The Island Continent – a new project from Eamon Donnelly.  Part design studio, part digital archive of all things Australiana.

A road trip taking in Australia’s iconic ‘Big Things’, as seen on The Island Continent.  Photos – Eamon Donnelly.

I tell ya what. You really have to give credit where credit’s due to people doing things properly.

I received an email from Melbourne illustrator and designer Eamon Donnelly this week, whose work I have admired for a long time.  Eamon (sometimes he’s called Eamo, I don’t know what the rules are here… I’m sticking with Eamon?!) has a thing for Australiana – his hyper-detailed, technicolour illustrations depict a cast of uniquely Australian characters and nostalgic cultural observations, from surf culture, to sport, to snags on the barbie.  His seriously impressive client list includes American Airlines, GQ, Men’s Health, Monument, Mountain Dew, Poketo, Playboy, Redbull, RipCurl, Rolling Stone and many MANY more.

Aside from being one of Melbourne’s busiest commercial illustrators, Eamon has also been plugging away for the past year on a project very close to his heart.  And this is where I get to the part about doing things properly.  The Island Continent officially launched this week after 12 months in development – it is quite AMAZING.

Part design studio, part online image archive, and part online shop, The Island Continent combines Eamon’s passion for Australian iconography, and nostalgia for his childhood years – the 80′s. Eamon has spent the last decade stockpiling an incredible archive of the Australian image – books, commercials, TV documentaries (in their original VHS and Beta formats) design, photography, packaging and memorabilia.  The Island Content presents a digital archive of these treasures, a dense resource which will continue to grow over time, with the simple goal of sharing and celebrating our unique, and at times cringeworthy cultural quirks!

The Island Continent also features stories and interviews with the great Australian creatives who have influenced Eamon’s own work growing up – one particularly touching article is Eamon’s feature on photographer Angus O’Callaghan, now in his 90′s, who created an incredible archive of photographs of Melbourne in the 1960′s.  Another highlight of the website are Eamon’s own photo essays documenting some of Australia’s most timewarped holiday spots – Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, The Sheraton Mirage in Port Douglas , and of course all those oversized fruit dotted along the road between here and Far North Queensland!

A road trip taking in Australia’s iconic ‘Big Things’, as seen on The Island Continent.  Photos – Eamon Donnelly.

The Island Continent is WELL worth a visit if you grew up in Australia in the 70′s, 80′s or 90′s.  I guarantee Eamon will have you reminiscing in no time about your sun kissed childhood holidays spent slurping on icy poles in backyard swimming pools, attempting aerobics Oz Style in your TV room, or, in my case, drinking lemon cordial from aluminium tumblers with my Nanna and Poppa at West Beach Caravan Park :)

There’s also an excellent online shop attached where you can pick up a range of Eamon’s stunning fine art prints, or check out his new 100 page self published book documenting another great Australian tradition – the corner Milk Bar!

TOP WORK Mr Donnelly.

‘Studies in Broadcast Colour’ by Eamon Donnelly – fine art prints, available to buy in the Island Continent online shop.