What did you know of Jack O’Neill & his iconic look before submitting your work? How did you find him to draw?
I knew Jack was a bearded, eye patch wearing legend from reading surf mags as a grom, I found out only recently that he lost his eye from a legrope accident. He’s a great character to draw as he has so many defining features and after a little research through the O’Neill history I came to the conclusion that he must be a true adventurer and champion seaman, so that’s why I decided to do my portrait of him cruising into a set wave on a big old single fin sailboat.
What medium’s do you work with?
I like to draw/paint on all sorts of offcuts and reclaimed timbers using pens, inks, pencils and acrylic paints.
What do you call your style of art?
I don’t really like to pigeon hole things so I’d say I’m a illustrating scribbler that loves to surf & skate and draws inspiration from both and also from my everyday life and surrounds.
Are you classically trained?
I study a Bachelor of Animation at the Queensland College of Art. I then went on to work in print design and freelance illustration/animation/art kinda stuff.
Where would you like to see your piece eventually hanging?
I’d love to have my Jack portrait hanging at the O’Neill headquarters or on the wall of anyone that gets stoked on the idea of being a salty-adventuring-surf-pirate.