Tuesday 16 December 2008

Dystopia January

Next months Dystopia which will feature in the January issue of Totally Dublin.

Poor Charlie really has a terrible time...

Monday 15 December 2008

25,000 Mice to Africa

I recently worked on a project with a fantastic Irish Charity called Camara who are based here in Dublin. In they're own words:

Did you know that businesses and individuals in Ireland will throw out over 1 million working computers over the next 5 years? One of the goals of Camara is to stop these computers being dumped in Irish landfill sites and send them instead to schools and colleges in Africa.

I worked on illustrations to be used online and for posters for their 25,000 Mice to Africa campaign which aims to supply 276 schools, 7 countries, 4 hubs, with 25,000 mice. But enough babble from me, check out their great site and shop for more information and find out how to make use of your old computers.

Tuesday 9 December 2008

Die Welt Von Morgen, Gestern

I was delighted to be one of four artists including Bren B, Maser and Hugo Thompson asked to interpret the Audi tag line Vorsprung durch Technik for their Audi Experience exhibition that's currently running in the Old Harcourt Building on Hatch Street. I believe it's the same building where the train ploughed through the wall in 1900.

My painting is titled 'Die Welt von morgen, gestern'
which translates in English to "The World of tomorrow, yesterday." Here's the blurb that went with mine:

My piece is inspired by the type of aspirational 1950's artwork and advertising you'd find in vintage magazines. There's something magical about their vision of the future. Audi's Vorsprung durch Technik tag line always seemed very futuristic in a similar way so i decided to mix it all up. My painting is a vision of the future in the 50's with Beatniks (obviously the coolest people in the 50's), big bubble homes and, naturally, everyone zooming around in flying Audi's.

You can see the rest of the artworks on Scamp. The show runs until the 21st of December.

Glitch in the System

I recently did a really fun editorial illustration for The Official Xbox Magazine based on glitches in games and how gamers exploit and make use of these.

I'm not a big gamer myself but having done a bit of research and looked at videos of games on YouTube I was amazed at the quality of games these days. I'm intrigued.

I focused on some of the more bizarre glitches like invisible rifles and medieval fellas with big light beams bursting out of them.

Photo of it in the this months issue along side the original up above there.

Monday 8 December 2008

December Dystopia

This months topical Dystopia. Just in Time for Christmas.

Andrew's working on a whole new issue that we'll get start in January. Right Andrew?

Friday 5 December 2008

Alleviate Self Doubt Opening

Lovely prints.

Cliona's beautiful photo

Coupla shots from Candy's Alleviate Self Doubt opening in Versus last night. Lovely work all round and a great big crowd even on such a cold night.


Myself and Gav Beattie collaborated on a poster for the Mastodon gig last Wednesday. Gav had the great idea of a mermaid being torn to peices by a Great White shark. I drew up the mermaid and shark and Gav did the ace text and background and then screen printed it to sell at the show. Amazing job he did on the final image. I was really looking forward to the gig but of course came down with a crappy cold and missed it.

Click the pic to see a bigger version.

There's lots of beautiful original screen prints on the TLH site check them out when you have a moment.

Thursday 4 December 2008

Alleviate Self Doubt

Candy are launching a brilliant new set of postcards on the theme Alleviate Self Doubt in Versus tonight at 7pm. I was going to try and describe what it's all about but the lads have done a very good job here.

I was delighted to be asked to be one of the eleven artist involved which includes one of my favourite Irish illustrators Alan Clarke, Aidan Kelly, Keith Walsh, Cliona O'Flaherty, Rich Gilligan and lots more talented people.

That's mine up there.

There's also a limited edition posters of the artwork also so get there early I says.


I've just slightly festivised (is that a word?) The Shop on my site. There's a bunch of little paintings for sale on it and they're all looking for a new home. If you'd like to have one in time for Christmas make sure you place your order before the 18th of December.

Click here to have a browse.

All postage is free and done through paypal.

50 - Art Sale & Exhibition

I have 5 pieces in a group exhibition that opens tomorrow evening in 50 Pembroke road in Ballsbridge. Looks like it will be a great show. Details from their site:

50 is a "by invitation only" art sale taking place in Ballsbridge on the 5th and 6th of December. It will feature work from emerging French and Irish artists, including Joby Hickey , Bennie Reilly, Ciaran Crowley, Fab LaPlace, Chris Judge, Mairead DeBlaca and David Franklin. We are thrilled to have such an exceptional collection of artists for the show, we hope you enjoy it!

If you would like to get an invitation visit their site for details.

I've been wanting to paint these extremely ordinary portraits of fictional people for age now so it was a great excuse to work on them. Here's two of them, I had the other three wrapped up for delivery before I realised I hadn't taken any bleedin photos of them. I'll post the other three here next week.

Wednesday 26 November 2008


There's a great event tonight in The Button Factory as part of the Movember Month (Movember is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men's health). They'll be auctioning off lots of great original art based on the Moustache.

Here's my contribution to the worthy cause.

