Born on the northside of Dublin, Dermot studied Visual Communication at NCAD before beginning his design and illustration career at Carton Levert in Blackrock. After finishing his Master of Arts in animation he moved to London to work at the world-renowned StudioAKA, before going freelance and setting up his own practice as an illustrator and animator.
His work has won numerous awards; among them the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Book Illustration and a Silver Lion at the Cannes Advertising Festival.
He has worked for international clients such as Pentagram, Adidas, Vodafone, New York Magazine, Conde Nast, Dentsu Japan, Winkreative, GQ, the Guardian, BMW, Francfranc, SwissAir, Nickelodeon, and the Irish Times.
Recent projects include illustrations for Mary Portas’ report on the state of the British High Street; portraits of celebrities in chocolate, toothpaste, toast and Marmite; an award-winning children’s book for the luxury Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, and recently creating drawings in balsamic vinegar for French salad company Florette.