Paddy Donnelly is an Irish illustrator now living in Belgium. He has over 15 years experience as an illustrator and designer, and especially loves working with a textured, painterly approach. With a fondness for illustrating the sea and animals, Paddy tries to inject a touch of humour to his work wherever he can. Coming from a graphic design background, Paddy is comfortable working in different illustration styles depending on the needs of the project. He wishes Pluto was still a planet.
Shortlisted for the Gradam Réics Carló Children’s Irish Language Book of the Year with two books; ‘Scúnc Agus Smúirín’ written by Muireann Ni Chiobhain, and ‘Míp’ written by Maire Zepf, both published by Futa Fata.
Cover art for ‘Wonderscape’ by Jennifer Bell, published by Walker Books selected as the Waterstones’ Children Book of the Month for June
‘SCÚNC AGUS SMÚIRÍN’, written by Muireann Ní Chíobháinm, published by Futa Fata, shortlisted for the 2019 KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards.
“When Scúnc finds his missing Teddy, he is dismayed to discover that its special smell has been eradicated by a spell in the washing machine. After much searching and sniffing, Scúnc makes the happy discovery that Teddy’s smell came from his mother’s hugs, so lots of hugging of Teddy will be required for the comforting smell to be regained. It is unusual to feature skunks as main characters in a picturebook and much is made in the illustrations of their comic indifference to the repulsion that their odour arouses in other animal characters trying to give them a wide berth. A warm, humorous and highly engaging celebration of love between mother and child.”
Judges’ comments for the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards shortlist 2019.
‘Illustrator Paddy Donnelly brings life to Skunk’s world with a rich and glossy palette that makes space for individual scents marks for the stinky characters too.’ - The Irish Times review of Scúnc agus Smúirín
‘The vibrant, full-page illustrations have a dynamic, painterly quality and successfully evoke the wildness and beauty of the coast, bringing the text to life.’ - BookTrust review.