A dream project for me as a life long nature lover, Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal were a joy to illustrate. I got to work on researching and drawing Irish wildlife throughout the seasons and I’m so happy with the result. The books were co created with the writer Michael Fewer and published by Gill Books. Naturama came out first and is a beautiful introduction to Irish wildlife, regardless of whether you live in the countryside or in the city, there’s lots of things to learn about and get you started as a nature enthusiast. It was so cool to see it become a number one bestseller and meet loads of wonderful children who were loving the book! My Naturama Nature Journal has projects for children to do outside and field guide notes sections to write and draw in. It gets everyone outside turning rocks upside down looking for worms :) Click here for all the latest Naturama related news….
Portrait by Firechild Photograpy
I became an illustrator because I wanted to be able to spread love and happiness through my work. I’m now studying animation for the year so I’m looking forward to making bigger projects and collaborating! I’m excited to be on the artists panel for workshops in The Dock in Leitrim this year and have delivered a few workshops already, the next one is on Saturday morning May 5th (Making Shape Shifting Books, book here), and then another on National Drawing Day, May 19th, more details to follow!
I facilitate a variety of art workshops for children but they all centre around cultivating a love of nature. Some examples of past workshops include nature journalling, nature printing, wildflower sketch walks and making nature mobiles.
In my own art practice I love having a hand drawn feel to my work. I teach a digital illustration workshop and am skilled with creating work digitally, but I always like the idea of making the computer side of things invisible – using it to enhance my drawings but letting the end result feel hand made.
My undergraduate degree is in Architecture (B.Sc from UCD) and I have a Masters in Digital Media Technology (DIT). I am also an Adobe Certified Expert in Illustrator.
I ran a little event as part of my time at FROST Fumbally before the Christmas and invited the public to visit the shop and get a free portrait. I drew just under 70 portraits over a couple of days, here is a selection..with more here.
Benson Street Hoarding Illustration for Dublin City Council
If you take a walk down Benson Street in Dublin 2 you will see a very colourful little area amongst all the dust of the nearby building sites! I was commissioned by Dublin City Council to design a 55 metre long illustration on a hoarding around the building site for a new park. The drawing moves through the four seasons and is packed full of native flora and fauna, and features some local landmarks too. Here is a timelapse of me drawing one of the foxes from it (press play in the fox image), and below is a simple animation I made to show you the full thing…plus more photos here….
For this project, I did most of the drawing by hand in my notebook, then scanned it in and worked it up in Illustrator. I collaged hand coloured work with vectorised, digitally coloured elements. I collaborated with the printer to have everything perfect so they could make a series of panels to fit with the perimeter of the site, taking into account the corner elements and the slight slope. Once printed, the site contractors took care of the rest and installed it over a day. (Luckily I didn’t have to be out in the cold painting it!).
Let me know if you go see it!
Need to learn how to draw digitally? Or simply want to make the most of your hand-drawn work using Illustrator? Check out my Digital Illustration Workshop
Digital Illustration workshop in Fumbally Exchange, Dublin, book here. April 20th/21st – booked out,April 28th/29th 2018 – booked out
Develop your digital illustration skills over one fun weekend using Illustrator in Dublin. Learn how to draw digitally and and bring your artwork to a whole new level. 11 CPD point for Architects. I am an Adobe Certified Expert with 5 years teaching experience and my classes are just great!
The two days are jam packed and very hands on but I create a very relaxed atmosphere and give lots of encouragement and one to one help. I focus on ways to incorporate hand drawn work so you can bring in your existing skills.
There is a maximum of 5 participants so everyone gets lots of attention.
I’ve started a new series of paintings in Photoshop based on scenes with gorgeous locations from films. Follow along with me on Instagram and tell me what your favourite scenes are, I’m open to suggestions! :)
Scene from Bladerunner 2049
Scene from Murder on The Orient Express
Norway landscape from Downsizing
Giant Dandelion seedheads from the movie Downsizing