ABOUT GERRY DALY
I am an illustrator from County Wicklow Ireland, living and working by the sea in Dublin. Specialising in Children’s Picture Books.
I’ve always enjoyed the interplay between words and images. At my fine art graduate show (IADT) I explored this through the medium of cake decoration!
Since then I’ve worked in the fields of graphic design, and website development, while also exploring my passion for art and illustration, especially picture books.
Some favourite things – really old silent films, monster music, an endless supply of mint chocolate, trees in the wind, dogs in the snow, birds just being birds, and the Skellig islands!
‘Where Are You, Puffling?’ is my debut in picture book illustration. Retold by Erika McGann from a story by my uncle Sean. It’s published by O’Brien Press (Ireland), Boulder Books (Canada/US).
My style is quite traditional. Lively, loose and colourful. I use pen and ink, pencil, gouache, watercolour. The computer is used to assemble and adjust as required. A piece works well when various factors are working together either as intended or surprise – composition, movement, palette, humour, character, expression, timing… I particularly enjoy illustrating the natural world, but enjoy exploring other avenues too. I love to surprise myself, so a completed piece is often different than I had at first envisioned. Though it is important to retain that initial spark, feeling, humour, action, reaction, magic.