Around Australia


Jacky Winter Group put out an Australiana-themed childrens’ activity book called Around Australia a while ago. This is the picture I contributed.



A series of illustrations for Jacky Winter Group’s Flutter service to show the process of commissioning a illustrator for a animation.

Step 1 pick a illustrator, Step 2 make them draw something, Step 3 make them colour it in, Step 4 someone will animate it nice.


P.S. I don’t follow this process myself since motion and timing is more important than art style in comedy. So I like to do rough animation early on.

Boat trip


Dumb Ways to Die game

Sam and I made the free Dumb Ways to Die iphone/ipad game for Metro and McCann. You control characters from the video in a bunch of rapid-fire minigames, Warioware-style, and try not to die horribly.


Dumb Ways to Die iphone screenshots


The app was built in Flash which meant the animation could be big and bold and the existing characters were easy to bring in and add to. Luckily the game design was uncomplicated so Sam was able to do a great job within the performance limits you’d expect from Flash.


The music is 8-bit because we needed more of it than we had and 8-bit disguised my lack of expertise well. (Also hopefully it’s a bit funny.) The main menu theme was made with Music Studio on my phone. I probably spent half as much time on that as on the animations.


Hopefully the game is amusing and the safety message comes through.


I read somewhere that train accidents have gone down since the video. I hope that’s true! And what about the rate of space helmets taken off and kidneys sold on the internet? Get on it statisticians.



Sinus problem

Dumb Ways to Die


Well the Internet likes dead things waaay more than I expected. Hooray, my childish sense of humour pays off at last.
The Dumb Ways to Die concept was devised by John Mescall and Pat Baron of McCann Melbourne, lyrics by John Mescall, music by Ollie McGill, vocals by Emily Lubitz, and characters and animation by me. It was animated in Flash and edited in After Effects. GIFs here, karaoke version here, iphone/ipad game here.


A round of applause for the client, Metro, whose feedback included “make it more violent!” and “add a piranha to his private parts please”.


Toybox by me and Sam is out for iPhone. It’s a game about doing 2 things at once.
Oh cool! The Guardian liked it, not sure how that happened. Also it won ‘Best Art in a Game’ and was a finalist for ‘Best Australian Game’ at the 2012 Freeplay awards.
You can download it here.


The actual game looks a bit like this:


There’s a Toybox site and we made a blog too.


Here’s a new Skype emoticon.

You can use it by typing (soccer) into a chat if you have a recent version.

Or you can also type (bartlett), since it’s a tribute to a departing Skype staff member and soccer fan named Mike Bartlett. Hi Mike! Sorry I didn’t get to meet you before you left. Hope you like your emoticon.

Online news headlines improved

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Bring that back

The security of emergency medical coverage



Excerpt from a 2008 pitch animation. Jono always liked this bit, I think it’s the oddly realistic slumping.