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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 12, 2022

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Semi-Permanent Brisbane Review

Ratu Lewis

To be honest it would be really hard for us to sum up how amazing this years Semi-Permanent Brisbane conference was; all the speakers were fantastic and we absolutely love our new 2012 Semi-Permanent book. But I’m sure you’re tired of hearing us going on about how much we love Semi-Permanent, so we decided to ask the winners, Luke Dwyer and Benitta, of our Semi-Permanent ticket competition to tell us a bit about their experience at this years event….


Luke Dwyer (

I would like to thank everyone at Creative Drinks for the opportunity to attend Semi permanent 2012. It was a great experience which I learnt a

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Luke Dwyer's entry: The Caveman

lot from. It was interesting to hear the similarities between designers and artists from different fields.

Beastman was the artist I most wanted to hear from. His work is amazing to look at and it was cool to hear how he works. I always thought he was a graffiti/street artist, and although he sometimes uses aerosol cans he doesn’t see himself as a street artist and almost all his work is commissioned and on private walls.

I could relate to Toby and Pete working in 3D art & retouching myself, their work has always been inspiring and I always look to their website to see what new projects they have worked on. It was also comforting to hear that they deal with the same client issues that I deal with and that even though their work looks flawless it can sometimes be a painful journey.

Bec Winnel’s art was amazing, I have seen her work in Curvy and I have since followed her on instagram, she has amazing attention to detail and highly realistic yet soft and handmade feel. She also talked about the business side of being an artist and representation which I am now considering because I would rather spend my time being an artist and not sending out invoices and chasing payment etc.

I hadn’t heard of Paul Davies before but it was really interesting to hear about his processes and workflow on stencil art and positive and negative spaces, I also liked that at his exhibitions he would display the stencils so viewers could see a little insight in to his processes and the small elements which were repeated across multiple paintings, tying them together.

I have been asked to write about my image ‘The Caveman’ which won me the ticket to Semi Permanent in the first place. This was just a little personal piece I made for my portfolio. It’s really important to keep doing your own art on the side, because client work can sometimes be pretty soul destroying. I hadn’t really done much personal work for almost a year and ‘The Caveman’ was about small victory’s. I thought if I could spend one day and make one image, then that might be enough to spark some more creativity in me and it has worked. It was created using zBrush and 3dsMax & Photoshop

Benitta (

I was lucky enough to win a ticket to the 10th annual Semi-Permanent Creative Conference that was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 30 August 2012 (thanks to Creative Drinks)

This full day conference focused on design, inspiration and innovation as eight speakers discussed their creative practice, how they got into their fields and gave the audience some useful advice – below is a short overview of their key message.

Beastman (, an artist out of Sydney was first up, talking about his influences with skateboarding culture and how he thought he was going to be a skate photographer before entering the world of visual art. His advice is “don’t feel like you have to rush into the art world.”

Next up was Beci Orpin (, a designer from Melbourne. Beci’s advice is to give our all to any job regardless of the money – to go above and beyond. “At the end of the day I feel that I’m doing something that’s incredibly satisfying; it’s yet to feel like a job.” Her witty and entertaining speech told audience members to get some business skills, or marry someone who has them (like she did).

Toby and Pete, a design studio in Sydney, started with two friends now grown to a team of creatives, designers and crafts people working together across a range of mediums. Their key focus is innovative visual direction and they push themselves to develop new approaches to imagery, film and interactive creation. Initially more known for their typography work (largely due to their logo) they work across a variety of platform and their creative and amusing Parklife video is a great example.

Bec Winnel ( illustrator/artist from Melbourne showed how her work has changed over the years before developing her current style drawing primarily female portraits with Faber Castell and Prismacolor pencils and soft pastels. Her advice is being your own worst critic is a good thing, because if you aren’t, you’ve stopped wanting to improve. She also discussed how the Internet has been the strongest way of getting her work out there and enabling her to engage with the creative community.

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Benitta's Entry: "Influenced by her love for pop culture."

The team @Radical Media ( key premise is storytelling. They have numerous accolades for innovative digital initiatives such as The Johnny Cash Project, the Sting 25 App and the Gagosian Gallery’s iPad App. @Radical Media advice is no matter how technology advances the story is still important.

Paul Davies (, artist from Sydney, shared his passion of modernist architecture. The focus of his work is based on the relationship between the built and natural environment and involves painting, photography, stenciling and bronze sculpture. His artwork is devoid of human form, to invite the viewer to generate their own response to the image.

Andrew Quilty ( a photographer from Sydney discussed his duty to capture a moment in time – capturing such events as the Cronulla riots in 2005, Melbourne bush fires in 2009 and the  Queensland Floods in 2011. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and many more.

The Monkeys ( a creative agency from Sydney.  The agency behind – Ice Break “add a motor to it” campaign and Sydney Opera House – The Ship Song Project!/work/work-the-ship-song-project/ . These projects represents a shift in the style of communication from traditional media to making it more relevant to their audience by choosing to go digital and using social media channels.

The day was very inspiring and all had a common theme – do what you love, love what you do.

Just to share a little about myself; I am a Brisbane based artist. From the time that I was able to colour with crayons and felt pens I have been creating art.  At the age of eight I got first pastel set and have been drawing ever since. I work in a variety of medium (pastel, charcoal, acrylic, vector and mixed media). Over the past few years I have been doing a lot more vector drawings. Working in Adobe Illustrator I create drawings by using fine art skills and graphic design techniques. These drawings (including the one that I submitted) are influenced by my love for pop culture and bold, simple, clean-cut designs.

I have had two successful solo art exhibitions in 2008 & 2011, three group exhibitions in 2011 & 2012 and I have sold work through cafes, exhibitions and have done numerous commission works from pastel portraits to murals at childcare centre and kids bedrooms.


Congratualtions to Luke Dwyer and Benitta, we’re really glad that you enjoyed your time at Semi-Permanent Brisbane. Also thank you to everyone who participated in the competition and sent in their entries.