Friday, August 29, 2008

SLANT Exhibition in Scamp

SLANT, the IGI exhibition in Ormeau Baths, Belfast is reviewed today in Scamp. Check it out. Some of the work is just amazing. Click here

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Final Characters for

These are the final characters for
You can see (compare with previous post) how tight the fairy was when the first draft was presented. The Vampire was there from the beginning too. But he needed more variations till it got to a point where the customer was happy.

The monster in that other post never made it to the final stage.

WoodStock Illustrations

This is one of the illustrations I've done for a very nice project based in the Woodstock Gardens in Inistioge. I'll post the full product once it comes back form the printers.

I spent hours looking at Milton Caniff's comics. That guy is a genius using a brush!

Hope you like it

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Some Old Character Drawings

These are a few characters I designed last year for a Film Festival Poster. None of them were used. I've just found them when I was archiving the latest illustrations I am doing. Which I hope to be posting soon.
I thought it might be interesting to show illustrations before they are treated in the computer. In this case all of them are inked very clean using a Hunt102 nib and indian ink.
It was one of the first times I used photographic reference. It would have been really difficult to get all the details of the clothes in my head. I used a magazine on Japanese Teenage Culture.

Hope you like them.

Monday, August 25, 2008

More Sketchbook

A few more images from my sketchbook. Hope you like them.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Characters for

I am currently developing a few characters for the programme. They are work in progress. Please enjoy them!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

2008 Kilkenny Arts Festival TV Ad

This is the TV ad that ran on national TV for a week in July.

Enjoy it!

Friday, August 08, 2008

"Sorry I can't take your call, I'm off saving the World" Anthology

This week, I've finished a one page comic for a Charity Comics Anthology put together by Cliodhna at Ztoical (
It's been great to go back to inking pages the old way. I have the feeling this year is going to be full of comics... Really exciting stuff!

Here you have one of the panels of that page (my personal favourite). Hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Last Riot at Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast

DSCF1679, originally uploaded by Alé Mercado.

Last Thursday 31st July I attended the opening of three exhibitions in the Ormeau Baths Gallery in Belfast: AES+F's Last Riot, The Association of Illustrators's Images 31 and IGI's Slant where I took part (see previous post in June.)
The gallery has a few amazing spaces and the works displayed were amazing.
Worth seeing if you are around.

Hope you enjoy it