Clever Like A Monkey is the illustration wing of the award-winning animation studio Mighty Nice.
Drawing on a wide pool of talented creatives for each project we can offer a broad range of skills for any given project. Specialising in 3D modelling and rendering, our images can range from incredibly life-like and realistic, to a more hand-crafted, naive illustrative style.
Character design, modelling and rendering is our huge passion. Through our animation skills we can bring warmth and humanity to our illustrations.
Mighty Nice is a successful Sydney-based animation studio whose clients include Telstra, Honda, Coke and Domino's. Creative Director, Darren Price, used to run the 3D studio for Nexus Productions, London, and Art Director, Softly Dunstan, has 12 years of agency-side advertising under her belt. Together with our extremely talented team Clever Like A Monkey offers a complete creative solution.
Clever Like a Monkey
Place of Birth:
Currently Living in:
Train, bus, bike, or other:
Bikes, skateboards, pram and walkabike.
What's the most important object in your studio?
Softly: My Mary Blair doll, handmade by her niece. Darren: Softly.
Paper or Plastic?
If you could resurrect one no longer living person to have lunch with, knowing you will have to return them to the grave right after coffee, who would it be?
Bill Hicks, good for a laugh.
Preferred method of dealing with an encounter with an acquaintance whose name you can't remember.
Softly: Embarrassing amounts of honesty and cringing later. Darren: Fake it. We make an odd pair.
Why don't you flip the tortoise over, Leon?
‘cos we’re running its batteries down.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Ned… Ryerson. “Needlenose Ned”? “Ned the Head”?
Favourite client so far?
Melbourne Writers Festival, JWT Melbourne.
Favourite imaginary client?
Anyone with chocolate, wine or holidays to sweeten the deal.
How does your mother describe your profession?
Coffee or tea?
The earth moved. The angels wept. The Polaroids are, are, uh… are in my other coat.
What's your earliest drawing memory?
Softly: repeatedly and obsessively drawing print registration marks in the corners of paper. Darren: Garfield, Greedo & Gizmo.
How do you prefer to spend your mornings?
Out in the park with our kids, coffee and BLT in hand, enjoying Sydney’s weather.
All images contain invisible and trackable digital watermarks.
The Jacky Winter Group and SEA are members of the AOI and AOP respectively and abides by the required code of practice for artist agents.