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What is the most unusual project you’ve ever worked on?
Probably the one I’m working on right now. I’m helping a choreographer visualise his production of Swan Lake, so what I do will probably heavily influence the final production, and it’s all being done in wildly sketchy monoprint form.
Who is your creative hero?
I couldn’t name just one, so I’ll say David Bowie, Grant Morrison, Jack Kerouac, Kate Bush, Rodin, Matisse, David Shrigley, Iain M Banks, Joni Mitchell, Alan Moore, Jillian Tamaki, Chris Morris.
What would you do with a spare €100?
I would get my bike on a train and go cycle the Ring of Kerry for a weekend, staying overnight in Waterville at Mrs Clifford’s Bed and Breakfast. Pure bliss. Best part is the steak and pints after the first day, then mindless telly on the bed and a cooked breakfast the next morning. I talk to myself on the bike and sort things out while “Call Me Maybe” goes round and round my head in time with the pedals. It’s as good as it gets.
What piece of work do you wish you had created?
Spirited Away / Doré’s etchings / Hello Kitty.
What’s your soundtrack?
At work just now: an audiobook of the Collected Short Stories of JG Ballard. I gorged myself for months on This American Life and Marc Maron and eventually had to move on with my life. The Joe Rogan podcast is good too.