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Donough O'Malley

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Irish illustrator Donough O’Malley’s bold, graphical style stands apart from the rest thanks to its quirky humour, enticing old print and paper texturing and his exceptional ability to create something fresh and unique for every client.
Hailing from Monaghan, Donough is based in Bristol where he works as an illustrator and storyboard artist for a range of publishers, broadcasters and production houses. He loves the challenge of creating new visuals for clients, and two of his favourite fellow illustrators are Steve Simpson and Peter Donnelly. He has a BA in Illustration from the University of the West of England and an MA in Narrative and Sequential Design from Brighton University.

Approach

Once he understands the brief, Donough grabs his pencils and sketchpad and explores some ideas, making notes and working out a composition. Then he hones the style of the execution and colour choices. His pencil rough is brought into Photoshop and fine-tuned using handmade textures he’s collected over the years.

Style

Donough’s carefully honed style brings together colours, shapes and textures to generate a sense of fun and a very tactile feel. His graphical style lends itself well to screenprinting, which he’s into at the moment, but he’s equally happy creating more traditional-style illustrations to be used in children’s books, for instance.

Client list

Donough’s clients include the BBC, Jameson's Whiskey, Random House, Management Today, New Internationalist, Runners World, Haymarket Publishing, The Handmade Soap Company, Sony PlayStation and others.
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Marital Conflict
Donough O'Malley uses his symbolism skills for a contemporary illustration in Focus on the Family Magazine.
Marital Conflict
The Talledaga Superspeedway
Donough O'Malley illustrates for Atlanta Magazine's travel and highlights special.
The Talledaga Superspeedway
Brighton's Sports
Donough O'Malley illustrates the front cover of Viva Magazine.
Brighton's Sports
Visit the V&A
Lorica work with Donough O'Malley to create a fabulous promotional animation for the V&A.
Visit the V&A
Skills
Oxford University Press ask Donough O'Malley for two educational book covers.
Skills
The Butterfly Ball
A Spring inspired flyer illustration is created by Donough O'Malley for Wonderland Events.
The Butterfly Ball
End of Year Quiz
Donough O'Malley adds a little rock'n'roll to The Big Issue Australia.
End of Year Quiz
New Website Design for the RCSLT
Pop over to the newly launched RCSLT website where Donough O'Malley has created a series of illustrations.
New Website Design for the RCSLT
The Mad Hatter's Party
Donough O'Malley illustrates for party experts, Wonderland
The Mad Hatter's Party
Fine Artists
Artist's Network magazine New York feature work by Donough O'Malley in their latest issue.
Fine Artists
Lost in the Shuffle
Focus on the Family Magazine ask Donough O'Malley to illustrate an article on family time.
Lost in the Shuffle
Doodle My Google
Donough O'Malley illustrates for a site visualising people's google searches.
Doodle My Google
Immunotherapy
Donough O'Malley completes an artwork for the Pharmaceutical Journal on the treatment of Diabetes 1.
Immunotherapy
Anxiety Retreat
Donough O'Malley illustrates for Women's Health UK on a new type of retreat.
Anxiety Retreat
One Million Achieved!
Five years after our pledge to donate 1% of our turnover to WeForest, we are thrilled to have hit the 1 million tree mark!
One Million Achieved!
Brighton Fringe
An exceptional poster for the Brighton Fringe Festival is illustrated by Donough O'Malley.
Brighton Fringe
The Plough
Donough O'Malley plays a creative part in the modernising of Young's Brewery pub signs.
The Plough
Infidelity
1843 Magazine's data section features an impressive Donough O'Malley illustration.
Infidelity
Happy 40th!
Irish advertising agency The Public House ask Donough O'Malley for a celebratory birthday illustration.
Happy 40th!
The Older Newly-Weds
Boston Globe commission Donough O'Malley to illustrate an article on marriages between the 'not so young'.
The Older Newly-Weds
The Daily Commute
Women's Health Magazine ask Donough O'Malley for a visual reminder of a journey to work.
The Daily Commute
Gender Imbalance
1843 Magazine commission Donough O'Malley for a concept illustration on the film industry.
Gender Imbalance
How Much do you Spend?
Donough O'Malley creates another vibrant illustration for the data column of 1843 Magazine.
How Much do you Spend?
You Can Make It
Pot Noodle commission Donough O'Malley for a fun snack artwork.
You Can Make It
The State of Us
Donough O'Malley takes part in an exhibition in conjunction with Illustrators Ireland and Offset.
The State of Us
Women for Election
Donough O'Malley collaborates with Red Dog Ireland to produce a poster for the Women for Election campaign.
