Sunday, December 04, 2011


Dyin' with a cold all weekend, so shut myself up at home. Watched a pile of Hitchcock's best and came up with a fun poster idea when I was watching Psycho. Somethin' different anyways! On other news I handed in my notice to Boulder Media and start back to freelancing at the very end of January. Lookin' forward to the work.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

iPad doodle

Haven't done many background sketches or paintings recently. iPad doodling is fun.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Wire

Doodlin' watching the Wire. Very rusty, but it's cool not having anything to do in the evenings. Looking like it mightn't last for long though.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Been a while, been busy. Boarded first ever live action board (samples below) for a short directed by Ciaran Foy, filming starts in January, lookin forward to seeing how it all works. We finished a fifteen minute cut down episode (from twenty minutes), a trailer, and a 1 minute intro for a television series pitch in-house, ....and we had a time boarding an up and coming kids straight to dvd feature, not as excitin but it was fun to work on, and that was all since August. And we just started a brand new t.v. show for Disney. Recession me arse! .....Although still broke!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Another i Pad sketch

Used one of the Dr Sketchy's pics from Saturday as a reference. Don't bother blowin it up it's still pretty rough.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

i Pad sketch

My first ipad drawing with the bamboo stylus. Pretty rough but I guess it'll take a bit of time to get used to the hovering hand. Used a reference photo from the Machiniac site.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Peter Falk

Sad news on Friday hearing of the passing of Peter Falk, easily my favourite t.v. actor. The image above was from a pitch I tried to push in here a few years ago called Kid Columbo. In short the apple didn't fall far from the tree and the detective's grandchild had inherited Columbo's detection skills.

Below is part one of a video from the Dick Cavett show a fair few years ago. Falk, Cassavettes and Gazzara wind the host up into a frenzy, refusing to play along and just simply answer the host's questions. Although if you stick around until the very end of the three clips all three characters reveal some really insightful and inspiring words about their craft and their lives.

This clip below is from Dean Martin's old celebrity roast show with Falk's Columbo roasting Frank Sinatra.

I'm not that crazy about tributes to people I don't know personally, I'm finding the facebook thing pretty annoying. Every couple of months everyone has some form of an RIP status on thir walls. I am however gonna use this blog for once and indulge in a little hero worship.

From my armchair, Falk's Columbo character has never been bettered. You can take the Murder She Wrote shows, Magnum, The Rockford Files, Ironside or any of them, they never matched the class and the acting chops displayed by Falk and the immense talents he attracted to play the villains. Jack Cassidy, Vera Miles(in the itchy hand episode), Ray Milland, Roddy McDowell, John Cassavettes, Patrick McGoohan, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Faye Dunaway... and the list goes on.

I don't mean to belittle shows like Murder She Wrote (also penned by the creators of Columbo; Link and Levinson). Lansbury's Jessica Fletcher is recognised as one of the best television detectives there has been. I always thought though that she was fighting valiantly to get through scripts with incredibly ludicrous plot twists, unrevealed family histories or relationships, that would unravel in the last two minutes of each show. She always seemed to be supported in her efforts by a hodge podge cast of z list soap actors and actresses, who seemed more interested in looking their parts than acting them out. To me the shows felt more like watching the lottery (if you were trying to solve the murder yourself) than the whodunnits they claimed to be.

Columbo was all about acting. You knew who the murderer was straight off the bat, you knew why the victim has been killed, yet you were glued to your seat as Falk broke the suspects down bit by bit over and hour and a half. I think with a lot of detective shows, when the villain was caught you're almost spitting at the screen and pumping your fist into the air with the joy that there's one less murderer out there in t.v. land to worry about. What stood Columbo apart from these other shows was that the murderers were portrayed sympathetically. There are only one or two shows that I can think of off the top of my head in which the murderer was dragged away kicking, screaming or shouting. I'd nearly go as far as saying that the Columbo character nearly regretted the final showdown with his suspects, as over the course of his cases he would get to know and respect many of them, where on another show the protagonist would be revelling in revealing a string of nonsense that the viewer wasn't privvy to before the finger was finally pointed, and you nearly felt the other suspects all wanted an opportunity to kick the villain in the arse, because during the course of any investigation all their dirty laundry ended up hanging out for all to see.

