Halftone 2017 by Billy Mac Donald

Very chuffed to be part of the Halftone Print Fair at The Library Project. This years fair is a little bigger and running much longer featuring work from over 80 Artists, Designers, Illustrators and Photographers. Its running from 2nd-19th November. All work is for sale and if you don't make it to the gallery space the Halftone website is very nice for a browse ;) 


Rockform Studies by Billy Mac Donald

Some studies in photoshop from over the past week. I'm gonna keep going with these, trying to get some speed up while capturing mood with form and colour. 



Some Bonus Process GIFs : )

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Playing with ZBrush by Billy Mac Donald

Here's some sketch sculpts done in ZBrush over the past few months. Some are developed from drawings, some done loosely with a bit of reference. Mostly just stretching the 3D muscles. This is a great piece of software, really enjoy the process of making digital maquettes. 

Monotone Studies by Billy Mac Donald

I figured this is a good place to post my experiments, studies and work that is more about the process than the final product. 

Here's some architectural studies I've been working on. Some brutalist concrete, some industrial and some oddly handbuilt. 

Halftone 2016 Print Fair by Billy Mac Donald

I've got one of my prints up for sale at Halftone 2016. Very lucky to be sharing the Library Project's walls with 52 artists, illustrators and photographers. Halftone runs from 24-27th November. All works are on sale and are made with a variety of print techniques.

Photography/beginnings by Billy Mac Donald

At the start of this year I bought myself an old Pentax 35mm slr camera. Learning the techniques involved in processing and printing has been rewarding. Film photography in particular has certain advantages and things that set it far apart from digital photography. By not being able to see the images soon after taking them, you are left to focus on the moment. When developing your rolls of film, it could be days/weeks/months after the moments captured. This really helps the process of looking objectively at your images and reading them with fresh eyes. Overall photography has really changed the way I live and the way I look at the world I live in. It's been 7 months since I've begun this journey, its only a beginning, but it is exciting just to recognize these measly beginnings. I also want to recognize my close friends who have also taken upon photography, making images and curating images. It has a profound effect on me I'm sure, even if I am not fully aware of it. It is very good to notice how everyone sees a different world, and sometimes they cross over. 

My photography blog is here

I use primarily my Pentax Spotmatic F, Olympus Om2n and my medium format Pentax 67.


I submitted some black & white 8x10 prints to the Open Gallery at D-light Studios which ran from 26-28th July.

Here's some shots of the set up

Irish Design 2015: Fresh Talent Exhibit by Billy Mac Donald

Very much honored to have my Freudian Object project showing in The Coach House, Dublin Castle. The show is called Fresh Talent, and is curated by Angela O'Kelly. It features a great multidisciplinary selection of grad show projects from the last 3 years. If you happen to be around Dublin drop in by all means. It runs till 20th September and is free of charge.

Event page