Monday, October 29, 2012

Le Cool Cover- October 2012

Co-founder of Half and Half Exhibitions Kevin Corcoran talks to Le Cool Dublin..

Interview with the cover designer

Kevin Corcoran

Who are you and what do you do?
My name's Kevin and I'm the Creative Director for a start up here in Berlin, but my real passion lies in illustration and making things.
Tell us more about this cover
A while ago I found myself drawing odd little creatures hiding behind things, I could barely sign my name without adding one of these little guys in! So when It came to illustrating a spooky cover for Halloween I couldn't resist to give them a home amongst the lettering.
How do you create your stuff?
My illustrations start off with very rough drawings which I scan in and then render with found textures that I photograph, which brings a bit of reality into the image. I like using the wrong material for the subject, for instance the tree bark is stone and the sky is wood. I quite like using an abundance of shadow, everything shouldn't be so obvious. I mean a bit of deciphering is healthy!
Where can we see more of your work?
My most public example was the Cork Opera House's 2012 Spring Brochure where I had to illustrate a room for every act playing that season. It was by far my most enjoyable job but apart from that you can check out Or if you have a keen eye on Berlin's U-Bahn there are a few examples stuck around ;)
Dream Commission?
Working with Playdead Studio, the guys behind a beautiful indie game called Limbo. You should check it out if you haven't!
Who should design the next cover?
Lily Reilly's delicate illustrations would compliment my rather dark style quite nicely.
Whose work do you currently admire?
Daniel DangerArnt Jensen and Peter Broderick. Not all illustrators but they produce amazing work all the same.

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