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

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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

The Liffey Swim

Night Swimming Illustration

I lived in Dublin for many years and was always fascinated by the Liffey Swim. Coming from Sligo my first observation of the capital was that everything moved so fast and everyone always seemed to have something they just must do. This is my interpretation of busy Dubliners night swimming as they train for the Liffey Swim

Howth and the Whale

Howth Head Print

I recently walked around Howth Head in North County Dublin and was amazed to find, nestled amongst the craggy rock faces, this stunning lighthouse. My imagination instantly sparked as I thought of a  great whale plunging through the clouds, almost making contact with the tip of the lighthouse.

I just had to draw this as soon as I got home!

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Illustrating a hero image for a website

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The Client

This was illustrated for Groupmail who are a leading group email software company with a customer base primarily in the US. Their top clients include Samsung, Yale and Nokia.

 

The Concept

The concept was to create a colourful, fun, dreamlike landscape as a reflection of the company culture, which is hardworking, but promotes outdoor adventure, imagination and surf lifestyle. I imagined a world that has few rules or boundaries but instils a sense of creativity and enjoyment. To get into the correct mind-set to visualise this world I thought about the concept of email and began to ask a few questions like: Where do emails go when they are in that space between the sender and the recipient? It was this thought process that lead me imagine the realised dreamlike world.

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The Process

I use pencil, charcoal and watercolours to realise conceptual work. Once I have a concept that I am happy with I refine and enhance the idea in photoshop and ultimately take it into illustrator to create finished vector graphic illustrations. For an in depth look at my illustration process check out my video for 'How to illustrate a magazine cover'

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Get in touch

If you are an illustrator and have any questions on how to illustrate a magazine cover or if you are an Art Director and you would like to work with me please contact me here

Illustrated Map of Austin Texas

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I really like how this one turned out!! Illustrated map of Austin for Convene Magazine

My Process

For an in depth look at my illustration process check out my video for 'How to illustrate a magazine cover'

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My process always starts with the client's brief

The client in this case was Convene Magazine and they had requested an illustrated map of Austin. I read through all of the spec and started sketching. After 3 sketches and about 6 hours the client was happy for me to go to the  detailed design phase.

Detailed design on these projects can be quite tough as there is a certain level of accuracy I like to achieve with the building likenesses, but I was really happy with the finished product.

Let me know what you guys think? Especially if you've ever been to Austin!

Get in touch

If you are an illustrator and have any questions on how to illustrate a magazine cover or if you are an Art Director and you would like to work with me please contact me here