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About Guy Shield

Guy Shield is a Melbourne based illustrator with a background in design and an obsession with drawing.
Growing up in Richmond (back when it was dangerous) and being terrible at sport, Guy taught himself to draw in the back of his books. He littered the pages with the depths of his imagination, hoping one day his talents would not only find fame and fortune but also attract tonnes of women. Probably for the better, neither truly prevailed, but what did evolve was an undying love for image-making and a career in publishing and illustration.
Guy works foremost in pen and ink, producing scenes akin to movies without sound or motion. He carefully crafts frames that provoke intrigue and familiarity, through formal compositions and engaging colour palettes.
Put simply, Guy's passion is scenic storytelling
Breaking Bad
bb-blog-t Breaking Bad neatly (and gloriously) wrapped up its final season last week. While I admire shows that end on a high, and never compromise quality for episode numbers, I feel like it’ll be a long time again before I witness writing, performing and generally TV that great. I can’t sing the show’s praises loudly enough.
The 36 Hour Birthday Card
jig-blog-t Who doesn’t love a good birthday? There’s usually presents, smiles and best of all, cake. While on the flip side, you start realising you’re getting a little bit older. In some cases you may somehow feel off par with the level of maturity your peers, or you haven’t achieved all those long-standing dreams just yet, but it doesn’t mean that for one day a year, you can’t feel awesome about ...
J.K Rowling for WIRED
jk-blog-t Recently I was super fortunate to get a second commission from WIRED US this year. I love working with those guys. This time they asked for my take on J.K Rowling, famed author of the Harry Potter Series, who was this year publishing a book aimed at a “mature” audience. My initial scamps varied between the concept of Rowling’s departure from Potter, to a satircal view that she’d missed the mark ...
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (2012)
jicks-blogt Last night I had the great pleasure in seeing one of my favourite musicians, Stephen Malkmus, with his band The Jicks. They played at the Corner Hotel, in support of their album from last year, Mirror Traffic. If you’re familiar with my obsession with this band, you may recall my tale of stalking (in the friendliest way possible) his former band, Pavement, or my attempts to get Malkmus to sign my ...
Pink/Green Day for Rolling Stone
gd-inked-blogt When I first made the decision to pursue illustration as a past-time, one of the clients I dreamt of (in a somewhat incredulous manner) was Rolling Stone, in particular, illustrating the artist for the feature review spot. I’d first discovered the spot back in 2002, with Tomer Hanuka’s ridiculously awesome take on Sleater-Kinney’s One Beat.
Fishtank (2012)
neutra@2x A couple of months ago I got my hands on a copy of Taschen’s stunningly gigantic book, Richard Neutra: Complete Works. The mid-century modernist architect’s work had been on my radar since it was first brought to my attention by those talented kids at House Industries. As a quasi-tribute to the brutally mannered craftsman of the modernist generation, (and with a stern nod to a different kind of ...
Mark Shield (1946-1998)
dad-blogt Today marks the 13th anniversary of the passing of my father, Mark Shield. A typically solemn but reflective day, I’ve more pride than sorrow and today/tonight I pay homage to the cheeky wine and spirits journalist who departed way too soon for me to truly appreciate his irreverance, wit and accept-no-pompous-bullshit outlook. “Wines are like buses: there’s another good one along any minute, so why drink the same wine twice?” The ...
Amy Winehouse
Winehouse-blogt Like her, hate her or simply don’t care for her, it can’t be denied that it was an tragic and stupid waste of an extremely gifted life. R.I.P. Amy Winehouse. This one was for Music Australia Guide, August 2011
Autumn Breakdown
autumnbreadkown-blogt Autumn Breakdown Autumn (or Fall, for your people on the further northern reaches of the planet) is an unquestionably beautiful time of the year. The summer heat has subsided and the leaves turn their umber to crimson hues, cascade everywhere and childhood nostalgia is cheekily relived as they get crunched underfoot. Polar to this notion, autumn also represents a descent into cooler weather, with darker evenings falling earlier and with that ...
It was his birthday tomorrow and he couldn’t resist
Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent the hours between work and play to personally explore the notion of identity; what makes us who we are to ourselves, and more curiously, to others. I’ve always questioned if my work is an extension of me, or just a by-product of my own ambition, and what it says about who I am.
Thanks Simone
“My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will long remain one of those remarkably quotable films that brings out the inner child in any fan.
I remember you and I remember me
Back in November, I decided that after several years and botched attempts, it was time to quit smoking for good. The fact I’d been hiding that I was a smoker from most people I knew was surely the biggest sign that I wasn’t particularly proud of the habit. Married with the general health thing, well, it made no sense to keep going and it was time to lose the lighter ...
While the rain turns the ditches to mirrors
As the year draws to an eventful end, and if you’re the thinker, there’s probably no better time than now to reflect on what’s been and what will be, and take what you can from both. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and 2011 has plenty in store for you. Here’s one I did back in an evening back in July, based on a sketch I about 3 years prior ...
Greek gods are communing, beneath the doric arch…
Back in February, I took part if my very first group show as an established illustrator, with a piece in the Jacky Winter Group’s Risographica show, exploiting Chase and Galley’s Stuart Gedde’s new Risography printing, a process that can probably be best described as an laser-printer meets silk screen.With that process in mind, I came up with the following, a combination of old and new, a tribute to an old ...
Determined to be a man…
Back in September, The Jacky Winter Group collaborated with fine Australian paper merchants K.W. Doggetts to put together a pretty awesome calendar. An annual tradition, each year the calendar utilises local graduate and emerging talent from the design/photography/illustration industry to adorn each month with dog related piece of imagery. This year the theme was dog-related phrases, of which there are a’plenty. I was incredibly chuffed to be invited to ...
Send me way off on one…
This year in Australian politics, the federal election resulted in a hung parliament. This occurs when no political party has more than half the MP’s in the House of representatives, thus no party can pass laws without the support of the independent members within the House. in order for a party to gain a majority of votes (and subsequently gain leadership), support is usually sorted through extended negations with the ...
The long lazy afternoons…
WAY WAY WAY back in August, I was commissioned to create some pretty stylistic covers for Bernard Beckett’s teen-fiction novels Genesis and August. Both briefs were pretty specific, but the joy came from working with the AD, Chong, who was both very encouraging but open to my style and my interpretation of the brief.
Trojan curfews prevail
Thanks for waiting… this year has passed by all too quickly and a lapse in posts has been a stern reminder that it’s time to find focus again and share the love a little. Here’s a super-quick personal piece I did back June before I was truly hybernating for winter.
Electricity and lust, won’t break my door.
Hi! How ARE you?! Long time readers of this blog (if you do exist), will know that I’m a bit of a music nut. Long hours drawing usually mean I spend a lot of time plugged into all sorts of sounds, and the two work so nicely together.When 1990′s indie-rock band Pavement announced a reunion tour late last year, fireworks may have gone off in my brain and in tradition ...
He’ll take her to the border of New Mexico…
Happy New Year! The year is off to a pretty awesome start and I hope all of you had a wonderful break and had some much deserved time to reflect on the year that’s been and the year to come. It’s been a busy couple of months and the frankly the thought of following up a post that resulted in 25,000 readers, a barrage of tweets and a whole ...
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