"Hi! I’m writing this from my temporary studio at Bundanon Trust – an artists’ residency near Nowra, New South Wales.
 
I thought it might be nice to share some of the sites and experiences around Bundanon and what an illustrator such as myself gets up to during a residency. I believe one of the greatest luxuries an artist can have is time and space - the Bundanon residency affords me time to think, work on new ideas, and explore my creative practice while having access to a large studio on the Bundanon property. The residency was established in 1993 as a gift to the Australian people from renowned Australian artists Arthur and Yvonne Boyd. The 1,100 hectare property ranges from farmland to dense bush, and includes the Arthur and Yvette education centre, the old Bundanon homestead, and multiple buildings for accommodation and artist studios.

 
I’ve been lucky enough to visit Bundanon twice, once as an artist in residence, and this time as part of their free education program for two weeks. This comprised of a presentation to primary school children from the local area about the process of creating picture books, and another presentation and workshop to high-school students on illustration techniques. Pictured below is a concertina book made during the illustration workshop.



The rest of the time I’ve used to work on my own projects, including storyboarding for a new picture book and working on some larger watercolour illustrations for an exhibition in October. 



One of the things I enjoy most about Bundanon is the connection to nature and the wildlife at your doorstep. As someone who lives in an urban environment, it’s a place to gather inspiration and be reminded of our interdependence with the natural world.


Some of the geographic features of the property are familiar markers in Arthur Boyd's work – the rock formations of Bamarang and the Shoalhaven river feature prominently in Arthur's paintings in particular.



Most evenings I’ll take a short stroll around the property and watch the multiple wombats and kangaroos as they graze in the open paddocks.



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Marc Martin Biography

Marc Martin is an illustrator, artist and book maker based in Melbourne, Australia. His illustrations have been commissioned by clients such as Monocle, Wired, The Financial Review, GQ, Luxury Travel, Telstra, The Australian Open Tennis Championships, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and various publishers. 

He is the author and illustrator of A Forest (Penguin Random House, 2012), The Curious Explorers Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z (Penguin Random House, 2013), Max (Penguin Random House, 2014), A River (Penguin Random House, 2015), and LOTS (Penguin Random House, 2016), What's Up Top? (Penguin Random House, 2017). 

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Here is a photo of my temporary studio at Bundanon Trust – an artists’ residency near Nowra, New South Wales.


Beautiful examples of Marc's illustrations can be viewed on Marc Martin's Tumblr!


Marc Martin on Making Picture Books in his Melbourne studio. Check out this short on YouTube. 
Books Illustrated offers a range of limited edition prints and signed books by Marc Martin.
Waterfall, Limited edition archival Giclee print from 'A River' on Hahnemuhle archival bamboo paper
Image size 560mm x 225mm.
Limited edition of 100, print comes signed and numbered. $80
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We have signed copies of What's Up Top? written and illustrated by Marc Martin (Penguin Random House, 2017) available at Books Illustrated.

 
We have signed copies of A River written and illustrated by Marc Martin (Penguin Random House, 2015) available at Books Illustrated.

 
We have signed copies of LOTS written and illustrated by Marc Martin (Penguin Random House, 2016) available at Books Illustrated.
 
We have signed copies of Max written and illustrated by Marc Martin (Penguin Random House, 2014) available at Books Illustrated.
 
We have signed copies of Curious Explorer`s Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z written and illustrated by Marc Martin (Penguin Random House, 2013) available at Books Illustrated.
 
We have signed copies of A Forest written and illustrated by Marc Martin (Penguin Random House, 2012) available at Books Illustrated.
 

 
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