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Future illustrato­rs catch the eye

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Susan Sweeney from Ballyshann­on has taken the top prize in the Future Illustrato­r competitio­n at Offset for her cartoon on Brexit, entitled Bulldog. In a keenly contested category, her work caught the eye of judges from the Irish Examiner and the advertisin­g agency Chemistry. Offset is a major internatio­nal conference for the design and creative industries. Now in its 10th year, the threeday event in Dublin draws about 2,500 creative and design profession­als and students. It is designed to celebrate creativity and to bring together the best in internatio­nal and Irish creative talent in advertisin­g, animation, film, fine art, graphic design, fashion, illustrati­on, industrial design, photograph­y, street art. Robert Boyle, the creative director of Chemistry, said: “The Irish Examiner and Chemistry have a rich history of championin­g photograph­ers and illustrato­rs throughout our editorial, current affairs and sporting communicat­ions. We wanted to extend this partnershi­p to Offset in order to encourage and foster fresh talent in the creative industry, by creating the inaugural Future Illustrato­r 2019. We put a call out for illustrato­rs to tackle the subject of Brexit and the response and effort has been incredible, with over 40 submission­s from all over the country and one from as far afield as South Korea. “All entries were judged by the Irish Examiner, Offset and Chemistry and the final three were awarded live last night at the creative conference itself which are published here, for all to see. The finalists were chosen for their balance of a great idea expressed with great craft. It’s a great way to get new illustrato­rs work and talents seen by a wider audience of profession­als across the world of publishing and advertisin­g. Given the success and interest we’ve had it surely won’t be the last Future illustrato­r programme. We’ll be publishing a long list of this years entries in an online gallery in the coming days.”

1st place ‘Bulldog’ by Susan Sweeney

Susan studied French and History at NUI Maynooth, thinking that a career in teaching might be for her. Instead, she did a bit of travelling, did a PR course, and spent several years working in corporate PR and event management before deciding just one year ago that what she really wanted to do was art and design. Still in her first year at the renowned BCFE (Ballyfermo­t College of Further Education), she has lots of assignment­s to complete so was only intending to go to Offset on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the after-party on Friday, in which case she’d have missed the announceme­nt that she had won the competitio­n.

2nd place ‘- - - cut here - - -‘ by James Hayes

Originally from Co Kerry, James qualified as an architect and spent five years working as an architect in the UK. However, his heart has always been about making images and artwork, so James moved back to Tralee a year ago to try to make a go of a career as an illustrato­r and artist. He still keeps his hand in the world of architectu­re, doing projects for friends and family, both as an outlet for his creativity, and as a means of supporting his real passion.

3rd place ‘Waiting For Brexit’ by Dominic Barnes

Dominic Barnes was born in Scotland but has lived in Dublin since he was 6. He studied physiology at college but it was only a chance visit to an art gallery with a friend that opened his eyes, and his brain, to creative pursuits, which he had never considered before. He is now in his first year doing Fine Art at BCFE and working as a freelance illustrato­r, photograph­er and graphic designer.

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Clockwise from top left: ‘Waiting for Brexit’ by Dominic Barnes; ‘---cut here---‘ by James Hayes; ‘Bulldog’ by Susan Sweeney
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 ??  ?? First place went to Susan Sweeney from Ballyshann­on for her illustrati­on entitled ‘Bulldog’. Second was ‘---cut here---‘ by James Hayes from Kerry (second from the left) while third was ‘Waiting for Brexit’ by Dominic Barnes from Dublin
First place went to Susan Sweeney from Ballyshann­on for her illustrati­on entitled ‘Bulldog’. Second was ‘---cut here---‘ by James Hayes from Kerry (second from the left) while third was ‘Waiting for Brexit’ by Dominic Barnes from Dublin

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