Bill Murray Illustration For Hunt & Gather

“Can anyone deny what a badass Bill Murray is!? From singing karaoke with complete strangers, to hijacking random dodge ball games, to jumping in behind a bar and deciding only to serve tequila. He is awesome!
So this year in conjunction with OFFSET 2014 we wanted to try and capture the man with no manager, who has only a hotline number to contact him (which we still can’t find) in an evening where we can tip our hats to the gentleman himself. ”

And that is the premise of the exhibition. Here’s my illustration of Bill Murray, heavily inspired by one of my favourite Bill Murray films-  Groundhog Day.

Jennifer Farley - Bill Murray Illustration

Illustrators Ireland Get Together – Tonight With Scott Bakal


Tonight, Tuesday, 11th March is the Illustrators Ireland get together and we are thrilled and delighted to welcome a special guest – Scott Bakal. Scott is a highly accomplished illustrator and professor at the Massachussets College of Art and Design. He will give a presentation and short Q & A so don’t miss out on this great opportunity. You don’t need to be a member of Illustrators Ireland to attend, everyone is welcome and it’s free. See you there!


Ghost of the British Museum Underground Station

London Underground Ghost Illustration

There are many myths and ghost stories associated with the London Underground. Here’s one I illustrated for the London Transport Serco competition. It didn’t win, but I still like the picture (and the story).

The British museum station closed on the 25 September, 1933. There was a local myth that the station was haunted by the ghost of an Ancient Egyptian. Dressed in a loincloth and headdress, the figure would emerge late at night. The rumour grew so strong that a newspaper offered a reward to anyone who would spend the night there. No one attempted to do this!

The story takes a stranger turn after the closure of the station. The comedy thriller, Bulldog Jack, was made in 1935 which included a secret (fictitious) tunnel from the station to the Egyptian room at the Museum. The station in the film was called ‘Bloomsbury’, and in all likelihood was a stage set, but it was based on the ghost story of British Museum.

On the same night that the film was released, two women disappeared from the platform at Holborn – the next station along from where British Museum was. Marks were later found on the walls of the closed station. More sightings of the ghost were reported along with strange moanings from the walls of the tunnels. Eventually the story was hushed up as London Underground has always denied the existence of the tunnel from the station to the Egyptian Room. However the lead character in Keith Lowe’s novel Tunnel Vision resurrects the story to impress/scare his girlfriend with tales of tube horror.He writes:

If you listen carefully when you’re standing at the platform at Holborn, sometimes – just sometimes – you can hear the wailing of Egyptian voices floating down the tunnel towards you.

So I adapted my illustration slightly to bring it up to modern times. Here’s a young couple freaking out when the train doesn’t stop at the British Museum but a mysterious Egyptian dog god appears on the train.

London Underground Ghost Illustration

The Love Monster T-Shirt


I illustrated this guy specifically for use on a t-shirt, but he has inspired some other illustration projects which I hope someday soon will see the light.

For now though, this design is available from Laughing Lion Tees, for men, women and kids. And remember love is not just for Valentine’s Day but for every day of the year!


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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

Rosa Parks illustration by Jennifer Farley

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

Einstein Illustration by Jennifer Farley

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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Sign Painter movie comes to Dublin

Sign Painter Movie

If you’re interested in the art of sign painting, old school sign painting done with real paint and real brushes, then get yourself down to The Sugar Club on the 5th of December for the first Dublin screening of the movie Sign Painters presented by Toejam. You can buy tickets here –

Sign Painter Movie
Here’s the official word on the movie:

There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper.

In 2010 filmmakers Faythe Levine and Sam Macon travelled the United States, documenting the remaining practitioners of this near lost art, but also covering a resurgence of interest in the trade, from both the public and the people holding the purse strings.

Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, features the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States. The documentary and book profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals.

The movie has been screening all over the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, from small book stores to film festivals, receiving great acclaim all around and we at Toejam are delighted to be hosting the first Dublin screening on Thursday 5th December at The Sugar Club.

SIGN PAINTERS (OFFICIAL TRAILER) from samuel j macon on Vimeo.

