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 and continues to run until 14th of March. Here’s my piece called “Family Portrait”....

St. Patrick and His Parade

Here’s some recent work for Fingal County Council in Ireland. This project involved illustration of St. Patrick and a map of Swords 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 Fingal towns of Skerries, Rush, Lusk and Blanchardstown, and the brochure for the town of Swords. And here’s my original sketch – apologies for the fuzziness. I usually take a picture of my sketch with my phone, bring it into Illustrator and redraw it in...

The Hare & The Tortoise

Illustrations created for Irish publisher Folens. The Hare & The Tortoise is one of the classic Aesop Fables. 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 white colouring activities. The illustrations will be used in then printed book, electronic resources and classroom posters. One showing the cocky hare and the slow but steady tortoise starting their race and the other showing the hare sniggering at the poor little green dude along the route. But who will have the last laugh ? Click on a thumbnail below to see the larger...

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 their piece without seeing what the other artists had done. Working in total secrecy, artists from Bristol, Ireland and Sweden submitted their creation for the Ink dot mandala (a vast circle, made up of interconnecting dashes, dots and rings).  My part of the pattern looked like this:   So what to do with 20 circles? I decided that I would go for a pirate theme and use the circles for the basis of a series of salty sea dogs and their paraphernalia – grog, skull and cross bones and so on. Adding my illustrations to the pattern and it looked like this : Up close the pirates look like this:   Steve took each collaborators work and brought it together to form a fantastic piece of art that looks like this:   Prints are available to purchase from the lovely Ink Dot Prints website and any print sale profits will go to Kids Company, who provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children. The full list of artists wh0 took part in the project are listed below and it was a real thrill for me to be one of them. Artists taking part Beth Kendall retrojapan8.tumblr.com Catherine Whyte popcornsnow.co.uk Chris Halls facesofstrangers.com Dan Chernett cargocollective.com/danchernett Donough O’Malley pencilrobot.net Fred Swist fredswist.co.uk Genevieve Browne genevievebrowne.com Hannah McVicar hannahmcvicar.co.uk Jane Davies upstartthunder.co.uk Jennifer Farley laughing-lion-design.com Josie Maskell www.josiemaskell.co.uk June Goulding...

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