100329 Night Owl

180329 Night Owl. Archival print on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper. Kevin McSherry

The latest in this series of prints.  Hand drawn and inked using Indian ink and Faber-Castell brush pens on separate sheets for each colour and digitised and coloured using Affinity Designer.
180329 Night Owl. Archival print on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper. Kevin McSherry
180329 Night Owl. Archival print on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper. Kevin McSherry


This museum quality archival (giclée) print is available at 8" x 8" Unframed, directly from this site. Each one will be signed and titled by hand. It's an unlimited edition, printed on Hahnemuhle German etching paper by Ireland's leading archival printing studio, The Copperhouse Gallery.

An 8" x 8" archival print is €75. Click on the button and enter the amount and your name and title of the artwork.



180326 Night Fox

A companion print for Here Hare Here and Merlin (See below).  Hand drawn and inked on separate sheets for each colour and digitised using Affinity Designer.
Night Fox. A companion print for Hare Here Hare and Merlin. Archival giclée print on German Etching paper
Night Fox. A companion print for Hare Here Hare and Merlin. Archival giclée print on German Etching paper

This museum quality archival giclée print is available at 8" x 8" Unframed, directly from this site. Each one will be signed and titled by hand. It's an unlimited edition, printed on Hahnemuhle German etching paper by Ireland's leading archival printing studio, The Copperhouse Gallery.



An 8" x 8" archival print is €75. Click on the button and enter the amount and your name and title of the artwork.




Hand drawn sketch and ink line plates for scanning into Affinity Designer
Hand drawn sketch and ink line plates for scanning.

The City

I was invited to submit works based around the theme 'The City' to le Louvre open submissions show in Paris. Acrylics on canvas. 12" x 26".

Limited edition (50), numbered and hand-signed museum-quality archival giclée prints with an edition certificate (Hahnemuhle German Etching fine art paper) 
available directly from me: KevinMcSherryArtist@gmail.com


The City. Acrylics on canvas painting for le Louvre open submissions show.
The City. Acrylics on canvas painting for le Louvre open submissions show.

The City. Acrylics on canvas painting in frame for le Louvre open submissions show.



Brunaille: Next week's demonstration of a Monochrome Underpainting

A Brunaille: technique of making a warm, monochrome underpainting
A Brunaille: technique of making a warm, monochrome underpainting
If you want to try out this technique of making a warm, monochrome underpainting at next week's class, you will need the following tubes of ACRYLIC paint:

Ultramarine
Burnt Siena
Flesh Tint (Winsor & Newton) or Warm Bright Yellow (Sennelier)
Titanium White

This technique provides you with a great big safety net for you when you get to the point of adding colour by glazing -and the results can be beautifully rich and lustrous. I often use this method in my hand painted illustrations as I can get the whole work planned out in monochrome before committing to colour. In the image above, I didn't even glaze colour and left the brunaille as it was -I thought colour would detract from this one. If you'd like me to hold a demonstration in your area, why not drop me a line at kevin@mcsherry.ie?

Brunaille: Underpainting in warm monochrome.
Grisaille: Underpainting in cool monochrome.

Future Past

Lately I've been looking though past blog posts to see how things were once. I haven't ever done much for the children's book market but I did try to promote myself in that area. This is a self-promotional piece in acrylics from 2006. I enjoyed the painting and also making up the little rhyme to go with it. I don't think I'd do it this way now and would be far more likely to work digitally:

Once for the Childer. From 2006


My good rep in Toronto Three In A Box., produces a themed promotional book every year aimed at certain segments of the market. These books are branded as 'Box Lunches' and the current one is the fourth. Anyhuff, the theme this time is 'Childhood' and the attached pic is my contribution. I never saw myself as a children's book illustrator so when I told Denis Goodbody of Adept Advertising he expressed surprise. He's right, of course. Certainly what I do engages with the child inside of the reader -even at the level of the business/financial work that I do. Furthermore, my own lovely wife consistently points out my childish behaviour. Consider that we all grew up in our pre-school years with picture-books being our chief means of getting the sense out of print. We all have these absurd self-images and it's about time we burst them. Perhaps we can meet up and burst each other's absurd self-images. Say, next Wednesday? Good. see you then.

I enjoyed this project immensely. Obviously, you can't have too many robots.

Kevin the Magnificent,
King of all the 'bots,
He has multitude of them
(that means lots and lots)

They spring out of his picture-books,
And from amongst the toys,
To do their monarch's bidding,
(That means lots of noise).

Who knows; it may go on to form part of a book itself...hmmm...

(It never did...)

Auction: Study of Silver on Linen. Daily Painting

Here's a chance to get an original oils painting for a song: I'm auctioning this original, unique little study on eBay with a reserve of only €75 (or $87). It's signed, varnished but unframed. Oils on canvas panel 5" x 7".  Click on this link to take you to the eBay auction. Good luck - I hope this beautiful little oils study graces your wall soon!

A postcard size daily painting in oils on canvas board of a silver jug on white linen with reflections. 5" x 7". Green grey.At the beginning of my art classes, and at every class, I do a small demonstration to illustrate some aspect of alla prima oil painting. For example, how to compose or 'the travel of light' or, as here; how to represent reflections on a metallic surface. I find it has more of an effect than just explaining the principles. These usually take about 20 minutes.

I'll often continue to work on these studies after the class and this is one of those.

Oils on canvas panel 5" x 7". 

Click on this link to take you to the eBay auction.
canvas board reverse with signature

Merlin. Archival giclee print on Hahnemuhle rag paper

Merlin. Archival giclee print on Hahnemuhle rag paper
Merlin. Archival giclee print on Hahnemuhle rag paper
Merlin the magic cat. We just got a new cat at home and Merlin is his name. We got the little critter from the DSPCA facility, so he's been well looked after -all the necessary shots. The children adore him. It's entertaining to see him gambolling about the house. Unlike the cat in this print, though, he's a tabby.

Available at 8" x 8" archival print: Signed and titled unframed. €75) Plus shipping. 
If you would like to buy a print, just use the button below and make sure you mention the title of the print you want. 



An 8" x 8" archival print is €75. Click on the button and enter the amount and your name and title of the artwork.