One day I’ll have time to have a breakfast like this! Illustration of Vanilla and Cinnamon Chia pudding with agave syrup.
Rumour has it Murphy has taken a swim to warmer waters and has been sighted in the Italian city of Bologna. (Admittingly far away from the sea!) More specifically at the “Ireland” stand at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair!
Murphy intends to enjoy the warmer climate for the duration of the fair: 26th – 29th of March 2018.
So. It’s that time of the year again, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is soon on! In recent years Illustrators Ireland has been participating showcasing members books. If you pass by the stand make sure to browse the illustrated bookmarks – here’s my bookmark.
Recently I was commissioned by Galway City Council to create a campaign illustration as part of their European Green Leaf programme. Galway City received the designation for 2017 from the European Commission.
Galway was selected as Europe’s most environmentally friendly city, among hundreds of European cities with populations under 100,000.
I thoroughly enjoyed working on a project that will benefit our and future generations. It is great to see council and government organisations communicating their vision using original illustration by local artists and actively supporting local business.
My brief was to illustrate Galway cityscape, local flora and fauna. A really enjoyable project.
Congrats Galway! Updates on the project at Galway City European Green Leaf 2017.
Something I would love to do is to create a fully animated version of my book Murphy the Seal. So I decided to have a play with some of the illustrations from the book to create a book trailer.
Here’s a little sneak peak:
Meet Murphy the Seal, the third children’s book written and illustrated by Linda Fahrlin in the Atlantic Art studios on the North West coast of Ireland.
In the Wild Atlantic Ocean lives a happy seal pup called Murphy. Murphy enjoys playing with his little sister and usually swims close to his Mum and Dad. One day Murphy and his sister are playing chase with a fish. The water is whirling around them and the current is getting stronger. Murphy tries to swim against the current but it is too strong. Follow Murphy on his adventure in the Wild Atlantic Ocean. How will Murphy get back to his Mum, Dad and Sister? This book is inspired by a real seal rescue and seal release of a seal pup. The village of Strandhill in County Sligo, Ireland was invited to join the event when a rehabilitated seal pup was reintroduced back in the Atlantic Ocean.
“Last year we were very fortunate to see one of the seal releases by Seal Rescue Ireland. The release of the seal pup inspired the children’s book “Murphy the Seal”, as we talked about what could have happened to the seal. We decided to call him “Murphy” after the sea lion we used to see at Taronga Zoo when living in Sydney.”
Murphy the Seal is available in English and Swedish at the following stores (to name a few):
Amazon.com (Swedish translation)
Adlibris.se (Swedish translation)
Bokus.com (Swedish translation)
So, a seed was planted and it grew into a children’s book!
Tom and the Watermelon is the second children’s book made in the Atlantic Art Studios of the North West Coast of Ireland near the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s illustrated and written by Linda Fahrlin and available in English and Swedish.
“When we had a friend visiting from overseas last year, we decided to take a drive past Glencar Waterfall and finally took a turn for The Organic Centre in Co Leitrim. Well there, we purchased some organic Watermelon seeds. Once home we planted them and imagined how big they would grow! The visit literally planted a seed and our dreamings became a book – Tom and the Watermelon.”
About the book:
Tom and his Mum go to the Garden Centre where the gardener gives Tom a magic seed. Follow Tom and his Mum on their adventures in this feel-good children’s book where anything is possible.
Author & Illustrator: Linda Fahrlin
Tom and the Watermelon is available here (to name a few places):
Adlibris (Swedish translation)
Amazon.com (Swedish translation)
Bokus.com (Swedish translation)
Do you like adventures and a bit of magic? Then this book is for you. Follow Maeve and Max who lives in a town that has everything. There’s just one thing missing. Colour. Will Maeve and Max be able to create a happy colourful place to live in? Find out in this new book written and illustrated by Linda Fahrlin.
Here’s the beginning of the illustration for my bookmark at the IGI stand in Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Every year the Illustrators Ireland has a place at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, this year it’ll be shared with a few other organisations from Ireland like the Children’s Books Ireland and publishers.
The Children’s Book Fair in Bologna is on 26 – 29 March in Bologna, Italy.
Every now and then Murphy and his family can be seen sunbathing together on the tidal sandbanks in the Wild Atlantic Ocean.
“He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a lover, he would have placed himself in a false position.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This year I was delighted to hear that the book to illustrate was a new edition of three selected works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes.
Today 24 entries were selected to the longlist and although my illustrations were not selected I really enjoyed reading Sir illustrative texts, interpret them and translating the words into illustrations. You can see the longlisted entries here:
Here is one of my illustrations and the text I had to work with was: ” Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east of London Bridge.”
Decisions. ✏️🎨 Really tempting to animate this bird 🎞. #migrations #illustrator #illustration #birdsofinstagram #sketch #sketchbook #art #artwork #freedom #graphicdesigner #noborders #nolimits #freeasabird #swedishdesign #folklore #folklorepattern #folkart #retro #etno #sketching #sketchdaily #illustratorsoninstagram #wip #irishdesign #irishillustration #irishart #inthestudio #
This little bird has just flown off from my drawing room towards the Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava, to be part of the Migrations Exhibition.
Before creating the artworks for the pop-up exhibition organised by Illustrators Ireland & OFFSET my “sitter” wrote a little text about herself:
“Graphic designer, typographer, writer, teacher, swimmer with a mild fear of sea creatures — real and mythical. Loves making and reading beautiful books, vibrant colour and affogato. Avid baker of sweet things, coffee drinker and Mum.”
So to help overcome her fear I made her Queen of the River Liffey in Dublin. This is the illustration in full:
Proud to be a member of Association of Illustration U.K! You can have a look at my portfolio over at AOI here.
“The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a not-for-profit trade organisation promoting contemporary illustration and maintaining industry standards.” AOI
You, me and the Liffey! Sneaky peak of detail from my artwork for “The State of Us” group show opening in Dublin this Friday. Huge A1 format to fill and I got as carried away as the artwork was by the mailman. ✏️🐟🐠
Today was a storytelling day. I really enjoyed reading Magic Mountain to 4 classes with heaps of great questions. Walked 4k’s between blue skies and green fields in sunny weather. ☀️Good food 4 dinner, and good company 4 the soul. All good things comes in 4rs.
The earth is happier if we all recycle 🙂
Series of illustrations for the initiative “Cents for kids”. Client Red Dog Design & DAVY.
This week the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is on. On the fair, you can find Illustrators Ireland at location PAD. 25 stand: B/87. At the stand, browsers can pick up this illustration I made in the shape of a bookmark.
Although I’m not going this year I plan to go visit next year. There will be so much to look at and so many talks to listen to that it’ll take a year just to plan how to spend the time 😉