I am an Irish illustrator, cartoonist and lecturer. My political cartoons have appeared regularly in Magill Magazine and trade union magazines such as Work & Life and publications of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). Some of my cartoons can also be seen on the international political cartoon website Cartoon Movement. My Evolution of the Irish Economy cartoon has been published in a German-language schoolbook by the publishers Klett. I provided the cartoons for the covers of the Little Book of Irish Political Bullshit and the Little Book of Bailout Bullshit, both by J.D Mangan. I recently participated in a Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interactions Institute study about how professional cartoonists create cartoons based on news content and the process used to summarize data in news articles.
I illustrated the Irish-language children’s book Dhá Chluas Chapaill ar Labhraí Loingseach by Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair and the language text book Enjoy Irish, by the same author. I recently provided the cartoons for the new Irish-language activities book for teachers, Gníomhaíochtaí Gasta, which has just been published by Gaelchultúr and can be purchased here. I have illustrated greeting cards for Creative Bond Cards and cartoons of mine have been published in Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine and Rabble. In the past I also did educational cartoons for King’s College, Spain and science-fiction/fantasy illustrations such as this one, which can be seen on the website of the Hugo award-winning author Michael Swanwick.
I am originally from Athlone, in the Irish midlands. I lived in Madrid for many years, where I studied illustration at the Escuela Superior de Dibujo Profesional (ESDIP) . I now live in Kilmainham, Dublin. As well as working as a cartoonist and illustrator I lecture at Dublin Business School, where I teach a course called Irish Life & Cultures to semester-abroad students from the US. I have also given ‘how to draw comics’ workshops in English and Irish to children and teenagers. I had an exhibition of political cartoons in the Bastion Gallery in Athlone as part of the 2011 Athlone Literary Festival and I have given two slide show presentations of my political cartoons and illustrations at the Kilmainham Arts Club. I write a regular blog about the Irish language for the website of the magazine Ireland of the Welcomes.
You can read more about my work here in a recent article from the Advertiser group of newspapers. I also recently did an interview on the Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network, which is can be heard here.
- “There is a warmth to Donal’s work that is engaging – a vivacity and divilish optimism that is refreshing in an age of snide cynicism.”
Manchán Magan, author and television presenter
- “Donal’s creativity, sharp sense of satire and technical skill have made the job of including this type of content much simpler than we had hoped. His contribution to the development of our magazine Work & Life has been very significant and it is a relationship we hope to continue.”
Niall Shanahan, Communications Officer – Impact trade union
- “Donal Casey’s political cartoons are unique, insightful and humorous “
Fionnuala O’Conner – Athlone Literary Festival
- “There is no doubt either that young readers will be charmed by the full-colour illustrations by Donal Casey; they are excellent.”
- “Donal was the cartoonist on our Irish Language course book ‘Enjoy Irish’ . I recommend him highly for the quality of his work, its uniqueness, clarity and his delivery of the service required on time.”
Liam Ó Cuinneagáin, Director –Oideas Gael
- “Donal created four illustrations for CreativeBond’s My IOU to You gift voucher. He delivered the illustrations on time for a good price and I was delighted with them. I’d be very happy to recommend Donal to anyone.”
Lindsay Bond O’Neill – Director, Creative Bond – Greeting Cards.
COMICS WORKSHOP TESTIMONIALS
Student work from a recent comics workshop at iScoil
- ”Donal’s workshop for children on ‘How to Draw a Comic Strip’ was pitched at exactly the right level for my seven and eight-year-olds and was very enjoyable for all. With Donal’s guidance we produced some great comic strips of our own!”
Jennifer Porter – Teacher, St Thomas’ Junior National School, Dublin
- Donal Casey facilitated a workshop in comic book illustration & design with small group of our students. I met with Donal beforehand to make him aware of our requirements and the specific needs of our students. I was very impressed by how much Donal took on board from this meeting and he even researched topics for stories that were in line with our FETAC specific learning outcomes and students’ interests (not an easy task). On the day Donal was a pleasure to watch teaching the students. He is obviously a master of his craft of illustration but can also draw the students’ creativity out gradually without being too demanding which is a very difficult balance to strike. The students’ comic book strips in the end were of a very high standard but more importantly the students really seemed to enjoy the workshop. Donal also followed up very quickly afterwards by sending on digital images of the students’ drawings as well as returning their originals. I would very much like to work with Donal again in the future and would recommend his workshops to any school or youth organisation.
Joanne Frawley – Education Officer at iScoil
- Donal Casey has presented a number of caricature workshops to our Youth Club. The workshops were two hours long and kept the children amused and entertained for the entire duration, so much so that the older group even refused to take a break for the tuck shop! The children chose a famous person and with Donal’s assistance and advice produced some very original and witty caricatures. Everyone had a great evening and we look forward to having Donal back to give another workshop.
Siobhán Osborne – Killester Youth Club, Dublin
- Thug Donal Ceardlann Cartúin do Rang Seoige atá sa tríú bliain le linn seachtain na Gaeilge i gColáiste na Coille Móire i mbliana. Thús sé leis an t-ábhar go leir a bhí de dhith. Is in nGaeilge a labhar sé leis na daltaí. Chuir sé a chuid Gaeilge in oiriúint do chaighdeán na ndaltaí agus mar sin bhí cumarsáid an mhaith ar siul sa cheardlann. Bhain na daltaí an taitneamh agus tairbhe as.Thaitin sé leo a bheith ag tarraint scigphictiúirí de pholatóirí leo. Bheadh an múinteoir ealaíne, Sandra Dempsey, sásta cuireadh ar ais a thabhairt do Dhónal. Gan amhras ar bith molaim Donal Casey as ucht a ghairmiúlacht agus as an t-ullmhúcáin a rinne sé ag réiteach don cheardlann
Bláithín Ní Liatháin – Kylemore College, Dublin