Naomi McCavitt

Christine at Artist Partners tells us a bit about one of the newest artists on their books.

"As soon as I saw Naomi McCavitt's work I utterly adored it - A Botanical artist so gifted, who hand paints such beautiful images, she is primarily a Natural History illustrator but with an eye for interior design - Naomi's work is sensational, and although only on Artist Partners books very recently, we are getting some wonderful feedback! Her flora and fawna have a wonderful classic and vintage quality about them."

For more of Naomi's work please visit the website where Naomi McCavitt is represented by Artist Partners

Box of Delights: Profiling Ashling Lindsay

Ashling Lindsay has an immediately recognisable style. She understands how to use colour, and how to compose her subjects within the space on a page to create unforgettable scenes. The Night Box is everything a children’s book should be, with a thoughtful and poetic voice — comforting anyone who feels slightly less than bold in the dark. It is the perfect way to help a child to feel secure and comforted as the evenings draw in over the long Winter months. Ashling is still very set on honing and developing her skills as an artist, so much so that despite already working as a picture book illustrator, she has gone back to art school to continue her studies in the fine arts.

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Ashling, where did you study, and did the course help to shape your style, or was it something you found organically?

I did a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration at Ulster University Belfast – and am now back there working towards an MFA. I’m not sure how the style I have came about, I think I just drew a lot and got to know what I liked and what I didn’t. For me what’s most important is that the image communicates what was intended.

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What drew you to illustrate for children?

I’ve always been really into picture books – some of my favourites are The Shrinking of Treehorn by Edward Gorey, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and Moonman by Tomi Ungerer. I remember being read those as a kid, and when I realised that making them was an actual job that people did – I wanted to do it too.

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Your colour palette is beautiful, calming and very recognisable. How did you develop this, and is there a reasoning behind that particular palette – as in, was it very thought out, or did it occur naturally?

I try to come up with a palette that feels right for the text and usually spend a lot of time working it out. I do have my personal favourites though, and am definitely guilty of trying to make them work whenever possible!

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Can you tell me about any outside influences on your work – such as films, books, places, people?

I can’t say for certain what outside material has influenced my work – I do read a lot, and I definitely watch a lot of films. Book wise my favourite writers are probably Virginia Woolf, David Foster Wallace and maybe Proust – I say maybe because I’ve only read one of his books so far, but it was a good one. And with film – I really like David Lynch’s stuff, all of Studio Ghibli and a lot of Wes Anderson’s.

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What’s next on the horizon for you in terms of picture books, and where would you like your career to be – say in five years time? 

I’d really like to try writing and illustrating a whole picture book myself. And I would also really like to work with a writer from the very beginning of a project – to come up with ideas and story together – to make a more collaborative book.

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With my thanks to Ashling who is represented by The Bright Group

You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

Regarding Diversity: Profiling Artist Alleanna Harris


Every October in the UK, for the past 30 years, we’ve remembered Black History and commemorated achievements made by people of colour. Not so long ago, America saw its first black President. From that incredible shift in history came quite a blow, as in the US, Trump came to power, whilst over in the UK we battle on in the face of Brexit.

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New Artist – Sophie Melissa

New Division are absolutely thrilled to welcome Sophie Melissa to the agency. Fresh from graduating from Falmouth University with a First Class honours degree in Illustration, Sophie was recently awarded the SAA Associate Prize for New Talent in Illustration at New Designers 2017.

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Kate Costigan

Shiny new signing!

Kate's work is inspired by a mid - century Aesthetic , particularly the 1940's - 1960's , her attitude is firmly planted in the present day . "Retro illustrations for the bad girl inside ! Kate always installs a sense of humour , fun and sass to her work, with a dash of girls power for good measure.

Kate Costigan is represented by Lipstick of London

Rosie McGuinness

Commissioned by Jaeger for the their Press Show for SS18 collection.

9 illustrations illustrated directly from both the Menswear and Womenswear collections.
Displayed on large screens amongst the clothes , with lucky members of the fashion press receiving a limited edition print of her work to take home.

Rosie McGuinness is represented by Lipstick of London

Iconic Shoes

An attractive postcard book by Fashionary is illustrated with the work of Portugal's Antonio Soares.

The client invited Antonio to illustrate some iconic shoes for a unique postcard project consisting of sixteen detachable cards. Each shoe has its own theme too, for example a romantic garden or birds which add a narrative dimension to each artwork. For sale in museums and select shops worldwide, the postcard book is generating much love, especially from fashion and shoe lovers! See the product here.

Antonio Soares is represented by Illustration Ltd

A Traditional Christmas

Ruth Palmer creates a set of nostalgic seasonal stamps for Jersey Post.

 The Christmas stamps are reminiscent of decades gone by and have just been issued by Jersey Post. Set in the 1950s and 1960s, the artworks depict a traditional festive activity including bringing home the Christmas tree, making the Christmas cake and carol singing; things that bring the family together.

Melanie Gouzinis, Head of Philatelic at Jersey Post, reflects, “Of course, most of these traditions are still going strong today but Ruth Palmer’s interpretation reminds us of the time before computers and mobile phones, when families wore their Sunday best for Christmas dinner and festive patterned jumpers were worn in a non-ironic way!”

The stamps are available to buy here.

Ruth Palmer is represented by Illustration Ltd

 

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