Monday, July 30, 2012

Look to the right

At the top right hand corner of the page there is a list of places you can get Rírá online.  Like our own shop.'s shop and the digital editions where you can get Rírá 3 for a variety of digital formats.  Yay!

Sketchy Sketchy 3 (Progress and colour)

So, I did a bit more inking with the Judge Dredd and Wolverine thingummy I have been messing with the past few days.  It has been fun all the same.

And then I started colouring the thing.  I am not going any further with it (even though this is just a quick colour and I need more practise at it).  I still have to work on on that project for Coimicí Gael and get Issue 4 of Rírá together.  While the past few weeks have been mostly sleeping and trying to get energy levels back up this has been a welcome distraction.  So here's the colour yokeymebob.

I picked the brown costume for Wolverine because as far as I remember John Byrne and Chris Claremont's Wendigo story was featured in a British X-Men annual way back when I was a kid.  This annual was read back to front and upside down until it fell apart.  Comics were hard to come by ish then in the West of Ireland even though there were some shops that stocked weekly Marvel, DC Thomson, Fleetway as well as other stuff.  So I have always had a grá (love) for the brown cossie.  I didn't do much with the background.  And the sign, well I figured Wolverine wouldn't take nicely to being told to extingush his cigar and Judge Dredd would execute the mandate on the sign to the letter of the law (I hope I phrased that sign right someone is bound to tell me).  Anyway that's that.  As always cheers to Marvel and 2000ad for being two of many that got me started on reading and drawing (sometimes writing).  This is my interpretation of the two big lads.  Good luck.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sketchy Sketchy 3 (Progress 2)

So have it inked up a bit more.  I have to add more detail to Wolverine's chin and arms.  I also have a sign and wall to put up in the background but so far I don't think I've mangled the midnight sketch too much yet.  Might add some colour during the week.  Depends on if am conked or not in the next few days.  Anyhoo, this is kinda fun.  Haven't done something like this in ages.  Oh and always these are two of Marvel's and 2000ad's most iconic figures in comics so yay to them.  Might be as close as I ever get to drawing 'em hahaha.  For pure fun's sake.  Best craic ever.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Jeff Raikes Caricature

I was asked to do a caricature of Jeff Raikes for Philanthropy Ireland recently that is going to be framed and given as a present to Jeff Raikes himself.  If you want to see how I came to a finished piece have a gander here.  These were all taken by phone as I progressed through so apologies for any lack of detail.

First I did a few different sketches of Jeff Raikes as a caricatured drawing.  Here are a couple of bits and bobs that popped up as I worked on the drawing.

The third sketch and head is what was what was chosen in the end as a part of the original drawing.  Once the pencils had been done I inked the drawing.  Here is the inked version:

I did a digital edition if digital colour was needed to be done and just to make sure that I had a safety drawing to fall back on.  I was going to do a finished colour version with markers.  The digital version is below but also the finished coloured piece too.  It was framed soon after and I think sent to Jeff Raikes himself.  There is a caption beneath the drawing too that I added after finishing the coloured piece.  I really hope he likes it.  Thanks to Philanthropy Ireland for asking me draw the caricature.

So there you go.  Cheers for having a gander.

Sketchy Sketchy 3 (progress)

Um, yeah so have inked a bit of the drawing.  I highlighted the pencil lines in one of the images so, there you go.

Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones Caricature

Just to show what way the caricature of Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones turned out.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sketchy Sketchy 3

Been asleep and stuff the past week.  Can't seem to get the energy to do much but for some reason when was dropping off tonight I got the urge to sketch something.  So I got up and started scribbling next thing I know I am drawing two comic book idols of mine from when I was a kid.  Might be nice to ink it later in the week but for now here's as far as I've gotten.  Early start tomorrow and stuff so, um, here's the sketch so far.    Have to say was always a fan of both when I was a kid.  Thanks to Marvel and 2000ad for keeping me entertained for hours as a kid (oh, there are plenty more publishers who entertained me too including a fair few novels).

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


There are days where you just wake up stupid.  Your brain fires on a wonky cylinder and your body says 'No!'  Well this day is gonna be one of those days.  Yay (it could be worse though).  Roll on tonight for sleep and tomorrow for a fresher head.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Éist liom ar Bosca 106/Listen to me on Bosca 106

Bhí agallamh agam ar Bosca 106 agus má tá suim ag éinne tar anseo chun éist leis.  I had an interview last week on Bosca 106 in Irish about Rírá and comics in Irish, if anyone is interested in hearing it come here.

I was a tiny bit nervous and bit breathless but overall had a bit of fun in the end.

Rírá/Coimicí Gael on film

A few years ago a few lads from Merchants Gate Films took over my old (and I do mean old looking ) kitchen and made me scribble on paper, walk about the place a bit and hand over a box of comics to a shop on film.  Now they have put this along with interviews with other people in comics in the West of Ireland for a short documentary called Éirí na GComicí that will be part of the Galway Film Fleadh.  The Fleadh itself is a great event (Galway always know how to do things well).  A showcase of film for all.

