a sneak peak of WINIFRED a new story that is coming together, a series of picture books, board books and a junior fiction
Winifred’s Moving House A Story for Cat Lovers
 
Up until today, I’ve lived here. I was born here, and thought I’d live here forever. But today I’m moving. 
 
My name’s Winifred, you can call me Winnie. I’m not one of those fussy pedigree cats, just a cat. My tail is loooong and every time I catch it, it really [oooOOOOWWW] hurts.
 
I don’t want to leave but that’s what big cats do. I don’t feel so big today. 
 
I’m going to live with a Kate, she’s a human… aaawwwhhHH! MUUUMMMM! I don’t like HUMANS!
 
The other human is Mum too… WEIRD! She’s doesn’t look like Mum and she s-s-smells like DOG! aaawwwhhHH! MUUUMMMM!
 
The car trip is horrible! I sneezed and wee went everywhere. Kate squealed like a pig aaaaAAAHHHH! MUUUMMMM!
 
Kate’s shoved me against the glass, my nose was cold. She scratched behind my ears, I scratched behind her ears… aaaaAAAHHHH! MUUUMMMM! [M: Don’t Scratch!] [W:Huh?]
 
I’m busting to explore my new garden [struggle] aaaaAAAHHHH! MUUUMMMM! I guess I’ll play later. 
 
These benches are too high. I don’t drink milk… yyyuuuUUKKK! I circled and circled, [grab ankles] aaaaAAAHHHH! MUUUMMMM! [M: Don’t Scratch!] Eventually she gave me proper food. I love Sardines.
 
I did a wee in a box. oooOOOHHHHaaaahhHHH Kate looked like a monkey. Weird! Does she wee in a box? 
 
I’m trying to sleep BUT Kate’s bored… I pounce aaaaAAAHHHH! MUUUMMMM! [M: Don’t Scratch!]
 
[M: Don’t Scratch!] [M: Don’t SCRATCH!] [M: DON’T SCRATCH!]
I don’t know where to scratch.
 
I WANT TO GO OUTSIDE! I pounce aaaaAAAHHHH! MUUUMMMM! [M: DON’T SCRATCH! Put that cat OUTSIDE!] Success…
 
I think I’ll like it here.

Other Projects

DOROTHY CHARACTER DOLLS
Sam Maher's Dorothy Doll a homage to Dorothy Parker
2012
Character Design, Crafts, Toy Design
RIFFS + RANTS Branding
Branding and logo developed for a small music and arts studio, school and shop in regional NSW Riffs and Rants... sticker now augments with Layar
2012
Advertising, Branding, Graphic Design
ICONOCLASH
ICONOCLASH is a series in development. The series consists of short-form animated content pieces, that will be assembled fit-for-purpose, for broadcast, narrowcast, social, online and mobile, digital out of home, augmented reality and interactive print applications.
2017
Character Design, Digital Art, Animation,
COAT OF ARMS
Introducing the characters of the Australian Coat of Arms...
2012
Cartooning, Drawing, Illustration
Meet Joanie - Mixamo/Fuse Test 2
JOANIE_SAM_MAHER_FUSE_MIXAMO_TEST_2 Quick test of this new Adobe Fuse (Preview) and the Mixamo collaboration (?), Fun and easy, I'm sure once I figure out how to add my own textures I'll be happy and content!
2016
Character Design, Computer Animation, Digital Art
WINTER
Sam Maher's lament to winter... string artist book
2012
Illustration, Storyboarding, Writing
TILLY CHARACTER DOLLS
Knitted and crochet dolls from 100% new wool (new reclaimed and end of line tapestry wools) with vintage lace and embroidered doily dresses. Each one unique and handmade in Australia.
2012
Character Design, Crafts, Toy Design
Augmenting WINIFRED
WIP of an Augmented Reality adaptation of my Winifred stories. This will expand as the experiment/ project continues.
2015
Creative Direction, Digital Art, Interaction Design
Meet Ginny - Mixamo/Fuse Test 1
GINNY_SAM_MAHER_FUSE_MIXAMO_TEST_1 Quick test of this new Adobe Fuse (Preview) and the Mixamo collaboration (?), Fun and easy, I'm sure once I figure out how to add my own textures I'll be more excitable.
2016
Character Design, Digital Art, Visual Effects
LOVE at Altenburg
My aim for this group show was to engage with my potential new audience, get some feedback at targeted events, and to test technology requirements and feasibility of interactive entertainment and illustration reaching mass adoption in locations compromised by poor connectivity.
2016
Illustration, interactive design, works on paper,
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