I was in Barcelona a couple of weeks ago, sticking to the shade and heard some commentary for the Ireland/Australia rugby game coming out of a bar, so walked in to check the score. We got prime seats to watch the game and a bunch of ex Ireland players were there. I was awestruck. Anyways, I bribed a couple of them with the promise of a drawing in exchange for a quick pic and chat. I've already posted a bunch of others but was happy to add Donnacha Ryan and Tomás O Leary to the number.
A friend recently asked if I could paint a picture of her daughter. She wanted it as a gift for her daughter's birthday. She's a pretty young woman and I hope the picture does her justice. Mammy was very pleased with the end result.
I've been working pretty hard the last couple of months on creating work for a new site. It's the direction I've been looking for a tighter angle of direction in my work for a long time. It focuses it more and I think it's an area that lends itself to a wide variety of topics I'm interested in. So, I've put up a new site. I'd be happy if you've managed to come to this site, you could pay visit to my new one. I know that it still needs a lot of work, but the important thing is that it's live.
I'll be expanding the areas of focus and kinds of content throughout the year so stay tuned. I have a FB page and will be setting up accounts across other social media platforms soon also.
Here's the image from today to give you a taster.
I recently finished an illustration for a wedding card. I hadn't done any watercolour painting in a long time and it's something I wanted to try again. So this was a good opportunity. After a couple of sketches, the client picked their favourite and I set to getting the image finished.
So I have a direction I want my work to move in. It combines a triple dose of my passions; illustration, history and education. That's the direction in a nutshell but I have further focuses and ambitions within these areas I plan to press ahead with. Ive already been working on this but not at full tilt because other projects needed closing out.
I'm excited about the possibilities of the project(s) and feel this is a real good direction for my work to go in. I have multiple angles that I want to use when creating the projects. Planned objectives and outcomes are being put in place. This sounds more business like than I usually would, but thats no bad thing. Strategy! Implementation!
I'm sticking up a few images as previews. No finished work here yet, but that's fine. I only really stick up finished work and sometimes that means too much time between posts, so I want to change that...Now it's about putting more work up, more often. I think writing these posts helps to get down what I'm thinking and helps narrow the focus a bit.
I won't bother with detailing so much what he images are about but I'm using some traditional media again in creating the work. Here's a little bit of what I've done so far...
This was a recent commission. Sinead is missing her beloved mother who sadly, is no longer with us. I was given two photos to try put together. By all accounts, she loved the picture. So, I'm glad. It's been printed and put in a nice white frame. Lovely.
So, it’s finished. I said I wanted to do at least 15 players. Well, I beat that by one! I would like to do the whole squad, past and current players. There's loads of other players I'd like to draw...O'Gara, Jackson, Hayes, Willie John McBride. It's a long list. Time does not allow, I’m afraid. And you know what they say about time...I have other projects to begin working on. [The last image is a gallery. Give it a click and go through all the mugshots.]
Okay-already, I will be doing some more! Just in time for the Six Nations and a little thing called The World Cup!!!. I love it! I think I’ll have at least each captain from the teams. I’ll also be doing a few sketches of the ladies teams (Can’t be forgetting about the girls now!). Come back for more!
Remember guys, it's easy to fall in with gangs! Be careful!
Here's an update to my Irish Rugby Players series. Distractions and other jobs notwithstanding, I've done the line-work to quite a few by now. I'm itching to getting this stage finished and move onto the painting. It's a task to keep consistent with the line-work weights, but overall I'm happy so far. I don't want to be trapped by seeking perfection. The colouring stage will be quick enough, I've set myself a template to stick by. One or two more decisions will be made at this stage. Here's where I'm at so far...
Another five or six and I'm calling it a day. I don't care that it's not all the current squad. Well, I do a bit, but time constraints mean I can't do everyone. But some of these guys are my favourite players. I'm not forgetting about the ladies team. I'll be picking a few of those to draw also. And because I see them every week in the Premiership, some of the English lads too.
I've started on a new series of portraits. This one focuses on one of my favourite teams...the Irish rugby team. What a collection of players. My aim is to complete a starting 15 or do a portrait of my favourite players. I'm taking nearly the same approach as I've done with other portraits, tweaking what I do though to get a better end result. The style is the same as other work I've done, but I know myself the changes I've made to the process. I like to keep the drawings post-it note small at the start so I don't get obsessed with detail. That and the fact that I usually try get some of the work done on my 15 minute breaks in work. Here's the sketches I've done so far, I won't bother with the names for now. I'll add the line work when they're all done, then get onto painting them.
My latest work-related comic. They think we don't have any brains. Clicking the image will bring up a bigger version.
My dear old Nan passed away at the start of the year. We have a lovely photo of her sitting in the garden and I wanted to paint it for my own Ma. I spent quite a while painting this one, I didn't want to look back on it in a few weeks and see all the imperfections staring me in the face. It was created entirely in Procreate. Usually I'll get some pencil lines down first, but skipped that step this time.
Anyways, here's the finished painting and a couple of details. Clicking them will bring up larger sizes.
I learned a bit more about the movie and book while making this. I had liked the original sketch I'd done but could never make it work. This turned out to be a tough one actually, but I've learned I really need to up my painting levels. Despite the theatrical language and costume from the scene the image here shows Alex contemplative and sinister, but quick to rebuke his brother Dim 'for being a bastard with no manners.'
For more movie images, hit the link.
My girlfriend has a tendency to mix up her phrases...a lot. As a gift, I created a desktop calendar for her. I took some of her best mix-ups and made little illustrations for them. Some photos of the final calendar and each of the illustrations beneath. For a closer look, clicking on any of the small images will bring them up to a larger size. I think most of them are like we're looking in on what she's saying. Like a confused fly on the wall...
Another in my images influenced from my 'other work'...the warehouse. It's another movie style poster featuring a number of faces from work. Anyone else who works with me on my level will recognise the mountains of work that needs doing, while 'the leaders' discuss business over cups of coffee outside under the smoking shed. Fair play to them...This started as a pen sketch, then was worked up in Procreate. I've put the rough and final versions up.
I accidentally deleted this blog post. I only wanted to modify an image...Anyways, here it is again. I was asked to draw an angel for a tattoo. It's been a long time since I rendered anything in pencil like this, so I'm fairly happy. There were a few alterations made in photoshop. The face is based on the beautiful Grace Kelly.
The leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising. A small project I'd wanted to get finished for a long time. All the paintings were created on the ipad. I also want to make animated gifs for each of the paintings. I'll get to that soon enough. James Connolly is actually my great great grandfather, I would love to have the chance to have a long talk with him.
Prints of each of the images will be available soon. Watch this space and my Facebook page for details.
I've just finished a portrait of my aunt's kids and their teddy bear. She was happy with it. The kids were happy with it. I'm happy with it. To my knowledge, no one asked the bear.
I'm working on a series of paintings of the leaders of the Easter Rising. All of them have been created on the ipad using Procreate and the Maglus Stylus. I'm keeping track of my own progress with this post. Here's the stages and completed version of one of the images I've finished. Once they're all done, I'm gonna stitch em' all together and create some gif images of them. One thing at a time though...
I thought the second Anchorman movie was gonna be a sci-fi affair. I guess it'll never happen...