Each Story City project has a multitude of artists and musicians to thank for its adventures. This is the page where you can find out more about each artist.
If you would like to be considered as an artist for one of our adventures in the future, please sign up to our adventure artist newsletter here. This is the newsletter we will be using to let interested artists know about future projects they can pitch for.
Ken Best: Artists – Story City Gold Coast (2015)
Ken is a Gold Coast based illustrator who specializes in comic book artwork. He draws scripts for a number of Australian comic anthologies including Decay and Retro Sci Fi Tales (Dark Oz Publications), Tales to Admonish (If Comics), Killeroo Gangwars (Ozone Studios) and Australian Mad Magazine. He is also a published article writer in the strength coaching field. Ken is launching his own comic titled X-TINCT at Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane. He hopes to one day be commissioned by a major comic book publisher to draw comics on a regular basis. He is married with two adult children. You can see more of Ken’s work at Deviant Art: kdavidbest.deviantart.com or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ken.best.125
Sarah Boese: Artist, Ready or Not (Story City: Adelaide 2015)
Sarah Boese is a freelance illustrator based in Adelaide, South Australia. She studied at the University of South Australia and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor Degree in Visual Communication. Exploring a wide range of applications; she is versatile in her approach to creative processes in regards to style and technique. Narrative is the main focus of Sarah’s professional practice, she currently illustrates for children’s literature and is very engaged in game art, concept art, character design and editorial illustration. She is also an emerging street artist and muralist. Sarah particularly enjoys collaborative projects and likes to connect with a wide audience through her work. Check out her work at: http://www.sarahboese.com.au/
Nancy Brown: Artist, 2013 Brisbane City Council Street Reads Stories
Nancy Brown’s background is in printmaking and painting. Artwork has taken her on adventures across Australia. She has travelled with Flying Arts, and has been artist in residence in many schools, communities and festivals. She make banners and flags, creates mosaics for seating, and has painted murals along railway line tunnels, overpasses and other long walls. She also makes art with ceramics and laser cut metal. Fascinated by traditional methods of illustration, she likes to improvise with those techniques in her artwork: www.nancybrownstudio.wordpress.com
Madonna Barraclough: Artist, 2014 Brisbane City Council Street Reads Stories
Although she identifies herself as a painter, drawing is the foundation and continuum throughout Madonna’s practice. Live study, whether on a mountain, in a cafe or at a gig, immediately engages her, shaping visual elements into a heightened alter-reality. Ink has been Madonna’s preferred drawing medium for 7 years, as it combines a love of painting and mixed media. Her work explores figures, people’s sense of place, creative expression, relationships between organic and constructed forms, landscape and interconnectedness. She has been a practising visual artist and educator for over three decades holding many solo and group shows, and has collaborated with organisations such as Greening Australia, Reverse Garbage and Oxfam. You can find her at her website: www.madonnasart.com
Victoria Casson: Artist, The Captain and the Curse (Story City: Port Adelaide 2016)
My name is Victoria and I work as an illustrator, designer and artist in the beautiful city of Adelaide, South Australia. I use both traditional and digital media and have a particular fondness for watercolour and ink. The creative process – from conceptual design to realisation – never fails to inspire me. I embrace the juxtaposition of naughty and nice and my ladies ‘Joan and Rose’ compliment this approach to my practice.
A range of original prints, artwork and merchandise are available online. For more details please visit me and say hello at joanandrose.com
Gabriel Cunnett: Artist, The Adelaide Time Caper (Story City: Adelaide 2015)
Gabriel is a freelance illustrator based in Adelaide. After chancing an entry to children’s book illustration via the Scholastic Young Illustrator’s award (2006) while studying Visual Communication at UniSA, his work gravitated towards characters and storytelling. The resulting Scholastic collaboration Columbia Sneezes was published in 2008. Since then, he has developed a broad illustration portfolio via other published works (The Fox and the Grapes, The Terrible Gadash – Era Publications) and a diverse range of clients. In 2012, he began working with The Klevar Group as a Senior Graphic Designer, incorporating his visual ideas into instructionally designed content for online learning platforms. He continues to work for Klevar as their Creative Director and Lead Designer. Gabriel’s illustrations are created using a blend of traditional and digital media, nudging the boundaries of colour and contrast to create bold illustrations and memorable characters. Gabriel lives in Mount Barker with his two children Thor & Ida. You can find him at: www.gabe.com.au or Facebook: www.facebook.com/gabriel.cunnett.illustration
Sands Gonzaga: Illustrator, The Treasure of Light (Story City: Adelaide 2016)
Sands is a freelance illustrator based in Adelaide, South Australia. He has worked for advertising agencies doing storyboards and has also worked in video game development doing concept design and art asset production. Working mostly in digital media, his work was featured in Ballistic Publishing’s Expose’ 7 art book. He is currently collaborating with a writer friend on an indie comic book, and is always looking for more work. See his stuff at www.sandsgonzaga.com
Clare Neal: Artist, 2015 Brisbane City Council Street Reads Stories
Clare Neal is a Brisbane born artist with a passion for all things creative. With drawing as one of her oldest interests, she began to formally pursue art under the anagram Realclean in 2014 and has done so ever since. Juggling university and a variety of quirky jobs, Clare finds time to explore art in all of its forms and build upon her skills, in the hopes that someday creativity can become her livelihood. You can find her at: www.rlcln.com and www.facebook.com/rlclrnl
Amanda Ng: Artist, Who are the Firm? (Story City: Grange)
Amanda Ng is an illustrator and visual artist based in Adelaide, South Australia. She graduated from the University of South Australia in 2014 with a Bachelor of Visual Communication (Illustration). Amanda specialises in watercolour, ink painting and drawing, and uses tone and expressive lines to convey emotions and stories in her images. Inspired by human expression, movement and mood, she has a passion for portraiture, creative typography, storyboard making, and character design. She enjoys working on her own as well as in collaboration, and is open for full time work, part time work and commissions.
You can check out her art at: http://www.amanda-ng.com/
and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amandangart/