Adam Celeban - Artist, Illustrator & Designer

All of Adam's articles or artworks labelled as “Character Design” 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!

View Artworks Traditional Painting, Character Design.

F for Flourish

F for Flourish - Adam Celeban 2013

1 October 2013. Acrylic and marker on wood. Duration: 4-6 hours.

This little (9x5 inches) piece was created as my entry to the 18th Annual Illustrators Australia 9x5 Exhibition with the theme of “flourish”. It's a luminescent seahorse, proudly displaying its leafy appendages for all to see.

Visit Illustrators Australia for more information on the exhibition and silent auction.

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 Artworks Digital Painting, Character Design, Photoshop.

Big Mamma

Big Mamma - Digital Painting, Adam Celeban 2011

20-21 September 2011 - Digital Painting. Duration: 7 hours.

As a gift to a friend and Blues lover, who doesn't have nearly enough room to house the entire chalk series of Croak, Bellow, Howl & Growl, I completed this digital painting version of "Bellow" (also affectionately known as Big Mama).

Normally reticent to re-make or revisit old work, and keep developing as an artist, I really enjoyed painting this piece because it gave me an opportunity to just concentrate on the painting and focus solely on how the light works in it and develop that to a finer degree.

View Artworks Chalk Art, Character Design.

Croak, Bellow, Howl & Growl

Croak, Bellow, Howl & Growl - Chalk Art Blues Tribute, Adam Celeban 2010

7-10 October 2010 - Chalk Artwork Series. Duration: 3½ days.

As the chosen "poster boy" for the Chalk Urban Art Festival of 2010, I was swamped with interviews and consequently given an opportunity to flesh out my identity as an artist. I was interviewed by Aesthetics Now Magazine, Street Corner, AFTRS Radio, and Hawkesbury Radio.

2010's Chalk Urban Art Festival was given the theme of
"The Blues". For my entry I chose to tribute Blues musicians with four characters, each drawing inspiration from a mix of different artists. This year I gave myself an added challenge of splitting the 2x3m canvas into a series of artworks, each one a more manageable size. You might notice that the Gorilla (The Growl of Croak, Bellow, Howl & Growl) is shown unfinished. Unfortunately due to time, over-achieving and suffering for my art (that led to painful and bloody fingers), "time" was called just before I was able to complete it.

View Illustrations Digital Painting, Character Design, Photoshop.

Nanna at the Mall

Nanna at the Mall - Digital Painting, Adam Celeban  2010

12th August 2010 - Digital Painting (Photoshop).

I was invited to exhibit my work at Brunswick Street Gallery in a group show called "Digital Dreams", which exhibited nine digital painters from all over Australia.

This work originated from an image that popped into my mind, while sitting in the mall, just watching people. This ancient little lady sitting down devouring an ice-cream one morning before I went to work. Her weathered face and beak-like mouth made me think of a snapping turtle.

I completed this work over a few evenings, and got it done just in time to get it printed, framed and shipped to Melbourne for the show.

View Illustrations Digital Painting, Character Design, Photoshop.

All Aboard the Clandestine Express!

Clandestine Express - Digital Painting, Adam Celeban 2009

Created for the CGSociety Challenge XXIV, titled "Secret Agent" (11 June 2009 - 10 September 2009) - Digital Painting (Photoshop).

Originally published through CG Society, this work is my entry for their "Secret Agent" CG Challenge of 2009.

This digital painting is a tribute to cartoon spies, as we remember them; short in stature, green skin, moustaches, trench coats pulled tight, hats pulled down low, shady shifty eyes. My inspiration for this piece was drawn from 40s - 60s cartoons.

I immersed myself in cartoons such as TV Ads of the time, Hannah Barbera, The Pink Panther, The Dover Boys, Dudley Do-Right (particularly the villain Snidely Whiplash), Inspector Gadget and many more to eventually create a look for this piece.

View Illustrations Digital Painting, Character Design, Photoshop.

Office Pandamonium

Office Pandamonium - Adam Celeban 2007

14 March 2007 - Digital Painting (Photoshop). Duration: 2-3 days.

I realised that after a year at my previous job, I hadn't been drawing. Well, almost not at all. I think I remember an occasion during that year when I just had to draw something to tell myself I could still do it and the talent hadn't begun to deteriorate. Thankfully I still had it but I was rusty, and definitely out of practice.

When I described my job at to at least 3 friends, ones I hadn't seen in a while, they were all surprised that it didn't include any drawing. They all imagined me doing something where I was drawing. And to be completely honest with myself, so did I.

It seems the video games industry has had a remarkably draining effect on many other artists as well. At the surface it sounds like a dream job to "geek-out" over, but I'm not sure if it's so good when other people are more excited about your job than you are.

Anyway, I got inspired watching one of Bobby Chiu's video casts, and made a start on some digital illustration challenges with my friend, Mr Marques, where we each do a drawing concept. This, the first one is under the theme of "Panda with office supplies". This painting has been strongly influenced by the movie Office Space.