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, mind 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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Alex T. Smith Illustrates The Tale of Angelino Brown

Written by the award-winning author, David Almond, The Tale of Angelino Brown, is a warm and witty tale with charming illustrations by Alex T. Smith, published by Walker Books. Alex had great fun depicting Angelino, the little curly haired angel’s antics in this wonderful children’s story.

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Frances Castle Illustrates Lands of Long Ago

Frances Castle’s full colour illustrations are a joy to behold in this fun non-fiction book with a twist. Spot the Mistake: Lands of Long Ago, published by Wide Eyed Editions, tests your knowledge of history by spotting 20 mistakes in every detailed scene.

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Paul Thurlby- National Treasures

The theme of this summer's John Lewis campaign is 'National Treasures', so it was no surprise when the UK retailer came knocking forPaul Thurlby, a man who is fast being a national treasure himself.
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BloodBros Winner of the Barbican Sci-Fi Print Competition!

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We are very proud to announce that BloodBros, AKA Emile Holmewood, has won the Barbican and Wrap Magazine’s print competition with his poster, ‘Art Forms of Fiction’!

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Stephen Lee’s continued contribution to Pension’s Insight Magazine

Stephen Lee has been contributing on a regular basis with Pension’s Insight Magazine. Stephen cleverly makes an incredible visual out of otherwise dry material. This months brief was to celebrate the Annual 50 People in Pensions issue with a Hollywood Walk of Fame flavour including the ever present Pensions Manager. Stephen works traditionally using pencils paper and inks- we do all alterations to final artwork in Photoshop.
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Mark Beech collaborates with Nosy Crow and The British Museum




Mark Beech has teamed up with acclaimed publisher Nosy Crow and The British Museum to create the hilarious Maurice the Museum Mouse’s book Amazing of Facts and Jokes. An assortment of facts and jokes from ‘rollicking Romans’ to amusing Aztecs - all things about the ancient that will make you and your friends laugh your heads off!

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Introducing Sarah Perkins

Artist Partners have recently recruited the very talented Sarah Perkins, who originally studied illustration  at Chelsea School of Art and Central St Martins. Sarah has already an established career in illustrating book covers, in the mass market, and also the literary fiction genres, including some brilliant classics.
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