Tali Gal-on + illustration giveaway!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 20th January 2011

Quirky characters by Melbourne animator / illustrator Tali Gal-on

Character studies for Tali’s award-winning animated film ‘Lucille’

Lucille from Tali on Vimeo.

Melbourne-based Tali Gal-on is a web designer, animator and super talented illustrator.  She originally studied multimedia – which led her intially to web design, but after a number of years working in this field she went back to uni to pursue a passion for animation at the VCA.   Here she made two fantastic little animated films – ‘Lucille’ and ‘Crooked’ – both of which went on to screen at festivals both here and abroad.  ‘Lucille’ was even nominated for a swag of awards, including Best Animation at the Sydney Film Festival.  Tali’s  husband Matt is a Musician, and makes all the music for her films – ‘it’s rather convenient having a muso in the house… I’m sure he feels the same about me when he needs a new album cover!’ says Tali!

I love Tali’s naive illustration style, and her quirky characters!  Each really does seem to have it’s own unique personality…. my fave is her 3-eyed, mint-flavoured ‘Octogirl’ above – she is awesome!

Tali is pretty busy right now!  She’s currently working part time as a designer / animator at ABC Kids, writing a script for a new animated film, doing some freelance illustration, and has also has recently launched an Etsy shop!  Her shop, called ‘Milk and Cookies’, sells her super cute illustrated prints, greeting cards, and also a gorgeous calendar she has made for 2011.  I really think you need to snap up some of her artwork NOW, because when Tali is the next Tim Burton, I’m guessing she won’t have an Etsy shop anymore, and you will have totally missed your chance :)

Tali has kindly offered one lucky Design Files readers a gorgeous giveaway pack of  illustrated goodies!  The winner will receive a Tali Gal-on print of their choosing, one of her 2011 calendars , and a giftcard 3-pack.

To be in the running, please leave a little comment here today!  The winner will be selected at random and contacted by email tomorrow.  If you subscribe to these posts by email, please don’t reply by email, just pop over to and leave your comment over there!

And don’t forget to Visit Tali’s online shop, folio site and blog to learn a little more about her work!

2011 Calendar by Tali Gal-on

2011 Calendar by Tali Gal-on

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 20th January 2011


  • Cathg1g2 6 years ago

    V cute &
    great way to brighten up the New Year

  • Natalie Singh 6 years ago

    such cute designs! I love her characters.

  • Matt Dixon 6 years ago

    What splendid gorgeousness!

  • Stitchybritt 6 years ago

    Super cute. I’ve been seeing that little bunny girl pic a lot lately, but I can’t remember exactly where

  • Bonnie 6 years ago

    Quirky and cute!!! Love the calendar on the second last photo.

  • Michelle 6 years ago

    So cute. Can’t help smiling.

  • Katie Peat 6 years ago

    Ooh la la LOVE these illos!

  • Carrie 6 years ago

    wow, loving the cool simplicity of these beautiful illustrations…so very fresh! thanks again Lucy for showcasing what seems to be a never-ending stream of talent here in Melbourne..

  • Kari 6 years ago

    i love the calendar …. such funky designs….

  • lauren 6 years ago

    gorgeous :)

  • Nadine 6 years ago

    Just lovely!

  • Adrianne 6 years ago

    Wonderful animator, like dreaming with your eyes open

  • kate 6 years ago

    I love these quirky pics … so clever and cute.
    Very stylish

  • jen@bluecaravan 6 years ago

    I love it! Pick me, pick me! Jx

  • kathryn hall 6 years ago

    I love these characters. Please be mine…

  • Wonderful ! So quirky. And my ABC Kids addicts would love them too!!

  • Kat White 6 years ago

    Love her illustration style, and the animation is just too cute :)

  • Meaghan 6 years ago

    So cute! They make me smile :)

  • Lu 6 years ago

    Very talented, very inspiring.

  • Binky 6 years ago

    Inspiring for my young animator. A funky illo would look great in his room!

  • Ange 6 years ago

    Love the drawings, particularly the ‘angry face’ studies, which might say more about me this morning…. Do love starting my day with Design Files though – Thanks!

  • Sandra 6 years ago

    lovely illustrations and thanks for introducing me to Tali xx

  • Kate 6 years ago

    What delightful illustrations! Not just for the kids- I could do with these on my walls and desk.

  • melski 6 years ago

    ooh what fun!

