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Some months ago I was invited by a lovely lady from the South Infirmary- Victoria University Hospital to come look at their children’s unit.

The hope was to create a pleasant space for the children who find themselves there for a period of time, it might be over night or indeed a number of nights.

As many of us know hospital wards are very busy places and space is at a premium.

Fortunately the children’s ward has one very bright and fairly spacious corridor that serves general traffic in and out of the wards.

The main wall here is 25 x 8 ft.

I had full creative license so this became the focus of my attention as being the main space for children to get out of their rooms and shake a leg in a fun and secure space.

The unit accommodates babies right up to teens.

The focus for me was to create and image that was colourful, uplifting and a little bit ridiculous really.

Also it being a working ward I had to be conscious of traffic such as trolleys, wheelchairs, catering and cleaning staff and parents and family making their way in and out to their loved ones.

Infection control is also an issue in a place such as this so 3D additions were not up for consideration.

With all of that in mind I decided on a graphic and colorful visual style and a montage of images within that.

Time was an element too- the longer one spends working in a space such as this the more disruption caused to those using the facility.

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Having put a pencil sketch together and got that approved I proceeded to tackle the problem of getting the image on the wall!

As I mentioned this is a long corridor, but not so wide as to accommodate using a projector effectively ( or a video camera so there no lovely time lapse video of it either )

So much as I dread it, I had to go old school and use a grid!

Yikes, there’s nothing like a grid to bring on the cold sweats.

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First apply your grid to the sketch on paper- (HINT if you’re working from an original drawing- make a photocopy and pop the grid over this always preserve your original). The grid on paper was to a scale 1 inch squared = 2 feet squared on the wall. This way my rough fits on an a4 page which is easy to handle.

Being 25 feel long the question was how to create this grid without help?

The answer is – string.

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Yes get yourself some string/ yarn and good quality masking tape.

Measure out the grid vertically and horizontally either end and some where in the middle ( string will sag in the middle a bit over this distance ) and stick it into place at all 3 points.

It also works out well that once you’ve transferred the images on there are no extra grid lines to paint over as you can simply remove the string and hey presto! Next came transferring the image freehand into place.

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Using light coloured chalks, a different color for each object so as there would be no confusion when painting up close, I drew on the main images and inspite of using a grid I allowed myself to play around with the scale of individual elements where necessary.

Once thats complete it’s the fun part.

mural-stagesPaint time. Working with vinyl matt paints – straight from the tin I got to work.

Patience and a steady hand is an absolute must for this part.

I started by blocking in the flat color areas- of which there were very many. Once dry I applied a second coat and so on and so forth. Having chosen a core palette of colours I applied colour on the fly. I had decided early on at the sketch stage that the best approach would be to apply colors as they felt right on the day. Having not worked with this exact pallette/ range of paints before it was impossible to know precisely how they would dry, so intuition took over.

When the block areas were dry all that remained to do was add some line work over the top to bring a bit of detail without diluting the over all color fresh look.

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It took a solid five days of physical graft and copious amounts of tea to complete, but I am so proud of the end product. The staff in the children’s ward are a highly dedicated bunch and I wanted them to be proud of THEIR unit,  hope I’ve been successful so far.

So thats Phase 1.

Phase 2 will be the playroom with the added challenge of working in an eggshell finish.

Can’t wait to get started. Keep an eye out for the finished article in the next few weeks

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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!

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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.

Looks like another book I’ve worked on has been shortlisted for the Reics Carlo award.

Tubaiste ar an Titanic was written by Máire Zepf  with illustrations by yours truly. The publishers were Clo Mhaigh Eo

This is award recognises excellence in Irish language publishing.

http://www.gaelport.com/default.aspx?treeid=37&NewsItemID=8819

In 2011 another one of the books I worked on was also nominated – Hiudai Beag

That’s made my friday, who cares if it’s raining!

The winner Gradam Réics Carló will be announced on Wednesday 21 November at a special ceremony at the Sugarclub, Leeson St, Dublin 2.

 

Fainic a Fhiachra, written by Art Ó Súilleabháin and illustrated by yours truly is available in book stores nationwide and online at http://www.leabhar.com

It’s a simple story of a little buy who’s forever getting into sticky situations but by great luck comes away unharmed.

There will be some spreads to follow.

It got a nice space in the Evening Echo a while back- thanks for the mention there guys

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At last I received my very own hard copies of “Deora Draiochta” written by CBI AWARD winner 2012, Colmán Ó Raghallaigh. Here are a few spreads from it.

It’s a sweet tale of the fate of the old fashioned circus. People are not coming as they once did and tonight will be the last show, or will it?  Without realising it a little bit of magic from Coco the clown saves the day.

Thanks gain to Ray at Link Associates for some lovely typopgraphy.

It’s is available from http://www.leabhar.com and all good book stores.

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I am delighted to hear Colmán Ó Raghallaigh of Clo Mhaigh Eo is the winner of the CBI AWARD 2012 (Chldrens Books Irelands -CBI ). I’ve been very proud to work with Colman on a number of tiltes for Clo Mhaigh Eo and I know first hand the passion and enthusiasm he holds for both the irish language and children’s literature. A hearty congratulations Colmán. See the link below for more

http://www.leabhar.com/

Women on Wednesday (WOW) is a regular feature in corks Evening Echo, showcasing women in interesting careers.
I was delighted to be interviewed for it recently. Answers had to be to the point but I am hoping it gives some insight into the world of illustration to anyone considering it. It’s due to appear Wednesday Nov 30th. Keep an eye open for it.

The results of the Ghradam Reics Carlo Young person book award were announced Tuesday night in the National Library, Dublin.
The winner was “Mac Ri Eireann” written by Catriona Hastings, illustrated by Andrew Whitson, published by their publishing company An tSnáthaid Mhór.
Ghradam Uí Shúilleabháin 2011, the award for the book of the year went to Máire Mhac an tSaoi, with her book ‘Scéal Ghearóid Iarla’, published by Leabhar Breac.

Unfortunately Hiudai Beag didn’t come away with the prize but I am so happy to have the honour of being amongst the first illustrators to be recognised for this award.
It was the perfect venue in which to celebrate the quality and variety of Irish language book publishing in Ireland today.
With the mature and very young in attendance it really showed how the language is being passed on through the generations.
I meet a great bunch of people in Tadgh, Breda, Ailbhe and illustrator Brian Fitzgerald representing Fata Futa. Like myself coming from Cork, they travelled quite a distance from Clifden to attend.
A few encouraging words from Ferdia Mac an Fhailigh of Foras na Gailge has prompted me to get out there and use and improve my level of irish. Thanks Ferdia.