Emily Bolan and Yasmeen Ismail

We’ve had some great successes over the past month with our SAA Artists; Emily Bolam has just finished another fantastic book for Ladybird in the ‘This Little…’ series. Recent titles have included: This Little Angel and This Little Builder 

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Yasmeen Ismail’s Time For Bed Fred book is out now!

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http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/time-for-bed-fred-9781408837009/

Yasmeen has also jumped across the pond, travelling to New York City and spending a development week with Blue Apple Books to work on her deluxe activity book with them. This will be published in 2013!

Oscar Wilson and Canongate Books Win Best Jacket Design Award

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We are proud to announce that Oscar Wilson’s illustration for Canongate Books Gil Scott Heron Memoir: ‘The Last Holiday’ won the Best Jacket Design category at last night’s British Book Awards.

The judges commented on the work: “This arresting design evokes 60s counter-culture art in a contemporary and well-realised concept, with front/rear covers and spine working together to create a powerful and effective image.”

Oscar worked closely with Art Director Rafi Romaya to deliver this winning piece of work. As a massive fan of soul / funk / jazz music; Oscar was delighted to be involved with the project, and very proud that his first ever typographic portrait was of such a great as Gil Scott Heron.

Rafi explains the project and why she commissioned Oscar: “The plan was to create a bespoke and personalised jacket befitting for Gil’s memoir, The Last Holiday. Taking inspiration from Gil's landmark collection 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised', we wanted to create an image as iconic as photographer Chuck Stewart's album cover shot whilst also representing Gil's poetic lyricism and artful use of language throughout his music, poetry and books.

Having seen Oscar Wilson's 'street-art style' visual work, which we felt might complement Gil's poetry, we approached him to attempt a typographic portrait using a mixture of Gil's album titles, song titles and most iconic phrases.

It was a gift of a book to work on and I hope we have a created a jacket Gil himself would have liked, had he seen it, and that winning Best Jacket Design Award at the British Book Awards 2012 would have made him smile!”

We definitely think Gil is smiling at the news, as are we. Well done to Oscar, Rafi and all at Canongate Books.

Oscar Wilson is represented by Debut Art

John Howe: Concept Artist for The Hobbit

John Howe is one of the concept artists for Peter Jackson's long awaited three-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is released on December 14th. John also worked on Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy  and he has become linked with Tolkien's fantasy works throughout his career, illustrating most of his stories. John's illustrations also feature in the Official Tolkien: The Hobbit 2013 Calendar along with fellow concept artist Alan Lee.

John Howe is represented by Arena

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Jonny Duddle: James And The Giant Peach

Jonny Duddle illustrated this fantastic poster for The Birmingham Stage Company's new production of James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood. The performances are at The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham until 14th February 2013, before touring nationally.

Jonny Duddle is represented by Arena

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Angel Doll by Sophie Tilley

I couldn’t resist posting this beautiful Christmas image of an Angel doll by our very own Sophie Tilley! The doll is designed and made by Sophie which is just one of her many talents!
Sophie is the artist responsible for the charming illustrations in the highly successful series of books published by Simon and Schuster  "Princess Evies Ponies" written by Sarah Kilbride.
Sophie is happiest creating her own characters and animals, and has developed lots of arts and crafts ideas which she promotes on the Etsy site.
She also designs and develops a range of children’s products, notebooks, character dolls, soft toys and decorative stationary items.
With the obvious French influences of her mother, Sophie always brings a little more in French style to her designs and illustrations.
At the moment she is working on a series of books based on her own characters and writing. More to be revealed very soon!

Sophie is represented by Artist Partners

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Rob Ball for Sony!

Over the last few months Rob Ball has been working on this amazing project for Sony and the marketing of their new game Battle Royale Allstars. Rob said ‘It was a lot of fun finding the right level of detail to describe both Big Daddy from Bioshock, and Ratchet & Clank. If that wasn’t enough, any project where you get to draw Parappa the Rapper can’t be half bad!’

Rob Ball is represented by the Artworks

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