Illustration Portfolio

Illustration Portfolio (All work)


Rugby World Cup Map

An illustrated map showing the twenty countries participating in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The print dimensions are about 42cm wide and 16cm high. The vast majority of my illustrations start life in pencil in my sketchbook. I then scan them in, redraw them in Adobe...

State Animals of the U.S.A. Map

An illustrated USA map showing all fifty states of the U.S.A. with their state animal and the state capital.  Several states have the same animal, for example, Arkansas, Georgia, and Illinois all have the white-tailed deer as their state...

Map of Fingal and the Easter Rising 1916

This illustrated map was created as part of an educational package for schools explaining the importance of Fingal during the Easter Rising 1916. I designed a booklet at A4 size which folded out to the map at A2 size. The illustrated characters represent different...

Bliain na nAmhrán (Year of Song) Book

Book Cover illustrated by Tarsila Kruse. Bliain na nAmhrán (Year of Song). Songs and Rhymes of four seasons. Written by Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin and illustrated by Tarsila Kruse, Christina O Donovan, Brian Fitzgerald and myself (Jennifer Farley). Published by Futa Fata....

Astronaut Academy Book

Through a series of fun and challenging tasks in this picture book, kids will attend “classes” as part of their special training required to become an astronaut on a mission to Mars: Space Pilot, Space Living, Space Engineer, Space Scientist and Space Gym. Each topic...

M is For Moby Dick

M is for Moby Dick is a book I'm currently working on for very young (toddlers) readers. Featuring 26 words inspired by the famous book by Herman Melville, each page contains an illustration of a character or idea from the book. Below you can see the cover and a...

Map of India

Ah, the beautiful sub-continent of India. A place I've visited and would love to go back to again. This illustrated map of India shows some interesting facts about the people and culture of India and the location of some of the major cities. It was created for a book...

The Wind & The Sun

This is four images from a set of illustrations telling the story of The Wind And The Sun - Aesop's Fable published in Irish by Folens. The story tells of a dispute between the wind and the sun over who is the strongest. THE WIND and the Sun were disputing which was...

Fionn & The Dragon

Illustrations created for the story of Fionn & The Dragon, published as part of the Primary School Irish book in Ireland by Folens. The Fionn in question is the mythical Irish hunter Fionn mac Cumhaill, also known in English as Finn MacCool.  The work involved...

Madame Butterfly Poster

I went to see Madame Butterfly at the Bord Gais Theatre in Dublin last week. I've seen the opera three times now (in different productions and places) and still can't get enough of it. You would need a heart of stone not to be moved by the story and the music. The...

The Kraken

This is the second of two images I created for the Illustrators Ireland exhibition "Mythical Beasts". This is the Kraken! The Kraken is a legendary sea monster of giant size that is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. A number of authors over the...

Triton

This is one of two images I created for an Illustrators Ireland group exhibition called Mythical Beasts. This is Triton. Triton is a mythological Greek god, the messenger of the sea. He is the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, god, and goddess of the sea respectively,...

Song Of The Tone Deaf Siren

Matters of the Heart is a group exhibition by some of the members of Illustrators Ireland and is currently on show at the United Arts Club, Dublin. The brief for the exhibition was simply to create an illustration or piece of work based on the idea of matters of the...

If You Go Down To The Woods Today

"Without The Words" is a group exhibition by members of illustrators Ireland. It was first shown at the prestigious Luan Gallery in Athlone, and then moved on to the Mill in Dundrum. My piece is called “If you go down to the woods today …” and features an Elvis-loving...

1916 Rising Women On Bicycles (RothaÍocht na mBan)

To commemorate the role of women in the 1916 Rising, Fingal County Council commissioned me to create a set of illustrations and designs to promote their event called RothaÍocht na mBan (Women on Bicycles). A variety of women from different social classes played a huge...

The Hare & The Tortoise

Illustrations created for the classic Aesop Fable of The Hare & The Tortoise, published as part of primary school Irish by Folens. The work involved creating six full colour scenes (some of which you can see above) and a colour maze activity and a set of black and...

Revolution Illustrations

I was a finalist in the Fire illustration competition based on the theme of Revolution. I entered three images which you can see above. My concept of Revolution was the idea of turning off your computer/tablet/phone and just go outside. Don't tell anyone where you...

The Illustrated Beatles – Mr. Kite

The Illustrated Beatles exhibition is a show created by forty illustrators, who are members of Illustrators Ireland.  Each illustrator created a piece based on a different Beatles song. My illustration is based on the song "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" which...

Damn Fine Dublin

"Damn Fine Dublin" was an exhibition of 30 screen printed pieces of work by Irish artists and illustrators. The screen-printing was done by the wonderful people at Damn Fine Print.  Signed limited editions of each print were available on the night. Thank you to Kim,...