  • Olivia 6 years ago

    Great illustrations! Love the cute bunny >:3

  • Wendy 6 years ago

    We all need one of Tali’s prints above our desks to help us get through the daily dips.

  • Mrs.M 6 years ago

    So cute……I love the calendars

  • clairsy 6 years ago

    Oh please count me in, really sweet.

  • Renate Smith 6 years ago

    Love love love them! would bring a secret smile to my face every morning

  • Nola 6 years ago

    adorable! I love the calendar.

  • Allison 6 years ago

    Ooooh yes please – count me in! Tali’s illustrations are super cute!

  • Jodie 6 years ago

    How cute and cheeky. Would love these to brighten my day and my desk!

  • Jazz 6 years ago

    my fav is the man with the secret singing bird under his hat!

  • Erin 6 years ago

    a bit crazy and a bit fun… always a good combination!!

  • Rebecca 6 years ago

    I’m job hunting at the moment which is no fun at all, but your email this morning provides a much needed distraction. I adore these illustrations!

  • Carmen 6 years ago

    super cute

  • Anna 6 years ago

    So super cute…love!

  • lulu 6 years ago

    The little fella on the January page is my favourite!

  • Elena Mujkic 6 years ago

    it’s like drawings of happiness

  • Angie 6 years ago

    Such talent!…*drool*

  • Andy B 6 years ago

    Awesome, great illustration!!!

  • ix 6 years ago

    Nice cute gorgeous !!

  • Gill 6 years ago

    Super cute … could have sorted some Christmas shopping troubles for me!

  • Lauren 6 years ago

    Simple but effective! I love the little chick on the calendar.

  • Leah 6 years ago

    Delicious little pieces of gorgeousness!

  • Rae 6 years ago

    Queensland rain rain go away…but bring these pretty pictures today! xxx

  • Paula Norman 6 years ago

    I would adore that calendar!!!!

  • heather 6 years ago

    a brilliant way to start the year

  • Rebecca 6 years ago

    Another Etsy shop added to my favourites ;-)

  • Wendy 6 years ago

    Oh I loved “Lucille” brought back memories of early guitar lessons….

  • Fi 6 years ago

    yay for Melbourne animators!

  • Lisa Manuels 6 years ago

    Oh no! I’m 7 minutes late! I love her work.. !!

  • Luz 6 years ago


  • trumpets! 6 years ago

    I love her characters! especially the christmas tree boy!!! he is so cute :D xx

  • Clare 6 years ago

    Beautiful simple illustrations. Making me smile :)

  • Jillian 6 years ago

    Would love to win this giveaway although it might cause a bit of disturbance in the house. Whose room to put the print in? Big Girl, Miss Flea or MINE!!!

  • Laura 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness – those illos just make me want to burst they’re so sweet. Thanks for this post and please count me in for the giveaway!

  • Samone 6 years ago

    You didn’t mention how someone would win here, so I’m going for SKILL! Why I want Tali’s goodie pack in 14 words or less:

    Few things say ‘January’ quite like a red canary whistling beneath a jaunty hat.

  • Ash 6 years ago

    Super cute. The Xmas tree man is my favorite

  • Anna 6 years ago

    Heh, pictures to make you smile! I’d love a print for the wall of my new house – about to move in…

  • erin 6 years ago

    I have seen some of these sweet & picturebook style images before and admired, but I could never find out who the genius behind them was….Now I know! Thanks for that & I’ll be looking for any future works now too!

  • Lyndal 6 years ago

    super cute. i think the newly hatched chick made me smile the most. what a nice way to start the day.

  • Naomi 6 years ago

    wow, I would give anything to be able to create such amazing pictures… such talent!

  • julie gabriel 6 years ago

    I want. Muchly.

  • Carly Pocock 6 years ago

    So many amazing illustrators, you are doing a great job showcasing them Lucy!

  • Belinda 6 years ago

    Already have a spot picked out for it….. fingers crossed!
    Thank you TDF

  • Marita 6 years ago

    Wonderful! Tali’s work is so beautiful. Truly timeless.

  • meg 6 years ago

    Love the caldender – fantastic talent.

  • Gabriela 6 years ago

    what an adorable little film! it reminded me of mum cause i know she loved playing guitar when she was young and her name is lucille too <3 aw…

  • Clare 6 years ago

    Oh neat! I forgot to buy a calendar this year, and winning this would remedy that.

