Convention Exhibitors

Interview with Artists Sean Cunningham and Sinead O’Regan at Eirtakon 2013

So while at Eirtakon I decided to tour the stalls ( attempting not to waste my money) I managed to spot Sean and Sinead’s booth, once I saw their work I simply had to get some, its so familiar yet brilliantly unique, have a look for yourselves in the pictures below and check out my interview with them as well, they are both extremely talented and so nice to talk with so check them out if you can!
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David: How did you get into drawing?
Sean: I’ve just been into drawing since I was in playschool.  I can’t really think of a time when I wasn’t filling pages with drawings of stupid faces.  Starting college in BCFE was amazing for me because it made me realise the value of what I was doing and pushed me to keep improving.
Sinead:  I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon. I always really knew that’s what I’d end up doing, and here I am!
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David: What characters do you enjoy drawing the most?
Sean:  Anything that’s completely contorted out of shape or ugly.  Apart from that, I don’t really have a favourite character to draw.  Although I had an obsession with drawing Wario all over my school books all through secondary school.
Sinead: I like drawing girls, Comic characters, game characters and some original stuff too. Mostly girls though.
David: Is there any way people can purchase some of your art work?
Sean: Yup!  You can buy prints of most of my stuff on the store at www.paperbaganimator.com!  If there’s any special requests, drop me an email at seancy.101@gmail.com!
Sinead~: Anyone can check out my tumblr: tumblr.com/blog/pinchyhills or email me at: sineadoregan6@gmail.com if they’re interested in any prints or commissions!
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David:You have a very distinctive style where do you get your inspiration from?
Sean: A mish-mash of things.  I loved cartoons like ‘Ed, Edd and Eddy’ and ‘Courage the Cowardly Dog’ as a kid.  I loved how the characters were designed and the grotesque facial expressions.  I’m also a fan of Sylvain Chomet, Studio Ghibli and Laika films.  Francis Bacon’s work has also had quite a big influence on mine.
Sinead: I’m a huge fan of classic pin up artists like Gil Elvgren and George Petty and more modern ones like Bill Presing.
David:Based on your art work you are very creative could you see yourself ever creating your own series?
Sean: Yes!  I hope to create some of my own cartoons soon, or work on an original collaborative animation with some of my fellow students at BCFE.
Sinead: Someday I hope! I have a lot of ideas and I know a lot of amazing artists and animators I’d love to work with so its something to strive for. Watch this space I guess haha.
David: Any advice for any budding artists out there?
Sean: Keep drawing, don’t be afraid to try new things, keep challenging yourself and don’t stay in a comfort zone.  Accept constructive criticism with open arms.  And most of all, don’t be discouraged if you feel other artists are better than you, just learn from them.
Sinead: Get inspiration from what you love, be it games, comics, books or just the world around you. Don’t be afraid to show yourself through your art and don’t be too hard on yourself! If you can be confident and proud of your art then that’s what matters.
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Sean Cunningham
Sinead O'Regan

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