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A Brief Introduction to Creaturina

Some of my most regular, recent followers, know nothing of my first-born baby, Creaturina, or of my second-born, Alice. One, in particular, recently said she would read Creaturina’s story ‘when she had time’, but, I know, like everyone else, she will never ‘have time’, so, it’s up to me to force my incredible girl down her throat… Meri, I know you will love Creatuie, she is totally your kind of girl! So, read this … it’s my Honours thesis precis, and, if you read nothing else of Creatuies story, will tell you who she is, what she does, how she does it, and place her in time. Believe me, there has never been anyone like my girl, and, yes, I genuinely love her… I know she’s out there, and I love her.

Creatuie has evolved hugely since I first developed her as part of an illustration assignment in 2011 (I had to create a ‘creature’, I did this acrylic painting… got an A+)…


…here she is in 2014, a digital painting/drawing…


… here she is, now…


… Creaturina is my baby, I have invested a huge amount of love into her creation, and she continues to evolve. She is the coolest, toughest, most enigmatic woman ever to walk the Earth… she’s not human, yet, somehow, she’s more human than any of us, and we really, really need her.

I did an illustrated Creaturina book (made it, bound it, etc, myself) for my end-of-degree project, as well as an exhibition of Creatuie paintings (real, physical ones)… I got an A+ for it, as I did for almost all my illustration work ( I got a few A’s)… one of the criticism’s the book/story got from the judges, was that Creatuie had an impossible story arc, because she was indestructible, hence, no story arc. They were, of course, right. So, I introduced Alice to the mix… I’ll do a ‘brief Alice Intro’ next (:

Oh, and if you are still reading this, here’s another Creatuie story (:


Female Saviour Archetype

Hi, followers. I’m about to post a new Creatuie (:

Before doing so, I thought I’d give my darling girl even deeper context. My Honours thesis exhibition was titled ‘Female Saviour Archetype‘— and Creatuie was the star!

The actual thesis/research paper was titled ‘Sequential Intelligence‘, which was about the ability of sequential graphics to simply convey complex meaning.

My exhibition work consisted of 3 594mm x 841 mm prints of digital paintings, and a massive, 52 page, A3, bound process book.

Here are 3 pages from that book:




Everything Goes Away


People at an Exhibition 10 (detail)

I love the dynamics of this scene. Jacobs Ladder is one of my favorite films, well worth a look if you’ve never seen it. It is a sad, dark, un-settling work. The main character will be in a crowd, at a party, on the street, and he’ll see people standing in corners or looking out the back windows of cars, and their heads will be wildly blurring, out of sync with everything around them, and no-one else seems to see them. I love the Jacobs Ladder-ness here. I also love the dead-still girl, offset by the blurry, dynamic guys, once again, almost like she or them are out of sync with reality. Love this shit!


People at an Exhibition 10


People at an Exhibition 9


People at an Exhibition 8