Monthly Archives: July 2011

Looking Back…

Ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut?  That you’re not improving no matter how much you practice?  Well here’s a piece of advice; Go through your work from a few years ago and you’ll feel much, much better.  I just spent a while going through sketchpads, notebooks and visual diaries from my first year in college and to say that I couldn’t draw for shit back then would be an understatement.  I feel like pinning some of the most cringeworthy examples to my wall so that every time I get disheartened I can look up and see how far I’ve come.  I’d rather surround myself with pieces by artists I aspire to be as good as, but sometimes you just need an instant pick-me-up and not a reminder of how far you have to go.

Anyway, I took photos of the best stuff pulled from these years and am posting them here.  Stifle your laughter if you can 😉

Even though this is a straight-forward copy of a fantastic Francisco Herrera piece I’m actually quite proud of it.  Apparently I didn’t want to draw their eyes :/  This was ADS & I was JUST being introduced to comics properly (thanks Casey).  Below is the original work (in Issue #0 of WildStorm’s Thundercats)

As far as I can remember this drawing of Bono is from the summer before I started ADS in Ballyer 🙂  I’d just seen U2 for the first time at Slane Castle and the papers were full of great gig shots.

I’m not 100% sure of the order of the rest of these… Here’s Brad Pitt in Troy.

This is definitely from my year in ADS.  I was so, very proud of it at the time haha.  Oh well…

Sketches of a character I was working on for another of my ill-fated story ideas.  This was Giselle and I’m pretty sure I was using Amy Lee of Evanescence as a reference to some extent…not that it looks like here haha.

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Posted by on July 31, 2011 in Uncategorized


Collective Gathering



On the 6th of July the Collective Thinking Blog had our first physical get together and it was great.  I’ve not had a more inspiring gathering in a long long time.  We chatted, we drank, we drew… it was brilliant.  As far as I know it’s going to become a monthly thing and I really hope it does because the whole evening just made me want to draw and get better!  Here’s a link to the Collective Thinking Blog

We spent most of the night passing around various sketchpads so here are my contributions, I may take them further at some stage…SketchBook Pro calls.

Ben drew the guy on the left and I added his lady friend.  I figure they’re a spy duo haha.

This is my least favourite of the three, just because I had no idea what to draw.

I finished off the night by drawing Supergirl (another first for me) and I’m quite happy with how she turned out.




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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Uncategorized


An ‘Amy Lee’ kind of day

Took a notion this morning and decided to draw Amy Lee, the lead singer (and writer) of Evanescence.  Ended up with two pieces I’m fairly happy with it though I’m sure real harpists (Lee  included) would spot my ignorance of how a harp is played.  I am a bit bummed with how the red highlights in her hair (1st one) aren’t really visible, but needless to say it’s full of swirly goodness 😀

I’m not entirely sure I got the positioning of the harp right but I’m happy enough.  I did this after the drawing below wasn’t going to plan.

This is just pencil with a bit of clean-up & contrast fixing in Photoshop.  I added blue to her eyes at the last minute & I kinda like it.

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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


CD Artwork



Finally posting my newest CD designs

‘Chalkboard’ by Christian Cuff

‘Stealing Time’ by Meg Josalen (photography by Meg Josalen)

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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Uncategorized


It All Ends…

Figured the release of the final film was as good an excuse as any to FINALLY do a Harry Potter picture.  This is actually pretty close to what I had in mind when I started out which is an extreme rarity for me haha.

I sketched it up with good ol’ fashioned pencils in the scorching summer sun we had today, then brought it into Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop.  I added a few textures to make it look a bit like The Marauders’ Map from Azkaban and, given the body count of the final instalment, I used a big swoosh of red splatter.  I’m ever-so dramatic haha.



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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Uncategorized


Cian Healy

I’m getting excited for the RWC ’11 in New Zealand so figured I’d have another go at drawing one of the Irish squad.  This time it’s Cian Healy (who, I found out today, is the same age as my YOUNGER brother :/).

I have no idea why I went with the blackboard theme, but ’tis the beauty of SketchBook Pro that I can start something one way and end up somewhere entirely different 🙂




Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Jessie J


Mainly because her CD always puts me in a good mood, but also because I wanted to try another figure drawing in the same sort of style as my She-Ra picture, here’s Jessie J.

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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

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