Steve McCarthy

Steve Mccarthy is a Dublin based designer, illustrator, and bearded gentleman. His style is bold, colourful and inspired by humour and wit. Working with a mix of practical and digital techniques, Steve’s work feels most comfortable somewhere between the yellow submarine and Dumbo’s pink elephants. His first children’s book, Sally Go Round the Stars, was nominated for the Bord Gais Irish Book Awards, and his second book, A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea (with Sarah Webb) won the prize in 2017 for children’s book of the year. Steve comes from working as a background designer, most notably for the animated feature film Song of the Sea, which was nominated for an academy award in 2015. He was also an Artist in Residence for Facebook in Dublin in 2018.

Steve plans to continue producing children’s picture books and use illustration in all manner of weird and wonderful projects. He says: “I see illustration as a form of language, one that can be understood by all shapes of people, the power of that is fascinating to me. I’m very interested in technology and tactile interaction and where those things intersect, more and more I see opportunities for my work to exist in out the world and interact with people in a more profound way.”

He lives and works in Dublin.