Inside you is a house

What is home to you? I recently started an online art journaling course with Juliana Coles of the Institute For Extreme Journalism. The course is called Inititation and it feels like the perfect vehicle for diving deeper with my art journaling exploration. This question comes from one of our first assignments. One of the things I …

I have entered The Witch’s Garden

When I was a girl, I spent the summers with my grandparents in Dublin, Ireland. My brothers stayed at my dad's parents while me and my sister stayed at my mum's parents. I loved it there and it's a place that has already featured in several of my comics. At the back of the main garden, with its beautiful …

Up here in my tree

When I was a girl, I would sit up in my favourite tree in the garden, my handbags hanging from different branches. These days I'm feeling a bit urban and cut off from nature. I could do with some elemental magic in my life! I worked on this piece for the third class in the …

The Moon Girl

Our final project for Comics: Art in Relationship was to create thumbnails for a 6-8 page story. Never having done such a long comics story before, I nearly bottled out. But then the story of ‘The Moon Girl’ came knocking on my door and I decided to go for it. I’m so glad I did. It made me realise …

The perfect day: time and memory in comics

A single day. A single hour. A single second. This week, in Comics: Art in Relationship, our task was to explore the ways in which the same six panels could portray different stretches of time. For such an exploration, memories of summer holidays at my grandparents' house in Dublin seemed like the perfect subject matter. This is the house I go …

Batman and me

Keeping a daily diary in the form of a comic strip has been a lot of fun. Sometimes, however, there are only so many ways to depict yourself eating cereal or doing the laundry. It was time for a new spin on things. The following variation comes from Lynda Barry's tumblr: For your daily diary this week you have  to …

Storytelling seeds

When it comes to telling a story, either live or written down in a handmade story book, I prefer to make up the story as I go along. This ensures that the telling of the tale is a journey of discovery from start to finish - for me, as well as for the reader. Even though I …