“Most of my stuff is character based, and since we’re focusing on Dublin I thought ‘Sure who’s more iconic than our Molly?’ I also like the controversy surrounding her. I suppose we’ll never know if she was just a humble fishmongers daughter or a lady of the night.”
For this piece I wanted to go a little outside my comfort zone, it’s my first gif and my first attempt at animation, but I really enjoyed the process so it won’t be my last, although it was a steep learning curve….
A first Le Cool Dublin cover by art director and designer Sue Murphy, from Cobh, Co Cork, but currently based between New York and San Francisco.
“This cover came from a pattern I did for the US Open Sessions, a mammoth project I worked on at the advertising agency Ogilvy for IBM. To promote IBM’s involvement with the US Open (all that data you see on screen when watching the tennis? Yep that’s them) we created music out of tennis data and hosted a live concert on the cloud.”
“We collaborated with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem (fan-girling!) and TOOL of North America to create an algorithm, website, songs generating for each game and even 187 unique track covers. It’s quite a mouthful, this video explains it a little more.”
The second Le Cool Dublin cover (this was the first) from Tipperary born Elizabeth Burgess, a graphic designer and illustrator based in Dublin.
“First I’ll do lots and lots of research, I’m a bit of a mood board queen! Then I’ll start sketching and putting all my ideas together. Once I’m finally happy with a sketch I’ll scan it on to my computer and finish it up in illustrator. I love playing with texture and colours so I make a lot of swatches for every piece I do.. My inspiration for the cover was spring – also I’m a sucker for optical illusions!”
A first Le Cool Dublin cover for Tipperary-born, Dublin-based illustrator and designer Elizabeth Burgess.
She loves lamp.
“I moved up in August after graduating last year from Visual Communications in LSAD [Limerick School of Art and Design]. When I create first I’ll do lots and lots of research, I’m a bit of a mood board queen! Then I’ll start sketching and putting all my ideas together. Once I’m finally happy with a sketch I’ll scan it on to my computer and finish it up in illustrator. I was really inspired by the lamp posts in Dublin for this lettering piece. They’re really ornate and beautiful….”
I am a graphic designer from Dublin, where I worked for the last 10 years before moving to Paris last summer. I studied Visual Communications and Interactive Media at IADT, [Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin] While living and working in Sandycove over the last few years I have been amazed by how drastically the landscape changes depending on the light and tides, I wanted to capture some of these variations…
When I was in NCAD [National College of Art and Design], most of my work consisted of 3D compositions made from old wood. Now that I consider myself more of an illustrator, I’ve tried to take that interest in compositions, texture and colour, and translate it into digital. The piece (above) is also a nod to 1960s Graphic Design and the Memphis style, which i’m obsessed with!
This picture was taken in County Mayo, in the lead up to Christmas. As I drove by I laughed, and I had to turn the car around, pull in, and take the shot. To me it is a uniquely Irish scene. There was obviously care taken assembling the figures, and its got the religious element, but sometimes over here we might not be the best with the finer details. The old car trailer parked in a mucky pathway was the funny part for me. Also it kind of looks like it may have been abandoned there. But I like the fact that someone put this together, for the passers by…
“Trying to capture an expression in the eyes of the people that I draw is a challenge that I enjoy & the lines from the eyes are there to emphasise this, this started to appear in my work a few years back when I started to leave in the construction lines. I am a fan of traditional, I guess it’s called old school tattoos and their composition, hence the heart. I often use a heart motif in my work. My first street art piece was one. The flowing lines of the ribbon and balanced composition of this style of tattoo appeals to me & my leanings towards OCD. These two parts of the illustration are kind of like the two sides to my art.”
“I was at the end of the South Wall a few weeks ago, thinking about how Dublin can be such an intimate city – there’s something about the scale of it that lends itself to us being at ease with other, most of the time anyway. I saw two young Brazilian guys enjoying the sunset, and quietly shot a few frames of them. They noticed me and came over, and I showed them what I’d done. One of them asked me to do a shot of both them, and this is what happened. It hadn’t been apparent until then that they were a couple. I love this picture.”