Chris is an illustrator and children’s book author based in Dublin, Ireland. He studied graphic design in DLIADT in Dublin before moving into Illustration full time in 2005.
His work is a mixture of illustration, painting and design and has appeared in advertising, newspapers, magazines, exhibitions and several other media and has been published in Ireland, UK, USA, France, Germany and several other European countries. His first picture book ‘The Lonely Beast’ won the Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year 2011 in Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards and has been recently been developed into an iPad app.
Chris visited the Visual Communications course in late 2010 as part of a series of illustration talks and workshops with other illustrators such as Brenb (www.brenb.net), Una Gildea (www.unagildea.com) and Alan Clarke (www.mralanclarke.com).
We asked Chris what inspires him?
It sounds boring but I think the biggest thing that gives me inspiration for my work is going for walks! For some reason I can figure out most problems in my head and come up with new ideas while out walking. Books are another great source of inspiration so I am continuously buying books, old and new. The internet is another great inspiration but I guess that goes without saying. And other illustrators of course.
Watch this fancy video made by James Cooper to see where my inspiration comes from! http://chrisjudge.4ormat.com/about