Great Eagle Wood: Book Launch

This month sees the launch of a new book, Great Eagle Wood, by Cork writer and academic, Derry Cotter. It is an allegorical tale about how economies work, where the various character archetypes are written as animals. It's published by the Institute of Accountants in Ireland and is a sort of Animal Farm about general economics. For a dismal scientist, Cotter explains the complexities of money in a simple and fun way.


The illustration brief identified ten points which were to be illustrated with the instruction that the body of the book would be monocolour. This was a departure for me as I don't take on much mono work. Nevertheless, I had fun with the project, creating characters and imagining scenes in the text -above is the accountant at the Bottom Line. Accountants are foxes, naturally. So are barristers. We have Beaver blue-collar workers, Duck merchants, a depressive Bear and my favourite; an overly optimistic Bull. All presided over by the Great Eagle himself.

All the interior illustrations are drawn with a soft pencil on Fontaine demi-satin watercolour paper. Mmmmm, smooooth.

It will be launched in UCC's Aula Maxima [invitation only].

Comments

stathis said…
Mr. McSherry,

Congradulations on your wonderful and inspiring work! I am a 35year old industrial designer from Athens, Greece. Sinse 2002 my brother and I head up our own design company- vastdesign.gr. I have just decided to create an illustration portfolio (never too late I guess)in order to try my hand at commercial illustration as a second career. Could you find the time to visit my blog and give me some pointers? Thanks in advance.
Stathis
http://stathisblog-stathis.blogspot.com
stathis said…
Congradulations on your inspiring work!
I am a 35year old industrial designer and since 2002 my brother and I head up our own design firm here in Athens, Greece.
About a month ago, I desided to create my own illustration portfolio (never too late I guess...)for a possible parallel commercial illustration career.
Could you find the time to visit my blog for some comments?
Thank you in advance.
Stathis

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