I’ve been a professional modelmaker for more than 35 years now. I love to make stuff. When I stop working on an actual job, I start making stuff as a hobby. I grew up in Australia, gaining work in the film industry, then moved to New Zealand in 2001 to work at Weta Workshop—and have stayed ever since. Most of my work now is with the collectibles ... where I get to make stuff.
Over the last three and a half decades, I have seen technology dramatically change the way we do things. There now seems to be a shift away from making stuff by hand, and from an understanding that you can make things by hand. These images show part of my project to try teaching and inspiring young people, and show that it can be easy and a great deal of fun to make things and tell stories.
These will be a series of books showing techniques on how to make stuff, all illustrated with more of these characters and graphic stories. The stories are a lot of fun and usually based around my dumb jokes. These characters look complicated but are made up from very simple and easy to make parts, so most of what I’m trying to show is that it is actually easy to build models. The sets they are photographed in are made very quickly from easy-to-get materials such as potting mix, bark from the garden painted grey to look like rock, bits of twigs to look like branches and so on. This is to get young people used to thinking about making stuff easily and get past the fear of starting.