Giselle Ballet Poster

Pointe Blank is an initiative created by the Birmingham Royal Ballet and I was thrilled to be one of twenty five illustrators involved in this project. The project is described as follows: Collections of original images inspired by the plots of major narrative works...

Queer As Folk

This is a picture I made for the Queer As Folk exhibition at the White Lady Art Gallery, Dublin. Here's the official blurb for the show. Queer As Folk is a group exhibition that will explore each artist's individual take on what modern sexuality means to them, and...

Irish Writers

As part of an on-going project illustrating Irish writers, here are portraits of George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. These three prints were chosen for inclusion in the Halftone Exhibition in the Library Project in Temple Bar in Dublin. George Bernard...

Viking Map

An illustrated map showing the routes taken by the Vikings leaving Norway, Sweden and Denmark on their way to Britain and Ireland. I've used mostly muted tones on this picture with just a touch of red on the viking ship sails, the scary sea monster and the rosy cheeks...

Animal ABC

Animal ABC is an alphabet book I wrote and illustrated for very young readers. It features 26 colourful animals and a glossary with some interesting facts about each one. It's available to buy in print and download as an ebook from Amazon. You can buy or download the...

Heritage Map of Fingal

An illustrated map showing over 30 landmarks or regions of interest in Fingal, Ireland. The map was created as part of a brochure, which I also designed, for Fingal County Council....

Nantucket Map, Massachusetts USA

An illustrated map showing the island of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, U.S.A. The map features the main lighthouses on the island, surfing on the south coast, the little church in Siasconset and the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge near the northern...

Farid’s Rickshaw Ride

"Farid's Rickshaw Ride" is 48-page picture book I illustrated about a small boy in Bangladesh and the Rickshaw driver he meets one day in the city. The book was written by the very talented Rowan Oberman and created in conjunction with Trocaire. It was developed for...

Aer Lingus Cara Magazine Cover

Cara - Aer Lingus in-flight magazine cover celebrating 80 years of flying. This illustration was a lovely commission for Cara Magazine, the in-flight magazine for Aer Lingus. Art Director Clare Meredith (thank you Clare!) contacted me about doing the cover for a very...

Historically Famous People Illustrated

This is an ongoing personal project to create illustrations of some famous historical characters. I will add more illustrations as I do them. Some of these famous folk are still living but most are dead. Vera Rubin - Astronomer Vera Rubin was a physicist and...

Things You May Not Have Known About Vikings

This project brief was to illustrate and design a set of facts about Viking behaviour. Some of these facts may not be so well known. The facts were presented for children on a set of pull-up panels accompanying an exhibition for adults about Viking life in Fingal. I...

Grace O’Malley Meets Queen Elizabeth 1

This is a set of spot illustrations created for Irish language publisher An Gum. According to Irish legend, as a young girl Grace O’Malley wished to go on a trading expedition to Spain with her father. Upon being told she could not because her long hair would catch in...

Brian Boru and the Vikings

To commemorate the town of Swords connection with the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the death of Brian Boru, Fingal County Council organised a weekend of activities in the town of Swords itself that included a night time torch-light parade to mark...

Map of Swords Castle, Dublin

I drew this map showing historic Swords Castle and its surroundings as part of a brochure I designed for Fingal County Council.Swords Castle was built as the manorial residence of the first Anglo-Norman Archbishop of Dublin, John Comyn, around 1200 or a little later...

Wimoweh – the lion sleeps tonight

Last night was the opening of Sounds Damn Fine exhibition, orchestrated by the fantastic people at Damn Fine Print. 30 artists were chosen to exhibit with 30 hand-pulled prints from each available on the night. The theme was Sounds Damn Fine and each artist picked a...

Marina Willer Portrait For Offset Conference Dublin

This piece was commissioned for OFFSET, the wonderful 3-day creative conference which takes place in Dublin every year. Marina Willer is a partner at Pentagram and was one of the speakers at the conference and I was delighted to have the opportunity to make her...

Professions – Unusual Jobs People Do

A series of illustrations showing some of the jobs people do. Includes Astronauts, Chefs, Flamenco Dancers and Elvis Impersonators. The illustration of Chef "Bruno Bourdin Blanc" was used in a French language education book. Niall Legstrong Astronaut Maria the...

St Patrick’s Day Parade Route Map

Illustrated map showing the parade route and locations of restaurants, cafes and shops in the town of Swords, Co. Dublin. The map was created along with illustrated posters and flyers to advertise the...

Phoenix Park Dublin Map

This is illustration was created for Uniquely Dublin competition and features a map of the Phoenix Park in Dublin. On the map, you can see Dublin Zoo, Aras An Uchatarain (where the president lives), the wellington monument and some families and park visitors enjoying...