A Little Bit About Me

As a multi award winning illustrator, I am inspired by my timeless love of visual storytelling, Bauhaus design, classic ’80s cartoons and animals. With a passion for classical hand drawn craftsmanship, I specialise in live illustration attending events and creating artwork on the spot.

 

Working from my picturesque cottage studio in County Kildare Ireland, with my loyal poodle Papa Chico by my side. I spend my days crafting an assortment of worlds from spontaneous sketches to wistful watercolours dreaming up fanciful lands where animals talk and adults eat only chocolate for breakfast. Capturing the art of visual storytelling, revolving around a whimsical style with a sprinkle of retro glamour.

 

Ive collaborated with international clients including Winsor & Newton, TK Maxx, L’Oreal and Kiehl’s as well as live sketching at events in Primark, Facebook and Google.

Background

My nanny’s house was across the road from the local video shop in Kilcock, county Kildare, I remember staring in the window at the giant poster for All Dogs Do To Heaven in wonder of how it was drawn. Every week my sisters and I were treated to a video rental, our top choices were All Dogs Go To Heaven, An American Tail and The Secret of Nimh. I was in sheer wonder at how they were drawn by hand and brought to life. Then my Mam told us that they were made in Dublin…wow!!

 

Video Shop Window in the 1990s, Linda Byrne Illustration

 

When I was 17 I was offered a place to train in the Irish School of Animation in Ballyfermot College, & felt at home surrounded by pencils & creating characters. I struggled with reading from a young age & understood the power of visual storytelling.

 

When I look back, it was the power of the stories that drew me in & telling them through art is what keeps me there.

Education

HND – Classical & Computer Animation

BA Hons Degree – Fine Art

H.Dip – Digital Media Design

FETAC – Business Planning

 

……but who’s counting!

Linda Byrne Illustration & Mr Kiwi

Represented By

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Professional Member of

Original Kildare

Clients Include

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