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Dublin Based Illustrator Michael Sloane

Monaghan born and now based in Dublin Illustrator Michael Sloane graduated from the National College of Art and Design.

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‘Like most illustrators and designers I’v been drawing and making pictures all my life. Growing up everything from comics, cartoons and children’s books, had a strong influence on me. The weekly Beano which I collected for many years as a child is where my interest in comics, storytelling and illustration began.’

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‘During the four years at the National College of Art and Design my work and style undertook a drastic development. With guidance from my tutors and being surrounded with great artist from all disciplines my style began to come in to its own. Illustration was always something I leaned towards through college and in my final year I had the chance to really explore it.

I have always liked drawing characters with a lot of expression. If I’m drawing a character I want them to have a lot of life and movement about them. I mainly work with pencil, ink pens and markers before I bring the work into photoshop or illustrator. I tend to use quite strong bright colours in my work, giving them a graphic look.’

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‘Recently I have become interested in the relationship between image and words and how they work together as a whole to communicate an idea or message. Hand lettering is something I’m passionate about. I don’t like ‘fun fonts’ I would rather draw all the words by hand. By doing so I think that the text and the image marry together more fluidly and the illustration feels more genuine.

When I’m not doing work for clients I work on personal projects. One of which is a children’s book which I wrote last year but never got around to putting the finishing touches on. I hope to have if finished and published in the near future.’

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