Illustrator and flash animator Luella Wright was asked to provide the background illustrations and animations for Justin's World, a series of interactive learning and play apps presented by Justin Fletcher, the nation's favourite pre-school entertainer. These were selected as 'editors choice' by Apple and No.1 in the education category.
“The illustrations deserve a mention because you can tell that they have been done with love and care. The texture in the smallest of things, such as the leaves, is beautiful...Parents and children will delight in working through the story. The app is a feast for little eyes, ears and brains!" - The Educational App Store
Luella Wright is represented by Phosphor Art.
Illustrator, collage artist and printmaker Lynn Hatzius has illustrated a new hardback book for Classic FM, The Big Book of Classical Music. The book details each day of the year in classical music and Lynn has created beautiful illustrated scenes for each month as well as spot illustrations to illustrate the text.
Classic FM's Big Book of Classical Music is out now and published by Elliott & Thompson Limited.
Lynn Hatzius is represented by Phosphor Art.
Time to grab the new signing bugle and give it a mighty proud blow, we’re delighted to announce that Tom Haugomat has signed with Handsome Frank.
Tom is a born and bred Parisian who resides in his home city. Having studied at the world famous Gobelins school of visual communication he initially embarked on a successful career in animated films but latterly his love for illustration developed.
Now an established illustrator, Tom’s striking signature style draws upon a strong sense for composition and an acute awareness of the power of negative space. Working with a stripped back colour palette he creates wonderfully atmospheric imagery, often brooding with tension or sprinkled with magic as the brief desires.
We’re delighted to have him on board and can’t wait to get working with him. You can his full profile here.
One sunny Friday back in September we spent the day in an unimposing field with Jean Jullien. Armed with a RED camera, a selection of pens and one brightly coloured Hawaiian shirt, Eoin & Angus unleashed their cinematic minds with the aim to create a film that captured Jean's work and his process and of course, his striking personality.
Jean Jullien is represented by Handsome Frank
Christina K was commissioned to produce an illustration for the entrance and windows of the Smooth You Spa in Dalston Square. She designed the image to work across the 2.5m x 10m window area and reflect the relaxing experience of the treatments the spa offers it’s customers.
Christina K is represented by Debut Art
Yehrin Tong illustrated the cover for Michel Faber's latest novel 'The Book of Strange New Things'. Commissioned by Canongate's Art Director Rafi Romaya, Yehrin's work has a quality, beauty and sensitivity that married perfectly with the cover Rafi wanted to create.
Rafi explains that "for award-winning writer Michel Faber’s first novel in over twelve years we wanted to create a jacket that was something rather special. However, the brief itself was pretty open in terms of how we could achieve this and create an iconic jacket that reflects the emotion of the novel in an original and fresh way."
"It’s a book about relationships and environments...the cover was conceived as a droplet that could also represent a human tear of both joy or sadness. I really liked simplicity and symbolism the teardrop shape gave. I wanted the teardrops to dance like a musical script and the jacket to give you a sense of wonder, a sense of possibilities – like shining a magnifying glass on a universe made up of the same stardust that created all of us. It was also a great central motif that’s a very pure icon for such big ideas."
"First visuals toyed with the idea of raindrops/teardrops, shattered lettering, metal covers even to create a very tactile object. The concept developed with the teardrop as the central icon. Texture was created through the illustration and the use of a foil to create a 'stardust' effect on the jacket."
"There's a theme of repetition and rhythm to my work" describes Yehrin, "much like a musical riff with subtle nuances, that lends itself well to the sense of undulating fluidity, warmth and emotion that we were looking for."
On finally receiving her copy of the book Yehrin said: "The final effect is mesmerising. It looks beautiful as the light changes and plays with the foil giving it a feeling of movement. The texture of the foil has a very tactile braille-like quality to it. It looks timeless, other-worldly and I'm delighted with the result."
The cover art has been really well received so far with by far the best review from the author, Michel Faber himself, who comments: “...you produced a thing of great beauty. The design is elegant, it repays a long gaze (beguilingly detailed without being fussy -- a sort of intricate minimalism), it's very relevant to the book's themes, and it's irresistibly tactile.”
'The Book of Strange New Things' is now published and available to buy from Canongate books.
Yehrin Tong is represented by Debut Art
This image is Christopher Gibbs' eye catching cover illustration for Edward Cox's debut fantasy novel, The Relic Guild, published by Gollancz.
"Young Clara struggles to survive in a dangerous and dysfunctional city, where eyes are keen, nights are long, and the use of magic is punishable by death. She hides in the shadows, fearful that someone will discover she is touched by magic. She knows her days are numbered. But when a strange man named Fabian Moor returns to the Labyrinth, Clara learns that magic serves a higher purpose and that some myths are much more deadly in the flesh. The only people Clara can trust are the Relic Guild, a secret band of magickers sworn to protect the Labyrinth. But the Relic Guild are now too few. To truly defeat their old nemesis Moor, mightier help will be required. To save the Labyrinth – and the lives of one million humans – Clara and the Relic Guild must find a way to contact the worlds beyond their walls."
Chris bumped into Edward at Loncon 3, The World Science Fiction Convention this year - and they got on like a house on fire. Edward's debut is already receiving some great reviews, so we hope it becomes a series!
Christopher Gibbs is represented by Arena
Congratulations to Neal Layton whose book, The Story of Stars, has won the SLA Information Book Award for the under 7's category. The judges said that his book is… "a superb simple and straightforward book which informs through being totally entertaining: with working pop-ups, humour and an imaginative progression - it is a totally engaging delight."
Neal's interest in life, the universe and everything has led to an amazing amount of research and his collaboration with paper engineer, Richard Ferguson has created a unique, child friendly view of the stars, solar systems and galaxies. Neal poses and answers the big questions that you might ask when you look up at the night sky full of stars and wonder: "what are they and where are they?". This book is the third in the series, published by Hodder Children's Books.
Neal Layton is represented by Arena
Duncan Beedie designs a poster for Scholastic in the US.
One of Duncan's most recent commissions is now hanging on the walls of classrooms and conveys an inspirational message; 'The expert in anything was once a beginner'. The campaign is to encourage children to dream and achieve in their choice of career, Duncan's child friendly illustrations do the job perfectly.
Duncan Beedie is represented by Illustration