We like the fun illustrations of Bradford, UK-based Patrick O’Leary who creates work that is rich in strong colour and exhibits plenty of personality. Patrick tells us a little more about his background and his work process for these below.
I started out a few years ago after graduating from Loughborough University with a BA in Illustration and have since worked for the likes of Radio Times, Wired and Anorak. The work itself always tries to communicate in as concise a way as possible and often try to use visual metaphors or in jokes to convey a message.
I often start with a sketchbook and use it to jot down ideas, words, colours; anything that I feel could help communicate the message I’m trying to get across.
I use Photoshop to produce the final artwork, drawing and colouring over the roughs from my sketchbook before adding textures and shadows to add more dimension to the illustration.
In the future, I would like to experiment a bit more with my personal work as well as gaining bigger and better clients to push my work even further. I have signed up with new agency Rare Bird, who will be launching very soon and hopefully they can help with this and we can build a bright and fruitful relationship.
© Patrick O’Leary, 2012