ABOUT GERRY DALY
Bio:I am an author and illustrator living and working by the sea in Dublin. Specialising in Children’s Picture Books. The first book I have written as well as illustrated is ‘Finn’s First Song – A Whaley Big Adventure’ within a week it was featured on children’s TV in Ireland. ‘Where Are You, Puffling?’ was my debut in picture book illustration. Retold by Erika McGann from a story by my uncle Sean. Published by O’Brien Press (Ireland), Boulder Books (Canada/US), Choeisha (Japan). A World Book Day special edition was published in 2020 becoming a bestseller. The UK National Trust created a ‘Puffling Children’s Trail’ across 50 of the properties in their care. The book is also available in the Irish Language as ‘Cá Bhfuil Puifín Beag?’. Following this I illustrated ‘Wee Donkey’s Treasure Hunt’ written by Erika McGann.Workshops:I really enjoy bringing interactive, fun filled story and art events to schools and libraries. Children learn a little about the wildlife in the books. They join in with reading too. I demonstrate the drawing of some of the characters, and we go through a step by step drawing workshop. I also show some of the behind the scenes that goes into making a picture book.
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.