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ucy Rose Cartwright’s latest book trailer shows the cities we live in and who we share them with!

The trailer for Lucy Rose Cartwright’s new book “Wild City” starts off with a city townhouse, revealed to be surrounded by all kinds of flora and fauna, some expected, but some… definitely unexpected! Flamingoes?!

These are the kind of reveals and unexpected communities we can expect to find in “Wild City”, an exploration of cities round the world and the creatures we share them with. Illustrated by Lucy Rose Cartwright and written by the award winning natural history author Ben Hoare, the book takes the reader from London to Singapore to Rio de Janeiro.

Initially approached to create the cover and a few sample spreads, Lucy’s illustrative approach was then used throughout the full book. Lucy worked closely with designer Laura Hall to make sure that all the correct animals and feature of each city were included before working up her sketches into full colour illustrations!

The danger with working on images like these however, is enjoying getting lost in the details a little too much, “I had to be strict on how much time I could spend on each page, it was very easy to get caught up in adding too much detail.” But being strict didn’t mean that Lucy didn’t enjoy the brief, “I really enjoyed this project and felt so grateful to be part of it. The most exciting time for me is when you first receive the brief and you sit down and sketch out all your ideas, I still sketch all of my roughs by hand rather than using my iPad as I love the physicality of drawing on paper. ”

Wild City is out via Macmillan Kids Publishing in Autumn 2020.

See the full trailer here.

Dawn Cooper illustrates the hidden life of a hedgerow for BBC Wildlife Magazine

Dawn Cooper was asked by BBC Wildlife Magazine to create an illustration teeming with life to accompany an article that delves into the history of hedgerows. Excited to help illustrate their importance, Dawn set about making an image that looked wild and abundant, a time-consuming task but ultimately very satisfying!

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Lucy Davey’s seventh Illustrated cover for Campbell and Carter Mystery series by Ann Granger

Lucy Davey has illustrated yet another stunning book jacket in the Campbell and Carter village mystery series. ‘A Matter of Murder’, written by Anne Granger, is the seventh in an edition of exciting Cotswold murder books.

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Hannah Bailey lends her Illustrative hand to Watergate Bay Magazine

Hannah Bailey’s most recent Illustrations can now be found on the pages of Watergate Bay’s luxury Magazine, accompanying an article on the use of Botanicals in spirits by award-winning journalist Alice Lascelles.

We spoke to Hannah to learn more about the project…

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Rachael Saunders’ delicious collaboration with Natural Grocers goes live!

We are delighted to announce that Rachael Saunders’ packaging designs, in collaboration with Whole Foods Supermarket Natural Grocershave officially hit the shelves!

MBDesign approached Rachael from the US last year to ask for her assistance in developing a new look for the ‘home brand’ products for Natural Grocers. Rachael told us how excited she was to help create a new brand based on her charming Illustrations, “I was asked to create an animal character to compliment each product, as well as reflecting the natural and organic ethos of the brand. Character designing is a dream job of mine so I enjoy every moment of working on this!”

Rachael worked alongside the in house team at MBD to develop the brand’s look. “This involved a lot of experimentation, sketches and colour tests. Once we were happy, the rest fell into place quite easily.” Her deliciously cute Illustrations cover each item in the new product range, from silly squirrels spinning honey to fluffy polar bears chowing down on frozen mango chunks!

We have even more exciting news as Rachael let us know there should be even more as the brand grows “As the Natural Grocers brand products continue to expand, I look forward to sharing more fun characters with you.

Rachael Saunders is represented by The Artworks

The Artworks has 14 books featured on Waterstones ‘Best of 2019’ Book Guide

We are excited to announce that in the run up to Christmas, The Story of London Underground Illustrated by Sarah McMenemyChristmas Shopaholic Illustrated by Lucy DaveyThe Book of Dust (Volumes one and two), Seashaken Houses, Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp and Erebus Illustrated by Chris WormellShakespeare For Every Day of The Year Illustrated by Harry GoldhawkThe Snow Queen Illustrated by Laura BarrettThe Wonders of Nature Illustrated by Daniel LongThe Boy Who Made The World Disappear and The Night I Met Father Christmas Illustrated by Daniella TerrazziniThe Familiars Illustrated by Lucy Rose and National Trust: Step Inside Homes Through History Illustrated by Sarah Gibb have all been featured in the Waterstones Best of 2019 Book Guide!

Here is a breakdown of each category with links to each of the beautiful books –

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