New Arena Illustrator: Alejandro Colucci

We are very proud to introduce a new Arena illustrator, Alejandro Colucci. He is an award-winning artist who is comfortable illustrating fantasy, crime, horror, historic fiction and science fiction publications across the globe. His illustrations have adorned the covers of many bestselling writers including H.G. Wells, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.G. Ballard, Anne Rice, Mario Puzon and Patricia Cornwell to name just a few.
Alejandro works in a variety of techniques both traditional and digital, his artwork engages the viewer to give an emotional response to his subjects. Here are two recent book cover designs he illustrated for Michelle Paver's exciting new series, Gods and Warriors, published by Puffin.
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Frances Castle: Interactive Games for The Mary Rose Museum

Frances Castle was commissioned by a new media design agency to illustrate two interactive games for The Mary Rose Museum. Built alongside HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the new state-of-the-art museum houses Henry VIII's famous warship and many of the 19,000 artifacts which were recovered with it from the sea in 1982. 52,000 visitors have already flooded through the museum's doors since it opened on 31st May!
Frances had to illustrate objects and characters for 'What's for Dinner' which gives visitors a chance to choose the menu for a crew of over 500 men and officers. She also designed a fun shooting game called 'Foil the French' featuring four different types of guns with different firing ranges – visitors are set the challenge to disable the enemy ships in order to capture them, not to sink them!
Frances Castle is represented by Arena
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Levi Pinfold’s Black Dog: Children’s Book Winner, AOI Illustration Awards 2013

Congratulations to Levi Pinfold whose stunning picture book, Black Dog, has won the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013.

The judges describe the book as ‘A visual treat, full of mood and atmosphere, the beautiful illustrations are full of detail and perfectly in keeping with the story … A timeless, thought-provoking book about facing up to anxiety, fears, and the black dog that visits some of us from time-to-time.’
Black Dog has also won first prize in the Children's Book Category in the year's AOI Illustration Awards AND the picture books category in the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2013.
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Levi Pinfold is represented by Arena

Great Wall of Comedy

Working with Red Bee Media, Emma Rios produces art for the promotion of Jo Brand's new comedy TV Show.

'Great Wall of Comedy' airing on the Gold channel from next week is all about sitcom classics; such as Faulty Towers and Only Fools & Horses. Emma was asked to create a wall of TV's which are currently being used in the promotional posters. Emma says " I love old vintage TV's so illustrated these. The photos of Jo & Co. where taken separately so I had to make it work as one piece. (I) love going past the billboards on the tube!"

Emma Rios is represented by Illustration

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Will and Kate: A Love Story

These drawings by Adam Larkum illustrate the story of William and Kate; a Royal Romance. Originally commissioned by Ink Robin before the event, the goal was to get the book app available for download at the time of the wedding. This meant Adam working to an extremely tight deadline; the kind of working style he loves! The app received great reviews and resulted in Ink Robin commissioning Adam to produce an app for the iphone called 'Dress Kate' which involved a wardrobe of dresses, shoes and accessories. Adam says "We then moved back to the ipad story book format and produced a book called Piccalillis Circus, a story of a ring master who has to take the day off due to a cold. Ink Robin have been a very professional and fantastic company to work with and I really enjoyed the way the app brought the illustrations to life."
More good news; Egmont publishers are now using the William and Kate artwork along with commissioned additional illustration to bring the story out in a traditional book form.

Adam Larkum is represented by Illustration

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Steinar Chills Out

Steinar Lund must have donned his thermals to produce this illustration for the cover of easyJet Traveller Magazine! The brief was to create a group of 'family' ice lollies with a frosty background for the June issue, Steinar says "I had to experiment with various characters to get the right family look despite a tight deadline."  Art Director Mat Wiggins said of the result; "This looks great ...! I really like the melting bit."

Steinar Lund is represented by Illustration

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A Game of Ghouls

Bob Lea represented by Artist Partners, has produced some stunning artwork for a new series of books "The Phenemonals" written by F. E. Higgins and published by Macmillan (art direction: Rachel Vale)
Here is book number two entitled:  A Game of Ghouls .

Bob Lea  has spent the recent months writing  and illustrating a number of  his own children’s books  which will be aimed at the pre-school and baby market which are original in their concept, but have yet to be shown to suitable publishers.

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