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Our name is WBYK. We make illustrations that engage, challenge and deliver the message; posters; posters of cats; and cats with posters on them. Our lives just wouldn’t be complete without our cats, Machette and Ray.

Our studio is currently in Orange, New South Wales, because we owed a blood debt to the Yakuza.

Each of us brings something different to the team. Biddy is the cheese and Sonny is the macaroni. Sonny takes care of all the concept, composition and sketching. Biddy works with that and introduces the colour, textural rendering and brings the end product. We love working together because we each know how the other ticks. We are a well oiled cat drawing machine. We often get asked ‘who did what’. The answer is that both of us make our images together. Even though we utilise different skills, the illustrations are all part of us having worked together and so closely for so long.

People are often surprised to learn Sonny works across three desks and leaves the mess of a kindergarten in his wake.

We met properly at the ‘Towny’ in Newtown (aka The Pub). We had met briefly earlier that same day at our local coffee shop, where Sonny was working and Biddy was a customer. Biddy had definitely noticed the cute new barista, and when she saw him again that same night, she was dragged over for introductions by another match-making friend. It was 2001 and we soon realised we were both exhibiting work in a group show at First Draft Gallery. And that was that.

We think of ourselves as local people who were put on this planet to draw pictures for the local people.

The best thing about working on commercial projects is the collaboration with different art directors, and seeing the end product out in the world. We really loved the first screen printed poster we did for Popfrenzy, which is one of the first things we made together. We’ll always remember our excitement at seeing people buy it at the show, and we were so thrilled to be making a poster for Les Savy Fav. We loved making all of these early Popfrenzy gig posters.

Here’s a recent hero image we created for Sydney Opera House’s new production of HAIR. We loved working for the Opera House again, we’ve done a fair few jobs for them over the years and it’s always an honour and a spin-out that our illustrations get to be part of such an iconic cultural institution.

Not long ago we illustrated hoardings, for Frost, for the AMP redevelopment (Quay Quarter) at Circular Quay. It’s amazing to have our work cover such a huge canvas in a city we love. We also love when people send us photos of it, kinda of impressed, asking ‘Is this you?’

One of our favourite projects recently was a portrait of Yzma and Kronk (from The Emperor’s New Groove) for Disney. The opportunity to draw something for Disney is a childhood dream, and we were so happy to get a crack at such cool characters.

One of our all-time favourite projects was the poster we created for Mondo, for The Fly. We got that together so quickly. Sonny sketched his idea and it wasn’t long before we had the final. Working quickly definitely keeps an energy in the work that we both appreciate.

We’re most known for our poster work for Mondo and music and gig poster work.

One of the most formative experiences of our time together was our trips to Austin, Texas to exhibit and meet the crew from Mondo. We’ve been able to travel and meet the people who make up Mondo, as well as so many of the artists in their stable. It’s been an absolute honour and we count some of those people now as dear friends. We even got married in a courthouse there on one trip; we took our wedding photos in a photo booth at the hotdog restaurant we went to after we got tattoos; it’s definitely a very special place for us!

Here’s another piece we’re really proud of. It was created for Little Hare Books, and we got to illustrate so many scenes around Sydney, the city we love, as well as where we used to live.

Our work is all about collaboration and communication; it’s two distinctive styles coming together to make a third; and ghosts, and cats, and sharks, and ghost cats. It’s really important to dedicate time to personal work because it allows us to get our freak on, we can test and trial new ideas, which then get absorbed into our client work. Lately in our personal work Sonny has been painting and we’re both enjoying the progression there, in terms of both style and the themes he’s exploring. He’s also created a range of basketball jerseys. Biddy has been focused on pattern work, and creating more simplified graphics.

We are always pushing our work and ourselves because sharks have to keep swimming. We’re really excited to experiment more with motion because there’s a good synthesis with the interplay of our patterns and motion.

In recent years we’ve been fortunate enough to have been invited to speak at some amazing events and conferences, such as:
agIdeas
Semi-Permanent (Sydney and Brisbane)
Analogue Digital (Sunshine Coast and Brisbane)
Vivid Ideas
Big Sound
Australian INfront's Apple Talks
and Melbourne International Film Festival.

If you want to find out even more about us, here are some articles about our practices: Evil Tender (2014) and Evil Tender (2015)

That’s us! If you want more, check out our full folio and instagram. Got a brief? Contact us and the good folks at Jacky Winter.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.