Illustration is a little crude and it took me longer than I thought it would, but it was my first attempt at a comic, recreating some iconic moments from the 1956 All-Ireland Hurling Final between Wexford and Cork.
In the last few minutes, Cork's great Christy Ring was through on goal. He was all set to score the possible winner but Wexford's goalkeeper Art Foley blocked the shot and cleared down the field. Ring continued his run into goal and grabbed Foley's hair d and said something to the relieved keeper. For years, people wondered what Christy said to Art.
Martin Codd's book "The Way I Saw It" in 2005 finally solved it when Codd received a written letter from Foley explaining the incident, and the events leading up to it in great detail. Christy, after Art had made the save, raced in grabbed Art by the hair and said "You little black bastard you've beaten us"; Foley replied "It's about so and so time someone did" but he then went on and congratulated Foley.
I used a bit of poetic licence in the comic, left out the hair pulling and changed what Ring said a bit but you get the general idea of the situation anyway.
Also added one of the greatest displays of showmanship when Wexford's Nick O'Donnell and Bobby Rackard raised Christy Ring on their shoulders having just beaten his Cork team.
As the Dancing at the Crossroads song goes
"And when I Think of young O'Gorman,
Throuogh the midfield he was stormin'
And then the Cusack Stand erupted
When he scored from 60 yards.
Larry O or "brother" was a great servant for Wexford over the years and got his just rewards in 96, finally winning a coveted All-Ireland medal and being named as Hurler of the Year.
Mainly played in the half back line midfield area but popped up in the forwards in the latter end of his playing career, scoring a famous last minute equaliser against Tipperary in the 2001 All-Ireland Semi-Final.
Basic colour shape illustration this time.
One of Wexford's hurling giants and, I think, the top scorer ever from play in the championship, Buffer's Alley's Tony Doran. Had a great paw on him and was a constant torment to full-backs all over the country.
Did a caricature image of him previously but tried a different style with this one using pen outline and a watercolour effect colouring.
"What's the story, Martin Storey? Now Wexford's really bound for glory"
Oulart-The Ballagh's Martin Storey played for the Wexford senior hurling team from 1982 to 2001 amassing a total score of 26-306 for the Purple and Gold.
He went on to captain Wexford to their All-Ireland final victory in 1996. Storey picked up 3 All-Stars during his career. Here he is in typical pose, slotting yet another pint over the bar from the half forward line.
It's always the ones you don't expect. I posted this image to twitter and Facebook and it became, by an absolute country mile, the most popular illustration I've done so far.
I decided to do an illustration of Liam Spratt after seeing the pictures from the recent Wexford GAA awards night where Liam was the MC on the night.
Liam Spratt always brings a unique style to his commentary-saying the first thing that pops into his head a lot of the time and gets totally engrossed in the game unfolding before his eyes. This often leads to his now infamous commentating slip ups.
No referee is safe, Co-commentators had better finish their point quick and the tea served out had better be of decent quality when the man Spratt is about.
I threw in a few of his more famous quotes but there will always be additions as long as Liam has the microphone. Let's hope that's for a long time to come.
Decided to revisit this earlier image I had done of the Wexford starting lineup of the 1996 All-Ireland final. Laid out in their positions on the field, I just kept their features to the minimum. Each player is fairly distinguishable from the next; George O'Connor and Storey are instantly recognisable with their moustaches; Rod Guiney with his red hair; Gary Laffan with his nose strip; Liam Dunne and his bushy eyebrows and so on. I had tried various diffeernt coloured backgrounds but plain white seemed to bring the images out best.
Illustration of 2012 All Star nominee, Wexford and Gusserane's Panther Flynn. Pictured here in typical pose as he looks to go on the attack. Happy with the shadows and highlights in this one, something I always find difficult enough to do,