Talk on careers in animation and illustration

astronaut illustrated by Jennifer Farley

Next Monday, along with Andrew Kavanagh; founder and CEO of animation company Kavaleer Productions and Alan Nolan comic writer and illustrator, I’ll be speaking to students about how I got started in Illustration at an event in Tallaght Library on Monday 21st October. Transition, 5th and 6th year and Third Level students as well as recent graduates (and anyone who’s interested really) are welcome. The event is free but booking is essential. You can read more about it here

Contact Tallaght Library:
t: 01 462 0073

astronaut illustrated by Jennifer Farley

Art of Superstition Opens This Friday 11th of October

Art of Superstition - Jennifer Farley

1Next Friday sees the opening of the Illustrators Ireland group show called The Art of Superstition. I recently showed a few sketches as a teaser but now I’m happy to show the whole thing. My piece is called “Lock Up Your Chickens” and plays a small homage to the idea of the Voodoo doctor with his doll. If you’re in Dublin on Friday night, drop into the wonderful Copperhouse Gallery off Synge Street in Dublin to see the show which features the work of over 40 of Ireland’s leading illustrators.

Art of Superstition - Jennifer Farley

One day left to get an original once off piece of art AND help a good cause.

Jennifer-Farley Mail Me Art

This year I took part in Mail Me Art, an exhibition of original art drawn on envelopes. All of the art is now available for sale for a bargain price of £25 and the money raised is being donated and shared between Animal Aid, The Teenage Cancer Trust and WaterAid – all very worthy causes.

This is my piece and if you would like to buy it and get some original signed art and help a charity, click here to buy it on the Mail Me Art website. Thank you!

Jennifer-Farley Mail Me Art

Let’s Offroad! Illustration

LandRover illustration by Jennifer Farley

This is a recent illustration done for a huge Landrover fan.

LandRover illustration by Jennifer Farley

It’s also a small homage to the characters on the BBC comedy series Fast Show

Simon Bush and Lyndsay Mottram are trying to impress the Association of Offroaders by making a video of their intrepid outdoor adventures. With the help of their mate Baz on camera, they make their way round the countryside demonstrating how to cope with rough terrain.

The original Offroad vehicle is nicknamed The Beast, and singularly fails to perform whenever the camera is on. With their battle cry of ‘Let’s offroad!’, Simon and Lyndsay invariably don’t manage to get The Beast to move, whether it’s because they’re stuck in mud or jammed against a bank.

The Offroaders also turn their hands to all manner of other outdoor pursuits, including whitewater rafting, paintballing and mountaineering. No amount of bravado could disguise the fact that, when push comes to shove, they are crap.

Illustrators Ireland Art of Superstition Exhibition

Superstition Sketch-Jennifer Farley

I’m extremely happy to be involved with the Illustrators Ireland exhibition “The Art of Superstition” which will open on Friday the 11th of  October and continue until the 1st of November 2013. This year’s show is all about irrational belief and will feature the work of close to 40 of Ireland’s leading illustrators (I’m one of them!). The exhibition takes place in the wonderful Copper House Gallery on Synge Street in Dublin.

Art Of Superstition - Jennifer Farley

I can’t show my full piece yet as all the illustrators are keeping their work under wraps until the exhibition but here is an early sketch of part of mine. I think you can probably guess which direction I went in.

Superstition Sketch-Jennifer Farley




National Potato Day (Ireland)

National Potato Day Illustration

Happy National Potato Day! I suppose it’s not too unusual that we would have a day here in Ireland to celebrate the spud. I LOVE  potatoes – Roosters are my favourite – so floury and full of flavour. Anyhooo, to celebrate the spud, here’s a little illustration of a before and after. Before is on the right, After is on the left.

National Potato Day Illustration

Illustrators Ireland Art of Superstition Exhibition – How You Can Be Involved

Note: I’ve recently taken over from Matt as the web officer for Illustrators Ireland, so my own blog here on Laughing Lion will now have quite a bit of illustration news from Illustrators Ireland. Let’s kick it off with this!

This year’s big show from the members of Illustrators Ireland is called the Art of Superstition and it takes place in the Copperhouse Gallery in October.

Art of Superstition - Illustrators Ireland

There is a wonderful opportunity for two talented up-and-coming illustrators to have their work shown at this exhibition alongside the artists who brought you the hugely successful “Illustrated Beatles” exhibition last year.

So how do you get involved? The competition is open to Irish-based illustrators. You don’t have to have been born here, but you do have to live here in Ireland.

Superstition is defined as :

1. a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like.
2. a system or collection of such beliefs.
3. a custom or act based on such a belief.
4. irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious, especially in connection with religion.
5. any blindly accepted belief or notion.

For your entry to ‘The Art of Superstition’ we’re looking for a most creative interpretation of the above. Entries must be received by the 1st of September, so you need to get your skates on.

The work can be created in any medium and the dimensions required for the work are shown below. Note that final artwork should be 360 dpi. However, please send your competition entry at a low resolution of 72 ppi in JPEG format by email to .

