About Me

Creating content for my own enjoyment, sanity & for a living.

Graduate of a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (2017) and a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Hons) (2021) at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Hobart-born Alexander Barnes-Keoghan’s multi-faceted skillset specialises in traditional and digital wildlife illustration, sculpture, and photography. His honours degree built on traditional and virtual gallery experiences being developed by the School of Creative Industries Technical Team at the University of Newcastle, examples can be seen here, here and here.

Currently living in Newcastle, Australia, his traditional media strengths include graphite, ink & watercolour. Digital work includes utilising the Adobe Creative Suite, Affinity Creative Suite, Blender, Unity and Agisoft Metashape to create illustrations, paintings, sculptures, 3D scans, animations, posters and everything in between.

He has also worked as an events photographer, gaining experience through volunteering as the Media & Publications Officer for Edwards Hall in 2015, taking over 10 000 photographs at over 40 events and creating event posters for the majority of these.

In his spare time he chases animals around sketching and photographing them, going on bushwalks and playing underwater hockey.

Contact here for business enquiries and commission work

Inspirations & Distractions

Curating My Procrastination, Inspirations & Distractions
Here’s a thing I may or may not keep on doing
Curating My Procrastination

1. This


The Hard Aches

2. This




Life Is a Video Game—Here Are the Cheat Codes – Mark Manson

(some solid life advice + swearing for impact)

I’ve posted some other people thinking about life so you don’t have to before and before if you’re interested

3. This

Top ten spitpaints of the week, remember these were painted in 30 minutes:

Did you get it? If not, make sure you go watch/rewatch it

4. This

Neuralink and the Brain’s Magical Future – Wait But Why, Tim Urban

Read it, read it all (I do recommend Pocket for save it later reads)

5. This

Peter Draws thinking about art so you don’t have to (part 2)

(part 1)

6. This



Inspirations & Distractions #7

Curating My Procrastination, Inspirations & Distractions, Uncategorized
Here’s a thing I may or may not keep on doing
Curating My Procrastination

1. This

Some super interesting pieces on moral hypocrisy and censorship:

Rising Tide – David Walsh


You Are Not Allowed to Be Funny – Sunil Rajaraman

2. This

3. This

Nine favourite spitpaints of the week, remember, people painted these in 30 minutes:


4. This

5. This
“It’s better to be a child because you have a longer lifespan”


6. This

Five Favourite Instagram Posts of the week:

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My aspirations vs my patience

A post shared by The Awkward Yeti (Nick Seluk) (@theawkwardyeti) on



7. This

Kim Jung Gi Character Designs


8. This

9. This

ROME (the website not the city)

10. This

“Reading what you hate helps you refine what it is you value, whether it’s a style, a story line or an argument. Because books are long-form, they require more of the writer and the reader than a talk show or Facebook link. You can finish watching a movie in two hours and forget about it; not so a novel. Sticking it out for 300 pages means immersing yourself in another person’s world and discovering how it feels.”

That’ll do for today.

Inspirations & Distractions #2

Curating My Procrastination
Here’s a thing I may or may not keep on doing
1. This
Barnaby Dixon has come a long way since I last saw a viral video of his floating around

2. This particular Nate More comic

3. This
Some chilled out guitar ft. mildly awkward stage presence
It’s Rob Scallon, he plays guitar for the internet

4. This particular Jake Likes Onions comic

5. Doug Hay Metal Horse Sculptures


Here’s some current uni work, yeah it’s early days


7. Quote of the week:

“If you have one person you’re influenced by, everyone will say you’re the next whoever. But if you rip off a hundred people, everyone will say you’re original!” – Gary Panter

8. This take on minimalism

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10. This

Inspirations & Distractions #1

About Me, Inspirations & Distractions

Here’s a thing I may or may not keep doing.

A collection of old and new things I found over the past week.

Without further ado, here’s the things:

Art: Next-Level Food Carving on Fruits and Vegetables by ‘Gaku’

Quote: “Change the way you think and you will change the way you draw” – Sycra

To read: Yes, Your Sleep Schedule Is Making You Sick – Richard A. Friedman, NY Times

How to: Shoot This Photo – Broncolor Howto Guide – Amazing lighting and photography tutorial

InstagrammerGab Scanu’s Drone Photography – High af landscapes


I have been a massive fan of Tom Thum for many years now, things like this just prove he keeps getting better and better

Film Clip:

Thanks to Triple J Unearthed for sharing this, top film clip from:
Clip Directed by Tubby John
Filmed by Jess Haymow (DOP & Steadycam), Martin Vivian Pearse (drone), Charlie Ford, Nick Colbey & Harry Glassborow.
Edited by Jack Hammond

Study remedies:

And heere’s some study music I’ve been chilling out to

Now I’m mostly on holidays with uni over I’ve had time to complete a heap of designs

If you were following on Instagram (@albarkeo), you’d know that I practiced with watercolours over Inktober

I didn’t stop there, taking all the most popular designs and making them available on my Society6 store as well as a very recent venture into Spoonflower, making some fun designs available just in time for Christmas. Go check them out!

Recent Works