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JG O’Donoghue is a professional illustrator from Ireland who specialises in archaeological and heritage illustration. He finished his masters in Illustration, at University of Hertfordshire in 2010, previous to that, his degree was in Digital Design. Since then he has done a variety of illustration commissions, … Read More
JG O’Donoghue is a professional illustrator from Ireland who specialises in archaeological and heritage illustration. He finished his masters in Illustration, at University of Hertfordshire in 2010, previous to that, his degree was in Digital Design. Since then he has done a variety of illustration commissions, mostly archaeological interpretations and his work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, exhibitions, seminars, heritage signage and various other media. His clients have included the NRA (National Roads Authority), Waterford Treasures Museum, Cork County Council, Roscommon County Council and RSK Environment Ltd.
He approaches all his work professionally and he thoroughly enjoys the process of working with others to bring their vision to fruition, creating a unique piece that could not be created by either party alone. Currently, most of his illustrations are done digitally, through Corel Painter, with this dynamic digital tool he creates digital pen & ink drawings and digital paintings. JG works constantly to improve his artistic skills and abilities, and has spent years researching archaeology and visits Irish heritage sites on a regular basis to make his imagery more realised, living and evoking for the public. JG has also partaken in a professional excavation with IAC (Irish Archaeology Consultancy) of the Knockhouse trivallate ringfort in Waterford, this hands on experience, coupled with reading many excavation reports, archaeological books and articles, has given JG a firm understanding of the archaeological field. The core of JG’s practice is to create a believable breathing world based on the evidence which in the process reconnects the viewers with their heritage.
JG is the founder of Islander Art, a collective of Irish and European artists and illustrators. Also the founder of Sceitse, a adventure sketch group, which tries to re-attach fun into sketching by combining sketching with various activities, including the exploration natural landscapes and man-made heritage dotted around Ireland. Finally, he is an Gaeilgeoir/Irish Language speaker, ach tá sé Foghlaimeoir fós! Read Less
Abarta Audio Guides/Travel Guides Ltd- Illustrated Map of Kilmallock town and its important features
Roscommon County Council- Illustration of the Iron Age Rathcroghan Royal site for heritage boards
Waterford Treasures Museum- Medieval Illustrations for information boards
RSK Environment Ltd & Rathmell Archaeolo… Read More
Abarta Audio Guides/Travel Guides Ltd- Illustrated Map of Kilmallock town and its important features
Roscommon County Council- Illustration of the Iron Age Rathcroghan Royal site for heritage boards
Waterford Treasures Museum- Medieval Illustrations for information boards
RSK Environment Ltd & Rathmell Archaeology Ltd- An reconstruction illustration of a late bronze age/early Iron Age metalworking site in South West Scotland
Cork County Council- Illustrations for 10 heritage signs at sites across the county for Cork County Council
Lost & Found- Robert M Chapple’s ‘Dungannon Toggle’ illustration for the book Lost & Found
Fortified England- Series of Illustrations for “Dig it! -Young Archaeologist Kit” Book
NRA(National Roads Authority)- Reconstruction illustrations of Clowanstown Mesolithic site, Edercloon Bronze Age Trackway and Raystown Early Medieval Cemetary
NRA(National Roads Authority)- Reconstruction of Woodstown Viking from grave found during construction of the N25 Waterford City Bypass. Read Less
Mothú Áite/A Sense of Place- UCC- Cork City, Ireland- February – April 2014
Through the looking Glass Exhibition- Yeats Gallery- Sligo, Ireland – Sept, 2013
A Sense of Place-Clonakilty Community Arts Centre- Clonakilty, Ireland- May,2013
Sum & Substance Exhibition- Art in the Park Gallery- Cork, Ireland-Nov, 201… Read More
Mothú Áite/A Sense of Place- UCC- Cork City, Ireland- February – April 2014
Through the looking Glass Exhibition- Yeats Gallery- Sligo, Ireland – Sept, 2013
A Sense of Place-Clonakilty Community Arts Centre- Clonakilty, Ireland- May,2013
Sum & Substance Exhibition- Art in the Park Gallery- Cork, Ireland-Nov, 2012
Islander Debut Exhibition – Cork, Ireland- November, 2011 Read Less
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