Apr 19 2014

Scraperboard Class

I recently taught a two hour class on Scraperboard technique at Swan Art>>

We all worked up a piece from print outs of a sketch I had done.

The idea being to get the students to become familiar with the different tones and various marks and cross hatches available through this medium.

They all did very well on the night.

I have worked a little more on my one over the past few days.

Here it is along with the original drawing.

Apr 15 2014

Niamh Sharkey Laureate na nÓg and Illustrators Ireland

My work will be exhibited as part of a group show at The illustration Cupboard Gallery from tomorrow,please come along to the opening or drop in if you can during it’s run.

The illustration Cupboard

22 Bury St, London SW1Y 6AL

Niamh Sharkey Laureate na nÓg and Illustrators Ireland
16 April to 10 May 2014
Evening reception: Wednesday 16 April, 5.30 – 8.00pm

Niamh Sharkey is one of the leading names for illustration in Ireland and beyond, and has been a driving force for contemporary Illustration Art in Dublin since her first book in 1995. Following a host of accolades and awards Niamh was elected as the Irish Children’s Laureate, Laureate na nÓg, in 2012, and has worked tirelessly over the past two years to promote books, reading and illustration. Our own association with Niamh stretches back a decade, and we celebrate her years as the Laureate with this retrospective exhibition as her time in this role reaches its conclusion. A broad range of her work will be on show reflecting her enduring talent and skill, seen in a variety of books and animation produced over recent years.

Joining Niamh we welcome Illustrators Ireland, a non-profit organisation established in 2000 to support and nurture the development of Illustration Art in Ireland. This progressive and ever-growing community has succeeded in raising the profile of working artists considerably over the past decade, and includes famous names such as PJ Lynch, who will be exhibiting alongside his close friend Niamh.  This exhibition will include twenty artists from this group with a broad, colourful and vivid range of artwork, and we warmly welcome them to the gallery.
All artwork is offered for sale.


Apr 15 2014

One day life drawing workshop- Kennedy’s

I will be conducting another life drawing session

Saturday 31st May 2014
@  Kennedy’s studios,Harcourt St

The model will have props/costumes etc and strong lighting.
Materials will be limited to charcoal, pastels and chalk on tinted paper,

All workshops will run from 10.15am until 4.15pm,
with a short morning break (tea / coffee served) and one hour for your own lunch.
Workshops are kept small – 9 people maximum. Early booking advisable!

It’s €60 per person
Places are limited so book early!
Inquiries please phone 01 4751749 or e-mail gallery@kennedyart.com

Apr 11 2014

Portrait sketch

A portrait sketch done with sanguine pencil at the Thursday life drawing at the United Arts Club>>

Apr 3 2014

Six Stages

Six stages of my Offset piece, from the pencil rough drawing to finished scraperboard