That's my two cents worth, for what it's worth. I've spent plenty of Sunday afternoons sitting in front of the box loving every minute of any given Columbo episode. This might sound like an odd thing to say, about a show that thrived on murder, but it was relaxing, funny, easy going, and intelligent television and it was all down to Falk.

Dr Sketchy's 'sketchy' sketches!

Doodling fun from the Dr Sketchy's drawing meet on Saturday. My first time at it, and I'll definitely be back. The theme for the day was Noir which'd help to explain the taglines beside a few of the sketches. On a hugely positive note though my sketchbook is finished! Wahaaayyyyyy! An f'n year and a half it took altogether.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


My nephew Luke just started walking, he's pretty fearless with it.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Doodle Jumble

I changed my mind and just uploaded a pile of stuff instead of the one sketch of the girl with the heavy gun that would tip her over. Hopefully makes up for a lack of posts lately. The one of the bird smoking and the one with the gun I got photo reference, the others are random doodles, the two statues were from Dublin Sketchers outings.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

San Fran Street

I was prickin around with this a while ago, and touched it up a small bit tonight. It's from a photograph I took in San Francisco last year. Blah... I could probably have done a lot better. I think I pull these off better when there's a dominant colour involved. There were maybe too many bits and pieces in this rather than a specific focal point so it got a bit messy.

Friday, April 01, 2011

New Irish Cereal!

I don't want to turn the blog into an editorial for my opinions so I'll let the image do the talking for me! Bit of a sideway, more cartoony, step from my normal posts. It's inspired by the Ceral Killers blog and a handful of heavyweight fat-cats who in a couple of short years have turned our country into liquid shit!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama retires passing on his formal authority to the officially elected leader. Quick sketch. The Gumball promo posted yesterday has been blocked so I deleted the post. I guess Cartoon Network didn't post it themselves or they couldn't moderate the comments or something else.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Far Sighted Chihuahua

Advances in vetinary medicine these days are astonishing. Scenes like this will be commonplace in parks, streets and doggy discos around the world as household pets begin demanding more and more of their owners! Ha ha!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Packed Up!

Starting to enjoy this! I added a dust overlay to hide some sloppy draftsmanship. Still though. I really like that the colours are vibrant. Here's a link to the original pic to show how far off I was from the original!

Egypt Unrest

Tryin a different paint style altogether. Didn't take long, bit messy, but fun and flowy ....... kind of. Inspired by Celia Calle's work, but falls a hell of a lot short. The ref pic was on the MSNBC photography section.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Egyptian Riots

Found another great pic with really cool composition. I tried to copy the shapes of the guards when I started but in the end it would have been too too painstaking for an evening practice, so I just added a couple of highlights here and there and hopefully got away with it. It's gettin slightly easier to use the wacom. Slowly, slowly and fingers crossed eventually! The colors are starting to look more natural than the previous couple which has been the objective with these, getting myself away from the brighter cartoon type palette I'm used to at work.

Terminal Two

Took a break from the sketchers this Sunday to have another digital 'paint in'. I guess I'm learning backwards here. I never mastered the wacom tablets, it'd always been pencil or f*** off with me until the cintiq came along. I'd say this took me the bulk of three or so hours, probably would've taken half that time with the cintiq, but it's a bit of fun. I found a pic online of the new Dublin Airport Terminal Two building that had really great colour and I tried my best to emulate them. Don't bother blowing it up to fullscreen it's a mass of mistakes.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Digital Doodling

Used a pic from the BBC 'In Pictures' page as a ref. Pretty cool photo taken during the cyclone in north eastern Australia. The leaves are flying off the treetops, I added the distant structures for a bit of balance. It's inspired by the Limbolo blog that just blows me away every time there's an update.

Have a gander at these revived art-blogs from fellow Boulder workers;

Jamie Teehan
Eoghan Dalton
Pete Slattery