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Some how I came to regard keeping a sketchbook as a luxury, something for my spare time (which to be fair is in short supply).

As a result I’ve not kept a consistent sketch book for a few years now.

Looking back at the sketch books from before, there were lots of ideas but not a lot of expression of the possible final image.

It’s said there’s nothing more intimidating for any artist than a blank page.

I would agree with that.

The weight of feeling that every line must deliver, every action be deliberate, every idea more intelligent than the last.

A great many of us spend considerable time trying to define the visual language that most suits our technical strengths, gives immediacy to our ideas and indeed that reflects our professional ambitions.

Christmas 2013, the man who knows me best gave me a gift of a beautifully bound sketch book amongst other things.

It is the one thing that has changed me, that a decision to just have fun drawing.

I can’t say my output has been prolific or anything like it but it has taken me back to the start.

There drawing was about fun, where without any deliberation an image appeared.

Here are a few pages from that sketch book, everyday things that mean the world to me.

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Of the Garden

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Of the Sea

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The Monster Doodle has become a regular and enriching experience for kids up and down the country.
Instigated and nurtured by the former Laureate na N’og, Niamh Sharkey, these events give children (and sometimes adults) the chance to meet a real live illustrator in their native habitat (in front of a drawing board) and enter into a shared world of imagination.
I had the supreme pleasure of hosting one such event recently in Bantry Co.Cork.
The West Cork Literary Festival and CBI were so good as to ask me to lead the kids in a session.
Bantry being a seaside town provided all the inspiration needed for some very colorful and fierce artwork. Here are a few pics of the results.
There were mermaid princess’s with pearls, jelly killers and one eyed things, stingrays, hammer heads and deep sea surpirses!
Keep an eye out for future events in your area. Who knows I might SEA you there! D’ya get it!?…

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Meet BB- he is a teddy bear who lives with his family in bear town. This image is one from BB sa Leabharlann (BB in the Library) and is the first in a series of books to compliment Babog Baby. Babog Baby is the first Irish speaking Teddy Bear. You will no doubt be familiar with Babog Baby as he has been adorning the shelves of major toy stockists for about 3 years now.

I was delighted to be approached by the guys in Galway to illustrate their first book and I am personally really happy with the result.  Just can’t wait to have one in my hand.

Anyone visiting an tOireachtas at the INEC in Killarney this week ( October 29th- November 3rd) will be able to see the book, I will be there at some stage on Saturday afternoon too.
The book should be available very soon. Visit Babogbaby.com for details on when it will be available.

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I’ve always felt very sorry for the fox. It is a much mailgned creature. It features in scores of myths and folklore as the sly and cunning character who cannot be trusted. Cleverness is seen as something to be suspicious of.

In early folklore the fox was considered to be the devils spy. Some suggest this is where the practice of fox hunting began. Farmers chased the fox across their land to rid themselves of the devils influence. In favour of the fox – if you caught a fox with a magic pearl you were in luck.

To see one fox on it’s own is considered lucky…keep your eyes peeled no matter where you live. Foxes love the city just as much as the open countryside. Good luck.