Self-taught while in prison, Damien specialises in photo-realistic portraits using graphite. He can also do still-life, landscapes and other custom images on request. In 2021, Damien was hired by Random House to illustrate the book This is Ear Hustle. Artworks have been finished and the book is due for release on October 12, 2021.
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Ear Hustle, an award winning podcast, looks at the daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.
This image I created for the book shows an inmate at San Quentin State Prison taking his pet cat for an informal check up with the prison doctor. I very much doubt pet cats were officially allowed, but you'd be surprised what you can get in prison if you know the right people.
This is Ear Hustle: Book Illustration Examples
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10 July - 7 November 2021
Prisoners Unlocking Potential
Currently available for view in person at Wallsend Public Library, digitally at the Digital Library in Newcastle West, and online.
Broken Chains is a feature exhibition of 10 drawings and biographies hosted by Newcastle Library. The exhibition accompanies a podcast series they commissioned Damien to host on the prison system.
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Comparison drawing from the first images I made in prison, or the first attempt at drawing the subjects, to the current version I've worked on.