“Every day from here on in, live your life to the full, never give up, and don’t complain”
Meet illustrator and GirlCrew Dublin member, Aoife Dooley
One of the best things about GirlCrew is that we have women from all walks of life among our members, this supportive community is incredibly creative so sharing a story of a member who is working in the arts is always lovely. GirlCrew Dublin member, Aoife Dooley, is building a name for herself in the world of illustration, typography, design, and sketch comedy. Having studied in Coláiste Dhúlaigh for three years, Aoife went on to get a degree in visual communication in DIT. “I was always into drawing and crafty stuff but only began to specialise in illustration 3 years ago after the sudden passing of my mam.” This tragedy made Aoife come to realisation that she wanted to make a change in her own life, “I didn’t really know what to do and I had a decision to make, I either sit here and feel sorry for myself and drink myself stupid or I can finish college and make my mam proud and carry on her legacy, and that’s what I did.”
Taking what she knows in her daily life, Aoife has made a name for herself illustrating everything that is quintessentially Dublin. “I’m from the north side of Dublin too so a lot of my work revolves around the area I’m from and the people I know. I was always fascinated by different characters and their personalities I’d see on a daily basis and in a way they influenced me to do what I’m doing now.” And it’s not just her straight-talking character Nikita that Aoife is known for, as she has also created the branding for top music blogger Nialler9 as well as collaborating with various companies including Vodafone and Dublin Bus. For now, Aoife and fellow Dublin comic Enya to bring you a Gogglebox spin-off that is aptly called, Gogglepox.
1. What is the best thing about your role?
Being able to draw for a living and doing what you love most. Sometimes I make sketch comedy videos with Enya Martin from ‘Giz a laugh’ and that can be deadly.
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
Every job is a new challenge, as every brief is different. I usually throw myself in the deep end with a job, I find that the most challenging as sometimes I’m not fully sure what I’m doing, but trying new things helps develop your skills in different areas.
3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
I have a few; I love the first piece I’ve ever done which was a print for an exhibition. The print was inspired by David Bowies “let’s dance” because that’s how my career started, but to date it would have to be working on my first real book (I’ve made a few of my own but this one will be available in Easons and all! So it’s pretty exciting).
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
Focus, talk to people, work hard, find your own voice and spread it around and don’t be afraid to do so and most importantly take risks!
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
I don’t really have a motto as such! I did make a promise though, to my mam. I read a piece at her funeral 3 years ago that said “every day from here on in, live your life to the full, never give up, and don’t complain. And if you do that well, you will carry on my mam’s legacy” and I’ve been doing this ever since.