Women for Election
Street Bread!
For the latest issue of Wine Republic Magazine, Donough O'Malley illustrates an article on bread.
Street Bread!
Activity Trackers
University of Massachusetts Magazine ask the unique Donough O'Malley to create an eye-catching artwork.
Activity Trackers
Age in Leisure
Donough O'Malley's latest for 1843 magazine is a humorous take on the hours spent infront of the TV.
Age in Leisure
Wonderland Festival
Donough O'Malley's illustration shows us the wonders of the universe.
Wonderland Festival
Burn Some Calories
1843 Magazine use Donough O'Malley's art for a feature on Potential Energy.
Burn Some Calories
O'Malley at The Nest
Donough O'Malley's illustration greets the visitors and employees of The Nest in Dublin.
O'Malley at The Nest
Sticking to the New You
Slimming World Magazine ask Donough O'Malley to design a humorous illustration for their New Year edition.
Sticking to the New You
Live Happy
Donough O'Malley creates feel-good artwork for Live Happy Magazine.
Live Happy
Bet on Trump
Donough O'Malley draws a timely piece for culture magazine, 1843.
Bet on Trump
Scaryoke
The poster for The Public House's Halloween party is a Donough O'Malley original.
Scaryoke
Passing On
Donough O'Malley continues to create unique illustrations for 1843 Magazine.
Passing On
Pour New Possibilities
Donough O'Malley illustrates for famous drinks brand Britvic.
Pour New Possibilities
A Bad Version
Donough O'Malley illustrates for 1843 Magazine.
A Bad Version
Wine Country
Donough O'Malley completes his latest commission for Wine Magazine.
Wine Country
I Drew What You Did Last Summer
Donough O'Malley lets us take a peek at his summer collection
I Drew What You Did Last Summer
Pickled Vikings
Donough O'Malley makes a bespoke artwork for the Pickles Magazine Football diary.
Pickled Vikings
When Germany meets Brazil
Donough O'Malley comes up with a superb cover for the latest edition of Wine Republic Magazine.
When Germany meets Brazil
A Football Gambler
Donough O'Malley completes a soccer commission for 1843 magazine.
A Football Gambler
Adventures in Taxidermy
Adventures in Taxidermy
Donough is a Winner!
Donough O'Malley's art wins the 'Design Craft - Use of Illustration' title at the 2016 ICAD awards.
Donough is a Winner!
The Sommelier
Donough O'Malley illustrates for the latest issue of Wine Republic.
The Sommelier
The Fox of Salem
Donough O'Malley's day time nap produces an artwork worthy of exposure.
The Fox of Salem
The Disrupted
Donough O'Malley illustrates for the New Internationalist Magazine.
The Disrupted
Water Sports
Donough O'Malley completes a water sports themed commission for a family's summer home.
Water Sports
Done in Sixty Seconds
Ad agency The Public House commission Donough O'Malley for some Jameson's Whiskey film festival illustrations.
Done in Sixty Seconds
From Lent to Easter
Donough O'Malley creates Easter illustrations for The Week Junior.
From Lent to Easter
The Argentinian Flamingo
Donough O'Malley's sun-kissed flamingo is an eye-catcher on Wine Republic's front cover.
The Argentinian Flamingo
Marriage is a battle....but not with each other
Donough O'Malley wows us with his latest illustration for Thriving Family Magazine
Marriage is a battle....but not with each other
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Donough O'Malley contributes to 'Migrate' - the official magazine of South Africa's Loerie Awards.
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Wine in Transport
Donough O'Malley's latest illustration for Wine Republic interprets the troubles of transporting wine.
Wine in Transport
O'Malley's Shirt at Dublin's Websummit
Donough O'Malley designs a T-Shirt for Websummit 2015 in Dublin.
O'Malley's Shirt at Dublin's Websummit
Scarify
Donough O'Malley is asked to produce a poster for The Social House's Halloween event.
Scarify
Mendoza Sluice Gates
Donough O'Malley illustrates a sluice gate operator for Wine Republic Magazine.
Mendoza Sluice Gates
Canine Cards
Donough O'Malley creates these fun canine portraits.
Canine Cards
Emo Oil
Donough O'Malley works on an advertising campaign for Emo Oil in Ireland.
Emo Oil
Mr Whippy
Mr Whippy is sixth in Donough O'Malley's series 'I drew what you did last Summer'.
Mr Whippy
Illustrator Profile - Donough O'Malley
Illustrator Profile - Donough O'Malley
The Lost City of Quilmes
Donough O'Malley illustrates the cover of Wine Republic magazine in Argentina.
The Lost City of Quilmes
The Sonics
Donough O'Malley creates a striking gig poster for The Sonics.
The Sonics
Stag Party
Donough O'Malley illustrates a stag-weekend memory.
Stag Party
Pop-Up Restaurant
Donough O'Malley has collected some great awards with his 'Pop-Up Restaurant' illustration.
Pop-Up Restaurant
Festival Highlights
Donough O'Malley reminds us of the situations we might find ourselves in during the festival season.
Festival Highlights