Adam Celeban - Artist, Illustrator & Designer

Welcome to the online portfolio of Adam Celeban, prize-winning artist, illustrator & designer based in Sydney. Get in touch to have something unique created for your project.

View Illustrations Character Design, Drawing, Book.

Drawing Dreams

The Turbit - Adam Celeban 2012

November 2012. Pencil and Marker.

These two characters were created for Drawing Dreams, a charitable organisation that helps to cheer up sick kids in hospitals. The quackamoose and turbit are my two contributions to their soon-to-be-released colouring book "Zularious Animals".

The Quackamoose - Adam Celeban 2012
View Illustrations Character Design, Digital Painting, Drawing, Book.

Trevor the Meerkat

Trevor the Meerkat - Adam Celeban 2012

Trevor, pictured in the above sheet of poses and expressions, is a character I've been slowly developing for a children's storybook currently titled "King of the Mountain". He's the inquisitive protagonist who "one day stood up and took notice", and he's on a quest to have a puzzling question answered.

View Illustrations Childrens Book, Character Design, Australia.

High Tea at the Top End

High Tea at the Top End - Childrens Book Illustration & Digital Painting, Adam Celeban 2012

September 2012. Digital Painting (Photoshop).

This piece is a sample spread for the Children's Book, currently titled "High Tea at the Top End". The idea for it came to me suddenly simply as the thought: Crocodiles in duck fascinators. I used this project particularly as a vehicle to develop my recent visual ideas of Australian landscapes and colours, and further hone my own individual style. To the left, you'll also notice some character development sketches.

View Illustrations Digital Painting, Character Design, Photoshop.

The Pirate

The Pirate - Adam Celeban Character Design 2012

20 July 2012. Character Design. Working sketches in marker, final painting in Photoshop.

The brief called for a pirate-character on the search for treasure, using a mech to travel, search-for and obtain the booty.

To make a mech plausible to be made by someone in the time of pirates I figured it would either have to be man-powered, or would be built by someone a little ahead of their time, and powered by steam. This instantly conjured an image of a pirate reminiscent of the "steam-punk" genre. So I looked to pirate ships, carriages, steamboats and trains for inspiration. I began designs with carriage and strong-hold-like walkers, and even walking boats and ships. Looking at the character designs I had come up with, I inspected them, wondering which of them would have the means or inclination to make such a machine in a time when man power was clearly easier and cheaper, and came to the conclusion that he is an adventurer first and foremost. A little odd, but immensely brilliant. Not someone who commissioned a machine, but the same person who invented it. This pirate was going to be a cross between Captain Hook, Captain Cook, and Dr. Who. A character with an insouciant swagger atop his "bow-legged metallic treasure huntin' stallion!".

View Illustrations Toy Design, Kids.

Robot Reconstruction & Dino Discovery

Cafe Kidz Robot Reconstruction, Adam Celeban Illustration 2012 & 2014

Café Kidz is a wonderful crafty product designed to keep kids entertained. Their creator, Robyn Holdsworth, came up with the idea of a pack to sell in cafes that will keep kids quiet, entertained and engaged, while a parent can catch up with a friend over coffee. Previous packs that have been created were aimed generally, and at girls. Robyn approached me with taking on the more boy-centric illustration projects named "Robot Reconstruction" and "Dino Discovery".

Robot Reconstruction has 4 different kinds of robot, assembled from specifically designed—cut and folded—pieces of card, and stickers for features. They are also accompanied by a sticker-scape, pencils and an activity booklet. As well as the activity booklet, Dino Discovery includes cartoons, dinosaur fact sheets, stickers and sticker-scape.

(Some design and packaging illustration by John Veeken. All other illustrations and designs by Adam Celeban). Copyright Cafe Kidz.