Thursday, June 28, 2007

Ernest Shackleton Autumn School Poster

This is the almost final design for this year's Ernest Shackleton Autumn School poster. As far as I am aware this will be the first illustrated poster that they have commissioned. I have taken inspiration from the design of travel posters from the 1920's & 30's with their limited colour palates & bold graphic representation. For me they evoke a period when any travel was a valiant undertaking & an extension of empire building.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Men Of Endurance

This is a museum exhibit, The Men Of Endurance, comprised of 29 mounted panels. Each panel contains biographical information on the crew of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance Antarctica expedition.

29 woodcut style illustrations of the crew were produced for the project with a view to further exploitation of the images in other media. The background to each panel features one part of a larger anaphormic image which reveals itself when viewed at an oblique angle. The exhibit can currently be seen in The Athy Heritage-Museum Centre.

Silkscreen Posters

Two examples of two colour designs for silkscreen posters. The brief for the World Vegetarian Day poster called for a design that would have maximum impact when seen from a billboard hoarding & using one colour to accent the main message.

Feelgood Organic Hampers

A 12 page stitched brochure for Feelgood Organic Hampers. The brief called for a design that was a departure from the traditional hamper brochure reflecting the companies hand-crafted product as shown on the front cover.

At the request of the client the brochure was printed on 120gsm recycled Corona paper with soya based inks in keeping with the companies ecologically minded business model. The release of this brochure was backed up by a series of ads in trade publications.

Nicolas Roeg's Puffball

Another film that I worked on screening at this year's Fleadh is PUFFBALL directed by Nicolas Roeg. The film had its world premiere at the Transylvania Film Festival earlier this month. A key prop in the film is a jigsaw that is worked on throughout the story by a character played by Rita Tushingham. Roeg planned to reveal the completed image at the end of the film where-by the camera pushes in on the jigsaw & through the use of CGI it springs to life. I prepared several unused concept images for the scene which are seen here for the first time.

New Boy

In February of this year I designed a short film funded by The Irish Film Board called NEW BOY. It was based upon a short story by Roddy Doyle & directed by a talented young American Steph Green, who has recently signed with Ridley Scott Associates.

The film relates the story of a displaced African boy's first day of school in Ireland. The film opens in Africa with a scene designed to contrast with an urban Irish school. The challenge was to convey the heat & humidity of a Kenyan locale with a build in a disused army barrack during winter. The film premieres at The Galway Film Fleadh, screening on Saturday 14th July.