  • Jen Arnold 6 years ago

    EEEP! So freaking cute. How have I never heard of this lady before!?
    Absolutely stunning and adorable illustrations!

  • Daisy 6 years ago

    I absolutely adore the rabbit holding the carrot! Would be fabulous in a kids OR adults bedroom!

  • deb wilkes 6 years ago

    oh these make me happy inside, love “Lucille” – beautiful. Keep us posted on the new animated film!!

  • Brad 6 years ago

    Guy with guitar – cool!

  • mish 6 years ago

    aww, the lawyer chicken is so sweet and punk (the red bit is like a mohawk!)

  • Gemma 6 years ago

    Oh so gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kathleen Ryan 6 years ago

    Wow! They are pretty darn funky!

  • Elaine Boston 6 years ago

    I need a lovely calendar, this would be perfect.

  • Fiona 6 years ago

    so talented and my daughter thinks the illustrations are amazing too

  • Blano 6 years ago

    what a whimsical and wonderful treat to start the year!

  • Georgia 6 years ago


  • Bianca 6 years ago

    Super cute!
    Perfect to brighten up your space :)

  • katie Marshall 6 years ago

    so cool

  • Lynda 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work, love to win her wonderful gift pack!!

  • Clealala 6 years ago

    :o))) oh oui please!

  • kelly parkins 6 years ago

    Woo-yeah! Love them.

  • KT 6 years ago

    Gorgeous characters and use of textures in some of your illustrations. (love that you did the Play School website!)

  • Susan 6 years ago

    Oh my 2 year old would love these in her room…that retro naive style of yumminess!

  • Sdg 6 years ago

    Love her work, so clever!

  • Toni 6 years ago

    Cutest giveaway ever!

  • Bianca 6 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous – and just gave me a great idea for how to decorate the nursery!

  • leah 6 years ago

    so cute! can’t help but smile…

  • Nicole Moffat 6 years ago

    I’m so glad you’ve featured Tali’s work – I’ve been admiring her prints on etsy and it’s good to find out more about her and her background. Thanks!

  • Matt Devine 6 years ago

    These are truly gorgeous!

  • Margie 6 years ago

    que bella… I’ve just bought some materials to get back into printmaking so hooray for creative outpourings!!

  • Brenda Nash 6 years ago

    It’d be so difficult to choose a favourite illustration!

  • Katie Britchford 6 years ago

    just like sunshine!!

  • Majka 6 years ago

    Winter Bell Jar is my favourite! Evocative of European winters gone by…

  • hannah 6 years ago

    so sweet!

  • Jess 6 years ago

    Gorgeous illustrations! I love the Birthday Bear print – it would be so cute in a baby’s room, just perfect for our little one due in May. And that calendar is awesome!

  • Lil 6 years ago

    refreshingly original and beautiful artwork….lots of inspiration…

  • Claire 6 years ago

    Oh I bought the rabbit with the carrot for a friend, I would love to have one of my own!! I love these :)

  • Claire 6 years ago

    Oh I bought the rabbit with the carrot for a friend, I would love to have one of my own :)

  • Ellie 6 years ago

    Happy *sigh*…

    Great animation!

  • Julie 6 years ago

    I would love to decorate my son’s room with these gorgeous illustrations.

  • Ruth V 6 years ago

    These are just fantastic! I love them instantly :)

  • Jane 6 years ago

    They are gorgeous!

  • jo 6 years ago

    love them all. how could you choose a fave?

  • Sandra 6 years ago

    how cute!!

  • Delia Walker 6 years ago

    So so cute and pretty. Would love to have some of this art on my walls.

  • Camila F. 6 years ago

    Tali’s work is amazing! Love that cute calendar!

  • meirav 6 years ago

    Was thinking of purchasing your art a long time ago- now that I have moved to a new house, its a hgreat opportunity! Will do it very soon! I love it

  • meirav 6 years ago

    Have to have one of these!!!

  • Suzie 6 years ago

    Such fun – i really like these.

  • Lisa 6 years ago

    Splendiferous! Love your work can’t wait to check out your future animations!

  • Pilar 6 years ago

    I love every little thing she does!
    It inspires me to draw more
    Such happiness!
    Thanks for the chance

  • Gina Langridge 4 years ago

    so talented and inspiring, especially for my son who loves to draw like this to, thanks for the opprtunity to win, :)

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