Thursday 13 November 2008

Paintings on Flickr

I'm slowly adding a back log of work onto my Flickr account. I've just uploaded a selection of paintings and soft sculptures (hand made by Ciara Brehony, Marta Bahillo and Renate Henshcke) that I worked on over the last few years. More to follow when I can find them.

Clicky here for a look.

Monday 10 November 2008


Scamp have posted a lovely little project based on the election results. Here's my submission.

Check out the rest here.

Thursday 6 November 2008

Scamp Latest Work

Good lord I haven't had a chance to post anything here in days. I'm currently just finishing up a selection of projects so I'll make sure to start posting them here in the next few days. In the meantime check out the latest work from members of the IGI on Scamp. Great stuff again.

Friday 31 October 2008

November Dystopia

November's Dystopia for Totally Dublin magazine.

It's all about the vote across the pond this week. Who's going to win? I know who I want to win...

Poor Dystopians don't get a choice.

Tuesday 28 October 2008

Halloween on Scamp

Well, just got back from the MOST AMAZING city on the planet that is Tokyo on Sunday night. I have tons of sketches and photos and and other stuff that I can't wait to post here.

In the meantime, Scamp.ie have just uploaded the latest sketch project by the Irish Illustrators members based on Halloween. Amazing selection this time, they're getting better with each project.

That's mine above there but click here to check the rest of the lovely work out.

Monday 20 October 2008

Beasts in Tokyo

I'm in Tokyo until the 26th so I won't get a chance to post anything here during the next week.

I can't quite get over how astounding this city is. I'll upload lots of photos and sketches and stories from our adventure when I get back to the old sod. In the meantime I spotted a Beast on the street the first night we got here. Lots more of them to come.


See you in a week!

Wednesday 8 October 2008

Sign for new bar Twisted Pepper

This is a hand painted sign I did last week for a new bar on Abbey Street called Twisted Pepper. They'll be rotating the artwork for the sign every few months so it was nice to have the first stab at it. You can also just make out some great artwork in the foyer by Brian Coldrick.

Monday 6 October 2008

Beasts on Flickr

This is the latest Beast I caught on camera out in the wild. We went to the giant amazing aquarium in Lisbon last month and there were lots of Beasts hanging out with the various bizaarro animals. More to follow.

I've also just put the first 10 Beasts up as a new set on my Flickr which I'll keep adding to as I make them.

Click here for a look.

Friday 3 October 2008

23 New Paintings

I've just put up a new shop on my website with 23 new paintings. I've been slowly working on them over the last four months so and I'm really happy with them. It's often a good distraction from the more commercial. Good to get ones hands dirty every so often, wha?

Did I mention that all shipping is free with every purchase?

Click here to have a browse.

Oireachtas Leaflet

I recently worked on a Leaflet to educate school kids about a day in the life of a TD with Red Dog design in Dublin. They wanted something similar to my comic strip work so it was lots of fun drawing in this style. That's the front and back up there.

Scamp Latest Work

Lots of great new work from September on Scamp by members of the IGI.

Click here.

Monday 29 September 2008

Unflattering Portraits Electric Picnic 2008

I finally got around to resizing all the photos we took at our wonderful portrait sessions at Electric Picnic and putting them on my Flickr. Beautifully rendered depictions of the beautiful late afternoon drunks by myself, Fergal and Wickham.

Click HERE

I'm doing a full overhaul on my Flickr at the moment so they're the only images on it at the moment.

Friday 26 September 2008

Tea Party

Photo I took this morning of one of the big Vodafone outdoor posters of the Cowboy and Indian enjoying some tea in the desert.

Bleedin' Rain

The fine upstanding gentlemen over at Scamp asked members of Illustrators Ireland for a quick responce to the astoundingly bad weather we had all Summer here in Ireland. That's mine above. Check out the rest of them here. Again, full of lots of amazing work.

Tuesday 23 September 2008

October Dystopia

Dystopia for Totally Dublin. This is the first of seven pages of Daniel's story. The poor fellow.

Devil bus

This varooomed by me on the quays this morning. Finding it difficult to chase buses these days.

Fingers and Toes

A pair of Adidas I painted all over for the www.weareoriginals.ie site.

Monday 22 September 2008

Vodafone Punk & Posh Kid

Here's the third of the three sets of characters for the the Vodafone campaign I just finished with DDFHB. Just spotted it in the Sunday Times yesterday. I'll get some photos of them out and about over the next week and post the here.

Friday 19 September 2008

Holiday Sketchbook

I kept a sketchbook of various characters I saw while on holiday in Portugal last week. I drew most of them on the go so they're a bit wonky but I'm pretty happy with how they look.

The lovely chaps on Scamp.ie have uploaded a bunch of the illustrations onto their site. My writing on them is bulging full of wonderful spelling mistakes, which were done on porpoise, but I've sent them revised versions with slightly better spelling on them so hopefully they'll upload that soon before I'm exposed as the doofus I am.

Click here to see the rest of them.

Vodafone Angel & Devil

Devil & Angel for Vodafone. I just spotted the lovely couple on the side of a bus this afternoon. Flew by too quickley to get a photo. Looks like I'll be running after buses again like a prat.

I'll post the last set of characters here I see them out and about.