By Waterford-born Dublin-based designer/illustrator Alan Ruane.
“One of the things I enjoy and spend a lot of time doing in Dublin is running. It’s one of my favourite places to run around, there’s so many places to go, I’m always seeing new things and trying to go further and explore a bit more.”
“I usually start with a rough pencil doodle before moving over to the computer and completely ignoring what I’ve just done.”
Ciaran Le Cool, who has been with Le Cool Dublin from the start five years ago, leaves this week to spend more time with his moustache pursue OTHER plans. We wish him well. Read Ciaran’s poignant farewell here. Mmf.
“The idea just came to mind one day, as a cheesy, but funny all the same way of showing some coolness. It’s pretty simple really, but it made me chuckle.
“…I work as a web designer most of the time, and freelance on a variety of design and illustration projects. I also work as designer for the quarterly short story e-journal The South Circular and I’m part of a collective of designers called Lone Rangers. The members of Lone Rangers all work on our own, as freelancers or in house designers, and we come together to give advice, swap information, collaborate on projects and generally act as a bit of a sounding board….”
“I am fiend for hoarding things and I keep samples of everything from printed greeting cards, tea towels to cereal boxes for inspiration! I then begin doodling and sketching for as long as possible! (I love this part!) Then I scan in my hand drawing and recreate them digitally. Usually in Illustrator. I will then play with colour and composition until I’m happy with the result….”
“This is a parody of the Japanese woodblock print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” some time back in February when Ireland was being battered by one storm after the other. After the few weeks of glorious weather we’ve had it seems like a long time ago now but as is usual the rain is back in full force and all is right with Ireland once more!”
“When I moved from Waterford to Dublin the thing I loved about Dublin the most was that it was always busy. There is always something to do and always people coming and going. I’m a big fan of old video games and spent many hours playing Sonic and Streets of Rage over and over, so the pixel style sort of came from that influence.”
“I always start with rapid-fire sketching. I try to bypass the ‘thinking’ bit of my brain as much as possible at this stage, and see what comes out of nowhere. Eventually there’ll be one idea that ‘feels’ right, and I’ll work this up into a more finished drawing. I used to use pens a lot but I’ve started using 3b pencils again as I love the line variations and textures they give. I then scan everything in and colour digitally.”