Bliain na nAmhrán (Year of Song)

Bliain na nAmhrán (Year of Song). Songs and Rhymes of four seasons. Written by Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin and illustrated by Tarsila Kruse, Christina O Donovan, Brian Fitzgerald and myself (Jennifer Farley). Published by Futa Fata. Each illustrator was responsible for...

Matters of the Heart Exhibition

Matters of the Heart is a group exhibition by some of the members of Illustrators Ireland and is currently on show at the United Arts Club, Dublin. The brief for the exhibition was simply to create an illustration or piece of work based on the idea of matters of the...

If you go down to the woods today…

Illustrators Ireland is having an exhibition at the prestigious Luan Gallery in Athlone. The show is called Without The Words and features the work of over forty illustrators, including myself. My piece is called "If you go down to the woods today ..." and features an...

Fingal And The 1916 Rising Map

This illustrated map was created as part of an educational package I designed and illustrated for Fingal County Council. I designed a booklet at A4 size which folded out to the map at A2 size. The illustrated characters represent different groups involved in the...

Astronaut Academy

Through a series of fun and challenging tasks, kids will attend “classes” as part of their special training required to become an astronaut on a mission to Mars: Space Pilot, Space Living, Space Engineer, Space Scientist and Space Gym. Each topic is accompanied by...

Farid’s Rickshaw Ride

Farid's Rickshaw Ride Picture Book This is a 48-page picture book I illustrated about a small boy in Bangladesh and the Rickshaw driver he meets one day in the city. The book was written by the very talented Rowan Oberman and created in conjunction with Trocaire. It...

State Animals of the U.S.A. Map

This map shows all fifty states of the U.S.A. with their state animal and state capital.  Several states have the same animal, for example Arkansas, Georgia and Illinois all have the white tailed deer as their state...

Nantucket Island, Massachusetts Map

An illustrated map showing the island of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, U.S.A. The map features the main lighthouses on the island, surfing on the south coast, the little church in Siasconset and the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge near the northern...

Cara Magazine Cover Illustration – 80 Years of Aer Lingus

This illustration was a lovely commission for Cara Magazine, the in-flight magazine for Aer Lingus. Art Director Clare Meredith (thank you Clare!) contacted me about doing the cover for a very special anniversary cover for Cara. This is Aer Lingus’ 80th year of flying...

Moby Dick Book Cover

Illustrated cover for a new alphabet book that is coming soon! The ABC book is based around the characters and scenes in Herman Merville's book Moby...

Rothaiocht na mBan (Women on Bicycles)

As part of their commemorations the 1916 Rising, Fingal County Council held an event called RothaÍocht na mBan, a cycle of a group of women in period costume, in honour of the contribution of women in Fingal to the events of 1916. I was asked to create a set of...

India Map

Ah the beautiful sub-continent of India. A place I've visited and would love to go back to again. This illustrated map shows some interesting facts about the people and culture of India and the location of some of the major...

Animal ABC

Animal ABC is an alphabet book I wrote and illustrated for very young readers. It features 26 animals and a glossary with some interesting facts about each animal. It's available to buy in print and download as an ebook from Amazon. You can buy or download the Animal...

Proclamation Day: Leaders of the 1916 Rising

Today is officially Proclamation day in Ireland. In schools around the country it will be a day of song, music, drama, poetry and art as they celebrate Proclamation Day, commemorating events of Ireland in 1916 and creating a vision for the country in the future. In...

Fingal Heritage Map

An illustrated map showing over 30 landmarks or regions of interest in Fingal, Ireland. The map was created as part of a brochure, which I also...

Professions

A series of illustrations showing some of the jobs people do. Includes Astronauts, Chefs, Flamenco Dancers and Elvis Impersonators. Niall Legstrong Astronaut Maria the Flamenco Dancer Bruno the Chef Nigel the Elvis Impersonator....

“Comics, Covers and Children’s”

A new group show from Illustrators Ireland members, "Comics, Covers and Childrens" is opening this Thursday 19th November at the beautiful Rathmines Library. The exhibition, curated by IGI promotions officer Margaret Anne Suggs, is an opportunity to see both original...

Rugby World Cup Map

An illustrated map showing the twenty countries participating in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The print dimensions are about 42cm wide and 16cm high. The vast majority of my illustrations start life in pencil in my sketchbook. I then scan them in, redraw them in Adobe...

Irish Writers Illustrated

As part of an on-going project illustrating Irish writers, which isn't really getting the full attention I'd love to give it, here are portraits of George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. These three prints were chosen for inclusion in the Halftone...

