Australian Bush Babies coin illustrations
Client: The Perth Mint | Project: Australian Bush Babies coin design and illustration | Tools: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Sketch pad & mechanical pencil
The 2010 Australian Bush Babies series was a series of silver coins featuring baby Australian animals. Initially this series was intended to have the animals beautifully detailed in silver and in a slightly more realistic style however, it was decided that the project would be produced with colour applied to the coin. I felt the coloured version worked better with a less realistic and more cutesy style. The series featured my illustrations of a Kangaroo, Koala, Sugar Glider, Dingo and Bilby. The coins were a great success and inspired Australia Post to create a series of stamps using the illustrations. The dingo stamp won Favourite Overall Stamp of the Year in 2011 in a poll which allowed collectors and the public to vote on their favourite stamps.
The success of the series ensured the creation of a follow up coin and stamp series, Australian Bush Babies II, featuring five more adorable Australian baby animals.