I was born in Sydney, Australia and I moved to Melbourne where I have lived since 1992. I’ve been drawing ever since I was a pup. I was able to draw things in perfect detail even back then! I grew up reading comic strips written/drawn by Murray Ball, Jim Davis and Reg Smythe, the three whom I’ve idolized. My work is currently a literal interpretation of figures of speech that people say every day. I hope that the viewer enjoys the pictures and finds them funny. I plan to explore this more in the coming weeks.
Other things I like to draw in my work are posters representing fictional characters from my imagination. My posters have figures in them, explosions, city skylines, symbols and text. My fictional characters are usually female. This is usually because in the mainstream and media, the landscape is dominated by males. I’m trying to even the balance through my pictures. I usually draw soldiers because they look interesting. I have always been interested in action heroes from movies/video-games since I was very young.
All dressed up and nowhere to go
This is one of my drawings representing a literal interpretation of a cliché. I do these kinds of drawings as if how a literal-minded person would interpret it for humourous purposes. There’s nothing much else for me to say about this drawing, other than the fact that I also wanted to draw a bloke in formal wear wearing a top hat.
A Relaxing Dip in the Great Outdoors
I don’t normally draw people in their birthday suits mostly due to fears of being judged and being labelled as a pervert. However I always wanted to draw a woman going for a nice skinny dip in a lake after, say, driving around in the wilderness all day. Since I also wanted to keep it tasteful I decided to have a tree branch covering her breasts. I rarely draw vehicles but I figured I’d add a jeep to give the drawing and outdoors/camping feel to it. I always pictured this drawing as being set in a forest or a jungle when I drew this picture.
This drawing features a character of my own creation in a poster about a fictional superhuman/mutant rights organization (think Jean Grey School for Higher Learning in the X-Men comics). The character of mine in this picture is named Christy Merizan; a former U.S. Marine turned bounty hunter with superhuman abilities. The torn outfit she’s wearing in this drawing is somewhat inspired by the Evil Dead: Army Of Darkness poster.
© Gavin Porter and Arts Project Australia
All dressed up and nowhere to go 2012
felt-tip pen on paper
25 x 35cm
Framed Price: $230
Unframed Price: $120
Observing the city 2011
fine-liner on paper
25 x 33cm
Framed Price: $210
Unframed Price: $100