Adam Celeban - Artist, Illustrator & Designer

All of Adam's articles or artworks labelled as “Australia” are shown below.

View Illustrations Childrens Book, Character Design, Australia.

Chadwick's Challenge

Chadwick's Challenge - Children's Book Illustration & Digital Painting, Adam Celeban 2013

October 2013–2014. Digital Painting (Photoshop).

Written by Sue Ruffle, Chadwick's Challenge is a story about a young kookaburra conquering his fear and learning to fly. Pictured above is an early sample spot illustration from the book, and is a taster, as the book is still in production. It shows Chadwick being taken under the wing of his uncle Apari, and confiding in him.

Update: Winner in the Silver category of Illustrators Australia Awards 2015! http://www.illustratorsaustralia.com/events/illustrators-australia-awards-2015-winners/silver-category-winners/

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 Artworks Traditional Painting, En Plein Air, Australia.

Oxford Falls

Oxford Falls - Adam Celeban 2012

27th January 2012 - acrylic on canvas.

In January 2012, I organised to go painting in the bush with my artist and friend, Arto Heino. It seemed like Sydney's non-stop raining summers had finally finished, but we still needed to cover our easels and run to the trees for cover every so often… and just wait it out. Arto managed to make a start on a few paintings, but I was determined to completely finish this one painting.

I've been observing the Australian landscape a lot recently, and this painting gave me an opportunity to express a more stylistic and slightly "Seussian" interpretation, especially of the trees' wavy trunks and branches, and the cloud-like canopies of leaves.

View Artworks Watercolour, Australia.

Govetts Leap

Govetts Leap - Adam Celeban 2011

November 2011. Watercolour on Paper.

View Artworks Traditional Painting, En Plein Air, Australia.

En Plein Air Painting Workshop

Austinmer Headland - Adam Celeban 2010Austinmer Beach - Adam Celeban 2010

Duration: each approx 3-6 hours.

I was privileged enough to be offered the opportunity to attend a 3-day "en plein air" painting workshop. It was the first workshop to be held at the The Outlook Artist's Residence in Austinmer (1 hour south of Sydney).

The workshop was held by artist and friend, Rudy Kistler
(who is an excellent teacher too, by the way).

Featured here are my paintings from the workshop. To the left is the first day's study, looking out from a headland at Austinmer beach. Below that, to the left, is a costal landscape painted from the vantage point of the old, run-down Headland Hotel.
And below is a painting of a creek flowing under a shady spot on a little bridge by Austinmer train station.

Creek at Austinmer Station - Adam Celeban 2010
View Illustrations Digital Painting, Photoshop, Australia.

Aussie Santa

Aussie Santa, Digital Speed Painting - Adam Celeban 2009

10th December 2009 - Digital Painting (Photoshop). Duration: 3 hours.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Created for a Christmas card, this speed-painting is a new re-invention of Santa Claus in the land Down Under.
It's quite apparent to anyone who gives it any thought, that a reindeer-drawn sleigh is a most impractical form of transport for anyone intending to travel in Australia.

Santa rides an "obviously magical" quad bike drawn by six red kangaroos. He is adorned with black gumboots and gloves, tight little red shorts, and a cookie and beer-stained singlet. His red Akubra, edged with cotton wool protects his dusty face from the hot Australian sun.

It's a tough ride, made all the tougher by the need to make a quick change into his red robes, in the dark, whilst flying over the Pacific Ocean, island-hopping his way to America. I really hope Santa finds a moment to take a break and have a shower!