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Hi there!

I'm Peter William Popple (also known as Peter McDonald)

a freelance illustrator, animator, and designer with a passion for creative and quirky projects.


Most recently, I've illustrated the awesome book Trick Shot Trevor with

Five Mile and the junior-fiction book series Zoo Crew, with Scholastic Australia - and gosh it's been a blast.  Check them out below!

In 2020, I also worked on a short TV series for ABC Me, called Pencil Pals, created cover designs for scientific journals, character designs for many animated projects and a wealth of my own passion projects.

If you would like to work together or collaborate on an upcoming project,

I’d love to hear from you!

Trick Shot Trevor


Trick Shot Trevor
Written by Amy Adeney - Illustrated by Peter William Popple
Published by Five Mile, 2023

Trick Shot Trevor
Client Work
Zoo Crew

ZOO CREW - Book Series
Scholastic Australia

Most recently, I illustrated the whacky new book series - Zoo Crew!

It's a silly, gross and perfectly funny junior-fiction book, choc-full of wonderful characters.

Written by Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes, from Boomshaka Universe, this legendary series is available in-store now!

Check it out here:


Check out all 3 books! Out now at your local bookstore

I love collaborating on all manner of different projects whether traditional, digital, static or animated. Below are some of my most recent, shareable client work.

Client Work


Working with the team over at Storybrush, I was tasked with designing an environment and underwater assets to be used in their

up-and-coming animation software. 


See more design and concept work here

Pencil Pals streaming on iview


Recently I had the pleasure of working on a short animated TV series for ABC Me, created by Pirate Size Productions. I was the key illustrator for the 2D segments of each episode.

All episodes can be streamed on ABC iview.


In 2020 I had the opportunity to collaborate with an up and coming screenwriter, Bucky, on his project Outback Warriors. 

As part of the development of a pitch bible, I designed a full cast of characters and concept art for the broader world.

Reach out to Bucky Andrews for more
information on the project.

Outback Warriors title
Stem Cell cover design
Nature Medicine cover design


Featured here are a couple of cover designs for different scientific journals that I have illustrated for Patton'd Studios.


Working with the team over at Smoosh Creative, I was tasked with designing a cast of characters for a DHHS explainer video. 


While the video has not yet been released, you can have a squiz at some of the characters here!

DHHS explainer character designs
DHHS explainer character designs


In 2019 my partner and I had the opportunity to do some illustration work in the Black Forest in Germany. We were working with a small independent school that teaches English language - Kinderleicht Englisch. We were tasked with illustrating the world of The Little Troll and all his local Triberg friends. 

The style had been developed prior to us coming on board, our role was to develop all manner of additional assets for English learning activities.


Our Friend Bloom

In 2019 I worked with the Pirate Size Productions team, assisting on some animation for a short that was commissioned by Sesame Studios.

If you'd like to discuss a creative project, collaboration or just want to say howdy, feel free to get in touch.

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