Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881. By Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Well, it’s been a while…
Welcome to the first Boating Party interview of 2013.
The Boating Party is a series of interviews with writers, artists, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, sculptors, illustrators, designers and the like.
In times of economic hardship, the Arts are usually the first things to be axed. But, in my view, the Arts are the most important aspect of our civilisation. Without the arts, we wouldn’t have language or the written word. Without the arts, we have no culture. Without culture, we have no society. Without society, we have no civilisation. And without civilisation, we have anarchy. Which, in itself, is paradoxical, because so many artists view themselves as rebels to society.
To me, artists aren’t rebels, they are pioneers.
And perhaps, most importantly; without the Arts, where’s the creativity that will solve the world’s problems? Including economic and scientific ones?
First up, in this luckiest of lucky years, is Graphic Artist, Eoin Coveney…
What’s your greatest personal or career achievement?
Working with, and being mentored by, the late Will Eisner.
What’s been your greatest sacrifice?
I really can’t think of one. Maybe I sacrificed some of my social life working in a solitary environment?
To whom do you owe a debt of gratitude?
I owe Steve McManus of 2000AD for giving me a meeting many years ago even though it was against their policy.
Who and what inspire you?
European masters of the graphic novel such as Moebius and Cam Kennedy.
Music and cinema also.
What was the last thing that inspired you?
Drawing a 6- page comic strip written by Gordon Rennie. It was a politics / zombie satire which was a joy to work on.
What makes you unhappy?
Lack of enthusiasm.
What makes you happy?
What are you reading?
Nothing right now. My last was “A short history of nearly everything” by Bill Bryson.
Who, or what, are you listening to?
Lots of dark ambient right now.
What’s your favourite film?
Impossible to narrow it down. “The Host” is pretty close to perfect.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I’d probably be too worried about getting stuck there so I would stay here given the choice.
What frightens you?
What do you do to relax?
Noodling around on my microKorg.
What do you do when you’re angry?
Scream into a pillow.
What can’t you live without?
I would say music.
What’s your motto?
Keep on learning and improving.
What’s your Utopia?
Probably West Cork in August.
If you only had one year to live what would you do?
Six months frenzied work, three months of traveling and another three months of relaxing with friends and loved ones.
Up who’s arse would you like to stick a rocket, and why?
Probably Damien Hirst because he doesn’t feel the need to manufacture and craft his own art.
Who would you like to be stuck in an elevator with?
What are you working on at the moment?
“American Caesar”, a graphic novel written by Neil Kleid.
What is your ambition?
To work hard on cool projects with brilliant people.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
I’d like to turn down the dial on human greed a good few notches.
Which six people would you invite to your boating party?
Fiancée, parents, 3 close friends… no celebrities!
What would be on the menu?
What question would you liked me to have asked?
“What’s it all about?”
Thank you, Eoin.
I have been illustrating professionally for 14 years.
For the first ten of those years, I worked mostly on
the pre-production phase for many of Dublin’s top
advertising agencies. Producing
storyboards & visuals for hundreds of campaigns.
In 2005 I joined the Illustrators Guild of Ireland,
and since then have broadened my range of styles
and disciplines. These days, my work is split pretty
evenly between illustration for ad campaigns,
book covers and interiors, press and magazine
work as well as pre-production work.
Private commissions also undertaken.