Our future wedding commission

'Perfect empty waves glide across the silky pink ocean'

Reddin Designs Our Future illustration

My cousin Elizabeth is getting married in a few hours to the wonderful Barry they share and extraordinary connection to the natural world. I have tried to capture what their ideal future together would look like.

Reddin Designs our future wedding commission

Set in the wilds of the west of ireland a couple stand outside their tached farm house. They stare into the distance, across the rolling Atlantic. 
Perfect empty waves glide across the silky pink ocean. A scattering of wild flowers bloom over the blackened bog. Fia the hound sits patiently by their feet as the couple watch over everything they have built together and think of things to come

Critique your artwork, Facebook or Instagram?

Which social media platform allows for better visual comparisons. Facebook or Instagram?

Reddin designs Facebook vrs Instagram

Artist critique

Every artist knows that the only way to improve your work is through constant critique. Social media can act as a fantastic platform to share your visual ideas and get instant feedback if used correctly. I use both Facebook and Instagram regularly to ask direct questions about my work, most people are more then happy to offer their opinion.

Last week I posted the same question to both Facebook and Instagram to discover startling contradictory results. This has lead me to question - Which platform is better for critique?

The Post

The post asked for help deciding between two versions of the same art piece. On Facebook an overwhelming majority chose the print on the above right. This print has cooler tones reflected in the blue and the green colouring. 

Reddin designs Facebook vrs Instagram


However on Instagram almost everybody selected the above version which is much warmer tone, this is reflected in the burnt golden colours.

Initially I was baffled by the result.

My conclusion

The reason I think both posts yielded such differing opinions is a result of image format. Facebook shows both prints in a rectangular format standing side by side. Where as Instagram shows one image at a time cropped into square format with the option to flick between the two. I think the instant accurate comparison displayed by Facebook allows for much better judgement and critique.  And I would say for this particular piece the Facebook results are more accurate. I would love to hear your thoughts on this comparission so please leave a comment below 

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Patrick Kavanagh

Irish Writers Series

This was the 3srd in a series of Portraits I was commissioned to do for a new office fit out in Dublin



I have based it on the poem 'Canal Bank Walk'

I have drawn the portrait of the poet in black and white and have introduced a huge splash of colour in the form of a flock of birds escaping from a canal lock. This alludes directly to the poem by using the imagery of the canal coupled with the boundless nature of birds flight which is intended to reflect his thought process

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Oscar Wilde

Irish Writers Series

This was the 2nd in a series of Portraits I was commissioned to do for a new office fit out in Dublin



“We are all in the gutter looking at the stars” 

I have based this piece on the above quote. As Wilde was so interested in the ‘aesthetic movement’ I have decided to depict him as a young confidant man. Given his overt and colorful nature I have decided to incorporate as much color and texture as possible to properly convey the personality 

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James Joyce

Irish Writers Series

This was the 1st in a series of Portraits I was commissioned to do for a new office fit out in Dublin


The Design

Almost all of James Joyce’s literary works were rooted in the streets of Dublin, Most famously Ulysses which depicts the adventure of Leopold Bloom as he travels through the city.I have illustrated Joyce's portrait using an old street map of Dublin to depict the light and dark area.

Joyce was also fascinated with the notion of the stream of consciousness, I have alluded to this by the introduction of a splash of color by his temple as if to highlightthe mans vibrant thought process