Yoda – Jedi Master

Yoda – Jedi Master

#Illustration of #Jedi #Master #Yoda. Yoda was one of the most renowned and powerful Jedi Masters in galactic history. He was known for his legendary wisdom, mastery of #theForce and skills in #lightsaber combat. Yoda served as a member of the Jedi High Council in the last centuries of the Galactic Republic and as Grand Master oversaw the Jedi Order before, during and after the devastating Clone Wars.

Just finished watching the final season of #starwars the #clonewars. The last few episodes of Yoda on a journey to increase his abilities in #theforce are pretty awesome – especially when he has to confront the #darkside version of himself.

#madewithwacom #bamboostylus in #adobeideas

#maytheforcebewithyou #lightside #forceawakens #maythe4thbewithyou



Billy T James

Billy T James

#Illustration of William James Te Wehi Taitoko MBE, better known by his stage name Billy T James. #BillyT, was a #NewZealand #entertainer, #comedian, #musician and #actor. He became a key figure in the development of New Zealand #comedy, a household name during his lifetime, and remains an #icon to the present day.

The Billy T #Award was founded in 1997 in honour of James. It is New Zealand’s most prestigious comedy award, recognising #comedians with outstanding #potential. Winners are presented with a #yellow #towel, Billy’s trademark from his “Te News” sketches.

#madewithwacom #bamboostylus in #adobeideas
#nz #aotearoa #TeNews #news #laugh #funny



Playing Catch up!

Playing Catch up!


WOW – When I go on holiday I really go on holiday don’t I! It’s been a few months since my last post and the time has long since past for me to get back into posting some work and updating the ol’ blog!

Let me begin with a post from my Instagram account (feel free to follow) back on October 17 – www.instagram.com/tukaramatthews .  This day is an important one for my wife and I as this is our wedding anniversary – this year also happened to be our 5th wedding anniversary. Perhaps 5 years isn’t too long in an eternal perspective but I definitely see it as an achievement and you’ve gotta celebrate the small wins right?
It has been an awesome rollercoaster ride the last 5 years of marriage and having a little boy – I can’t imagine doing anything else though and it would be an empty life without my beautiful little family! So this is one of my more recent illustrations and probably the first one of my wife! I’m always a little scared to draw people close to me because I don’t want to offend them if it doesn’t turn out to be the greatest illustration. Time to get back into the illustrations and take a break from the freelance work!


Day 41 – Bill Gates

Day 41 – Bill Gates

#Illustration of #BillGates. Although I ride the #apple and #mac train you can’t deny the #massive impact this #legend has had on the world. I’m a big fan of the #philanthropic work he and his wife do through their Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

William Henry “#Bill” #Gates, III is an #American #business magnate, #philanthropist, #investor, #computer #programmer, and #inventor. Gates is the former chief executive and chairman of #Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer #software company, which he co-founded with Paul Allen.

He is consistently ranked in the #Forbes list of the world’s #wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009—excluding 2008, when he was ranked third; in 2011 he was the wealthiest American and the world’s second wealthiest person. According to the #Bloomberg #Billionaires List, Gates became the world’s richest person again in May 2013, a position that he last held on the list in 2007. As of June 2014, he is still the richest.

During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of #CEO and chief software #architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder, with 6.4 percent of the common stock. He has also authored and co-authored several books.

Gates is one of the best-known #entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Gates has been criticized for his business tactics, which have been considered anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by judicial courts. In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.

Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. He remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect for himself. In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work, and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

#drawn in #adobeideas using #wacom #bamboostylus

#adobedrawing #pc #windows #pcrevolution #digitalage

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Day 38 – Willis Carrier

Day 38 – Willis Carrier

#Illustration of Willis Haviland #Carrier. He was an American #engineer, best known for inventing modern air conditioning. For his contributions to #science and #industry, Willis Carrier was awarded an #Engineering degree by Lehigh University in 1935 and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Alfred (NY) University in 1942; Carrier was awarded the Frank P. Brown Medal in 1942; and was inducted posthumously in the National #Inventors Hall of Fame (1985) and the Buffalo Science Museum Hall of Fame (2008).
He also coined the phrase ” a cold day in hell ” on his death bed October 7, 1950.

