Tuesday 17 May 2011

Travel Sketchbook New York and Virginia May 2011

Over the last couple of years I've tried to keep sketchbooks whenever I travel and more often than not I'm too lazy or having too much fun to be bleedin' drawing pictures, so more often than not I come home with a few half assed doodles and they end up in a drawer. Other times I get into the rhythm of it and can't stop.

I'm just back from a really fun holiday in Americky visiting my sister, brother-n-law and brand new niece baby Maeve in Virginia as well as a week in New York where I couldn't stop drawing the amazing characaters wandering the around the area we stayed in.

Here's a selection from various sketchbooks and scraps of paper I made during the trip.

I enjoyed it so much this time that now I just want to hop on a train around Europe and draw for months like Steve Doogan did though!

Click the 'Read More' link for all the sketches

Reminder about CBI conference this Weekend!

Just a quick reminder about the session I'm involved in this weekend with some pals.


I'm honoured to be have been invited to be a guest speaker at this years Children's Books Ireland conference along side some of Ireland's most talented illustrators and writers. It takes place on the 21st-22nd May in the National Library, Dublin. I am also very chuffed that they used The Beast for the cover of their programme and posters.

This is the event I'll be taking part in so I have to get my thinking cap on:

Sunday 21st, 2.45 Picture-book Inspiration 4x4 with Emma Byrne, Chris Haughton, Chris Judge & Steve Simpson
Take four of Irelands most talented picture-book designers and illustrators then challenge then to talk about
their four favourite designers and illustrators. The catch? They have only two minutes per artist to make their case!  

Click here to find out more about the fantastic event.

Easons session this Thursday

Really looking forward to the 'Illustrators Evening Event' this Thursday in Easons on O'Connell street Dublin which I'm delighted to have been invited to take part in with David Melling ('Don’t Worry Douglas'), Chris Haughton (A Bit Lost’ which just won the 2010 Bisto award! Well done Chris) and Niamh Sharkey (‘On The Road With Mavis & Marge’)

We'll be drawing pictures, talking about how we got into the childrens book industry and signing books.

Details of how to get tickets here.