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Krysalis arrives…

Posted by: Sutu on July 18. 2014 at 9:12 am

My new book Krysalis! I’m offering a special discounted pre-release as apart of my Polaxis kickstarter.

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Modern Polaxis Kickstarter

Posted by: Sutu on July 8. 2014 at 6:45 am

Hey Folks, I just launched a Kickstarter.
A printed comic book paired with an iPad/iPhone app brings to life the story of a paranoid time traveler known as Modern Polaxis.  Please check out the campaign and help to spread the word.

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Posted by: Sutu on July 1. 2014 at 12:23 pm

A few pages from a new book I have coming out soon…

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Warlu Song – Interactive Storybook for iPad

Posted by: Sutu on June 23. 2013 at 3:52 am

Warlu Song is available here

I feel very privileged to have illustrated this story. It’s been a year in the making in collaboration with Yindjibarndi community leader Michael Woodley.  Warlu Song is a Jawi, a song belonging to Tommy Wiliguru Bambardu, carried by Ned Cheedy and Mr Woodley. Warlu Song follows a spirit man’s epic journey as he rides a terrifying serpent, ripping up trees with an angry wind, smashing the land with floods and changing the country forever. In this new format the song is transformed with colourful illustrations, music and animation. It also allows readers to toggle between the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal language and English voice overs so they too can learn the story and how to sing it.

Here is an image of Michael Woodley and the late Ned Cheedy singing Warlu Song at a local corroboree in Cheeditha Community in Western Australia.  This was the first time I heard Warlu Song.  Before they began singing, Michael explained what the story was about…“Bambardu used to be taken by the spirit world to the country in his dreaming at night. They would take him and show him the country, then he would come back with these songs, singing everything he had seen. He sung hundreds of songs so he went on hundreds of journeys. One morning Bambardu woke up and said ‘This is what I saw last night. I saw the great snake travelling. He was travelling through the rivers and he was popping his head up, looking for the people. The snake that came from the sea, he travelled inwards into the lands. He went on a journey with the snake, just travelling around and making sure that the people living in the country were doing the right thing.” Many of Bambardu’s songs were carried by Ned Cheedy.

You can view the video of Michael and Ned singing the song here

I drew a portrait of the great Ned Cheedy before he passed away. He was 105.

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Ngurrara – We were always here

Posted by: Sutu on June 23. 2013 at 3:28 am

Ngurrara is now available on iTunes here

Although Ngurrara is an original ‘fictionalised history’, it is based on real stories from a very real place. Ngurrara means ‘belonging to country/home’ in the Ngarluma language. The Ngarluma people are the traditional owners of Murujuga, also known as the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia  where the story is set.  Murujuga is home to approximately one million petroglyphs (rock carvings), some of which are more than 30,000 years old.  This story is about the Ngarluma people and their continued connection to their country over thousands of years.

Ngurrara begins 15,000 years ago when a young boy hunts and kills a kangaroo. It’s his first kill and in his people’s tradition he goes and carves a kangaroo on the Murujuga rocks. A lot of people helped create this story. The author Tyson Mowarin took myself and two of his brothers EJ and James to Murujuga to walk through the story. Historically in aboriginal culture, walking the line of a story was how they would remember it. For all of us this experience was very helpful, while EJ and James acted out their roles I took reference photos. Tyson also explained important details like the best time to hunt roos is when the sun is going down (it’s not so hot). This detail defined the colour of the story.

For more info about Ngurrara please here

Ngurrara is now available on iTunes here

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