The ‘Long Story Short’ version

I’m a Greek/Irish graphic designer and illustrator based in Dublin, Ireland. I love drawing animals, the fluffier the better! But I draw other things too of course. Through my art I try to bring positivity and good vibes to everyday life, supporting mental health and wellbeing through humour, bright colours, and intelligent silliness. In a previous life I worked in advertising, and before that I wore many hats – salesperson, tech support, video game tester, the list goes on – but I am now happiest at my home office working on personal or client projects.

The ‘TL;DR’ version

Born in Ireland, I was brought up in a colourful environment on the Greek island of Milos, the very same where Venus de Milo was found (and belongs!). I studied Marketing & Advertising in Athens, the city of Gods, also considered to be the birthplace of Western civilisation. I later decided to explore more of my Irish side by experiencing life in Ireland. After a six month trial period in the form of an internship in Marketing & Sales at a non-profit, I had already started setting down roots in Dublin’s fair city and decided to stay for good.

Shortly after, I was selected to participate in the ICAD (Institute of Creative Advertising and Design) Upstarts. Through this programme for young graduates I got a first taste of the advertising industry, and worked on real advertising briefs while receiving mentorship and meeting some of the industry’s best creatives. After this my interest in the creative side of advertising grew, so I later decided to further my studies with a Master’s degree in Creative Advertising. In late 2016 I completed the MSc in Advertising at TU Dublin receiving a First Class Honours – an achievement I am very proud of. Around this time I also took on my first gigs as a freelance Graphic Designer, and the rest is history.

Since then I have worked as an Art Director, Graphic Designer, Illustrator and dabbled in UI/UX design. I have collaborated with a variety of businesses and organisations as a freelancer, both locally here in Ireland and worldwide. Now if you’ve go this far you may have noticed by now that I don’t mention studying design or illustration, which would be a fair observation! I am mainly self taught, having spent many long hours mastering design programmes – I mainly use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.  And even though arguably artistic talent comes inherently, I never cease trying to develop my skills, be it through books or webinars.

When I’m not working on client projects, you’ll find me going between Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, drawing something or other. Some of my illustrations are available as prints or printed on a variety of merchandise. And when I’m doing neither of the above you might find me gardening, talking to my plants, working on some new DIY project I came up with, playing video games, trying to turn yarn into shapes by means of crocheting or needle felting, or just hanging out with my cats.

Latest work experience

2018 – Present
Illustrator & Owner, RulaVam Design Dublin, Ireland (October 2018 – Present)
I run a small independent business where I sell art prints, greeting cards, apparel and other merchandise featuring my artwork.
These are available through my shop as well as other third party retailers.

2017 – Present
Freelance Illustrator / Graphic Designer
Dublin, Ireland & Worldwide (August 2017 – Present)
Branding design, Promotional and Advertising Materials, Web Design, Web Content, Digital Illustration

Art Director / Graphic Designer, Bonfire
Dublin, Ireland (February 2017 – July 2017)
Projects worked on include Digital, TV (storyboarding), Print, OOH and POS for clients such as Calor Gas, INM (Irish Independent, The Herald, Independent.ie), Dunnes Stores, Benecol, Calpol, Listerine, and more.
Freelance Art Director / Designer
Dublin, Ireland & Milos, Greece (June 2016 – January 2017)
Clients include: Pete’s of Sandymount, Brownes of Sandymount, Milos Crafts
Projects include: Graphic Design & Art Direction for Flyers, Posters, Menus, Postcards, and other promotional materials, Web Design, and Logo Design.

Art Director Intern, Irish International
Dublin, Ireland (April 2016)
2 week placement as part of the MSc in Advertising, DIT
Clients included Virgin Mobile, Avonmore Supermilk, Eirgrid, and IDA

Freelance Web Copywriter & Content Creator, Staff Travel Voyage
Dublin, Ireland & Worldwide (March 2015 – November 2015)
Duties Included: Researching destinations, accommodation, travel agencies, tours, and more, and writing engaging copy for a specialised travel website.

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