A self-initiated concertina book featuring illustrations inspired by Carl Sagan's 'Pale Blue Dot' iconic quote.
“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
An illustration of Sionann, an ancient Irish goddess who the river Shannon is supposedly named after.
Illustration based on the History TV show 'Vikings'. The lead character Ragnar has a very wolf-like persona, and his eyes when he stares remind me of a wolf staring down its prey. And thus, this illustration was created.
A self-initiated lanyard city guide for Augsburg in Germany. Contained in a pack with included poster and postcards. Inspired by my year abroad studying in Augsburg.
Mr. Robot is one of my favourite TV shows, those rule breaking camera angles are on point. This portrait features the main character, Elliot Alderson.
For the folio society brief for Mansfield Park, I decided to do some minimal illustrations to contrast the descriptive writings of Jane Austen and the depth she adds to her characters. She features a lot of symbolism and direct themes so I chose specific angles and imagery to help further convey those symbolic feelings that Jane adds.
For instance, the character of Sir Thomas is a portrait which slices half his face off in the corner, as his character always felt distant and indifferent to the reader. The two hands symbolise Maria Bertrams arranged marriage as being out of duty, rather than love.
The Linen Hall Library is the oldest library in Belfast, and features the biggest collection of Irish and Local studies. It stands as an important figure of the heritage of Belfast. The building features the historic building with an additional, more modern extension which features an exhibition of Northern Irish political posters.
A brief which called for an illustration to go with a chosen article in a magazine, I had chosen an article featured on Elon Musk's company SpaceX and how they plan to send rockets to Mars with the eventual goal of colonising the red planet.