I think a lot of people get
confused between my URL and my actually name, my real name is Méabh, with the D
in my URL standing for the first letter of my second name; Deloughry. Méabh is
pronouced exactly the same way as the English spelling, Maeve. (‘BH’ in the
Irish language is more often than not pronouced like a 'V’). More literally, it’s pronouced like, May-vh.
2. How long have you been
Well both of my parents are designers (product designer and
graphic designer) so they were very into getting myself and my younger brother
Lúach into being creative. So I’ve been painting and drawing and making things
probably since I’ve been about 1 or 2 years old. I started doing fanart and
character design when I was 16.
3. Have you ever taken art
Yes. I did for about two
years when I was about twelve. I got bored of it very quickly though and felt
like it wasn’t helping me anymore, so I quit. I have also always done art in
school, unfortunately, art isn’t taken as seriously as it should be so they
were never that helpful either. The VAST majority of knowledge I have about
drawing has come from following other artists on Tumblr and Deviantart.
4. Do you go to Art
Yes, I do. I am currently a
first year student in Limerick School of Art and Design where I am studying
5. Who are your biggest
I have so many! Both
professionals and people from Tumblr, so I’m going to put it into two sections.
I have been a fan of both
Tony DiTerlizzi and P.J. Lynch for as long as I can remember, with my mom
working for Candlewick Press in MA when we lived in America we always had
hundreds of children’s books growing up, but those two illustrators have always
stuck out in my mind.
Glen Keane, Ollie Johnson, Frank Thomas, Milt Kahl are all
animation heroes in my opinion, but I have such a huge soft spot for the
company Cartoon Saloon, who are an Irish based animation company who created
'The Secret of Kells’ and 'Song of the Sea’, obviously because of Irish pride
but also because I was lucky enough to go to the studio and meet all the lovely
people there who were nothing but kind and supportive of my work.
Gustav Klimt is my
favourite painter because of the emotion he is able to capture with such
subtlety.. that’s what I want my drawings to show.
It depends on the day, if
I’m flowing I might get a full drawing done in an hour or two, but if not,
could be anything up to eight hours.
7. What materials do you
I use plain lead pencils
or watercolour pencils or drawing pens for sketching or for traditional
8. What software do you
9. What tablet do you use?
Wacom Bambo tablet CTL-460
10. Do you scan your
drawings or draw them directly onto Photoshop?
I very rarely will scan my
drawings, I tend to do that if I have to change computer or if I haven’t drawn
on the computer in a long time. Colouring in traditional drawings can be very
good for getting used to the feeling of drawing digitally again. But for the
most part, everything is done directly onto photoshop.
11. Do you take
Not right now. I need to
figure everything out and find some spare time before I set all that up.
12. Can I re-post your
drawings on Tumblr or on another website?
No. Please don’t. Just
13. Can I make edits/colour
in your drawings?
Absolutely! I would love
that! As long as you give me credit that’s completely okay.
14. Can I use your drawings
as an avatar/header image?
15. How old are you?
I was born on the 24th of April 1996
16. How do you go about creating character designs?
Well every time I read a
book I will keep a notebook beside my bed to take down all the descriptions of
the characters. Of course it is not enough to just have the physical
descriptions of characters in my opinion. I always take into account the
characters background/personality/settings etc. All of these elements
contribute to a better and more interesting design. For example; if a character
has a job working outside doing physical labour, they will probably have
stronger bodies, more scars, freckles, sunburn or tans.
17. How can I get my characters to look more diverse?
Same-facing characters is one of the hardest habits to break and I struggled with it for such a long time! Still do. My advide would be to use references of multiple ethnicities first. After that you would be surprised how different a character can look if you change eyebrows, hairlines, jawlines, cheekbones, noses, lips and bodyweight. If you are relying on a different hairstyle to distinguish between each of your characters it wont work. Also adding features like scars/moles/freckles/facial hair can really make your characters unique.
18. Do you have any OCs?
Yes I do, though they are
very under developed. I tend to be quite shy about posting about them because
they are more personal than fanart, it’s almost intimate to me. They are under
they tag 'meabhd’s ocs’.
19. Do you have any other
I have one for my college
work @meabhd-art but it is very different to this one. Much more traditional
work and a lot more abstract..
20. Why don’t you leave the
anon option on for asks?
I have always been quite
private and prefer when I feel like I’m talking to someone rather than a thing?
I also have anxiety and it makes me nervous not knowing who is talking to me. I
answer every single question, though I only publish them sometimes and I am
more than happy to answer questions privately if you are not comfortable having
a question published.
A concept drawing of two characters in a personal comic that I’m currently calling Flatlander. Not sure when I’ll be starting this comic for real, since what little development that has occurred has just been on-the-side.