Hey – Microsoft Lumia #MakeItHappen

The #MakeItHappen campaign by Microsoft Lumia is a campaign to make sure we all stick to our new year’s resolutions this year. To help them on their mission to achieve 31 resolutions in 31 days Microsoft asked Hey to create imagery for their #MakeItHappen bespoke artwork generator.

The idea is that it’s easier to stick to a resolution when you have a visual reminder and what better visual reminder than a piece of bespoke artwork by a top illustrator. Hey were one of five studios and illustrators chosen and asked to create a suite of images for the generator. The user choses their preferred artist and then creates randomised artwork until they hit upon one they like. This can then be downloaded, dosage saved as a screensaver or printed off for the fridge door the old fashioned way to help with motivation.

You can play with the #MakeItHappen artwork generator yourself here. As you’ll see at the end of the post we’ve done ours.

Hey is represented by Handsome Frank

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Jean Jullien – Eurostar

For a Frenchman living (until recently) in London, healing Eurostar are in many ways the perfect client for Jean Jullien. Add to the mix they’re celebrating their 20th birthday and were looking to poke some gentle fun at the differences between the Brits and the French and and you’ve got pretty much the perfect brief for Monsieur Jullien.

For the anniversary #BetterCloser campaign, Jean was tasked with illustrating five anecdotal observations as to how Eurostar has shifted the Anglo/French perceptions and relations. Jean was asked to inject his trademark humour to proceedings and created a series of brilliant illustrations.

The campaign, art directed and masterminded by The Clearing, is now live and adorning huge billboards at both Kings Cross and Gare du Nord. It can also be seen extensively within the stations and a short animation is running on the escalators. Très bon.

Jean Jullien is represented by Handsome Frank

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Don’t Spill the Milk!

Tune into CBeebies tonight to see Christopher Corr's illustrations in 'Don't Spill the Milk!'

Written by Stephen Davies and illustrated by Chris, the book published by Andersen Press will be read tonight at 6.50pm by Ore Oduba. The story introduces a different culture to small children as it follows Penda carrying a bowl of milk to her father over the grasslands.

Christopher Corr is represented by Illustration

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Charm Club Diary

Here is a taster of the latest Thomas Sabo Charm Club diary illustrated by Jacqueline Bissett.

The 2015 diary is a Bissett dream, packed with Jacqueline's confident girls doing their stuff around town. The diary was given away free last month with purchases at Thomas Sabo franchises and online.

Jacqueline Bissett is represented by Illustration

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The Russian Ballet Collection

In one of the most ambitious film restoration projects of the century The Russian Ballet Collection is the culmination of a unique, price 10-year-plus assignment by RTRWorldwide to remaster and reveal classic Russian ballet productions, order and their unparalleled Soviet-era stars, to a wider audience.

Designer Bruno Tilley, represented by Artist Partners, was commissioned on this special mission with the challenge of branding and designing the collection’s packaging.

In a way of enticing a new generation to these old loved classics, he asked fellow Artist Partners illustrator Sharon Pinsker to get involved and the results are stunning.

The collection features 5 DVDs: Giselle, Swan Lake , Don Quixote, Spartacus and The Nutcracker.

Each cover illustrates a dancer from the ballet depicted perfectly in Sharon’s romantic figurative style.

As a whole the DVD set look fabulous and would make a perfect collectors item for any ballet lover. The Ballet Bag obviously agree with us as they have the collection listed under “Five Xmas Gift Ideas” on their website

Sharon’s illustrations have been so well received that the Telegraph has opened a competition with the chance to win a full set of the limited edition prints. The prize draw runs until the 31st January so it is definitely worth entering!

There is more in-depth information about the restoration project in The Telegraph

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Poetic mural by Stewart Easton

Highly talented artist and embroiderer Stewart Easton (represented by Artist Partners) was commissioned to produce a large mural for Outline Editions Christmas Print Sale.  The wall mural needed to represent the area of Stoke Newington.

Stewart was inspired by reading that the poet Edgar Allen Poe had been educated in Stoke Newington. The mural itself is displayed  almost on the exact spot, story where the school Edgar Allen Poe attended is placed. The image is loosely based on his  poem "The Raven"

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Euan Cook: Crazy Classics for Teens

French publisher, Editions Didier have commissioned Euan Cook to illustrate a number of modern retellings of classic tales including most recently, Dracula. Euan's bold linework lends itself brilliantly to the graphic novel style series for Teens and gives Crazy Classics: Login: Dracula a fresh and contemporary feel.

Euan Cook is represented by Arena

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Just Published: Animal Noises by Thomas Flintham

The chickens are clucking and the cows are mooing in this fun rhyming picture book, erectile Animal Noises, by Thomas Flintham.

Published by Scholastic Children’s Books, this is the second in the series of toddler books by Tom. His drawing style uses bold shapes, strong lines and a limited colour palette to create a joyful book with a simple, engaging story, perfect for very young readers.

Thomas Flintham is represented by Arena

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