nic farrell illustration

Category: collage

and here’s something to give you nightmares


sweet dreams xoxox


and now for something completely different

F451_cropSneak peek of a little papercut for an upcoming exhibition. 100,000 points if you know which book the quote comes from.


Brave New World


Here’s an image that I started doing for the House of Illustration/Folio Society’s Brave New World competition. The scene chosen is towards the end of the book, when the Savage runs away to live in an abandoned lighthouse and lives a meagre but worthy existence based around self-sufficiency, self-flagellation and contemplation. If you’re reading this and you haven’t read the book, a) sorry for almost ruining the end and b) go and read it! It is great.

New Fang




WT actual F, blogging twice in one day? What am I, mental? Anyway, here are a couple of colourways of a quick image that I produced. I really like them, which is a rare occurence. Maybe I’ll do more. They are lyrics from this song.


drawing stuff with kids

Super-Octo and his motley crew of bizarre and entirely anatomically incorrect fish.

Greetings from Italy!



A while ago I mentioned I was working on something involving Zurich, maps, Alain de Botton, and other things … well, this is it. Flamingo magazine very kindly asked me to create an image based around Zurich’s streets and architecture to accompany an article by de Botton in their recent ‘Homes & Habitats’ issue. I used the styling of 1951’s Festival of Britain maps as reference, as well as artists who use maps in their work, and of course worked in some fluid lines and hand lettering.


I’m not sure what that cat’s doing but I think he’s enjoying himself.

Secret 7″

Hello and happy new year to you all! I have taken a nice break from what I’m doing at the moment to indulge in a bit of collage for the Secret 7″ project – if you don’t know what I’m talking about it’s a competition in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust where several bands/artists have selected a song each to design the 7″ vinyl cover for. And they’re incredible artists too, such as The Cure, CSS, Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club, etc etc. Plus 700 of the designs will be shown in a London gallery in the run-up to Record Store Day 2012 in April. All in all – amazing.

So – if you fancy voting for my design (eternal damnation is the penalty if you decide not to) then please click here and  click ‘Support Nic!’ – voting opens on January 20th. I will be forever grateful if you do …

Books. Again. But this time collaged

It’s been a while, but I’ve finally got around to uploading some images of my ongoing project. Despite the fiddly cutting out and hunting for words, I’ve been lured back to collage!

Books and other things

Aach! My brain is slowly melting from the amount of tiny, indecipherable text I’ve been trying to copy from book spines, from photos taken at poor quality in failing light … I am in the process of building up a collection of portraits of people based solely on their bookshelves. I won’t say much more than that at the moment! The first image is Joe‘s art book collection, the second is my friend Abi’s, and the third is a small portion of my Grandpa’s extensive horde of photo albums …

PS. My new website,, is now up and (almost) running! In time I will be focusing more on that, and using this blog just for the odd update, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a while in the making …

PPS. As of today I am now a Twitterer! God knows how you work the damn thing, but if you do want to know what I’m up to and don’t mind numerous spelling mistakes as a result of me punching the keyboard in frustration, I am farrell_nic …

Happy Valentine’s Day

Love at first sight, or ‘coup de foudre’ in French … literally meaning to be struck by a lightning bolt. Aah!


Eight collage pieces featuring lyrics and lots and lots of found objects – banknotes, book pages, Jehovah’s Witness literature, tax discs, maps, stamps. And of course some typography and decorative stuff in Indian ink. Exhibition in Forty-Five is starting on May 25th (poster to follow) and these will be adorning their walls, for about £27 each I think.