Dublin artist Jim Fitzpatrick gave up a career in advertising for his love for art.

Jim Fitzpatrick formerly worked in advertising, a world which he describes as "bananas". He gave it all up to pursue a career as an artist. 

In the last ten years, he has produced a stream of portfolios and two books dealing with pre-Celtic Ireland. The works are illustrated in his distinctive style.  

I was earning an enormous amount of money in advertising and I simply chucked it in and started to be what I wanted to be which is an artist.

Jim Fitzpatrick never went to art college and is a self-taught artist who learnt to draw from comics. He describes his paintings as linear, line drawings with colour. His paintings start out as pencil drawings, then pen and ink are added and finally paint. 

His work has appeared on album covers for many groups including Thin Lizzy. 

'Erin Saga' his latest book will be produced and published entirely in Ireland. While it may be more expensive, he believes that the quality of the work will more than make up for this. Jim Fitzpatrick aims to retain complete control over his own work. He believes the best way to achieve this is to cooperate with people he knows and trusts.

Printers Gerry Malone and Tim Hurley describe how the printing process works. 

An RTÉ News reports on 8 January 1985. The reporter is Alasdair Jackson.