I created this map of the wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park to celebrate the launch of their summer bus service. This means you can get the bus from Westport all the way to Ballycroy for free. I recommend the Letterkeen Loop which starts at Wild Nephin, it’s a lovely walk. Link here to the bus timetable.
“Hello!” called the Mountain “Hello!”. As per usual, she got no response from the people in the city below. The people are the Mountain’s favourite creatures, but they seem to have forgotten all about the Mountain. Maybe it’s time for the Mountain to try something new. Take a journey, with the Mountain that Moved…
This is a really unique product. Published by Badly Made Books in Cork, the book is Risograph printed in vibrant soya based inks, including a fluoro pink. The paper is recycled which gives the pages an amazing texture. You can snap up your own limited edition copy here, at my new shop.
Here is a sneak peak of the new improved ‘The Mountain that moved’. I have been editing and improving the story, and adding some new artwork. It will be published by Badly Made books, based in Cork in the coming weeks. Badly Made books is a Cork based Publisher that use recycled paper and traditional methods, so it’s a perfect home for the Mountain that Moved. More info coming soon !!
This Month I created an Illustration for Outsider Magazine. This was my first Editorial Illustration, so it was a bit of a ‘practise run’. Outsider magazine is a great magazine, full of inspirational stories to make you want to get outside more! Get your copy at all good newsagents and see my Illustration for yourself.
I have been working on a full length graphic novel: Journey to Cuidad Perdida. I took a break however to work on a shorter 3 page story, just to get some drawing practice. I made this piece using colouring pencils, gouache and inks. I find consistency challenging, but I think towards page 3, I was starting to get the hang of it! Click here to read the full story.
I have been experimenting with masking fluid and acrylic inks. I really like the results, it kind of looks like a print. This is what I imagine a heart looks like after spending time in the jungle. Forever changed.
I have been painting some of the birds I see on my daily walk through Westport House. I love watching the birds, and listening to them chatter as I walk to my studio. One morning I saw a little Goldcrest digging among the leaves. They are tiny, only about the size of your thumb, but bursting with personality.
I painted these in oils, but I have to say it was a reminder of how labor intensive Oil Painting can be. Between waiting for the layers to dry, a single image can take weeks to complete. I do like the results, but I think I could have got a similar result with acrylics in half the time. I plan on framing these as prints and selling them, I think they will look lovely on the wall.
So, what have I been up to for the last while, I hear you say? Well, settling into my new studio for one thing! I am now resident at the Custom House Studio’s, Westport, Co. Mayo.
The Studio’s are lovely and have central heating which is amazing. My desk looks out on to the Quay below which is endlessly entertaining.
I have been working on some new graphic novel ideas and practicing the new language of comics. It’s a learning curve, drawing small and with specific intentions, but I am enjoying the new challenges.
The area which is most love to explore is narrative. I love the way that images can tell a story. This sketch above is kind of a layering of memories. It represents the area I grew up in, but also how you eventually out grow your surroundings and set your sights on new adventures. It’s a warm up to test my skills, as I resume work on a graphic novel ‘Ciudad Perdida‘ which I started a few years ago, before my MA. Graphic Novels are such a wonderful blend of Narrative, storytelling and imagery. A great graphic novel is in my opinion a true work of Art. A Pocket great work, that engages our hearts and brains. So watch this space!!
Since my MA finished and I returned to Ireland I have been working on some new stories. I am still working out the details but I imagine the main characters as two quirky kids, that love spending time outside. They spend time camping and surfing, and they live in a rural location. The stories also have an environmental theme, and perhaps an air of mystery. No wonder I have not actually finished any of the stories yet!