My creation story starts when I had an epic idea in Year 8. I showed this to my mentor at school, Ms. Cowan.
This started a chain reaction – suddenly many artists began working on my story about the inland sea.
Stick Mob came about because I needed background artists to paint each panel.
Several students got involved but their individual creative skills meant that they began telling their own stories under the mentorship of Wolfgang, Editor-In-Chief, Gestalt Publishing. The story that started way back in Year 8 is now published and in my hands. This is just the beginning!
In 2016, the dog rock (Akngwelye) demanded to be part of the Year 9 Humanities learning program.
In 2017, Arrernte Elders, students, teachers, and geologists visited significant cultural and geographic sites around Mparntwe – Alice Springs.
In 2018, Declan showed me his story about time/space travel to the inland sea after seeing ripple rock fossils at Simpson Gap.
The final panel is set in the future – a visit to a Stick Mob immersive storytelling exhibition.
The first panel is set in the future, it shows the range of art that Stick Mob creatives do – from graphics to large scale artworks.
In 2018, I was one of the background watercolour artists on Declan’s first book. I painted a lot of trilobites and central Australian rock formations!
In 2020, I was mentored by the Indigenous graphic novelist Brenton E. McKenna who inspired me to draw all my characters, Wolfgang Bylsma, Editor-in-Chief of Gestalt who told me to drag my readers along with my story, Justin Randal who did an amazing job of colouring my illustrations and Declan who led by example, saying “we can do this!”
The last panel shows the beginning of Stick Mob Studio. Stick Mob is made up of myself, Alyssa, Declan, Wendy and Lauren.
The first panel shows me as a toddler drawing because my nanna on my Mum; side to draw flowers. she was my first inspiration.
Second panel at the school library looking at a book on how to draw animals.
Third panel – all of us at Sandbox – creating our own graphic novels. I am the master of illustrations and Lauren is the script writer of Storm Waning.
Fourth panel is me surrounded by my art. I am a commercial illustrator and graphic novelist with Stick Mob.