The Book Illustration Competition 2017

 

The Book Illustration Competition 2017 is now open!

The Book Illustration Competition is a unique partnership between House of Illustration and The Folio Society that seeks to identify and promote new talent in illustration. The competition is open to illustrators over the age of 18, both student and professional, who have not been previously published by The Folio Society.

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What Do Illustration Agents Do?

Illustration Ltd.’s Harry Lyon-Smith estimates that there are over 1000 illustration commissions each week in the United Kingdom.

With so many illustrators working on so many projects and any given time, it is clear that there is a big demand for representation out there. Illustration agents, like any agent, are the linchpin in the relationship between artists and the commissioning clients.

That might not explain what the agency does, and why freelancers need them but like any agency, there are certain tasks the agents will do to make it far easier for the freelancer excel in their career. As Caroline Thomson of Arena Illustration agency put it, “An agent is your support, quality control, sounding board and mentor.”

What do Illustration Agents do?

So, here are five practical every-day tasks that we can help you with...

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Illustration portfolio advice: 7 things agents look out for in an illustration portfolio

Illustrators and animators eventually reach a point of curiosity about agency representation. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, applying to agencies for inclusion on their roster can be a daunting task. At Illustration Ltd, we receive an extremely high volume of requests for representation from artists all around the world, and our success stems from a careful method of selection.

Here’s 7 simple tips to help you stand out from this rather large crowd.

7 things agents look out for in an illustration portfolio

7 things agents look out for in an illustration portfolio

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Frances Castle: The Rise of Wolves Cover Illustration

We love Frances Castle’s beautiful cover illustration for Kerr Thomson’s The Rise of Wolves, which sets the tone for this gripping adventure thriller on a remote Scottish island.

Frances Castle is represented by Arena Illustration.

Dave Hopkins is on his A Game

For the past three years Phosphor Art's Dave Hopkins has been illustrating a monthly column for GQ. The feature explains how readers can be on their "A Game" in many different situations - from bowling to cooking. Dave's 'How To' style pen and ink illustrations accompany expert advice in the magazine's column, which is soon to be made into a coffee table book.

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Jonathan Leach’s Moz the Monster for John Lewis Christmas 2017

Being experienced in drawing monsters, Phosphor Art's Jonathan Leach was thrilled to be a part of this year's famous John Lewis Christmas advert. Jonathan, who is a trained puppeteer and experienced illustrator worked with agency adam&eveDDB on the campaign by illustrating cheeky Moz the Monster for in-store and online displays. Jonathan uses a combination of pencils, pens and watercolours to create his highly detailed artwork.

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Running Press’ new book for literature lovers illustrated by Lindsey Spinks

A beautiful new book just arrived in the post for us! Lindsey Spinks has done a brilliant job illustrating a lovely activity book for literature lovers published by Running Press Books.

Lindsey Spinks is represented by The Artworks

Behind the Big Sneeze! With Simon Prescott

Simon Prescott is the illustrator of the Marvin and Marigold books – I say books because these characters are certain to have a long life in the world of publishing, and a Marvin and Marigold Christmas story is due imminently.

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