#inventor #airconditioning #aircon

#drawn in #adobeideas using #wacom #bamboostylus #adobedrawing

Day 36 – Muhammad Ali

Day 36 – Muhammad Ali

#Illustration of #boxer #Muhammad #Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; is an #American former professional boxer, generally considered among the #greatest heavyweights in the sport’s history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is today widely regarded for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned “#Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC.

At the age of 22 he won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after that bout, Ali joined the Nation of #Islam and changed his name. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975. In 1967, three years after winning the #heavyweight title, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. The U.S. government declined to recognize him as a conscientious objector, however, because Ali declared that he would fight in a war if directed to do so by Allah or his messenger (Elijah Muhammad). He was eventually arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges and stripped of his #boxing title. He did not fight again for nearly four years—losing a time of peak performance in an #athlete’s career. Ali’s appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where in 1971 his conviction was overturned on a technicality. The Supreme Court held that, since the appeals board gave no reason for the denial of a conscientious objector exemption to petitioner, it was impossible to determine on which of the three grounds offered in the Justice Department’s letter that board had relied. Ali’s actions as a conscientious objector to the war made him an icon for the larger counterculture generation.

Ali revolutionized the sport by the sheer power and magnetism of his personality. At a time when most fighters let their managers do the talking, Ali was articulate, witty and loquatious. He easily controlled press conferences and interviews, spoke freely and intelligently about issues unrelated to boxing and wrote rhymes that humorously denigrated his opponents and predicted the round in which “they must fall.” Ali remains the only three-time lineal World Heavyweight #Champion; he won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978.

#Drawing in #adobeideas using #wacom #bamboostylus

#GOAT #TheGreatest #adobedrawing #louisville #rumble #rumbleinthejungle

100 Days Project – One thing. Every day. x100.

100 Days Project – One thing. Every day. x100.

The 100 Days Project is simple. Choose one creative exercise, and then repeat it every day for 100 days. Record each daily effort and see what evolves in the work and in yourself over time. The project gives anyone a framework and the permission to be creative. It challenges you to dig deep into your creative reserves, to rely on your readiness to work in order to achieve creative breakthrough. It can be an end to procrastination, and the development of resilience. It takes a lot of energy, and yet the rewards can resonate for a long time after the 100th Day is over.

In 2011 Emma Rogan decided to start a 100 Days Project after reading about Michael Bierut’s ‘100 Days of Design’ class at Yale. She invited others to join her and word of the project spread. Since inception hundreds of people have participated in the project.

I began participating in the second iteration of the 100 Days Project in 2012 after being invited by a friend, Laura Cibilich. Laura was at the time conducting a similar exercise where she used various media and materials in creating the day’s date every day for a whole year! Check out her awesome project at www.mydailydesign.com

After joining and beginning my first 100 Days project of creating a tiling pattern inspired by everyday objects or items around me, I realised that perhaps I had been a little over-ambitious with the scope of my project and had underestimated the time it would take to create each pattern from concepting stage through to producing a vectorised tiling pattern square. Unfortunately I ended up bowing out of the 2012 exercise at around Day 14 with my pride a little bruised but having learned some important lessons.

The following year I came back with renewed vigour and determination to complete a new project in the 2013 iteration of the 100 Days Project. Initially my goals was to get back in touch with my long lost drawing skills by completing one doodle a day for the next 100 days. After a few days I realised that I spent too long trying to decide what to draw and so I ended up refining my goal to give it more limitation and focus and to save myself hours of indecision. My updated project goal became; to sketch one of the 100 most influential people of last century each day. This will give me an opportunity to learn more about these individuals and what they were known for. The 100 individuals are taken from the collection by TIME Magazine and information taken from Wikipedia.

Having these added limitations freed me from over-thinking the project and gave me a pre-populated list of individuals to draw. I proudly completed every day of this project and I am currently posting up some highlights of the 2013 100 Days project here on my blog.

