Map illustration showing some of the amazing sights to see and activities to try along the stunning Wild Atlantic Way. Stretching from Cork in the south, up the west coast of Ireland and across the northern tip of the Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way offers a little bit of something for everyone. Can’t wait to get back there myself.
An illustrated map showing important historical sites in Fingal, Co. Dublin during the 1916 Rising. This was part of an educational booklet which I also designed for Fingal County Council. Below you can see how the booklet folds out into an A2 size map which was used in the classroom to discuss the history of the area.
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 artwork that will offer visitors contemporary views on LGBTQ issues that will be open to discussion during the month.The gallery will host special events during the exhibition to raise money for BeLonG To . Join us on our opening night for live music sponsored by Super Happy Fun Times, free refreshments and BYOB.
So my piece was originally going to be called “Adam and Steve”. We’ve heard the religious right using this silly, anti-gay slogan, “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” and that’s where I started from. I’ve decided to call it “Up Yours (Fundamentalists)” – probably equally silly but it made me laugh, and my beloved husband picked that name. The idea here is simply two guys having a bit of fun on the other side of the Garden of Eden. The background here is a painting “Rust op de vlucht naar Egypte, manner of Jan Brueghel” which is in the public domain and made available from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
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 Shaw
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin 1856.
“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
Two of my favourite children’s stories are “The Selfish Giant” and “The Happy Prince”, by Wilde. They are both a little bit heart-breaking.
Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854.
And here is Oscar resplendent in red:
“Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.”
James Joyce wrote a book of short stories called “Dubliners” and one of the characters in there was called Farley – just like me. Here is my illustrated homage to the man who wrote many classics, including one I’ve never been able to get through – Ulysses. James Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882.
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 of the viking. He’s not too scary though, he might even be a bit smug. My home town, Dublin was visited by the Vikings or Ostmen around 841, where they settled. the name Dublin comes from the Norse Dyflin or “Black Pool”, referring to a dark tidal pool where the River Poddle entered the Liffey at the rear of Dublin Castle.
If you need a map illustrated for your project, book, magazine or website. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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 did know that Vikings didn’t REALLY have horns on their helmets, but I didn’t know about the food they ate, or about how they nearly all had hair combs. This was a really fun and interesting project to work on. I used a limited colour palette for each of the panels
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 the ship’s ropes, she cut off most of her hair to embarrass her father into taking her, thus earning her the nickname “Gráinne Mhaol” (Irish pronunciation: from maol bald or having cropped hair). The name stuck and was usually anglicised as Granuaile.
Eoghan Dubhdara Ó Máille, her father and his family were based in Clew Bay, County Mayo. He was chieftain of the Ó Máille clan. The Uí Mháille (O’Malleys) were one of the few seafaring families on the west coast, and they built a row of castles facing the sea to protect their territory. Grace was married in 1546 to Dónal an Chogaidh Ó Flaithbheartaigh (Donal of the Battle) – he was much older than her and they had three children together.
O’Malley went to England and met with Elizabeth 1 at Greenwich Palace, wearing a fine gown, she refused to bow before Elizabeth because she did not recognise her as the Queen of Ireland.
Many folk stories and legends about Grace O’Malley have survived since her days of pirating and trading with a huge number of traditional songs and poems about her.