Reviewed in Driven

An excellent review on our children's book in yesterday's NZ Herald car section!

Or read online here.


Brothers Beer with the bro

Brothers Beer is a local warehouse brewing bar at the City Works Depot with around twenty craft beers on tap, featuring their own excellent brews and guest beers from Australasia, the US and sometimes further afield. 

Kind of apt that I was there with my brother eh! Here we're trying out the Stone & Wood Cloud Catcher APA and the Zeffer Apple Crumble cider. Both very tasty.

They have hundred's of bottled beers for sale as well, being craft beers the place is almost like an art gallery for creative beer labels. The warehouse feel is subdued nicely with an eclectic range of old furniture and interesting items like the old pedal car to the left.


Racing instore this October

My preview copy has arrived! An inspirational children's book about the life of Bruce McLaren. 

A little known fact about Bruce was that he spent two years at Takapuna's Wilson home for crippled children with his legs strapped to a bed cart!

Initial inspiration for the book came from my uncle, Keith Madgwick, who despite his own severe difficulties due to polio fulfilled his dream to race in motorsport driving Mini Coopers in events like the Wills 6 hour endurance races at Pukekohe Park Raceway, numerous street races and hill climbs and went on to be a key figure in running the original Baypark Raceway.  Keith would often try to fill me in on what Bruce, Denny and Chris got up to in the 60's.

Two years in the planning it's been a bit of a mission but it will soon be on the shelves. Very nice to hold it in my hands at last. A big thank you to Dreydon, publisher (and author!) at Inspired Kids for making it happen and Jan McLaren at the Bruce McLaren Trust for her and David's help, guidance and the use of the museum resources.

Federal Square

A big loose, sloppy, blobby sketch on probably the wettest, coldest sketch meeting of the year and it's supposed to be spring time!

A particularly hard-core group turned out to brave the worst weather for this months Big Draw meeting, come along next time, I promise the weather will be much better.


More MOTAT flying boats

It's the Short Sunderland at MOTAT again! I know I've drawn this beast before here but I'm drawn to the idea of flying into Pacific atolls way back in the days before proper airports. How cool would that be!

This plane did just that for decades with the RNZAF right up until 1966. One of only 5 left worldwide, it could land anywhere loaded with the personnel, accommodation and kit to keep an air force running far from home. It even had a galley with the ability to feed a big crew. The last flying boat I drew was the TEAL Solent in the main aviation hall, here.

And here's the workshop hanger, jammed with interesting old planes and paraphenalia, like a Lockhead Lodestar, various wings, fuselages, airframes, even a Huey being done up for Westpac rescue helicopter training. If you ask nicely the old blokes in there will show you around, and they're pretty knowledgeable too, some of them even having worked at TEAL, NAC, and Air New Zealand.


Brewing now on Albert Street

It'd be hard not to be a journo pub for like a century with the NZ Herald directly across the road, but the paper has now moved and underground works have started for the new underground city rail link.

Advertised as NZ's oldest craft beer brewery and they're probably right, I recall drinking their in-house wares back in the early 90's. The beer went a bit off there a while back but they're better now than ever, check out The Bard Pale Ale.


Drawing the news

An interesting lunchtime excursion to TVNZ to see Peter Williams read the national midday news live in the studio. A really interesting experience to see how it all works. That guy is a pro.
15 minutes sketching in the studio with colour added at home.


Featured in Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias

Pretty cool to be featured in Diário de Notícias alongside some pretty cool artists Tiago Cruz, Liz Steel, Rita Sabler, Bindi Nasasira and Arnaud de Meyer. Online newspaper version link here.