Peter Donnelly Illustration

Instagram Pick of the Week | Peter Donnelly

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Every week HeadStuff’s Visual Arts Editor will feature posts from their favourite Artists on Instagram. So add the hashtag #thisheadstuff to be featured!

This weeks Artist is Peter Donnelly, a freelance Illustrator based in Dublin, Ireland. Follow Peter on Instagram @donnellyillustration

For the past 20 years Peter Donnelly has been working as a freelance illustrator. Over this time he has developed a distinct style of illustration influenced by a love for mid century design, folk art and vintage print. His use of shape, texture and flat composition produces work that is both fresh and full of character.

Peter Donnelly Illustration, New York headstuff.org
Peter Donnelly Illustration, New York Source.

Peter has given illustration workshops and talks for L’Ecole de Communication Visuelle, France, Screen Training Ireland, Ballyfermot College of Further Education, The Copper House Gallery and The Behance Portfolio Review as well as hosting children’s art workshops for The Children’s Laureate and the Pushkin Trust. His work is regularly awarded by 3×3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design and American Illustration. He has also been a featured artist in the Taschen Illustration Now series.

Italian Craft Beer Festival headstuff.org
Italian Craft Beer Festival Source.

The illustration above was runner up in Creative Quarterly 42. The Journal of Art & Design Awards.

Donnelly begins all of his projects with hand drawing before he scans them on  works on them on his computer. Drawing is his favourite part of the process. You can catch a sneak peak of his sketchbooks on his Instagram page and on his website.

Peter Donnelly Sketchbook, Instagram Pick of the week, headstuff.org
Peter Donnelly Sketchbook, Source

Peter has worked for big clients all over the world like Heineken, Cadbury’s, and Coke so you can expect to see a lot of his unique illustration. But keep an eye out for his children’s books which are his personal favourite.

Celtic Myths & Legends book illustrations, Peter Donnelly headstuff.org
Celtic Myths & Legends book illustrations, Peter Donnelly Source