The bit I am doing as I recall is As Gaeilge.  Apparently, the short film is showing this coming Sunday at 9.00am as part of a series of shorts being shown together.  Yep, that's 9.00am.  I would love to go actually but I cannot make it.  However if you should wish to go please feel free and attend.  I wish the lads all the luck in the world with their documentary.

For further details please go here

Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones Caricature Sketch and a Tiny More Inked

Well couldn't sleep tonight so inked more.  Tomorrow colour hopefully, after approval.  Yay, love when things tip along a bit.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones Caricature Sketch and a Tiny bit of Ink

Here we are a few hours later with a bit more work done on that sketch from earlier.  Hopefully they will like it so far.  Some changes and adjustments may be needed to be done but that's all part of it.

Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones Caricature Sketch

Now, after months of promising to get this done I am finally up to doing a good job on a caricature for Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones.  I have been slightly ill the past few months and for reasons I am not going to go into I was not up to (wasn't able) to draw and stuff.  Still ill but am told I'm improving I have me up days and me down days.  Things have improved on the drawing front so have made a bit of a start on the caricature of the band as a whole.  Now this is just at sketchy stages but hopefully by tomorrow I will have inks put down on this baby.  Yay.

Here's how it's going so far:

Blast From the Past 2

Here is a Leprechaun image I did for Lazy Lanigans in New Jersey.  Don't know if they even use it anymore but sure there you go.  Here it is.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Rírá 3 Eagrán Digiteach/ Rírá 3 Digital Edition

Má tá suim ag éinne rinneamar eagrán digiteach de Rírá 3 freisin.  Tá siad ar roinnt de na siopaí digiteach ar an idirlíon anois.  Tá an líosta anseo/  If anyone is interested we have also made a digital edition of Rírá 3.  The list of places it's available from are here:

iTunes/iBookstore (má tá iPad, iPhone nó iPad agat/if you have the iPad, iPhone or iPod)
Amazon Má tá Kindle Fire agat/If you have a Kindle Fire try here (if UK based or other you will be directed elsewhere.
Nook Má tá Nook Color/Tablet/Android (Tablet) agat/ If you have a Nook Color/Tablet/Android (tablet)
Graphicly easy to use with Google Chrome and on Facebook.

Sin é.  That's it for now.  It will be available from Google Books soon, when that happens I will let you know.  Google Books as far as I know is only available in the States so far.

Rírá anseo 2012/ Rírá is here 2012

Líosta beag faoi na siopaí ina bhfuil Rírá a fháil. Má níl siad sna siopaí nuair a chur tú cuairt ar, cuir glaoch orm.  Just a quick list of the shops Rírá 3 or all of Rírá are in at the moment.  If they are not there just let me know.

Here we go:


ForbiddenPlanet Dublin 5/6 Crampton Quay, Dublin (01) 671 0688
SubCity Comics Dublin  2 Exchequer St., Dublin 003531 6771902
An Siopa Leabhar Conradh na Gaeilge, 6 Sráid Fhearchair, Dublin 2 00 353 1 478 3814

County Clare:

Ennis Bookshop Abbey St., Ennis 065 6829000
Scéal Eile Bookshop, The Market Ennis (065) 684 8648
Custys Music Shop, Cookes Lane Ennis (065) 682 1727

County Kerry:

Killarney Bookshop, Main St., Killarney (064) 663 4108
Polymath Bookshop, Tralee 00 353 66 712 8148, Trá Lí +353 (0) 669 155 237

County Cork:

Other Realms, Paul St. Shopping Centre Cork City (021) 422 2224
High Street Books, Douglas Shopping Centre Cork (021) 489 7899

County Galway:

Kennys Bookshop, Lisbaun Retail Park, Tuam Rd., Galway City +353 91 709350
Charlie Byrnes Bookshop, Galway City +353 (0)91 561 766
ABC Bookshop Corbett Court Galway City (0)91 561950
An Spáilpín FánachCeardlann an Spidéil, An Spidéal, Co. na Gaillimhe 091 553343

County Donegal:

An Siopa Gaeilge, Gleann Cholm Cille, Donegal (074) 973 0500


ForbiddenPlanet Belfast, 52-54 Ann Street, Belfast 01159 484 122
An Ceathrú Póilí, 216 Bothár na Bhfál, Béal Feirste, BT12 6AH (028) 9032 2811

These are the main ones Rírá are in at the moment.  Other shops have taken the comic on in the past but these are the main ones.  We would like to get out to more shops around the country. 


Monday, July 2, 2012

Blast from the Past

Just putting together samples of stuff I did in the past.  Here are two pictures that featured in the Irish Times to be used as colouring in pictures.