Thanks Be To BOD
On the lead up to Brian O'Driscoll's final game for Ireland (Six Nations winning game v France) I did an illustration celebrating various stages of the great man's career.
From left to right, playing for Leinster, playing in the oversized Ireland jersey scoring his hat-trick v France in 2001, his blonde hair days, lifting the trophy as Grand Slam winning captain, the famous number 13 on his back, wearing the head bandage in games in 2013 and wearing the red of the British and Irish Lions.
This was by far the most popular illustration I produced and just had a total of 20 limited edition A3 posters printed, all of which sold out in a couple of hours.
This week BOD plays his last game for Leinster, keep an eye out as I will have an illustration to celebrate that event also.
Carles Puyol - Barça Legend
Big supporter of Barcelona and did a caricature of Carles Puyol who recently announced he was leaving the club after years of service at the Camp Nou. He may not have been the best centre back (originally started out as a winger) but he had the heart of a lion and Barcelona have found it difficult to replace him. Great servant and won everything there was to be won too.
John Doyle, Kildare
Illustration of Kildare and Allenwood footballer, John Doyle. He had just retired from inter-county and the I didn't really like the previous piece I'd done of him so attempted another. Was much happier with this one.
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.
Great. Greater. Best.
One of my favourites because it is so simple yet recognisable.
Pele, Maradonna and George Best, three of the most skilful soccer players ever.
My most Typographic based poster, featuring the great Quigley Brothers, Martin, John and Dan.
The quote comes from the song 'Purple and Gold' by the Wild Swans.
They played before my time but are legends of Wexford hurling.
In my opinion, DJ Carey was the best hurler I ever saw but Henry is a very close second.
Illustrated here in typical pose as he steps up to take a free. This one was the longest I'd spent on an illustration due to the amount of layers required.
Cantona-Kung Fu Kick
Can't remember why I did this one-it must have been an anniversary of the incident or something.
Cantona certainly left his mark at Manchester United in more way than one anyway!
Roy Keane - Red Mist
Did this illustration the week Keane was announced as Assistant manager to Martin O'Neill. A super player but often the red mist would appear and strike fear into all around him. Great captain for Ireland until the whole Saipan fiasco. Hopefully he'll be a success with helping O'Neill bring the Republic back to some prominence again.
Anchorman - Marty
Been a while since I posted to the blog, apologies. I'm just going to throw up random illustrations that I think haven't been posted before here.
This one is of the legendary RTÉ GAA commentator, Marty Morrissey. Our very own Anchorman.
I added one of Ron Burgundy's quotes here. Also ties in with Marty's famous line when he said "There won't be a cow milked in Clare for a week" after, I think, Clare won the Munster Football final.