Galway Pub Scrawl is a semi-anarchic gathering of Art & Craft lovers, enthusiasts and pub frequenters. We've been meeting every second Monday evening in McSwiggans Bar, Woodquay, Galway for the last 3 years or so to draw, paint, knit, crochet, craft, commit Art of all sorts and chat about life. It's an opportunity to make Art in a more social context or even just keep the hand in on a regular basis. The purpose is to socialise and meet new people who are interested in the same things and may be interested in your work! There's little as inspiring as getting both a glimpse into someone else's thought processes while getting some feedback on your own.
The Pub Scrawl links up with other similar groups as much as possible, as well as official groups and institutions that are interested in or promote the Arts, including our "sister group" Drink Draw Cork, the amazing guys and girls in 091 labs and the outstanding Dr. Sketchy's Dublin. We're always looking for more people to hang out with, so get in touch if your group is involved in the Arts.
We have also run several successful events in the past, and look forward to more in the future, including an exhibition for Culture Night, 24-hour comic day 2012, the 31 day drawing challenge and a forthcoming comicbook from our members. We're always looking for new ideas to keep everyone excited and engaged, so if there's something you'ld like to do that everyone can pitch in on, we'll probably come along for the ride!
There's no official membership, no entry fees or sign-ups. Just join the Facebook group or the Google+ community to keep up-to-date on our dates and activities and tune in every week to the blog for regular updates, either on the meetings or on whatever links and interesting things that have caught our eyes.
Alan "Chuck" Cunningham
I'm "Chuck". That is my real name, I'm just sarcastic. Not extremely, but enough. Never trust me, anything I say or a mountain goat you have stolen eggs from. When not being heroic, I tend to a flock of software and do computery sciencey things. So I'm not an art person but I like to doodle and it helps to drink. Convenience! Top that off with handsome conversation from the 'Scrawlers and you've got yourself a stew.
I have always been creative but I didnt really start dabbling in design until college. After graduation I took a one year course in Graphic Design at Moinin na gCiseach Community College Galway. I managed several years of freelance work on the side of a retail career(!) until I finally got a "real" job. Three real jobs later and I am a Senior Graphic Designer, and to think it only took 12 years :)
Doing Graphic Design for a print company doesn't allow much creativity so I get my inspiration from challenges like providing artwork for http://issuu.com/the_gazebo and from design competitions from sites like http://www.talenthouse.com/creative and http://www.threadless.com/loves.
These sites,a lot of random T shirt designing and Pubscrawl (of course!) give me the inspiration to keep going with my art. I may never be famous but lots of (mostly) positive comments from complete strangers (and occasional famous authors) keep me going. :)
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My *lovely* bio:
So, I'm Anita and I am a photographer, a doodler and a pineapple ninja. I loved to draw from an early age but it got put on the back-burner due to an unexpected affair with photography. I like to photograph all sorts of strange creatures, from people to grasshoppers as well as poking under trees to find some other interesting things to photograph. Black and white photography stole my heart a long time ago and it is my aim to attempt to recreate the same sense of timelessness that can be found in the work of Paolo Roversi and Robert Doiseneau. Where my doodles are concerned, our relationship is slowly but surely getting back on track and me and my pencil case are friends once again! When I draw, I have the same subjects as my photography- interesting creatures, because I like creatures. My tendency towards sentiment leaves me trying to "magickify" reality and modern life out of my art and replace it with imagination. Ah, imagination, it's a strange and wonderful and strangely wonderful place... someone pass me my sword. And a pineapple.
Facebook: Anita McGarry Photography
I come to Pubscrawl for inspiration, for the laugh and to run away from life for a while. I enjoy watching as something is created on a blank page. Drawing and sketching is something that I do regularly: once a fortnight at Pubscrawl. I am humbled by the skill and dedication of the people who come to McSwiggans of a Monday evening and just sit down and create something wonderful. Inspiration is hard to find in my brain and the perseverance necessary to complete a project appears to be lacking as well.
I enjoyed technical drawing in secondary school and this might be why I favour digital media. There's a greater feeling of control (you gotta love that "Undo" button). My days are spent looking after my 4-year-old son, working in Westside Resource Centre, repairing computers and dabbling in web design. My nights are filled with lustful dreams of the Cintiq 21UX (in between dreams of my wife, of course) and I sometimes find time to use Blender3d, Synfig, Inkscape and Gimp for non work-related creativity. I am trying (and have been for some years) to learn C++, Python and Java. Recently, I have started to mess around with Android and also the Unity3D game engine. Any remaining moments are jam-packed with the playing of somewhat dated computer games on my laptop, as I can't afford a dedicated gaming rig. And that about wraps it up for this installment of how the other one six billionth lives.
I draw, ink and paint a variety of things, but I tend to prefer things in the Faerie and Fantasy genres. I pick up the odd job within those fields, and aim to one day make that work my actual living. I’m essentially self taught, but much studying of the works of Bart Sears, Frank Frazetta, Greg Staples, Rien Poortvliet, Alan Lee, Arthur Rackham and oodles of others has certainly helped me along the way. I listen to music when I draw, mostly classical and fantasy game soundtracks, the Skyrim one by Jeremy Soule being a particular favourite.
My artistic goals are to have my art feature on at least one Magic: The Gathering card and be in at least one D&D sourcebook. I also wouldn’t mind exhibiting the odd piece, especially some paintings I have in the works, both figural and landscape.
I like to write too.
My favourite colour is green.
I hug a tree every chance I get, but they never hug back. Pricks.
Stephanie has a hard time writing artist's bios about herself, so she asked the people in the room for help. Suggestions included lots of innuendo, pirates, squirrels, robots, the Ninja Turtles and musings on being Morticia Addams. She likes to create illustrations and artwork based on pieces of fiction, interesting faces and Wikipedia articles, and she would really like for you to look at her current portfolio or follow her on Tumblr.