Will McLean is a designer and artist working in the Central Coast of NSW where he lives with his wife and 2 children.

Will is a meticulous developer and favours simplicity and clarity within his code. He can’t stand writing things twice so searches for any way to automate. His experiments can be found in the Exercises section of this site.

Will designs within systems. No project is too small for a design system. He favours the unusual, if not, how can he progress? You can read about his work in the Case Studies section of this site.

Updated: October 31, 2017

This is a Art Archive post.

All children can paint

If you ever want to learn how to paint properly sit down with your two year old for a session with the poster paints and an A3 pad of paper. If you don’t have a two year old then borrow one. If you don’t know anyone with a two year old then get in touch. You can borrow mine for as long as you want.

Anyway, they paint with such reckless abandon it is breathtaking to watch. The content they choose to paint is ridiculously insightful. Family, events and people from random encounters in weeks gone by. They never miss or let you miss the important things, like the scar on your forehead in a family portrait. They know exactly when a drawing is finished and they are always happy with it. There is a LOT you can learn from a collaboration with a two year old.

I am pretty sure I heard someone smart say that all children can paint, they just lose it as people start to teach them and they grow self awareness. It was along those lines anyway. Probably phrased in a slightly more catchy way.

Bunny by Isla McLean

Bunny by Isla McLean

Colour experiment by Isla McLean

Colour experiment by Isla McLean

Where's your bump? by Will McLean

Where’s your bump?

Where's your bump? by Will McLean

Where’s your bump?

Purple by Isla McLean

Purple by Isla McLean

Colour experiment by Will and Isla McLean

Colour experiment by Will and Isla McLean

Mum by Will and Isla McLean

Mum by Will and Isla McLean

Our car by Will McLean

Our car

Colour experiment by Will and Isla McLean

Colour experiment by Will and Isla McLean

Colour experiment by Isla McLean

Colour experiment by Isla McLean

Colour experiment by Will and Isla McLean

Colour experiment by Will and Isla McLean

Park by Will and Isla McLean

Park by Will and Isla McLean

Dad by Isla McLean

Dad by Isla McLean

Colour experiment by Will and Isla McLean

Colour experiment by Will and Isla McLean