Character design, illustration, promotion and on-site displays
What the folk?!
Spirit of Folk is a weekend folk and music festival that takes place in September. Now in its fifth year, the festival is an eclectic mix of music, spiritual workshops, family-oriented activities, folk history, storytelling and good old-fashioned fun.
For the 2015 festival I created five characters – spirits representing and overseeing different aspects of the festival: Music, Magic, Nature, Curiosity and Mischief. They were featured online and in print, as well as on site as board cut-outs for photo opportunities!
Line up poster
Branding and illustration
When Digital Detox Ireland approached me about branding and illustration for their workshops I took it as an opportunity to close my laptop screen and break out the pencils. The logo is entirely hand drawn (but, admittedly, digitally coloured) and features nature breaking through the pixels.
Digital Detox Ireland
Christmas illustration for The Irish Times accompanying an article on unusual Irish Christmas traditions.
Remembering Maeve Binchy
On the anniversary of Maeve Binchy's death The Irish Times paid tribute with a broadsheet supplement featuring a number of her most popular columns and stories. I illustrated five of these stories, as well as a portrait of the late author accompanying an article in which she described the strange experience of having a documentary made in her home.
Editorial Illustration: Health i
Illustration and layout design
A couple of illustrated spreads for the Health Section of The Irish Times: one on things to watch out for at various stages of a woman's life, one on physical health and physiology throughout the life cycle.
Cover and editorial illustration
Illustrations for a MyHome.ie report showing how the Central Bank of Ireland is trying to cap mortgage rates.
Editorial Illustration: Health ii
Illustration in the Health Section of The Irish Times accompanying an article on finding ways to keep teenagers busy in the summer time.
A piece to accompany a newly interpreted version of James Joyce's Eveline from Dubliners. Both the original story and the reworked version feature a main character who tries to leave home but fails in the end because they feel held back by fear and family obligations. I wanted to reference the original with the phrase 'Derevaun Seraun' engraved onto the anchor – a nonsense or possibly corrupted Irish phrase repeated by the mother of Joyce's Eveline.
The editor also asked for a small portrait of Joyce somewhere if possible, so he's made a little cameo on the anchor too.
Piece illustrating an article in The Irish Times about male and female friendships.
Illustration showcasing the best of home grown Irish food products for The Irish Times Magazine, as part of Food Month, November 2013. Bit of a challenge as I only had two hours to work on the illustration from start to finish!
Editorial illustration for a piece on women's pubic hair in The Irish Times. What's the best way to illustrate pubic hair in a positive way without actually showing pubic hair in a national newspaper and inviting complaints? Flowers!
Violence in art
Editorial illustration and photo montage
A feature on the intersection of violence and art in The Irish Times, May 2012.