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Free Comic Book Day

If you’re in or around Melbourne this Saturday then come along to…..

I’ll be there from 11am – 12pm doing free sketches. Free art and free comics, who can resist that?

Sturstein + Matthewdunnart + The Game Of Kings

Earlier in the year I collaborated with Sturstein on a piece for The Game Of Kings.

Sturstein and I have collaborated on a number of pieces in the past, and it’s always a fun and unique experience as our styles and approaches are quite different. One of the main differences between our work is that Sturstein often works with a very clean, graceful line, whereas mine is often sharp and jagged. When I received the penciled page to work on I instantly knew that it would lose some energy within the line work if I were to apply my heavy inks over the top of it. So instead I just upped the contrast a little, filled in some areas that needed to be solid black, and applied colours directly over the penciled page.

After that we bounced the image back and fourth to refine a few details. …

Exhibition Stuff + Other Stuff

The Justice Will Be So Fantastic is the second chapter in an ongoing collaboration between myself and UK band Crippled Black Phoenix (whose music will be echoing from the speakers inside the gallery throughout the opening night). Teaming up with the band on this and other projects has been the most rewarding and inspiring creative experience of my life, and this is all just the beginning. This exhibition will include ink illustrations, 1/6 scale custom toys, and a mix of paintings and stencils on skateboard decks, wooden panels, and canvases.

There will also be a performance by the Melbourne ensemble String Source on the Sunday night. I’ve always enjoyed the combination of visual art and music (the first printing of my graphic novel Lonely Monsters even came with a soundtrack) so…

Happenings

I’m currently knee-deep in preparations for my upcoming exhibition, The Justice Will Be So Fantastic, which will be taking place early September in Melbourne. I’ll have all the info and some images from the exhibition available to post up in a couple of weeks. This show will include a range of ink illustrations, acrylic paintings, stenciled skateboards, custom toys and more.

While this is the main focus of my day/night at the moment I’m also still hard at work on the new Leroy graphic novel and currently writing the scripts for a Leroy anthology comic. However, in order to get at least a few hours sleep a night, The Secret History Of Skullboy webcomic will be taking a small break and returning in August.

Speaking of comics, if you own an iPad or iPhone then I’ll…

Artboy VS Fanboy Round 2!

After the success of the first Artboy VS Fanboy Group Exhibition, which had the theme of Video Games and was covered on ABC’s Good Game, round 2 is about to kick off.

And this one covers my favourite theme in the world!

If you’re in Melbourne come along and check it out, there’s a great line up of artists involved.

Matt

Free Comic Book Day

Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day. An international event that’s been picking up steam in Australia over the last few years, this year is gearing up to be a great one. I’ll be at All Star Comics in Melbourne from 11am – 12pm (and will probably hang out a little longer after that) where I’ll be handing out free sketches. I’ll also have some original art and prints for sale. There’s a whole bunch of local creators sketching and signing throughout the day so if you’re in the area you should pop in and check it out (there will be free comics, of course, and everyone loves free stuff right).

You can find All Star Comics at Level 1, 410 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

Matt

Daredevil WIP + Group Exhibition Stuff

Last week was a total write-off for me as I was hit hard by the flu. I couldn’t draw a single line due to constant headaches, coughing, aches, and all that other fun stuff. Today’s the first day in a week where I woke up feeling good, so I decided to take advantage of that and dive into a new painting. This is for the second in the series of group exhibitions called Artboy VS Fanboy which is taking place at Artboy Gallery in a couple of months. The first theme in the series was Video Games and was a lot of fun. This time around it’s Comics, which has me even more excited. Here’s an in progress snapshot of my painting, a 60cm x 90cm acrylic of Daredevil. The photo’s a big blurry as I’ve piled on the paint and it’s still drying so I couldnR…