Tagged: ireland
  1. 30

    Jun 2015

    Jordie Bellaire

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    If there is a comic on the shelf right now not coloured by Jordie Bellaire, I have not seen it. This weekend, during a quick comic shop, I saw her name on Moon Knight, Convergence Shazam, The Kitchen, Injection and probably a bunch more I did not spot. Jordie Bellaire has been a familiar fixture of our comic shop shelves for much of the last two years. So prolific and wonderful is Ballaire, that last year the industry showed their appriciation in the form of an Eisner award. Which in 22 years only 10 other colourist have earned, Dave Stewart and Chris Ware claiming over half of the awards between them.

    Bellaire has worked with close to all of the big comic publisher on many great titles such as, Pretty Deadly, The Manhattan Projects, Nowhere Men, Zero, and Hawkeye. Along the way, enhansing the pages of many of my favourite current comic artist including Tom Fowler, Chris Samnee, Ramon Perez, Sean Murphy, Becky Cloonan and Emma Rios.

    Perhaps you have heard of Colorist Appreciation Day, well, you can thank Bellaire for that too!

    I started collecting comics in a bygone time called the 90s. Back then there was one stamp on the covers of comic far more important than the Comic Code Authority, which was Liquid!. Many of my favourite titles had it and thanks to their distinct logo, one could not miss it. It was the first time I took a real interest in colourist and that apprieciation has grown ever since. I thought at the time this was a shared feeling, however, jump forward 20 years and it seems like the industy and perhaps its audience have not shown colourist the same recognition. In a tumblr post by titled, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more” directed at an unnamed fan convention, Bellaire laid it out bare, stating the importanace of all professionals that work in comics, underlining the vital role that colourist play. The post gained the attention that the subject deserved and resulted in fans calling for a #ColoristAppreciationDay on Twitter and opened a discussion that continues today.

    To see more of Jordie Bellaire’s work, simply go to your comic shop and pick a comic up from the shelf, chances are she coloured it. You can also check out her tumblr and twitter.

  2. 16

    Jun 2013

    Alé Mercado

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    Wonderful varied work from Illustrators Ireland and The Association of Illustrators member, Alé Mercado. His work is created completely digitally, however, takes influence from traditional printmaking techniques. His projects mainly consist of music or film culture, but approaches them by drawing influences from a wide range of sources. I love the assortment of styles that Mr. Mercado’s produces, and though I do feel some techniques are more successful than others, his fortitude to explore them for all to see has to be commended. Check out Mr. Mercado website and flickr page for more of his work.

  3. 27

    Dec 2012

    Steve Simpson

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    Award winning Irish illustrator Steve Simpson creates visuals that are so rich with type and colour it hurts.

    “Steve takes an organic approach to his projects, blending the disciplines of design and illustration. He spends a great deal of time on construction, shape and problem solving at the pencil stage. Continuously re-drawing until a balance of aesthetics, key brief considerations and client satisfaction have been realized.”

    Every piece of work in his portfolio leaves me stunned with amazement, so head on over to see more…

  4. 2

    Dec 2011

    Harry Clarke (1889-1931)

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    As we promised, something special…

    Born in Dublin, Harry Clarke was a stained glass artist and book illustrator. He studied stained glass at the Dublin Art School and soon after this he was off to London to pursue a career in book illustration. His first printed work was ‘Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales’ in 1916. This included 16 colour plates and more than 24 monotone illustrations. But it was his illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Tales of Mystery and Imagination’ in 1923 that put him in the spotlight and made his name. Clarke’s stained glass works are highly regarded for the beautiful rich palette and quality of draughtsmanship behind them.

  5. 30

    Nov 2011

    Jonathan Wong

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    Jonathan’s design and illustration work is full of vibrant colours, creating a crisp, modern look with huge impact. It’s amazing what he has achieved at the tender age of 21. He has a huge client list including Hewlett Packard, Mazda and EPOS.  He has also been featured in several prominent places online as well as exhibited in locations around Europe including his home town, Limerick in Ireland. This star is shining bright…

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