Monday, April 14, 2014

Brian Boru and The Battle of Clontarf























There have been tumbleweeds blowing through this blog for the last few months but that's because I was chained to the ol' drawing desk. Now I can stagger out all pale and blinking into the light with a new comic, Brian Boru and The Battle of Clontarf, written by Rory Mc Conville, drawn by me and lettered by John Robbins.
The comic is €5 and will be available at the Battle of Clontarf Millenium Festival this weekend and hopefully in various shops as well. I'll post where when I find out.
In the meantime, anyone who would like a copy, just email puredaft@yahoo.com and we'll make arrangements. I'll just go feed the carrier pidgeons now.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

TEDx Dublin 2013

Had a great time at TEDx Dublin yesterday. Myself and Phil Barrett were drawing up a storm.
Drawing on the spot while listening to the speakers, not knowing what was coming next, was a hell of a challenge but an enormous amount of fun too.
Thanks to Sarah and Shaun from the Science Gallery for having us and to Denise and the gang from Smartwallpaint for their cool paint that turns any surface into a whiteboard.
I took loads of photos but didn't realise how shaky my hands were from all the drawing.
So here are a few that are sort of in focus with bad lighting as an extra bonus : )





















....and finally, a photo taken from the roof of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
Just because I could : )

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Tech Drawing 001

© Deirdre de Barra 2013

© Deirdre de Barra 2013
































A new Tech Drawing. This one is pen on A3 paper. When I scanned it into the ol' computer, I couldn't resist playing with it.
Sunday afternoon, cool choons and digital crayons, aww yeah.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Cartoonification of Folks






















A couple of recent drawings commissioned as gifts.
People cartoonified doing what they love to do :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Techie Nerd Drawing


I just realised a chunk of time has passed and I didn't post anything about the finished TND.
It started as a doodle but has surpassed itself and become a drawing.
Here it is hanging on my wall and below are some detail pics. It's so big it's hard to take it all in even when you're standing right in front of it.
I really loved doing this......
The next one has started :)






Saturday, October 6, 2012

Tidying - Wormwood Sketch






















I was tidying through the ever-increasing piles of doodled on paper, trying to put manners on the mess, when I came across this quick sketch. It's a teeny tiny drawing at the bottom of a page and it was eventually transmogrified into a noodle I did for ICN a while ago.
I really like this little sketch :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

TechiNerdDoodle Update

















...and so on it goes. Still doodling away in the stolen moments, when the kettle's boiling, while the dinner's cooking. I left the pens in for this photo to give an idea of the size of this doodle.

Monday, September 3, 2012

TechieNerdDoodle or TND

















I am coining a new descriptive term for a particular type of drawing or doodle that I do, doobie doobie doo... it's called a TechieNerdDoodle or TND for short. I've been mucking about with TNDs on a small scale but the breakthrough came with a noodle I did for ICN, which you can see here.
I had so much fun doing this noodle that I had to keep going once that one was finished.
This is a photo of a small section of the next TND.
It's strange, but when I need a break from drawing other projects A little fix of TND-ing does the trick...calm, meditative, getting zoned in on the Now and still drawing... TND FTW!!!
I'll post some pics of this as I go and when it's done... It's about A0, maybe a little smaller, so it'll be a wee while yet before this one's finished :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

New Comic











































This is American Independent Feature Film, mine and Gar Shanley's new little comic that we'll have at the Dublin Zine Festival this weekend. The comic is an adaptation of one of Gar's blog posts over on Fugger. It's a much more sketchy affair than what I usually do but I thought that suited the story.
Also, in an effort to push myself, I set out ten days to draw a twenty page comic. I managed to do that because of the sketchy style, hand lettering it in childlike writing; and making a rule to let each page stand as it is no matter how much I might want to tweak or change the drawings. It was an exercise in completing what I set out to make and  not being too precious or obsessive about it all. It's a challenge to learn to get out of your own way and simply tell the story.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Dublin Zine Fair - This Weekend!!


What: An annual event founded in 2011 to support and promote independent publishing, zines and artist books.
When: 11th & 12th of August, from 12pm -6pm.
Where: The Supafast Building, Great Strand Street, Dublin City Centre.
Why: To provide a platform for people to buy and sell independent publications and zines. To help zinesters to meet like minded people. To help the scene grow in Ireland. To inspire people to make and get involved.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hat






















Back to clean lines with inks for this pic :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cyborg






















I'm playing with scanning my pencil drawings and then flinging textures and colours about to see what I can end up with. So, below is the drawing of a cyborg dude and above the end result of the digital sorcery :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Hellboy Inks


















These are the inks for Hellboy as he appeared on ICN
and below that is a pencil drawing of one of the Lil' imps he's been called in to deal with.
The imps were a lot of fun to draw, like a bunch of bold three year olds all hopped up on sweets and fizzy drinks.... explains Hellboys expression :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Iron Man Inks






















