The Brain of Mr Downes

2018 begins with a ‘flu virus and a lot of figuring out on what could shape this year for Woody’s Studio. Recently, however, I had the great pleasure of having a coffee with the one and only Mr Christopher Downes – one of Australia’s illustrating and cartooning extraordinaires and 3-times nominated finalist at Australia’s 2017 Stanley Awards (‘Oscars’ for Australia’s professional cartooning and illustration peoples).

A good hour was spent on picking his brains about the industry and himself, along with plenty of sound advice. Truly grateful and very thankful for his time and effort. Hopefully, I can make it to the 2018 Stanley Awards and learn even more from him and others.

Thank you, Mr Downes. You can have your brain back now.

Mercury cartoonist an award finalist

The Cartoons Of Christopher Downes



– Martin “Woody” Robinson –

A state of adhesive despair!

When every dollar is stretched and there’s the need for adhesive envelope labels. Scraps are begged for. The desperation is real …



– Martin “Woody” Robinson –

The state of a yo-yo, yo …

What has eventuated the last few weeks? A completion of a caricature for one thing. A revamp underway on the online presence of Woody’s Studio. Completing steward duties for Architects of Air’s Arboria Luminarium, as part of the Horizon Festival held here, on the Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia). Incredible colour sensory overload. Unfortunately, this has resulted in contracting a virus. Joy. Oh, well, fortis in arduis.

A start been made on work for the upcoming Celebration of the Female Form exhibition, which may, or may not be a tad cheeky …

Amongst all this, this creative mind is one of a yo-yo state … the end of the year is approaching and decisions need to made when ‘drifty’ has come in to roost. Does that make sense?

– Martin “Woody” Robinson –