Art of Superstition - Illustrators Ireland
Ten entries which are considered original, creative, emotionally powerful and well executed in the chosen medium will be shortlisted. From the shortlist, a judging panel will choose two winners whose work will be exhibited in the Copper House Gallery as part of the Art of Superstition. The judging panel for the competition consists of Niamh Sharkey, Adrienne Geogehegan, Roger O’Reilly, Steve Simpson, Jesse Campbell-Brown, Leszek Wolnik and Peter Donnelly.

The winners will be chosen second week mid September. For more information check out the Art of Superstition Facebook page.

Good luck!

Giselle Ballet Illustration

Giselle Illustration - Final Jennifer Farley

Tonight saw the opening of the Point Blank illustration exhibition in the Bord Gais Theatre in Dublin. As a member of Illustrators Ireland I was delighted to be involved in this project. Pointe Blank is an initiative created by the Birmingham Royal Ballet described as follows:

Collections of original images inspired by the plots of major narrative works in the repertory of Birmingham Royal Ballet, and created by professional designers in and around the UK.

Each time, the invited participants are not required to depict the story as a ballet, only to incorporate the Company name or logo. Visual references are made available, but in an attempt to keep the brief as non-prescriptive as possible, the designers are not required to include them.

So for this, the fourth project in the Pointe Blank series, members of Illustrators Ireland were invited to create an A3 sized artwork based around the story of the ballet Giselle.

The story:
In a village deep in the mountains, a young woman, Giselle, and a young man, Loys, are deeply in love. However, Loys has not been completely truthful with his beloved.

While Giselle believes him to be a simple villager like herself, he is in fact a nobleman called Count Albrecht, and is already betrothed to a Lady named Bathilde.

Wishing to escape the responsibilities of his life as the son of the local Duke, he has been visiting the village under a false identity, but has now fallen so in love with Giselle he is afraid to reveal who he is, for fear of losing her.

Another young man from the village, called Hilarion, is also in love with Giselle. He discovers that Loys is not who he claims to be, and exposes his secret, in an attempt to drive away his love rival.

However the heartbreak, and the sight of Bathilde arriving to claim her fiancé, is too much for Giselle to bear, and driven mad by despair, she takes her own life.

After her funeral, Hilarion keeps a vigil by Giselle’s graveside. But the graveyard is haunted by a group of Wilis – the vengeful ghosts of jilted brides – who rise up and pursue Hilarion. They force him to dance until he collapses and dies from exhaustion.

Albrecht arrives to leave flowers, and the Wilis appear again. They attempt to make him dance to his death like Hilarion.

At this point, Giselle’s ghost also rises from the grave, and she entreats Myrtha, the merciless Queen of the Wilis, to spare her lover’s life. Myrtha refuses, but Giselle dances with Albrecht, and the power of her love for him gives him the strength to make it through until sunrise, when the spell loses its power.

I love the idea of the village in the mountains and had been watching the movie Van Helsing a few nights before I saw the brief and some of the imagery in that film influenced the sketches I did of the town nestling in the mountains. My take on it was probably a little lighter and family friendly. I pretty much locked onto the idea of Giselle dancing in the graveyard with Albrecht. Here’s an early sketch.

Giselle Sketch -Jennifer Farley

Initially I was imagining them dancing a slow dance in the graveyard and then I started to think about them doing some 1970s style disco dancing. The song “Do the Hustle” was stuck in my mind and that’s the tune I pictured them dancing to stay alive to. Hence the disco glitterball moon and the fancy dance steps ; ) I thorougly enjoyed this project and I’m happy with my two main characters – the ghostly Giselle and the disco-ing Duke Albrecht. Here’s my final piece which appeared in the show.

Giselle Illustration - Final Jennifer Farley

You can see all of the 26 pieces of wonderful artwork included in this year’s Pointe Blank show here. Thank you very much to the Birmingham Royal Ballet for the wonderful opportunity!

General Zod Sketch and Illustration

Zod Sketch Jennifer Farley

Last week I mentioned the Irish Sketch Society Facebook page, where each week a new theme is suggested and you’re invited to sketch, paint, draw, illustrate whatever you want based on that theme. All emailed entries are displayed on the Facebook page. I’m really enjoying these short briefs and just playing around with the ideas for illustration. So last week, I did a Superman illustration, this week’s theme featured one of Superman’s arch nemesis Zod.

Here’s my sketch;
Zod Sketch Jennifer Farley

I really didn’t have a huge amount of time to work on this and as a consequence the number of Village People was reduced by one. After bringing the sketch into Photoshop, I redrew the characters with the vector pen tools and added some texture to get this;

Zod Sketch Jennifer Farley