Show Reels


My current animation show-reel can be found here.



My current storyboard show-reel can be found here.


More samples of my work can be found at the production blog for my short film Sound Holds the Distance Travelled here.

Sound Holds the Distance Travelled


Sound Holds the Distance Travelled

‘The Melancholic Wife loved to dance…..she danced to cope with the dark and troubled thoughts that lived in her mind’. Take a journey through the inner world of the Melancholic Wife as she struggles against the manifestations of her own personal darkness. Adapted from an original short comic story, this film attempts to convey the everyday, personal glory we carry through the unromantic walls of our real lives. And portray the power of self expression as a means to thrive, grow and survive.

Directed and Animated by Gareth Gowran

Adapted by Sadhbh Lawlor and Gareth Gowran

From the original comic Splitting Borders presents ‘The Melancholic Wife and her Perpetrating Husband Episode 5’

Narration by Barry Barnes

Sound Design by Tony Kiernan at Moynihan Russell


Technical Specifications

Year of Production 2018

Format 1920 x 1080 HD

Black and White

Duration 03:24

Language English Narration

Produced in Ireland


Trailer coming soon!

A production process blog can be found here.

Sound Holds the Distance Travelled began production as part of the BA(Hons) Animation course at Colaiste Dhulaigh, Ireland in conjunction with The University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Sound Holds the Distance Travelled – Storyboards

Sound Holds the Distance Travelled is the title of the short animated film I’m creating in collaboration with writer and artist Sadhbh Lawlor as part of my BA (Hons) Animation studies at Colaiste Dhulaigh. It is a three minute film based on Episode Five of the Melancholic Wife and her Perpetrating Husband comic series that we co-created.

Here is a link to the animatic for the film and the storyboards are displayed below.


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Sequence One

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Sequence Two

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Sequence Three

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Sequence Four


The production process blog can be found here.

The Melancholic Wife and her Perpetrating Husband

The Melancholic Wife and her Perpetrating Husband emerged out of the ongoing sequential work of Splitting Borders. It came from a desire to explore narratives in a short story format and examining the use / misuse of simplistic labels to try to describe the complexity of a whole person.

Each episode centres alternately on the wife and then the husband, the scripts were solely written by Sadhbh Lawlor and there have been seven episodes to date. The first four episodes were DIY published in zine form in 2015.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7


Oliver & Emily in the Frightful Forest

A picture book concept for five to eight year old’s. Set in medieval times, Oliver is a knight in training and his brave friend Emily goes missing in the Frightful Forest.

What will Oliver do next?

SET Issue 6

SET is an occasionally published zine concerned with the relationship between cinema and its architecture. Focus is aimed primarily on films, which are affected significantly by a singular set or location.

In Issue 6, Fionnuala Parfrey writes about Steve McQueen’s 2008 film Hunger and looks at the poetics and politics of form within the Maze Prison. To accompany this, I was asked to produce an illustration of the film’s key scene.


Rough Design
Finished Pencil
Finished Ink
Alternate Rough Concept
Alternate Rough Concept

Splitting Borders – Curated Lines

Splitting Borders is a sequential art series created in partnership with artist/writer Sadhbh Lawlor in 2013. It ran initially as a daily web-comic, publishing comic strips online Monday through Friday before switching to a three posts weekly schedule after hitting the 300 comic strip mark.

Curated Lines is a selection of these comic strips that represent the main themes and subject matter that emerged during this run. We DIY published it as a zine for the Dublin Zine Fair 2014 and have sold it through our Etsy store.

Further Splitting Borders work can be found on our site here.



Borders a lá Carte

Tell Me a Joke


Precipice Living

Quiet Moments


Surreal Times Call for Surreal Measures

Working at Work


Splitting Borders – Alphabet Book

The Splitting Borders Alphabet Book represents my own and co-creator Sadhbh Lawlors love and appreciation of words and playing with established book forms. It is a collection of obscure and interesting words presented in traditional children’s alphabet book form.

More Splitting Borders work can be found on the original site here.




Collider (sometimes referred as Collider World) is a 2013 Irish-Portuguese co-produced drama/science fiction film distributed by beActive Entertainment. The film acts as the core for a transmedia project developed for various platforms.

The world premiere was scheduled for January 10, 2014, taking place in Dublin.

A 6-issue comic book series alongside a graphic novel were written by Mike Garley and illustrated by myself, R H Stewart, Jack Tempest, Will Pickering and Martin Simmonds. The comics are available as digital downloads on iTunes and Google Play.

In addition to the comics, a graphic novel is available on Amazon, the Apple iBookstore, and on paperback edition in major comic stores around Europe.