Swords Castle Map

This illustrated map was created for a brochure about historic Swords Castle in north County Dublin. The map shows both the castle and the surrounding park and Ward river in Swords.

Fionn & The Dragon

Illustrations created for the story of Fionn & The Dragon, published as part of the Primary School Irish book in Ireland by Folens. The Fionn in question is the mythical Irish hunter Fionn mac Cumhaill, also known in English as Finn MacCool.  The work involved...

Mythical Beasts – Kraken & Triton

These Mythical Beasts were created for an exhibition featuring work by members of Illustrators Ireland. I based my images around my love of all things watery and ocean-based. The beasts I chose were the Kraken and Triton. I hope to return to this as a personal project...

Swords Castle Archaeology Project Logo

This is a set of logos created for Swords Castle in North County Dublin. Over the coming year the castle will be a focal point for a series of events hosted by the Archaeology department of Fingal County Council. The client wanted to work with the main symbol of a...

Summer Reading Adventure – Libraries Ireland

Summer Reading Programmes are running in public libraries across Ireland this summer. The Summer Reading Programme is designed to encourage children to continue reading during their summer break from school. Each child chooses books they want to read, keeps a record...

And It’s Another Yes From Me …

May 22nd is the date for Ireland's upcoming referendum on Marriage Equality in Ireland and the slightly less important "Should we allow a 21 year old to be president?" vote.  Previously I posted an illustration I made for the Yes For Love website (Yes For Love is...

Say Yes To Love & Equality

May 22nd is the date for Ireland's upcoming referendum on Marriage Equality in Ireland and the slightly less important "Should we allow a 21-year-old to be president?" vote.  Here is a picture I made for the Yes For Love...

St Patrick’s Day Parade Route Map

Illustrated map showing the parade route and locations of restaurants, cafes and shops in the town of Swords, Co. Dublin. The map was created along with illustrated posters and flyers to advertise the parade....

Facial Expressions

Facial Expressions is a new exhibition of work by members of Illustrators Ireland. The show opened on Thursday 26th of February at the United Arts Club. Here's my piece called "Family Portrait"....

The Wind & The Sun

This is four images from a set of six illustrations telling the story of The Wind And The Sun - Aesop's Fable published in Irish by Folens. The story tells of a dispute between the wind and the sun over who is the strongest. THE WIND and the Sun were disputing which...

Brian Boru & The Vikings

To commemorate the town of Swords connection with the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the death of Brian Boru as well as Fingal’s strong links to the Vikings, Fingal County Council organised a weekend of activities in the town of Swords itself that...

St. Patrick and His Parade

This project involved illustration of St. Patrick and a map of Swords parade route and the graphic design of posters and a brochure. Below you can see the poster to advertise this year's St. Patrick's Day parade in Swords. I designed posters for the parades in the...

The Hare & The Tortoise

Illustrations created for the classic Aesop Fable of The Hare & The Tortoise, published as part of primary school Irish by Folens. The work involved creating six full colour scenes (two of which you can see below) and a colour maze activity and a set of black and...

Billy Goats Gruff

This set of illustrations were created for the classic children's story of the Billy Goats Gruff for Irish publishers, Folens. The work involved creating six full colour scenes (two of which you can see below) and a set of black and white activities. The illustrations...

Ink Dot Prints Mandala Project

I recently collaborated with a group of artists and illustrators on an interesting mandala project. The project, organised by the wonderful Steve Dawson of Ink Dot Prints, involved making one large image created by 18 different artists. Each artist would contribute...

Grace O’Malley Pirate & Queen Elizabeth

This is a set of spot illustrations created for Irish language publisher An Gum. According to Irish legend, as a young girl Grace O’Malley wished to go on a trading expedition to Spain with her father. Upon being told she could not because her long hair would catch in...

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Created for a recent family-oriented production of Shakespeare's comedy, this illustrated poster shows Oberon and Titania looking lovingly at each other over the night time forest scene where all the mischief and fun takes...

Marina Willer Portrait For Offset

This piece was commissioned for OFFSET, the wonderful 3-day creative conference which takes place in Dublin every year. Marina Willer is a partner at Pentagram and was one of the speakers at the...

Things you may not have known about Vikings

This project brief was to illustrate and design a set of facts about Viking behaviour. Some of these facts may not be so well known. The facts were presented for children on a set of pull-up panels accompanying an exhibition for adults about Viking life in Fingal. I...

Illustrated Famous Folk From History

This is an ongoing (when I have time!) personal project to create illustrations of some famous historical characters. Some are still living, so I guess they're not quite historical, but most are dead. Rosa Parks Rosa Parks is a hero for anyone who believes in social...

