SA Mines and Energy Journal : August-Sept 2010
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2010 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL 22 ARTISTIC LICENCE Drawing on inspiration A picture really can tell a thousand words -- especially when it's a political cartoon created by Orlando Mee. Saturday morning cartoons and the comics he read as a child have influenced Orlando Mee's artistic style, with the Adelaide cartoonist and illustrator favouring bold colours and dynamic perspectives. Born from Cornish mining stock, Mee's great-grandfather was underground captain at the Blinman copper mine in the Flinders Ranges. He enjoys drawing caricatures, and says politicians have "the easiest faces for it" . Mee currently studies advertising and graphic design at the Adelaide institute of TAFE, drawing inspiration from renowned designer Lyndon Whaite. From Whaite, he learned the principles of naturalistic design, drawing on the primal senses of composition that are present from childhood. "Everyone subconsciously knows what looks 'good' in an image, be it colour, composition or some other aspect, " Mee says. "I try to reflect this innate sense of design in my work, so that people can respond and enjoy it. " In high school, he published and sold his own comics, first in limited print runs and then on the internet. In the future, he would like to have his comics reach a wider audience, and he is currently working on a "psychedelic noir" series set in Adelaide. Ferguson's Lunch: In the middle of the mining tax furore in June, Federal Minister for Mineral Resources Martin Ferguson was to address the resources industry at a South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy corporate lunch. However, SACOME was advised at short notice that the Minister had to go to Japan on an urgent matter. In the end he was talking to big miners that day. 3 Superminer: During the global financial crisis, the mining sector was one of the few industries still experiencing growth. Moving the goalposts: How is Australia supposed to score with these guys moving the goalposts?