Just Published: Steve May Illustrates More Dennis The Menace

Steve May is back with more anarchic illustrations for the fourth in the series of The Diary of Dennis The Menace: Bash Street Bandit!, published by Puffin this month.

Steve's fluid line has an energy that brilliantly suits author, Steven Butler's, hilarious text. To celebrate the launch of this book, Steve was asked to help out in the 'Draw-along' at the Puffin Virtually Live event.

Steve May is represented by Arena Illustration

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Tinder by David Roberts – nominated for the long list 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal picture book prize !

Tinder by David Roberts (illustrator) and Sally Gardner (author) (Orion Children’s Books) as reviewed by The Guardian - has been nominated for the long list 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal picture book prize !

This retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Tinderbox is a beautiful book that is very much the inspired collaboration of the outstanding writing of Sally Gardner and stunning pictures by David Roberts which makes this book so absolutely special in every way!

David Roberts represented by Artist Partner's ! 

 

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James Grover paints the interior of Zizzi Ristorante in Meadowhall, Sheffield.

James Grover was asked to create murals to decorate the main restaurant wall and corridor and to bring individuality to the site by finding inspiration in local history or landmarks. His work is based around the rich musical heritage of the city of Sheffield and is initially seen as a decorative map. After looking closer at the mural, "...the city centre map’s street names are song titles with the year in which they were released...creating a giant quiz and igniting the natural competitive spirit to solve puzzles. For example, one street is named 'Sing It Back (1998)' – the answer would be 'Moloko'. The corridor features stylised album covers, also showing only the release date", he says. James wanted to hold the viewer's attention with this project and provide a talking point too - the restaurant is in a shopping centre and has a high turnover of customers with shorter meal times. The mural was painted on-site using acrylic and emulsion.

James Grover is represented by Illustration Ltd

 

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Robyn Neild for Headline Books

Robyn Neild was delighted to be asked to illustrate a new series look
for best selling author Jo Thomas. Robyn worked with our friends in
the Headline art department to create a signature style for Jo’s
novels. Beginning with re-jacketing the runaway hit ‘The Oyster
Catcher’  Robyn worked with the team to produce a beautiful cover, in
her fabulous watercolour style. Robyn has since created covers for
‘The Chestnut Tree’, which was released at the end of last year and
‘The Olive Grove’ which is out in March.

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Robyn Neild is represented by New Division

David Sparshott – Game of Inches

Late last year David Sparshott was approached by Brookyln’s finest Doubleday & Cartwright and asked to work on a huge project for US corporate giants General Electric (GE).

The agency were striving to build a sports-relevant campaign to articulate GE’s Internet of Things innovations. As athletes know, incremental improvements — in training, nutrition, or strategy — can lead to major gains. Using this analogy the agency build a campaign to show the same rules apply to industry in the information age. A content-driven campaign known as “Game of Inches” was build around this premise.

To bring this all to life they turned to David, seeing his illustration as having the tactile quality required to communicate the human story behind the technology. As well as still illustrations, his work was also animated into a series of short spots. You can watch the full set here.

The campaign rolled out across Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr and a YouTube campaign promoting the “Game of Inches’ during the Super Bowl XLIX.

David Sparshott is represented by Handsome Frank

 

 

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5 Bright Artists Nominated for 2015 Kate Greenaway Award & Benji Moves On to Longlist!

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The entire Bright team would like to offer a huge congratulations to Benji Davies, who's illustrated book On Sudden Hill with author Linda Sarah has been chosen as one of the twenty titles long listed for the globally prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Children's Book Award 2015!

The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, and is awarded annually for outstanding book illustration for children and young people. The winner receives a golden medal awarded by CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice and £5000 cash prize. Previous winners include world famous and publishing celebrities Jon Klassen, Catherine Rayner and Emily Gravett.

Bright were humbled to have been part of the nominations last year with Nicola O'Byrne's Open Very Carefully (Nosy Crow) and Yasmeen Ismail's Time for Bed Fred (Bloomsbury) - both of which went on to win The Waterstones Children's Book Award and V&A Best Picture Book Award independently. Last October we were also excited to see another five of our Bright creatives nominated for the Kate Greenaway award 2015, each of whom have incredible years ahead of them with new books, events and even more concepts to be sold!

It is a huge honour to be nominated for such a prestigious award as Kate Greenaway Children's Book Award and so we all would like to extend our congratulations to Gabriel Alborozo, Yasmeen Ismail, Nicola O'Byrne and Sebastien Braun for appearing on the exclusive list this year.

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Making it through to the next round of the award, On Sudden Hill is the timeless and poignant story of friendship, adventure and childhood told through the delicate and colourful illustrations of Benji Davies. Internationally acclaimed Benji won Oscar's First Book Prize last year with The Storm Whale (Simon & Schuster) and continues to wow his avid fans with a highly anticipated follow up title publishing this year Grandad's Island (Simon & Schuster). With a golden year ahead of him already, we would like to wish the best of luck to Benji and On Sudden Hill when the shortlist is announced on Tuesday 17 March.

Just Published: Frances Castle Cover Illustration for Stonebird

Frances Castle's illustration and hand lettering makes a powerful cover for Mike Revell's debut novel, Stonebird, published by Quercus this month.

Stonebird is a dark and exciting children's story about a boy who befriends a stone gargoyle which comes alive and changes his life in impossible ways.

Frances Castle is represented by Arena Illustration

 

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Gary Blythe – Mad Maid

Gary Blythe  -  the Kate Greenaway winning artist is ever pushing the boundaries with his wonderful skill of painting and he has recently been producing some images for his rather quirky portfolio.

Gary has produced this lovely painting entitled: Mad Maid - Acrylic on Canvas, this exceedingly talented artist is producing new images which have also recently  been on display in various advertising agencies and exhibitions.

For this style and his beautiful painterly book illustrations please visit : www.artistpartners.com

Gary Blythe is represented by Artist Partners

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Nokia Lumia #TileArt

The art of Vicky Scott and Shanghee Shin looks amazing on the screens of these Nokia Lumia phones.

Commissioned by Republic Publishing for their client Microsoft, the project is part of the launch of a new app for the Lumia mobile device, designed to give people all the tools they need to create beautiful custom home screens for their device. Shanghee Shin and Vicky Scott made unique and individual artworks for the app, which also gives profile information on each artist taking part.

Vicky Scott and Shanghee Shin are represented by Illustration Ltd

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Bright Artist Rebecca Elliott in talks with Clare Balding – BBC Radio 2

Last year, our very own rising star Rebecca Elliott made an appearance on BBC Radio 2 alongside nationally loved & publicly acclaimed Clare Balding, OBE. The interview, which took place in the last half our of the show, focused on Rebecca’s publishing inspiration from her daughter Clemmie and two sons, Toby and Benjamin. Rebecca is one of the first storytellers to tackle ethical subjects such as disability and death within her illustrations – portraying ‘heart-warming rather than heart-breaking’ story lines. Having taken part in her ‘fair share’ of commercial children’s books, Rebecca wanted to share and explore the subjects that children are genuinely interested in and ask daily questions about, but for some reason, no one wants to discuss.

Rebecca Elliott is represented by The Bright Agency

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