The Norman Invasion of Ireland – Illustrated Characters

A set of illustrations of four characters from Irish history and the time of the Norman Invasion of Ireland, created for Irish publisher An Gum. First up we have Diarmuid Mac Murchada, the ousted King of Leinster and his beautiful daughter Aoife. As you can see...

“Queer As Folk” Exhibition

This is a picture created for the Queer As Folk exhibition which opens tonight at the White Lady Art Gallery. Here's the official blurb for the show. Queer As Folk is a group exhibition that will explore each artist's individual take on what modern sexuality means to...

Iranian Football Team

Last week I posted my portrait of the Pele as young player. That particular portrait led to me getting another job to illustrate a whole World Cup football team for Swiss publishing company Tschutti Heftli. They're actually a very handsome bunch of guys (on an...

Young Pele Illustration

For the day that's in it i.e. the start of the World Cup. This is an illustration of the young genius Brazilian football player, Pele. I did this for Swiss publishing company Tschutti Heftli. This led to some further football portraits - which will be revealed next...

Howth Bioblitz Illustrations

I was asked to create some illustrations and design the posters, corriboard signage and DL-sized leaflet to promote Howth Bioblitz 2014. Ireland’s BioBlitz brings together scientists and recorders in a race against time to see how many species can be recorded in a...

Chicken Identification Chart

Know your chickens! In a bid to help out city slickers who may be moving or visiting the countryside, (I am one of those who moved), here is the illustrated Chicken Identification...

Wimoweh (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) Illustration for Sounds Damn Fine

Last night was the opening of Sounds Damn Fine exhibition, orchestrated by the fantastic people at Damn Fine Print. 30 artists were chosen to exhibit with 30 hand-pulled prints from each available on the night. The theme was Sounds Damn Fine and each artist picked a...

Giselle Ballet Illustration

Pointe Blank is an initiative created by the Birmingham Royal Ballet and I was thrilled to be one of twenty five illustrators involved in this project. The project is described as follows: Collections of original images inspired by the plots of major narrative works...

Map of Viking Invasion of Britain & Ireland

An illustrated map showing the routes taken by the Vikings leaving Norway, Sweden and Denmark on their way to Britain and Ireland. I've used mostly muted tones on this picture with just a touch of red on the viking ship sails, the scary sea monster and the rosy cheeks...

“If they had taken Kong alive”

This is a new illustration for an exhibition organised by the Petty Cash Collective. The exhibition theme is Petty Crime. My picture is called "if they had taken Kong alive". I always found/find the King Kong movies so upsetting - just devasted when King Kong dies,...

Phoenix Park Map & Uniquely Dublin

This is illustration was created for Uniquely Dublin competition and features a map of the Phoenix Park in Dublin. On the map, you can see Dublin Zoo, Aras An Uchatarain (where the president lives), the wellington monument and some families and park visitors enjoying...

Nice Day For A Cycle – Damn Fine Dublin

"Damn Fine Dublin", an exhibition of 30 screen printed pieces of work by Irish artists and illustrators. The screen-printing was done by the wonderful people at Damn Fine Print. Signed limited editions of each print were available on the night. Thank you to Kim, Alex,...

Client From Hell Posters – Sharp Suits

An exhibition opened this evening in the Little Green Street gallery on High Street. Called Sharp Suits, it brings together a collection of designers, artists and illustrators compelled "to dress up their favourite worst feedback from clients, transforming quotes that...

Illustrated Beatles Exhibition: Mr Kite

Tomorrow night (Tues 23rd Oct) in Dublin, an exhibition kicks off to celebrate the music of the Beatles. Forty illustrators, who are members of Illustrators Ireland have each created a piece based on a different Beatles song. I'm really delighted to have been involved...

Old School Solar System Map

This is illustration is a recent piece of work for an book about Astronomy aimed at the younger reader. The illustration shows a fairly happy looking sun with the planets emanating outwards on their orbits. Yes, Pluto is no longer considered a planet, that will be...

Madame Butterfly Poster

I went to see Madame Butterfly at the Bord Gais Theatre in Dublin last week. I've seen the opera three times now (in different productions and places) and still can't get enough of it. You would need a heart of stone not to be moved by the story and the music. The...

Revolution Illustrations

I was a finalist in the Fire illustration competition based on the theme of Revolution. I entered three images which you can see below. The third one (the one with the camera) is the one which appeared in the exhibition. My concept of Revolution was the idea of...

If Penguin Covered Cartoons

When I was growing up I remember lots of old Penguin paper back books being around our house. They were mostly my Dad’s books but I used to like looking at the covers. I had no idea that the covers were designed by someone, all I knew was that some were appealing and...

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