My intention is to keep adding to the collection. I’m constantly out sketching and drawing this fascinating country of ours.
There’s an endless source of inspiration to be found throughout the island and along it’s coast.
Well designed wall art is a great addition to any home, but travel posters bring an extra dimension because of that personal connection, whether they illustrate somewhere you’ve been or they serve simply to say; “This is where I come from”.
From counties to lighthouses, sport to the theatre, there’s an endless source of inspiration in this country of ours. My intention is to keep adding to the collection. Where it takes me, nobody knows, but the journey is a fascinating one.
I take great care and pride in illustrating and overseeing the production of our prints and posters and hope you’ll be as happy enjoying them in your home as we were in creating them.
01 The Idea
The idea for this collection started with just two posters, Kilkenny and Drogheda – my adopted city and my hometown. From there I’ve traveled the length and breadth of the country sketching and observing this wonderful island of ours. My intention is to keep adding to the series. Where it takes me, nobody knows, but the journey is a fascinating one.
In the back of my mind, I always have about three or four half-formed ideas about future poster projects. I’ll often put together a little “ideas” file so I don’t forget them. Later, I’ll sketch these out in rough form and do a little research.
Once I’ve settled on an idea, if I haven’t any reference for the subject, I’ll head off with my sketchbooks and camera to get down the necessary details.
Back in the studio, I work out the layout, keeping in mind the overall design, lettering and format (landscape or portrait). I’ll try out a few colour combinations to see what pops and I’ll play around with different typestyles.
Finally it’s time to bring the whole project together. Mostly I work digitally for the final image. I can scan in any textures I’m going to use or they may be in the files I keep on the computer. I use a cintiq to illustrate the final work. This is like a large glass screen that you can illustrate directly on, so the experience is very like traditional painting and drawing.
Once its finished, I double check everything is correct and it’s off to the printers!
Once I get the print back, I check over for inconsistencies and when I’m happy, it’s stored flat in a plan chest ready for the next order.
ABOUT The Artist
Hi, I’m Roger O’Reilly, an artist and illustrator based in the medieval city of Kilkenny in Ireland’s southeast.
I work as an illustrator and storyboard artist for advertisements, periodicals and productions such as the TV series ‘Vikings’ among others. This is my project.
The idea for the online store started with just two posters, Kilkenny and Drogheda – my adopted city and my hometown. I designed and printed them partly as thank-you gifts to some friends and partly because I figured there was a demand out there for some nicely updated prints in the style of old railway posters. My intention is to keep adding to the collection- it now stands at over forty travel posters and over eighty lighthouse prints. Where it takes me next, nobody knows, but the journey is a fascinating one.