Bio:JG O’Donoghue is a professional illustrator from Ireland who has worked in the field of archaeological and heritage illustration for the past few years. JG works to create fully realised worlds, whether that is one built on archaeological data or historical events confined by evidence or on concept art for entertainment in games. JG finished his masters in Illustration, at University of Hertfordshire in 2010, previous to that, his degree was in Digital Design, which has given him a strong basis in traditional and digital art, including 3D and digital painting. His clients includes the NRA (National Roads Authority), Waterford Treasures Museum, Cork County Council, Roscommon County Council and RSK Environment Ltd.
He approaches all his work professionally and he thoroughly enjoys the process of working with others to bring their vision to fruition, creating a unique piece that could not be created by either party alone. JG's work is thoroughly grounded in the world and its past, especially in archaeology and how things have worked in the past, as he has spent years researching archaeology from books to articles, visiting heritage sites on a regular basis and has even literally spent his time in the trenches, excavating. The core of JG’s practice is to create believable breathing worlds based and inspired on the evidence from the past in exciting, interesting and approachable ways.
JG is also the founder of Sceitse, a adventure sketch group, which tries to re-attach fun with sketching in new and unusual ways. Finally, he is an Gaeilgeoir/Irish Language speaker, ach tá sé Foghlaimeoir fós!
A Selection of Clients & Projects
Uisneach Heritage Centre- interpretative illustration of the royal site of Uisneach for visitor centre
Abarta Audio Guides/Travel Guides Ltd- Illustrated Map of Kilmallock town and its important features
Roscommon County Council- Illustration of the Iron Age Rathcroghan Royal site for heritage board
Waterford Treasures Museum– Medieval Illustrations for information boards
RSK Environment Ltd & Rathmell Archaeology Ltd-An reconstruction illustration of a late bronze age/early Iron Age metalworking site in South West Scotland
Cork County Council- Illustrations for 5 heritage signs at sites across the county for Cork County Council- including Kildorrery, Skibbereen, Cloyne, Glengarriff, Mourneabbey
Cork County Council- Illustrations for 5 heritage signs at sites across the county for Cork County Council, including- Carrs Hill, Cobh, Macroom, Glanworth & Baltimore
Lost & Found- Robert M Chapple’s ‘Dungannon Toggle’ illustration for the book Lost & Found
Fortified England- Series of Illustrations for “Dig it! -Young Archaeologist Kit” Book
'Archaeology excavations in Moneen Cave' by Dr. Marion Dowd, Archaeopress
NRA(National Roads Authority)- Reconstruction illustrations of Clowanstown Mesolithic site, Edercloon Bronze Age Trackway and Raystown Early Medieval Cemetary for book on those excavations
NRA(National Roads Authority)– Reconstruction of Woodstown Viking from grave found during construction of the N25 Waterford City Bypass for publication on said excavation