Well hello there!
I've extensive professional experience in creating for the desktop and mobile Web, Print, Identity, Apps & Games, comic art and Animation. I'm very interested in Educational Games, eLearning and Children's Entertainment.
I've been a 'designer' for nearly 20 years now. I was an illustrator and animator before that. And a few other things, before those!
Fundamentally: I'm a visual-creative. And I always have been.
Now, please indulge me a while, as I endeavour to show you how interesting I am, as a person (and not just a collection of spiffy portfolio pieces).
Creativity's not just for the 'day job'—it's an irresistible impulse
I've been a visual creator and visual storyteller for as long as I can remember. I probably started drawing and making images in earnest when I was about 3, in England—after we moved from Liverpool to Leigh. And I never really stopped.
When I was 4 or 5, I loved comics. Soon I had a go at it myself and produced lots and lots of them. This would become a trend in my youth: experience creative work by others that that you enjoy—passionately, and then do it yourself—passionately. (In adulthood I'd eventually return to making comics, for fun)
In my teens—a few years after we'd moved from Scotland to Ireland—I became dead keen on animation too, and entered a TV contest, and won. Later in art college, I studied it passionately and ended up working as an animator for many years, through my 20s, eventually crossing over into illustration for Newspapers and magazines when animation in Ireland took an unfortunate downturn. I adapted.
Also in my teens, I got crazily into music. So what did I do? I learned guitar, formed a band with friends, wrote songs and became the lead singer and one of 2 guitarists. We gigged. Later when we went our separate ways due to college, emigration—and life, I became a solo performer and played residencies and festivals. So, continuing the impulse to 'have a go'. I had a serious go at that alongside all of my other creative work and passions for a couple of decades.
So, I've rarely been content to enjoy the creativity of others without doing it myself. As a kid, I loved movies—like most kids, so what did I do? I got my friends together to shoot what we called films, on a stills camera in Black & White. They were like War or Sci-Fi photostories with the story written on the back of each photo. I'd even do comic adaptations of them!—much in the way that Marvel adapted Hollywood movies like Star Wars. Later in art college, after foundation year, I studied film and then specialised in animation.
As I said, the animation boom went bust in Ireland and I adapted, easing over into professional freelance Illustration for a couple of years, but then Graphic/Web Design as new digital media and the web really took off. I've worked in that field for most of the time for nearly 2 decades now, in-house and in the services, products, and non-profit sectors.
With so many strings to my bow, I'm always keen to bring them into my design work. It'd be great to eventually synthesise all of them—the design, the illustration, the animation, the writing, the storytelling, and the music—into one place. But above all, being as creative as I can:
in the day job—and on the side—for fun!
I've hugely enjoyed working in the non-profit sector with charities and social causes, and in our Cultural and Historical Heritage, but I've worked in various sectors.
I've Art Directed projects—at various agencies - for
- Jameson Whiskey
- Failte Ireland
- YHA uk
- International Rugby Board
- Irish Software Innovation Network
- Arthritis Ireland
- McCann Fitzgerald...
Public Speaking & Appearances
- RTE 2: Two Tube. Youth programme. Interview/Feature about my comics and being an illustrator
- RTE 1: Live at 3. Live music performance, with Pat Martin
Radio interviews & Podcasts
RTE 2FM: Moloney after Midnight.
- Interview and live performances, with fellow musician, Pat Martin
- Live performances for their Christmas radio show at a concert in Dublin, with Hazel O'Connor, Aslan,
JogCast Radio Network (Australia).
- Interview/Feature about being an artist, Illustrator, comic creator and fan
Ballyfermot College of Further Education, and Athlone Institute of Technology
- Have presented talks to the illustration, Animation and Graphic Design students, about being an illustrator of Webcomics.