These are two pages of my pencil work for an upcoming comic book anthology from the Islander Art collective. The comic book is called 'Black Sky' and will be published this Winter. My 6 page comic strip in the anthology book is called 'The Ravens of County Cork.' Its based on an idea I had while studying graphic design in Cork IT. The story is set during the Black Death in Ireland in the 14th Century and follows the narrative of a skilled doctor trying his best to save the lives of the sick and also survive the undead onslaught of fictitious zombies.
The second edition of the Irish Horror Journal, the Green Book, will be launched on Tuesday October 22nd in Alan Hanna's Bookshop in Dublin at 6 PM. Im pleased to have my illustration of my Duallachan character from Ghost of Shandon on the cover of the Green Book. The launch event will also include a talk on Bram Stoker by John Moore. The Green Book is published by Swan River Press and Id like to thank Brian J Showers for getting me involved with the Green Book.
I will be giving 2 kids arts workshops at this years Spleodar Arts Festival in Nenagh, County Tipperary during the Halloween midterm. The 2 workshops will be run on October 30th in the Nenagh Heritage Centre. The first workshop will be focused on comic book making and will run from 10 AM to 11.30 AM. The second workshop will be a cartooning workshop and will run from 12 PM to 1PM. Tickets will be available by calling in at the box office at Nenagh Arts Centre, Town Hall, Banba Square.
I gave the recent DC Comics, Harley Quinn Talent Search challenge a go for the fun of it! I dont often illustrate superhero characters but I am a big fan of the DC Universe. The dark edge of Gotham City and its inhabitants appeals to my creative instincts, so I decided to give the Harley Quinn page a go. There was nothing fancy about the process, its all drawn with a 2H pencil on a regular cartridge pad drawing sheet. Harley Quinn is, for the most part, dressed in her New 52 costume.
October is Children's Book Festival month in Ireland and this year I will be giving two drawing workshops for kids in the Tory Top Library and the Cork City Library on the Grand Parade. My Tory Top Library workshop will be held on Thursday October 17th at 11 AM and my Cork City Library workshop will be held on Friday October 4th, again at 11 AM. Bookings now available through the Cork City Libraries here: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be participating in a week long illustration exhibition at the Yeats Gallery in Sligo from Saturday August 31st entitled Through the Looking Glass. I will be exhibiting alongside artists from the four corners of Ireland including the wonderfully talented artists Marian Noone, JG O'Donoghue, Eoin Coveney, Wayne O'Connor, Eva Widermann and Rosemary Fallon. The exhibition opening night is on Saturday August 31st at 6.30 PM and all are welcome to attend.
Ghost of Shandon made its first appearance at a comic book convention last weekend at Dublin Comic Con 2013 in the National Convention Centre. I had a great weekend meeting other Irish comic creators including Uproar Comics, Little Room of Comics and Lone Star State. With the help of my trusty side-kick Rosalind, Ghost of Shandon was displayed and showcased in the 'artists alley' of Dublin Comic Con. Id like to thank everyone that supported my work over the weekend. It was great to be involved in the celebration of all things geek and myself and Rosalind came back to Cork with a car full of comics. Hopefully we'll be back again next year for Dublin Comic Con 2014.
Here is the cover for Vampire King in colour. With the help of my publishers Onstream, the illustration was developed from the pencil draft I posted a week or two ago on the blog. The finished illustration now includes on the left hand side, the Macroom vampire Deargdul and the banshee Clíodhna. Other Irish Monsters are depicted on the right hand side of the illustration. Aisling and Ronan are at the heart of the illustration and are framed by the monster characters. Blackrock Castle looms in the distance. For the colouring I aimed for a Winter palette with lots of snow drops and deep blues and purples.
Next week, August 17th to 25th is National Heritage Week in Ireland. I will be involved in this years festivities by hosting two illustration workshops at Bishopstown Library and Blackpool Library. On Saturday August 17th at 12 PM I will be hosting a heritage themed cartooning workshop at Bishopstown Library and on Tuesday August 20th at 2 PM I will be hosting a similarly themed workshop in Blackpool Library.Both workshops will focus on drawing historical characters and historical Bookings are now being taken through the respective libraries.
A looming deadline for an Arts Council of Ireland grant application has hurried my need for a more finalized cover for the Ghost of Shandon sequel. I did not want to go with the same composition as the first book and I also wanted to create an illustartion with more depth for the sequels cover. So here is how it looks at the moment in pencil. I've tried to incorporate most of the Irish monsters that appear in Vampire King but Ive purposely kept some back for the inside of the book! The castle in the background is Blackrock Castle.