I suppose this is what it means to have a ‘portfolio career’. Arising out of an animation project for the 6 Pack Community Arts Project that I co-produced with designer, Sophie Spendel, I was approached to narrate an English language version of a Dutch science animation by Bruno van Weyenburg, a technology and science writer living in The Hague.
It’s another string to my bow. That’s quite a few strings now. And no; I can’t do voice overs and text at the same time…but if you do need to add a voice to your project, do give me a call on 086 247 0737.
From time to time, I get called on to do unusual artistic tasks. This one (for the client Wilson Hartnell -part of Ogilvy) was for a photoshoot for Eason which involved painting a logo onto a massive sheet of perspex.
I’m not sure what this type of illustration project could be termed: Set design? Mural?
Perspex is unbelievably heavy and quite floppy at this size and I had to manoeuvre it around as I worked, resting it on a blanket-covered tables. I have to say I was glad when a large van came to cart it away as the final product was very delicate; I was terrified that the paint would scratch.
Looked great in the end, though! I used Liquitex Professional Paint markers.
A few weeks ago, the Irish Times published their annual Christmas gifts supplement. They had contacted me previously about my web site, www.irishdailypaintings.com where I sell my small oils painting studies, with a suggestion to insert an article on it.
It demonstrated to me why print is still vital for advertising. There’s something reassuring to buyers about a write up in a newspaper. You can pour all the searchable tags you like into a web site to drive people to your online presence but at the end of it, many people don’t see material published on the web as verifiable and authentic. We all know from the movies that a newspaper office is full of caffeine-fuelled editors and journalists, with sleeves all rolled up, endlessly fighting to find the truth. So we know that all the material has been researched by the hacks and verified by a growling cigar-chomping ed, don’t we? And that’s a good thing. On the internet, it has been said, nobody knows you’re a dog; any mutt could claim anything and they frequently do. The trouble is, we all suspect that the claims may be nothing more than piss up a lamp-post -even after evaporation, there’s a bad smell and you don’t want to park your bike there.
Subsequent to publication, I received many more enquiries [and sales] over two weeks than I had had in the entire year before. Print is not dead. You can’t sit in a café and browse comfortably through an old copy of the internet and you can’t hide anonymously behind the puff and flummery of a web site and expect people to have faith in you.
Of course, you are reading this on a blog -but I’ve been verified and passed as authentic by Citizen Kane. So, thank you.