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Hi there!

I'm Peter William Popple (formerly under the name Peter McDonald)

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

This year I have been illustrating the junior-fiction book series Zoo Crew, with Scholastic Australia - and it's been an absolute blast.  Check it out here

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!


Client Work

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

Scholastic Australia

I illustrated the whacky new book - 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 book is available in stores on September 1st, 2021.

Check it out 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.

Seaweed shop
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Dragon eating steak
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Boy eating socks
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Pair of shoes
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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
Outback Warriors - heroes
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Outback Warriors - villains
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Sunset outback
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The lonely gumtree
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Kylie character development
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Chop character development
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Nev character development
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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


Further work for my friends in Triberg, this time for their side hustle that translates loosely to Retail Triberg. A social community for the store owners in the small Black Forest town.

I was commissioned to do some artwork that included all the key stores from the neighborhood, taking necessary liberties in layout to fit everyone in!


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.




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As part of my warm up into a working day, I challenge myself to do a quick drawing from a written prompt. The goal to get out ideas quick a loose, while trying to tell a bite sized funny story. Above are some of my favourites.


These are a sample of the Zines I have made annually for the Festival of the Photocopier, a Melbourne event run by Sticky Institute.
More information about these and my many other zines are available in my shop.



Passion Projects

When not working on projects for clients, I work on my own illustration and animation. Below are some of my most passionate of passion projects.


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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