Julian may

Graphic designer & illustrator

PUT A FACE ON IT, Paper Craft Workshop


Last Week I held a paper craft workshop called “PUT A FACE ON IT” as you may be able to figure out it was all about creating whatever you wanted but once you have, you chuck a face on it.

It never seems to amaze me how creative kids are, above are a few of my fave creations of the day, love that constipated looking banana!

This week coming I have an easter workshop so stay tuned for some more easter creations from some very talented kids!

Miss Fortune & Space Unicorn


Say Hello to Miss Fortune & Space Unicorn

It has been a while since I have created some new work for The Club of Odd Volumes so I decided to create some fun new illustrations for a new range.

Miss Fortune is available on Men’s, Women’s and Kids Tee’s.
Space Unicorn is available on Men’s, Women’s and Kids Tee’s as well as on pillow cases and tote bags.

I created a Space Unicorn card for my friend Step’s birthday, the theme of the party was (German, Glitter, Sparkle, Unicorn, Party) so I think I represented the theme well with the card and from that inspired a new design for The Club!

Steph’s Present (I spy my Handy Drawstring bag as well as some really cool colour melting candles from Third Draw Down)

View the new range here

Handy Drawstring Bags!


It’s been a long time coming but they are finally FINITO! What’s finally finito you might ask? Well let me tell you.

Over the past two months I have been working on my very first stencil cut silk screen prints, that I have now transferred on to a collection of drawstring bags. Screen printing is an amazingly fun and fulfilling art form that you just cant get enough of! It’s true, I’m already planning my next project.

I was a bit hesitant at first, thinking I could print a large amount of fabric and only having one printing lesson at Harvest Workroom last year but I thought why not you will either succeed or fail and thank god I didn’t fail! Many people say that screen printing is a messy job but I found it very easy to get a hold of, not saying I didn’t drop some ink where it wasn’t supposed to go. (it just adds character)

The photos above are from the process of start to finish, I have created two bags one that is of primary colours and the other shades of blue, I have totally fallen in love with them and can not wait to start selling them to some soon to be very cool people. (because they have a really cool bag)

I have to say a big thank you to my friend Kaela Fenech who helped me sew all these lovelys together and without her they probably wouldn’t look too good.

Brisbane City Hall, Activity Booklet


I am super happy to be finally posting some photos of the work I took part in whilst working with Studio Pounce. This Particular project was amazing to land on my desk as illustration is one of my passions and I love to create enjoyable images!

Above is a children’s activity booklet that I illustrated for Brisbane City Hall that includes fun drawing, puzzles, solving and building activities (who doesn’t want to make a miniature building) I know I did!

Over all I am really happy with this project and am just thrilled knowing this is being used by kids when they visit the city hall.

Busty Ladies, Gocco print


Well hello there Mr Gocco your back!

It has been a few months since I last tried my hand at making a gocco print, I have been dabbling away in my sketch books until I found something worthy of the amazing machine. I have recently been drawing a bunch of mystic out of this world people for a fingerboard commission that is pretty awesome! And I envisioned for some unknown reason all of the drawings of random heads as statues or (busts).

The process of gocco still makes me happy, its just a really fun and simple way of making a large amount or small amount like in this case of prints. This time round I decided to use black and silver ink to give a slight marbled effect and then used copic markers to colour the insides, just something a little more hands on and different.

The print I have created is called “Busty Ladies” limited edition of 15 prints and I will be selling these gorgeous babes on ‘The Handy Studio Shop’ with some of my other works, so take a look maybe even grab one for yourself?

Busty Ladies, Gocco Print
210x148mm (A5) 
4 Colour, 330gsm stock.

Oh! hey Christmas


Oh Christmas chandelier, Oh Christmas chandelier, how I love thee! This Christmas my family had the very rare pleasure of holding it at our place (it’s been years). So I wanted to make it a bit special and go all out on decorations and why not? For me any excuse to make fun paper creations is a bonus! I’ve chucked up a few insta photos of the chandelier and some other hanging decorations I made for the day. 

Happy New Year!


Another year in the making! I am beyond excited for 2014 and all the high hopes I have for it. Around December and January are my favourite time of the year because your finishing everything up in December but one month later you are planing for everything to come in January. Anyways, above is a drawing I pulled together for the new year, something cheery and bright, hopefully like our futures! Without further adieu Happy New Year and I wish you all the best.



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