Australia (on sale December 1) for the full story.

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How to take an apex (in a Ferrari F430)

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Cornering and Understeer, Motor magazine, November 2009This illustration for Motor magazine was my first experiences using 3D software (the marvellous Google Sketchup) to create an illustration.

I was given some reference material and asked to illustrate the racing line around a corner (this route minimizes time spent in the corner, while maintaining speed).

The green arrow represents the correct racing line, the red one shows the way to the ditch.

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Seeing red

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An illustration for an upcoming story in FHM about websites that allow people to post defamatory comments online

I will upload a scan of the full story once the magazine its newsstands in December.

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Up against the wall

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This illustration is a parody of an Australian television program called Hole in the Wall.

Based on a Japanese game show, Hole in the Wall requires celebrity contestants to fit through holes in a styrofoam wall moving towards them.

The results are often hilarious. Here’s a video clip of the original (and best) Japanese version:

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Is a smart bomb an oxymoron?

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This illustration was commissioned for an article in FHM on so called ‘smart bombs’.

According to New Scientist magazine, the US air force is trying to develop a cluster weapon that would release a swarm of ‘bomblets’ – each identifying and pursuing an individual target.

The question is: how would this weapon distinguish between combatants and civilians? As I tried to show in this illustration a simple red cross can be interpreted as a field target or a field hospital.

You can read the original – and frankly alarming – New Scientist article here.

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