‘Colouring Between the Lines’ at Só Collective brings together a diverse group of Irish illustrators, and is curated by OFFSET, one of the world’s most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries.
“Irish illustration is currently experiencing a golden period. From children's books, animation, editorial, packaging design and beyond, we are not just keeping pace with global trends but setting them. Literally millions of people around the world engage with the images and ideas expressed by an exceptionally talented group of artists and its been incredible to have been able to provide both a platform and a context for this movement at OFFSET.” - Bren Byrne, Creative Director OFFSET.
Originally from Glasgow, Steve Doogan has illustrated for a wide range of clients including Guinness, Budweiser, Heineken, Bank of Ireland, The Abbey Theatre and The National Concert Hall. He likes to work in a variety of styles and media, and also enjoys making etchings, linocuts and monoprints.
Rachel Corcoran is an illustrator and designer based in Dublin, Ireland. In a former life, Rachel was an archaeologist and art historian, and her illustrations capture her love and knowledge of history, curious finds, and long-forgotten worlds.
Niall McCormack is a commercial artist based in Dublin. He specialises in music packaging and book cover design. He uses a mix of letterpress and digital to create bright and bold designs.
Linda Fahrlin / Supertrooper Studio
Linda is an illustrator and designer with a studio based on the North West Coast of Ireland. Her illustrative style is influenced by her Swedish heritage, and she finds inspiration in everyday life and loves to create things that not always are what they look like.
Alé Mercado is an illustrator based in Kilkenny whose work is rooted in strong concepts. Every element of the image has a purpose that strongly relates to the brief it is supposed to serve. Main influences come from cinema and comics while his style, although digital, owes a lot to woodcutting and relief printing in general.
Paul Ryding is a Belfast-based commercial illustrator whose work continually examines the human figure; what can be expressed and communicated, sometimes involuntarily by the topographical landscape of the face. He promotes ethical practices within the illustration industry as a lecturer and an external adviser for the Association of Illustrators. He has also held several talks on contemporary illustration as well as writing for a number of journals including Varoom magazine.
Rob Torrans’ illustrations are inspired by small everyday odd and awkward moments and unsettling day dreams. He says ‘I like my illustrations to get under your skin in a playful way!’
Alan Clarke is an award winning Irish artist/illustrator. He has been commissioned by Body and Soul festival, Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, The Irish Times, Penguin Books, Amnesty International, OFFSET, and many more. His work has been exhibited worldwide.
The Project Twins
The Project Twins are James and Michael Fitzgerald, a Cork based graphic art duo working across a range of disciplines including illustration, design and art. Their playful work employs bold graphics and visual wit. Their illustrations have appeared on the pages of Wired, The Guardian and Variety Magazine along with art commissions from the likes of Facebook, Jameson and Three Mobile.
Fuchsia MacAree is an illustrator living and working in Dublin. She's interested in human interaction and capturing small moments, and enjoys working with solid blocks of colour and simple shapes.
Lauren O'Neill is an illustrator from Co. Wexford, now living and working in Dublin city. Her diverse style is a mixture of traditional and digital media, combining detailed line with bold colour palettes. The human figure is what inspires her most, and her work can be found anywhere from advertising campaigns to children’s books.