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Wednesday 29 November 2023 Dublin: 2°C

11 colourful illustrations by Irish artist Sarah Cunningham to brighten your day

They have meaningful messages behind them.

ON INSTAGRAM SHE is known as ‘ZombieFaceSarah’, yet Sarah Cunningham’s illustrations are anything but zombie-like. 

Bursting with colour, the Dublin-based illustrator’s creations, which are hand-drawn using fine line pens and marker, are instantly uplifting.

Sarah, who has a “passion for patterns, the environment and spreading positivity”, uses her artwork as a medium to cover a range of topics, including environmentalism, feminism, veganism and self care.

“I’ve been drawing all my life,” Sarah told “It’s how I process the world around me.”

Through sharing her work on Instagram, Sarah has amassed a following of over 11,000, while her illustrations are available for purchase on Etsy

1. A sweet cat soaking up the sun

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2. A plea to save our marine mammal friends

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3. … and tigers

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4. In case you needed reminding…

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5. A fact we all know

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6. An explosion of colour

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7. A very sad statement

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8. Where can we buy this t-shirt?

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9. Dreaming of summer days

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10. Is it possible to be jealous of a cat?

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11. A squid in the moonlight

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