I was involved in the launch of the Limerick City of Culture logo last year at the Global Economic Forum in Dublin Castle. I was on stage and drew cartoons live which tied into a simultaneous performance by an actor about the history of Limerick. I had an overhead camera on the desk so the cartoons appeared on the big screen you can see behind Ministers Jimmy Deenihen and Micheal Noonan above. Each cartoon referred to some part of Limerick’s history and I had only a few minutes to complete each one.
At the finale of the actor’s performance I revealed the logo which was hidden in the middle of the drawings:
The presentation was well received by the political correspondents present:
Congrats to the great @AllanCavanagh for the great artwork in unveiling @limerick2014 at #globalirlforum
— Páraic Gallagher (@paraicgallagher) October 4, 2013
This is the second time I’ve drawn cartoons live for a presentation. It’s a visually arresting way of presenting content during conferences etc. as the artwork forms live while complementing what the speaker is talking about, and makes a welcome change from Powerpoint!