All the noodles I do for ICN are exclusive to ICN for a month from when they're posted.
I've now done several months worth and so I can randomly post some of the preliminary work for some of the older posts.
These are the inks for Iron Man has a Cold. The finished version is here :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Holiday Snaps






















It's overcast and drizzling, I have a rotten cold.
I hope it's a proper summer somewhere and
there's an alien on holidays.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012












This week is Irish Comics Appreciation Week, a celebration to mark the first birthday if Irish Comic News.
Check out the site for all sorts of fun stuff.
Part of the aim of the week is to get the comics out there. To that end Hilary has posted downloadable pdf copies of Longstone Comics last two volumes on the longstone blog for you to download and read for FREE!!

Saturday, June 16, 2012






















This is a page from a 2000AD script that I had pencilled a while ago.
Recently I've been experimenting with colouring directly onto the pencilled artwork, leaving out the inking step altogether. I like inked work but there's a very different feel to the finished piece.
So, I remembered this page and decided to use it for my ongoing colour experiments.
I'm liking this so far and having a lot of fun with it.

Monday, June 4, 2012

2d doodles 2012



















Some doodles from the 2d Festival this year.
I did remember my camera this year, but then forgot to actually use it. Nevermind, I managed to take these in the midst of the day long doodle-frenzy.
So here's Nightmare from Soul Calibur V and Deadpool.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Foldy Comic






















A new Foldy Comic called CAKE will be peeking out from under the covers at the 2d Festival in Derry this weekend.
Really looking forward to a superfluity of comiky goodness thanks to all at the Verbal Arts Centre.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Hellboy






















Got onto a bit of a Hellboy buzz after drawing him for an
Irish Comic News noodle post.
So went doodling again... and here's the big guy about to pound on some very shady looking characters.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Conan-pencil sketch






















This is the pencil sketch I did for a drawing of Conan for the Noodlers section of Irish Comic News.
Always interesting to see how pencils are transmogrified into a finished pic, and not always successfully.
Need to get better at flowing through the whole process instead of it sometimes feeling like trying to walk through a waist deep lake of cold lumpy porridge.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ninja Girl - detail


















This is a detail of a pic I did for the Longstone Comics blog.
The full pic and accompanying Haiku (: p) are there.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bibliophiles






















This is a recent commission for a book loving, perpetual student who loves photography.
I've discovered as well as reading them, I like drawing books :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Dublin City Soul Festival - Instrument Art

















One of the events in this years Dublin City Soul Festival is an exhibition called Instrument Art. Everyone involved was given old, even broken instruments to go wild with and do their thing. I got to see some when I was dropping in my effort.....Mind-bogglingly amazing. Go check it out if you get the chance.
This is the guitar I got to paint, my 'Guitar Comic'. Really fun to do since I don't often get to play with paints and a brush these days.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sketch 10-05-12






















Another experiment in line.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sketch 04-05-12
























Been playing around with some sketches trying to pair them back to just black and white with a minimum of fussiness.
Then of course once they're scanned I can't resist playing with a bit of colour and pattern :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

More Spaceships


































I had so much fun drawing the ships for the background of the Shakara pic that I went and did another page of spaceships. Then, just because I can, went and reversed the drawing and then threw in a nice sludgey warm grey. It might be just me, but I really like letting my eye wander over these, very restful.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Noodle Doodle - Shakara
























This weeks noodle on ICN is of Shakara, created by Robbie Morrison and Henry Flint.
First is the wonderfully grubby pencil drawing of Shakara. Then the background tech stuff that might be ships or a space station and finally the inked version of Shakara.
Then throw it all together in the ol' digital melting pot, simmer for a few hours and out comes the finished pic.
This noodle was a tremendous amount of fun to draw.
Damn, I wish the Shakara story arc wasn't done and dusted.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Zombies, zombies, zombies....
























This months theme on the Collective Thinking Blog is Zombies.
Here's the pencil drawing which was digitally transmogrified into black & white and then coloured with the ol' digital crayons.
So there's yer man, he's been battling through the hoardes for weeks, maybe months. What happens if that 'why bother, why not give up, it's all too much' thought happens at a ridiculously inopportune moment.
OOPs.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Noodle Doodle - Captain America























I've just recently joined the illustrious ranks of the Irish Comic Noodlers on Irish Comic News.
Our posts are initially exclusive to ICN, but I thought I'd show some preliminary steps to the Captain America post here.
In the interests of space-saving I mashed the messy, overworked pencils and the nice clean inks together.
Now that I look at it... it's a bit like some slightly deranged Cappy cosplayers are doing some wildly enthusiastic dance routine of some deep significance to them.
The finished pic makes much more sense :)