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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationDublin, Ireland
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  • ProfessionsIllustrator - Compositor - Creative Writer


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About me

Alan Dunne Alan is an award-winning illustrator living and working in Dublin. He enjoys working on narrative based projects. For 12 years he worked for the graphic design department for RTÉ television, Ireland’s national broadcaster. He is now an illustrator and writes and illustrates short story comics. He was twice shortlisted for the Jonathan Cape / Comica / Observer Graphic Short competition. He is a recipient of the Cecil Day Lewis Literature Award by Kildare County Council and was awarded best-emerging talent at the IDI Design Awards in 2017.

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  • Art Exhibitions
  • Art and Creative Direction
  • Adobe Illustrator/photoshop/indesign
  • Illustration
  • Illustrated Typography
  • Broadcast Design
  • Motion Design
  • Hand Lettering
  • Character Design

Work history


Secretary of the board of directors

Illustrators Ireland

Oct 2016
  • Full Time
  • I am the company secretary on the voluntary board of directors of Illustrators Ireland.


Jan 2016
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Freelance
  • Illustration Active member and director of Illustrators Ireland. Illustration has been used for festivals, wall art, television. Art director/illustrator for short animated film A Thousand Kisses (due for release in 2017). Developing a pitch for a children’s picture book, Diva & Rishi. Comics Author & illustrator of comics. Member of Straylines Irish Comics Collective. Completed short comics to date: Get Off That Ship (2012), Me Hands (2012), Collage (2014), Loop Theory (2015), A Perfect Trust (2016), Folly (2016). Successfully shortlisted for The Observer/Jonathan Cape/ Comica Graphic Short competition in 2014 and 2016. Recipient of the Cecil Day Lewis writing award 2017.


Motion Graphic Designer


Feb 2006
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Full Time
  • Motion design & Animation Full-time graphic designer RTÉ Graphic Design Department (2006 - 2017). Designing and directing animated opening titles, channel idents, documentary design, campaign design, content graphics and broadcast design templates for RTÉ Television, Ireland’s state broadcaster. Designed flagship TV channel branding, documentaries, campaigns and programmes of a wide range of broadcast outputs: RTÉ One / RTÉ2 / RTÉ Sport / News & Current Affairs / TV Promotions / Entertainment / Young Peoples



Bachelor Design (Visual Communication)

National College of Art and Design

Sep 2001
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • National College of Art & Design (NCAD), Dublin BDes, Visual Communications. Awarded 1:1 (Graduated 2005) Visual Communications, Erasmus EU Student Exchange Programme Willem de Kooning Acadamie, Rotterdam (2004)



Winner – Illustration for Publishing

IDI Irish Design Awards 2017

  • My short comic A Perfect Trust (2016) won the Illustration for Publishing category.


Winner – Best Emerging Talent

IDI Irish Design Awards 2017

  • Having won the illustration category, I then went on to be awarded best-emerging talent for 2017


  • My short comic Folly (2016) was shortlisted for this annual comics art award


  • My short comic Collage (2014) was successfully shortlisted for this annual comics art award.