Doodlers Anonymous - The permanent home for spontaneous doodle art.
DA Shop
DA Shop

August 18, 2009

For the Birds

I first discovered Ryan O'Rourke's work at the Hartford Art School Faculty show. At the time we were both adjunct professors—so I was surprised I had not seen his work before. His hand-painted birdhouses are nothing short of fantastical. Rumor has it that Ryan's grandfather would build these birdhouses by hand and then give them to Ryan. After he had acquired the equivalent of a small birdie housing project Ryan decided to paint one of them—one turned into many. Ryan often makes custom birdhouses on commission as well. The one shown on the top right was actually made for my other friend Ryan (coincidence?) as a present for his wife Jessica.

Besides making birdhouses and teaching, Ryan works as a freelance illustrator. Some of his clients include: The Wall Street Journal, The Hartford Courant, The L.A. Weekly, Travel and Leisure, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe and PBS. He is also finishing up the illustration for a children's book called, "One Big Rain," which should be available soon!

Ryan's website is filled with a plethora of illustrations and birdhouses—I highly recommend a visit! Given my weakness for hand-rendered type, how could I not love his work?


Mike Lewis
Mike Lewis Posted Aug 18, 2009
These birdhouses are fantastic. I have been doing a show of bird dwellings for October and now I'm feeling completely turned on my head...

Jim Bradshaw
Jim Bradshaw Posted Aug 19, 2009
I am very inspired by your bird houses and your other art. I love your design sense and colors.

Kaitlin Posted Aug 20, 2009
I can confirm the rumor: the first birdhouses in Ryan's collection were made by his grandfather. I know this because Ryan's my cousin, and his grandfather is also my grandfather. :)

Karl Firth
Karl Firth Posted Oct 1, 2009
They're some lucky birds who get to live in them!!
I think a nice colourful Kingfisher could happily complement one!!

Oyunlar Posted Jun 19, 2010
Haha they are very nice :) I am very inspired by your bird houses

Nieuws Posted Jun 26, 2010
Fantastic design! Do you have more? I maybe want buy one for the birds in my garden.

jenny ross
jenny ross Posted Jul 9, 2011
wow. you make me want to make more work.

Kayla Kempf
Kayla Kempf Posted Sep 29, 2011
very inspiring indeed!


Post Comment

Already a member? Simply login to post.

Otherwise, join our community and you can post comments, mark your favorite blog entries and it is all saved under your profile page.

We are 18,020 doodle addicts. Join | Login
Doodlers Anonymous
Illustrate What's on the Mind of a Chef
VOTE NOW: Illustrate What's on the Mind of a Chef
This showcase challenged you to illustrate what's on the mind of a chef.

Epic Coloring Book - Coloring Book for Adults
Doodlers Anonymous
Epic Coloring Book
This coloring book is like no other. It features illustrations by 90 artists from around the world and is a beautiful, eccentric mashup of pure hand-drawn goodness.


Doodle Addict sketchbook
Product / 32 Page Sketchbook
For the Doodle Addict in all of us


Doodle Bomb!
Doodle Bomb!


DA Flickr Group
Add your own doodle

Show Us Love
Join Our
Mailing List

Subscribe to
Our RSS Feed

Follow Us
On Twitter

Become a Fan
On Facebook

Circle DA
On Google+

Get inspired at
our Pinterest

Check us out
On Instagram

Check us out
On Tumblr

Current Team
Founder / Editor

Hugo Seijas
Hugo Seijas
Co-Founder / Developer

Daphne Tako

Jaanelle Yee

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Site Design by Doodle + Code