New Fantasy Illustrator: Mélanie Delon

Arena Illustration is very proud to welcome a new illustrator to their list,  Mélanie Delon. French born Mélanie, is quickly becoming one of the hot new fantasy illustrators to watch out for. She works primarily in Photoshop, digitally painting with a drawing tablet to create stunningly realistic portraits which are both mysterious and emotive. Her paintings have featured in many publications worldwide and she is a regular contributor to Imagine FX magazine.



Nature comes to Zizzi

James Grover adds more of his magic to the walls of Zizzi Ristorante in Market Harborough.

The mural was hand drawn live on site, using acrylic pen paints and emulsion. And referencing the history of the area with it’s close proximity to Rockingham Forest, James says “In prehistoric times the area was the largest expanse of woodland in the country, but deforestation has seen a large reduction in its size. More recently, in medieval England, the forest was allocated as a Royal Hunting Forest where wild boar, fallow deer and pheasant were in abundance. Nowadays, the remaining forest is protected and is still a key feature of the area.”  Another superb Zizzi interior by James!

James is represented by Illustration




Zodiac Sign Tees

May van Millingen designs zodiac T-Shirts for Top Shop.

The tees are adorned with individual black and white illustrations representing the twelve star signs and are now available to buy at Top Shop. May has made some intricate drawings for these shirts which can be worn on your chest with pride! Top Shop have also interviewed May for their Inside Out page,  read more on her work for them and her inspirations…

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Steve Stone for Macmillan

Macmillan Publishers just launched six stunning books for their new Young Sherlock series! Illustrated by hugely talented artist Steve Stone (also well known for his Percy Jackson covers and other successful young adult fiction covers worldwide) the books are written by Andrew Lane and Art Directed by Rachel Vale

Steve was hired to produce strong, cinematic images for this prestigious series.

Steve Stone is represented by Artist Partners

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“Head to Head” event organised by the AOI

What is working life like for successful illustrators in the 21st Century? What issues are they dealing with? Come and find out

6-9pm 10 November 2010 Central London
Association of Illustrators Members £22, Others £26

This Head to Head event presents well known illustrators Jenny Bowers (Peepshow) and Garry Parsons, who create imagery for a broad spectrum of high profile commissioners, including editorial, children’s books, broadcasting and design.
They will be talking about their work, careers, motivations, and how they find work. The evening also includes discussions moderated by Rod Hunt, covering a range of topics, including, Have you compromised your ethics for money? Do you feel the need to adapt for the future? How do you deal with clients, and other issues raised from the audience.

Arena presents: Jonny Duddle’s “The Pirate Cruncher”

Arena is proud to announce the publication of Jonny Duddle’s first picture book, The Pirate Cruncher (Templar). Singled out as “a great swashbuckling adventure from a great new talent” in the Bookseller’s Autumn Highlights, this treasure is not to be missed.

Open Jonny's portfolio here

The launch of the book will also be the central theme of Arena’s Pirate Party, being held on Saturday 17th October. This one-day event is part of the annual Big Draw Campaign “to get everyone drawing”. As well as talking about his inspiration for the book, Jonny will be joined by actors to read the story aloud and lead a drawing workshop.

The Big Draw event will include, book signings by four of Arena’s illustrators, a workshop on “How to draw a Pirate ” by Matthew Buckingham and a demonstration on illustrating sea monsters by Adam Stower. Ongoing acitivies will range from pirate caracatures, doodling eye patches and a collaborative Under the Sea Mural.

All visitors will receive pirate goodie bags with the essentials to make their own pirate picture book and treasure map.

Local Stratford charity, Discover (a children’s story-making centre) will host the day in their Pirate Ahoy! interactive exhibition with treasure chests, a huge pirate ship, and a dead man’s cave.

To join Arena's children's book illustrators for an exciting pirate adventure contact Racheal Brasier at Discover, 020 8536 5555, or Justine Alltimes at Arena, 0845 050 7600.

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Artist Partners – Free Running Ad

Free Running Ad and poster image

image produced by John Harwood represented by Artist Partners
Art Direction – Mark Reddy – Adam Tucker
Agency BBH

Brief to produce image to publicise the Barclaycard World Freerun Championship being held in London in August.

The Creative Director at BBH Mark Reddy, commissioned an image by 3D artist John Harwood to produce an image of the highest calibre that would depict icons of London ranging from a sofa to a building in construction which also illustrates the ethos of the sport
– an image depicting the art of freerunning as an innovative sport.

Free running is a form of urban acrobatics in which participants, known as free runners, use the city and rural landscape to perform movements through its structures. It incorporates efficient movements from parkour, adds aesthetic vaults and other acrobatics, such as tricking and street stunts, creating an athletic and aesthetically pleasing way of moving. It is commonly practiced at gymnasiums and in urban areas that are cluttered with obstacle

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