If you would like to view the whole project you can see it here – 100 Days Project 2013

100 Days Project 2014 – Changing Faces

My goal for this years iteration of the project is to literally change the face of social media and rid our visual, social landscape of tacky and unflattering profile photos, one person at a time.
I will do this by composing, shooting and editing a head shot portrait of one lucky individual each day for 100 days. At the same time I am hoping to further develop my composition and photography skills in capturing an accurate representation of what embodies the individual.

The 2014 project will begin on July 11, 2014. You can stay updated with my project here on the 100 Days Project site and as there are still a few days left you can still register. Join me!



Day 2 of 100 – Māori Warrior

Day 2 of 100 – Māori Warrior

A #sketch of a #warrior of the #Māori people of #Aotearoa (New Zealand) the #culture with which I identify. Found at the southwestern point of the #Polynesian triangle, the cultural history of Māori people is tied into a larger Polynesian phenomenon and share similar cultural traditions such as religion, social organisation, myths, and material culture.

Polynesian #seafarers were ocean #navigators and #astronomers. Polynesians were capable of travelling long distances by sea. The strong female presence among early settlers in New Zealand suggests Polynesian #migration #voyages were deliberate rather than accidental. The most current reliable evidence strongly indicates that initial settlement of New Zealand occurred around 1280 CE.

A defining attribute of the Māori culture is it’s strong visual language. The face markings you can see on the sketch are known as Tā moko and can also be found on the body. Tā moko is the permanent body and face marking by Māori, the #indigenous people of New Zealand. Traditionally it is distinct from #tattoo and #tatau in that the skin was carved by uhi (chisels) rather than punctured. This left the skin with grooves, rather than a smooth surface.

Captain James Cook wrote in 1769: The marks in general are spirals drawn with great nicety and even elegance. One side corresponds with the other. The marks on the body resemble foliage in old chased ornaments, convolutions of filigree work, but in these they have such a luxury of forms that of a hundred which at first appeared exactly the same no two were formed alike on close examination.

#Drawn on #iPad in #AdobeIdeas using the #Wacom #Bamboostylus. #AdobeDrawing

#Maori #Toa #NewZealand #Polynesia #Pacific #Waka #Tamoko #Moko #Whakairo #Kowhaiwhai

Day 7 of 100 – Audrey Hepburn

Day 7 of 100 – Audrey Hepburn


#Beauty and #Class. A quick #sketch of one of my wife’s greatest #idols, Audrey Hepburn – so this one is for her. I like the effect of drawing in white on a black background in the hair. I might have to try that more often.
I think I will give this one another go in the future once I have a better handle on this stylus and iPad.
#Drawn in #AdobeIdeas, #AdobeDrawing using #Wacom #BambooStylus for the #100days project

Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood’s Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and has been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. She is also regarded by some to be the most naturally beautiful woman of all time.

Born in Ixelles, a district of Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England and the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War. In Amsterdam, she studied ballet withSonia Gaskell before moving to London in 1948 to continue her ballet training with Marie Rambert and perform as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions. She spoke several languages including English,French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, and German.

After appearing in several British films and starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi, Hepburn played the lead role in Roman Holiday (1953), for which she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance. The same year, she won a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for Ondine. She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story(1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Hepburn remains one of few people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards. She won a record three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role.

#Audreyhepburn #Hepburn #Actress #Hollywood #Goldenage #Broadway #Oscars #BAFTA #Tonys #Movies #BreakfastAtTiffanys


Copyright & Protecting Your Work

Copyright & Protecting Your Work

I read a great article today from an awesome designers resource – Creativebloq.com
The article addresses the issue of designer’s and illustrator’s work being stolen and claimed by another or slightly altered and then reproduced for personal gain.

Check it out here:


I was also able to find another great article by blogger and Art Consultant, Laura C George,  that offers some ideas for how you might avoid or prevent having your work stolen.
Definitely a great page to bookmark for referring back to when you need it.

Check it out here: