Murphy the Seal children’s book

 

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.”

Available in Amazon.comBarnes & Noble & Bokus.com to name a few.

ISBN-10: 1974646998
ISBN-13: 978-1974646999

Murphy the Seal is available in English and Swedish at the following stores (to name a  few):

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com.au

Amazon.com (Swedish translation)

Adlibris.se (Swedish translation)

Barnes & Noble

Bokus.com (Swedish translation)

Book Depository

 

Sketch: Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2018

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.

Sherlock Holmes book illustration for the House of Illustration and Folio Society Competition

Every year House of Illustration in the U.K. and The Folio Society arrange an illustration competition to illustrate a book cover and three interior illustrations.

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.”

Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava Migrations Exhibition

This little bird has just flown off from my drawing room towards the Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava, to be part of the Migrations Exhibition.

Exhibition: The State of Us – You, Me & the Liffey

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:

Exhibition: The State of Us, Chocolate Factory in Dublin 16th of June

So I’m part of this massive exhibition in Dublin – “The State of Us” group exhibition!

Illustrators Ireland in association with OFFSET is holding a massive event – a pop-up exhibition. Friday June 16 2017 at the The Chocolate Factory, 26 King’s Inn Street, Dublin 1. Doors open 7.30pm.

90 of Ireland’s finest illustrators, painters and designers make portraits of each other.

Co-organiser and illustrator Steve Doogan explains: “The State Of Us will be a large group show of portraits, a one-night-only event staged by Illustrators Ireland in association with Offset. We have 90 artists, around 65 of whom are illustrators or painters, and the rest are designers and art directors. Each person makes a portrait of somebody in the group, but also gets their portrait done by someone else. It will be a snapshot of a big section of our creative community, hence the title. All works will hang from wires strung across the space, 90 pieces at A1 size.”

Knocknarea Linda Fahrlin Strandhill Sligo art 1
Work in progress.
Knocknarea Linda Fahrlin Strandhill Sligo art 2
Work in progress.
Knocknarea Linda Fahrlin Strandhill Sligo art 3
Work in progress. By this stage, I started to regret that I decided to use up my last aquarelle paper.  I do like the texture of the paper but I had to press the pens so hard for full cover.
Knocknarea Linda Fahrlin Strandhill Sligo art 4
Work in progress.
Knocknarea Linda Fahrlin Strandhill Sligo art 5
Just some finishing up to do along the edges.

Weekend Rocks!

Who made it to the ocean today? We climbed the rocks at the sea shore and found all these patterns and tiny fossils. Found a moment in the afternoon to sketch a little bit, and bring out the acrylics. (But not enough time to finish up.)

 

Exhibition: dlr Mill Theatre Gallery, Dublin ‘Matters of the Heart’ Group Exhibition

The ‘Matters of the Heart’ Exhibition is a group show from the members of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland. The members are using a wide range of techniques and visual styles and members specialize in every aspect of the discipline.

The illustration I made – ‘Home’ is being showed alongside a wide range of other works  from very talented illustrators. Well worth a peak.

Exhibition dates: 18th March – 30th of May 2017.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Exhibition: ‘Matters of the Heart’ at the United Arts Club in Dublin.

Home – illustrated artwork of Strandhill and Knocknarea, Co Sligo
Home – illustrated artwork of Strandhill and Knocknarea, Co Sligo, by Linda Fahrlin.

Just before Christmas I was asked to work to the theme “Matters of the Heart”. Having moved countries and across the world I am now glad to have found a place to call home and be with family. Where we live there’s a large mountain – Knocknarea. Perched on the top of the mountain it is believed that a neolithic passage tomb is concealed under the rocks – Queen Maeves Grave.

Home – illustrated artwork of Strandhill and Knocknarea, Co Sligo, Ireland by Linda Fahrlin for the group exhibition “Matters of The Heart”. The exhibition was put together by artist Brian Gallagher  for the Illustrators Guild of Ireland.

To be opened by PJ Lynch- illustrator &  Laureate na nÓg – Childrens Laureate, Ireland

The exhibition is installed and opens Thursday the 9th of February 8pm at The United Arts Club in Dublin and continues to Saturday the 28th of February 2017. Viewing Tuesday – Friday to 11am to 11pm.

 

 

Matters of the heart Exhibition Invite The United Arts Club
Matters of the heart Exhibition Invite – The United Arts Club

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