The Love Monster Illustration

I illustrated this guy specifically for use on a t-shirt which might go on sale, say around Valentine’s Day. As usual I’m a bit useless with my on time promotion of such a t-shirt but I did want to include it here on my blog.


It is available as a t-shirt from Laughing Lion Tees in a wide range of colours. And remember love is not just for Valentine’s Day but for the whole year!






First Illustrators Ireland Get Together of 2014 – Tonight

The first Illustrators Ireland get together of 2014 is taking place on Wednesday the 29th of January and YOU are invited to come along. You don’t need to be a member, everyone is welcome, just come along for a chat, a cup of tea or a pint of something tasty. Starting from 6.30 in the Library Bar of the Central Hotel.  The guest speaker will be Bren B from Offset.

Illustrators Ireland Meetup Jan
Image by Philip Elliot

Rosa Parks Illustration – Historical Figure 5 of 20

Continuing on my historical figure project, here’s my fifth illustration and the first woman on my list. Rosa Parks is a hero for anyone who believes in social justice for all and is known as “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”. The story of how she refused to give up her seat on a bus, in a section marked “Whites Only” is moving and inspiring. There’s a great biography about her on the Academy of Achievement website, with photographs and video.

Rosa Parks illustration by Jennifer Farley

All comments and suggestions are welcome : )

Albert Einstein Illustration – Historical Figure 4 of 20

Here’s illustration number four in the set of twenty historical figures. This is, of course, Albert Einstein, genius and scientist who lived from 1879 – 1955.

I’ve seen the following quote attributed to Einstein many times:
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

But it seems that he never actually said or wrote this. which is a bit disappointing because it’s a great thought : ) The quote I’ve used in my illustration comes from something Einstein wrote in his essay Self-Portrait (1936),

“What is significant in one’s own existence one is hardly aware, and it certainly should not bother the other fellow. What does a fish know about the water in which he swims all his life?”

Einstein Illustration by Jennifer Farley

As always, this illustration started out as a sketch which I imported into Photoshop and drew Einstein and the fish and bowl using the vector shape tools and pen tool. The notepad is a scan and the equations are from Einstein’s own notebook. You can view many of his notebooks here on the Einstein Archive.

All comments and suggestions are welcome : )

Ivan Campo Illustration for Kampion Football Talent Project

Ivan Campo - Facebook

This is my illustration of Spanish footballer Ivan Campo. It’s part of the Kampion Football project which involves over 100 illustrators creating images of various players. I was invited to participate in the project which is organized by Portuguese advertising guy Lourenço Cunha Ferreira. The project is a card game and will be available in early 2014 for download, print and play.

Each guest illustrator was asked to choose your favorite footballer or one whose personality would adapt well to their style. I really know very little about football so I asked Lourenco for suggestions. He gave me three footballers and I chose Ivan because he has such a great face and amazing HAIR! Here’s a few pictures of Ivan i real life.

Ivan Campo Faces

As with all my illustration work, I did a couple of sketches in pencil and paper before scanning the sketch into the computer. I completed the entire illustration in Illustrator and added some nice cardboard texture.


You can see read more about the project here.

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