Encyclopaedia of Australian Heavy Metal – Design Detail

This is the front cover, back cover and a close up of the main symbol design of the Encyclopaedia of Australian Heavy Metal hard cover book due for release in May 2015. I have described the artwork process in my last post but have added these images so the detail of the design can be seen. The book can be ordered here

Encyclopaedia of Australian Heavy Metal – Book Cover Spread

I was asked by Brian Giffin editor of Loud Online to design a cover to his book the Encyclopaedia of Australian  Heavy Metal. This is book version of the Australian Metal guide which is a web site he has been working on for years that lists every significant Australian band. The book design features a ouija board style symbol with radiating segments that has the alphabet, Australian states, numbers and compass points all based around a pentagram. This was a fairly complicated symbol created in Adobe Illustrator. The Main type component was also designed in Illustrator and then the whole layout put together in Photoshop to give some texture to the work. I tried to use the phi ratio for placement of all elements of the layout and I’m pretty happy with the final results. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book there is a Facebook page here.

Encyclopaedia of Australian Heavy Metal

Ministry – Metro Theatre Sydney 27/02/15

These photos are from the Ministry Sidewave at the Metro Theatre 27/02/15. It had been 20 years since the first time I had seen Ministry and I was really looking forward to this show. It was a great gig that sounded awesome. These shot were taken with a Canon G10 from just in front of the mixing desk.

End Tranzmission – Logo Identity

I designed this logo for my friends Brad and Linda’s electronic music project ‘End Transmission’ – Designed in Illustrator and then finished off in Photoshop. Its not often that I play with 3D style imagery and I was fairly happy with the result. Working on the CD layout now. You can visit their band camp page here: Endtranzmission


End Tranzmission logo

Blue Mantis – Macro

Summer brings out the bugs and this guy was in out backyard so I grabbed my Camera and got some cool macro shots of this guy using a 300mm zoom macro lens with a fast shutter speed on my Pentax K5. I got lucky as this blue colour just happened in the shot with the fast shutter and depth of field. This was the most unique image from the shoot.


PRS-SE Custom 7

These are some photos of my new guitar that Suzie got me for my 40th.. an amazing gift! It’s a Paul Reed Smith SE custom 7 string in traditional sunburst. It really is a beautiful instrument so I took these images the in the Photography Studio studio at work and tried to get some great shots under controlled conditions with both white and black backgrounds.

Image of the Week – Spirits of Nature

This illustration is for a project given to my design students called “Image of the Week” Each week there’re given or concept to create an image for. This weeks topic is “Spirits of Nature.” You have too project your design to the group and explain you thinking, technique and approach used. I like to do these as it keeps me on my toes. This is the I came up for this weeks session. Its all Illustrator based vector art that uses some cool techniques and I’m really liking the restricted colour palette and fairly simple approach.Spirits of Nature - Roy Torkington

Birdseye – Rainbow Lorikeet

This is a macro shot of the eye of a Rainbow Lorikeet on a recent trip to the south coast. These guys were super tame and allowed the camera (Canon G10) to get quite close to achieve the shot. I  have cropped down on this and added a little vignette to enhance the eye.

Birdseye - Rainbow Lorikeet


Merimbula dawn time-lapse

This time-lapse movie is of the sun-rise from Australian coastal town Merimbula on the south coast of NSW. 22nd of June 2014. The sequence was taken with a GoPro Hero 3 camera. The camera took a photo every 3 seconds which were then put together using apple motion. The sequence started about 6:30 until 7:15am. There is no audio in this movie.

Music Business Coach – Identity Design

I recently did a logo design for Music Business Facts –  a music industry podcast run by Rodney Holder. Music Business Coach is another spin off business where he offers students professional coaching. This logo incorporates elements from the previous logo but has a new colour scheme and bolder, more visible branding. Not sure when he is launching this endevour as the site is not up at the time of writing this post.

Music Business Coach Logo

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I have setup this blog to be an archive of my work in the creative arts. I teach Digital Media and Graphic Design at the Canberra Institute of Technology and live in Belconnen in the ACT. You can find me on Facebook here Roy Boy