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February 28, 2009

Meet the correspondents: KILKENNY, Ireland > Roger O'Reilly


"I’m based in Kilkenny, Ireland, having relocated from the capital, Dublin, three years ago.

I started filling in sketchbooks in earnest again about eight years ago. Like many professionally employed in the creative industry, I draw every day as part of my work and found little inclination to sketch until I went on a lengthy sojourn to India.

With plenty of time on my hands and immersed in an amazing and unfamiliar environment, I found myself filling in a sketchbook a week. I’ve never looked back.
One thing sketching teaches you is to look at the unremarkable and over-familiar anew. I’ve found a thousand inspirations right outside my door.

I don’t have any preferences as regards what to sketch – people, buildings, nature are all grist to my mill. I also relish the opportunity to use what I’ve to hand. Pencils, paints, coffee grinds, a screwdriver and tin of shoe polish – whatever – I’ll use it to make marks, to visually report.

For me sketching brings you closer to the source. You’re drawing out of time. Sketching unlike photography is a record of time passing, of what moves and is replaced, a montage of fleeting moments. Even where you’re drawing stationary objects you have a unique opportunity to choose what’s emphasized, what’s pushed to the background.

Photography shows us what we looked like, illustration shows us how we perceived ourselves."

• Roger's blog.
• Roger's website.

16 comments :

Isabel said...

I just discovered your work yesterday or the day before and suddenly there you are at urbansketchers nice to have you here and looking forward to your posts

bh yoo said...

I sympathize with your story, especially on photography and illustration. Welcome!

adebanji said...

Welcome to USk hope to see more of your work!

enrique said...

Welcome here, Roger. I really like the India drawings you made.

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Welcome, Roger, I'm really looking forward to your posts!

Felicity said...

Great to see Ireland represented! I'm looking forward to seeing your sketches!

Don McNulty said...

Looking forward to more of your great drawings. this one is wonderful.

TIA said...

I am looking forward to see your posts. Welcome!

gabi campanario said...

welcome Roger! delighted to have you and Ireland represented, looking forward to seeing your posts too!

Pedro said...

"I’ve found a thousand inspirations right outside my door." That's quite a lesson! And you have a wonderful blog. Congrats.

Laureline said...

Your work is wonderful! I've just had a long tour of your blog---looking forward to your contributions here!

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David Quinn said...

Hey Roger. Loving your work. Glad to see Ireland represented amongst the cities of the world here on Urban Sketchers site. Nice one.

David Quinn said...

Hey Roger. Loving your work. Glad to see Ireland represented amongst the cities of the world here on Urban Sketchers site. Nice one.

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