Bright’s Simon Taylor-Kielty and Helen Ford chosen for Egmont and Hallmark’s publishing collaboration

The Bright Group Int. is extremely proud to announce that artist Simon Taylor-Kielty and writer Helen Ford have been chosen to collaborate on the forthcoming picture book publishing programme by Egmont for the iconic Hallmark brand ‘Country Companions’.  The publishing programme will be rolled out in 2012 and will follow a seasonal, occasion-led strategy that will tie with the other Country Companions brand extensions, of which BGI also represents. It is a strong partnership based on a perennial and nostalgic brand and one that Bright believe will be extremely successful.

Paper Cuts by Nod Young

Apart from his beautiful brush stroke style seen recently in the HSBC campaign, Nod Young produces fabulous detailed paper cuts. His winning entries can be seen in the July Illustration Annual – judged by Creative Review. Based in Beijing, Nod brings many international influences to his work.

Nod Young is represented by Phosphor Art

Edgy Fashion Style

Keep your eyes peeled this month for this gorgeous image completed by Miminne as a series of four illustrations for Company Magazine.

Miminne who has recently joined Illustration Ltd, was the ideal choice with her edgy fashion style. She created these images to run alongside a four page feature of short stories written by celebrities.

Tallon Brightens Next

Ben Tallon once again wows us with his raw and urban illustrations.

This time he turns his talented hand at brightening up the High Street with this image, it's one of two which are currently gracing the walls of the new Next Store recently opened on Bond Street. These bold images will soon be used in various stores across the country.

Ben Tallon is represented by Illustration Ltd

Tromp L’Oeil Corkscrews

This is the inspired result from wildlife artist Andrew Hutchinson having been commissioned to paint panelled doors for "The Feathered Nest", in Nether Westcote.

The country pub took a unique approach in giving their establishment a hint of antique authenticity, Andrew painted tromp l'oeil corkscrews onto the doors, as if they were hanging on nails. It was an unusual commission that Andrew greatly enjoyed and one that enabled him to use a collection of antique corkscrews he had in his possession!

Andrew Hutchinson is represented by Illustration Ltd

Frances Castle – HMS Belfast

Frances Castle was commissioned by design agency NB: Studio to produce artwork for a year long ad campaign for HMS Belfast to be used on Underground posters, leaflets, on-site display adverts, e-flyers and print adverts.
The concept of the project was to reveal the many levels of fun to be had onboard HMS Belfast and to highlight some of the more quirky facts about life below deck. The poster had to appeal to children and families and incorporate actual photographs from the site, as well as the ship itself.
Frances Castle is represented by Arena

StoryWorlds Exhibition

Tomislav Tomic and Philip Hood have also some beautiful artwork for Templar's 'StoryWorld' series. For the first time their work will be showcased alongside the other contributors to the series including Matilda Harrison's illustrations, at The Illustration Cupboard's Summer Show. Running from Tuesday 17th August to Saturday 11th September, the show offers both fans and newcomers the opportunity to explore the ornate and detailed artwork from this series.

Philip Hood and Tomislav Tomic are represented by Arena

Matilda Harrison at The Illustration Cupboard

Matilda Harrison's stunning illustration 'The Toymaker' features in The Illustration Cupboard's forthcoming Summer Show from Tuesday 17th August to Saturday 11th September. Her work will be showcased alongside the other leading artists featured in the best-selling 'StoryWorld' card series published by Templar.

Matilda is represented by Arena

See more of her work here

AOI IMAGES 35 – Call for Entries

Call for Entries
Association of Illustrators’ Images 35 competition
Best of British illustration 2011
To enter go to

Deadline: Tuesday 31st August 2010

Images is the ultimate showcase for the best of contemporary British illustration. Now in its 35th year, Images is the definitive independent jury-selected illustration annual distributed to 4000 commissioners, and culminates in a touring exhibition around the UK. The jury consists of nine eminent industry figures including Sam Freeman Art Director Design Week; Martin Harrison - Senior Designer, The Times and Geoffrey Pais -  Art Director,  BBC Learning. Categories include: Advertising, Books, Children’s Books, Design, Editorial, New Media, Self-Promotion and New Talent.

Call for Entry Images 35 –
the longest standing jury-selected illustration annual and exhibition in the UK
Deadline: Tuesday 31st August 2010

The Images 34 book will be launched at the private view party in September 2010 and can be bought for £39.95 through the Images website. The London show, featuring about 250 illustrations from artists such as David Hughes, Andy Smith and Carolyn Gowdy amongst many others, will be at LCC, Elephant & Castle: 8th September – 14 September 2010 and subsequently touring the UK until September 2011.

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