Adam Celeban - Artist, Illustrator & Designer

This work is part of Adam Celeban's illustration collection; including character design, children's books, toys and activity sets.

View Illustrations Watercolour, One Word One Day, Teeter, Lindy Hop.

Frankie the Frog, Falling off the Log

One Word, One Day (teeter) - Adam Celeban 2012

20 June 2012 - Pencil on paper. Duration: 3-4 hours.

I was fortunate enough to be a part of One Word, One Day. It's an event organised by the ASA for illustrators around Australia to come together to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Fund by auctioning off their works. The event moves around the each state's capital city, each having a word that is revealed as the topic for the day's illustrations. Sydney's word was "Teeter".

My entry is a portrait of sorts, of the incomparable Frankie Manning. A legend of Swing Dancing. As an afterthought it seemed apt to have one of the first "lindy-hoppers" conveyed as a frog. The illustration shows "Frankie the Frog, Falling off the Log", which happens to be well-known jazz step he most likely invented.

It was so inspiring being able to work alongside so many artists, who's work I have long admired. The illustrators I had the pleasure of working with were the likes of Bruce Whatley, Ben Wood, Serena Geddes, Alison-Jane Rice, Anthony Flowers, Alex Hammond, Pete Fairfax, Sadami Konchi, Brian Brown, PJ Magalhaes and Jill Carter Hansen.