Simon O'Carrigan

Simon O'Carrigan

Simon loves being an illustrator because it allows him to learn about, engage with, and reflect on the world around him.

He works with ink, watercolour, and sometimes Photoshop. His illustrations are sketchy and loose – just like real life. He is drawn to projects that explore the tensions in life, bringing empathy to heavy subject matter, while also celebrating the world we live in and the people we share it with.

For publishers, he illustrates the energy and emotion that take a story beyond words. He has illustrated two picture books with a third on the way, and numerous magazine articles and story anthologies.

For museums, libraries and other public spaces, he uses larger than life wall drawings, projections and installations to immerse viewers in a world of wonder.

For other clients, he provides illustrations to embody their identity, help them catch the attention of their audience, and provide context for their communications. His down to earth illustration style adds a warmth and empathy to the communication.

He teaches workshops in sketching with ink, and tutors individual students.

When he’s not doing any of that, he is usually preparing artworks for exhibition or as private commissions.

—November 2020

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