I thought it would be interesting to design some stamps that might be used by Australia Post. The specifications are precise and the images have to work at a very small size, so this was a challenge and involved a lot of research and modification.
ANZAC soldiers have been the feature of many stamp issues over the years, but these designs commemorate four conflicts of the last century in which ANZACs have played a part. My stamp illustrations have been inspired by Australian artist Will Longstaff’s mesmerising piece, Menin Gate at Midnight (on display at the Australian War Memorial here in Canberra) and the colourful outline work of Jon Cattapan.
I created four ghostly illustrations to represent the soldiers of Gallipoli, Tobruk, Vietnam & Afghanistan. They were placed on colour-themed backgrounds with appropriate typography and partnered with a first day cover.