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This being the month of all that is goulish and spooky, naturally the guys behind Insert Title decided they wanted their mugs on the front cover. To that end they provided me with head shots of everyone and a list of classic horror movie characters to apply to this (ahem) beautiful bunch. The result was this.. It was a bit of a tight turn around time but I am delighted with the end piece. Get your copy now!

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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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Other Places

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Having FUN is so very important and with that in mind I am really enjoying this style of drawing at the moment.

This is a magazine cover that didn’t quite make it to print (I had to play around with another idea instead which turned out really well anyway!).

I had an enormous amount of fun realising the image for my own satisfaction.

Any thoughts?

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Remember this photo? Well its’s a sideways distraction from the point of this article! But what a nice distraction it is.
Jersey Boys is a film directed by Clint Eastwood about the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. While researching references for this piece I came across this photo which is one of my favorite Clint photos. I know Clint has a history with music focused films, he’s even sang a tune or two on screen. However for me the contrast between Clint’s image as a hard sort and the shiny, groomed look of the Four Seasons just couldn’t be ignored. The importance of letter spacing was very much to the forefront of my mind with this one too!
Insert Title Issue 5 is out now, pick it up in Cork city centre.
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It’s been a while since I posted here. Thankfully I’ve been real busy. One of the most recent projects I can reveal now is this!

Insert Title is Corks newest culture magazine. Manned by “a lovable bunch of weirdos”, as they like to call themselves, it’s brimming with articles on the lastest in Film, Music, Television, Food, Style, and Video Games. This months edition is out now and is available in most eateries, music venues or cultural hubs one might care to visit about Cork city.

I’m featured artist, having produced the cover image and a number of images inside. The Shaker Hymn, a new Cork based band on the rise are the subject of the cover art. I was a little nervous but I’ve been told first hand that they love it- phew, thanks Robbie Barron!  Finally if you’d like to get an insight into the brain of an illustrator check out my interview with Briona Gallagher. Her fine way with words makes superior reading to my own posts here. I promise!

For more about Insert Title see http://www.inserttitle.ie

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I am not sure what else to say about this one. Luke Kelly is probably still regarded as one of the most important folk artists to come out of Ireland in the 20th century. He had a reputation for working hard and playing hard. Forty three is too young to go, but he certainly made his mark while he was here! Some of the titles he is most associated with include Whiskey in the Jar, Rocky Road to Dublin and Scorn not his Simplicity. Call me biased but I couldn’t ignore that wild head of red hair!

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“Continuous as the stars that shine”
William Wordsworth is not an irish writer but he holds a special place in my heart.
So far as I can recall The Daffodils marked the end of nursery rhymes and the start of poetry for me. It
must have been in second or third class when we were exposed to a piece that didn’t appear in any of our text books.
That being my own experience I was amazed when my four year old came home from preschool reciting the first two verses without pausing.

Friday March 28th is Daffodil Day 2014.
For sixteen years I’ve enjoyed taking part as a street seller but unfortunately I can’t participate in that way this year. Seeing the feeling and generosity with which people give what they can to help another is really heartening. I will be buying a daff or two and I wish all sellers a warm, dry and sundrenched day!

My immediate and extended family have benefited from the services and advice of the Irish Cancer Society (and other organisations) and so this is my piece to remember those who lost their fight to cancer.

Olivia

 

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NO.2 Writers and Wordsmiths Series

The entrance area of the Crawford Gallery in Cork is home to 3 pieces by the great Louis Le Broquy. All are portraits of great irish writers- Yeats, Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Possibly some of the most famous portraits of modern times and in a style singular to Louis Le Broquy. Like all amazing art – you may see it online, in a book or hang a reproduction in your living room, but there is nothing to match standing in front of the genuine article. Next time you happen to be passing a gallery take a step inside and get up close.
This is my effort at the stupendous Samuel Beckett

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“New York is my lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment… a place where you’re least likely to be bitten by a wild goat”, so said Brendan Behan.
Of his many many witty remarks this must the one I can most relate to myself- more the first part and less for the goat reference!

Those who knew and admired his work gathered in Dublin in Grogans pub over the past weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing on March 20th 1964.

This is a portrait – one of a series I am working on of Irish writers and wordsmiths of every kind

Hope you like it.

These images will be available on society six in the near future.
I will keep you all posted

Enjoy
Olivia

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Forget Aristotle. Forget Kant, forget Nietzsche and Thomas Aquinas. One of the greatest philosophers of all time has to be Dr Seuss. “Oh the places you’ll go” is a handbook for life whether your 7 or 72. This is a little tribute portrait of Theodore Seuss Geisel for a upcoming illustrators ireland collaboration. I had to include some wise words too!