Job Creation Scheme no.666

Ok, I've already referenced the Tower of Babel in an eye on dublin a while ago (Babel Royale - the leaving cert tower of death - in the June issue) but it's just too good an image not to revisit.

There's also the influence of stunning manga and anime Tekkon Kinkreet and it's western/eastern hodge-podge shanty town metropolis. Go see it/read says I.

This combines to make the eye on dublin's recommendation for job creation, the Celtic Tiger Commemorative Building. Job creation, the building industry, possible collapse, it's all a very subtle metaphor you see AND it gives me a chance to draw cute cat heads.


Naughty and Nice

Obviously a Christmas special was unavoidably for December so I decided to add a small dose of humbug into the mix by introducing the Anti-Claus, complete with tommy gun carrying Penguin sidekicks (he's based in the South Pole you see, so no reindeer). Still fun and seasonal though; he's not a serial-killer or anything. Just a curiously attired burglar. Go Santa.

Merry Christmas one and all. Except you. Yes, you.



Slightly odd one this month. I was away in middle of nowhere in wildest England when I did this one. So no scanner and a long panicked hunt for an entrance to the interweb. As a result it was done in double time all in illustrator vector glory, no scratchy pencil lines to fall back on.

Straightforward idea of the celtic tiger as a broken down 80's arcade machine. With the arcade game reference I could have overloaded it with various elements if I'd been drawing everything by hand but because of my vector drawing limitations I kept it fairly simply. Worked out alright as a result, I think....


All Hallow's Evil

Shock! Horror! I've never taken advantage of this time of year to do a Halloween based eye on dublin. That is now rectified with a jolly rejigging of the traditions with the scary monsters as the victims and the kids as the super creeps.
I've done some Halloween themed stuff before that came in handy. In particular was this poster for a college ball

I remember spending ages looking up wacky old horror film posters as reserach, stuff along the lines of 'I was a Teenage Frankenstein'

So I had all that preprogrammed into my brain by the time I had the idea of evil hoodie kids hassling the classic Universal monsters. It was pretty straight forward after that. All that was left was a slight nod to count von count from sesame street

and viola

A scary eye on dublin!


Sunshine R.I.P.

Admittedly last summer was bad but there's something about two wet summers in a row that seems to officially hammer the global warming nail into the coffin of the Irish summer. Been very busy of late so this month's pic is more of a pin-up than the usual detailed diagram. Still the grim simplicity kind of matches the subject matter.

Hope there's something good on the telly.

Please God let the rain stay away at least this weekend as I'll be stuck in a field at the Electric Picnic music festival. I'll be drawing on some boards along with a number of great artists throughout the weekend, so say hello if you're down too. BC


Olympic Shames

This month I just couldn't resist using the one in four year opportunity to riff on the Olympic games. As usual I'm far too cowardly to tackle any political issues, particularly serious ones that might be associated with the Beijing sports fest. Instead I stick to what I know, Nick-Nacks, chip shops and pints of Guinness. So here you go:

In other news, if you're looking to waste some time wandering the interweb, I've relaunched my website with a new layout and some lovely pictures. And I've also started another blog just for my general illustration stuff (and some rambling). Check it out. BC


Lovely, Lovely Recession

Pretty straightforward this month. Just took all the pessimistic talk about the imminent economic collapse of the country and then tried to present it in a positive light. Hazy, dreamy recession days are back again, here ya go:


Leaving Cert: Babel Royale

Poor teenage souls across the nation will be sitting the Leaving Cert this month, so something exposing the cruelty of secondary school is called for. Influence-wise I have to give a nod to

the wacky Japanese
uber-violence and
school uniforms
combo that is
Battle Royale,

also the perspective
bending genius and
odd architecture of
M. C. Escher
particularly this one,
the Tower of Babel,

and while we're at it
some classic
Spock vs. Kirk.

So here it is,
Leaving Cert:
Babel Royale


Summer in the City

1st of May is supposedly the beginning of the sunny season. Unfortunately that's not always the case here so maybe I'm being a little optimistic but anyway. This month's tips are based around the typical Irish concerns during sunny weather, trying to look good and getting drunk.

Also worth a mention is the dandy new site from Mr. Frankenstyles aka Stephen Kelleher, check it out.


Sgt. Hieronymous

After much recent unpleasant behaviour about the city, this month's installment takes on the cries of social apocalypse. We're not quite yet at the stage of giant police robots, luckily enough.

Don't know if it's noticeable or not but this one owes a nod to

the cheery
monsters and
of the
Where's Wally
landscapes of

Jeff Soto's
stunning paintings

and Ashley Wood's
robots, particularly
this charming chap,
Bertie the Pipebomb

And here's my
pale imitation,
with a Smiths
reference thrown
in for good measure.


It Begins...

Hello all and welcome, I'm in the process of redoing my website and I thought that, seeing at it's been going for over two years now, the eye on dublin should be capable of pulling off it's own blog.

In the future I'll update each month as I finish one and maybe throw in some sketches and such if anyones interested. Till next month enjoy wasting a few minutes; here's all 24 rambling installments so far:

March 2008: Trendy Monsterism

February 2008: February 29th

January 2008: Hot for 2008

December 2007: Eye on Totally Dublin

November 2007: The Student Gaff (double-page spread, ooh)

October 2007: Hibernate

September 2007: Free Booze

August 2007: Back to School

July 2007: Grannies

June 2007: The Hill of Tara

May 2007: Incinerator

April 2007: Binge Capital of the World

March 2007: St. Patrick's Day

February 2007: St. Valentine's Day

January 2007: New Year's Resolutions

December 2006: The Truth about Christmas Presents

November 2006: Evolution

October 2006: Traffic

September 2006: Golf

August 2006: Tourism

July 2006: Festival

June 2006: Summer Animal

May 2006: Streetlife

April 2006: The Port Tunnel

...whew! If you made it down this far, well done. A prize ham is on its way to you in the post.