Simon O’Carrigan is an illustrator from Melbourne, known for his loose and confident ink drawings. His work hums with energy and movement: a result of his ongoing interest in hand-drawn animation and eclectic music.
Simon works with many mediums but ink is his enduring favourite. His illustrations and animations, even when finished digitally, retain a hand-made feel, and bold use of white space.
In 2017, he undertook a Copright Agency Cultural Fund award mentorship through the ASA. Whilst developing his own book under that mentorship, he was hired to illustrate his first picture book by Ford Street Publishing, which he worked on through 2018 and saw published as Playground Circus in 2019. He is currently working on a war book for Scholastic Australia, and is looking forward to developing his own manic & cute characters that first came to life during the mentorship.
Simon has staged over thirty exhibitions since 2006; he’s won grants from The City of Melbourne, City of Yarra, and NAVA; has judged the Melbourne International Animation Festival; and in 2019, after fifteen years of long distance running, he finally worked out how to swim more than seven laps of a pool.
Simon’s clients have included Scholastic Australia, Ford Street Publishing, Caffé Bartolo, DARTA, Oh Yeah Wow, Plot Media, James Norton Design, Sketch Group, 100 Story Building, School Magazine, and the City of Yarra. He also undertakes private commissions, whenever his schedule permits it, and works as a tutor & mentor for art students at primary and secondary level.
Follow his newest drawings on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simonocarrigan
For more info about his work or to view an exhibition history & archive check out his website: http://www.simonocarrigan.com.au/
His online shop stocks signed picture books, original art, limited edition prints, open edition prints: https://shop.simonocarrigan.com.au/