Just Published: FAERY TALES illustrated by Tomislav Tomic

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Tomislav Tomic is represented by Arena

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Awaited with anticipation is the new children's picture book written by Julia Donaldson, sumptuously illustrated by David Roberts and published by Macmillan Children's Books. 
This is the third book on which the dream team has worked together,  and it's looking like another resounding success. 
David, who has worked for many well known authors such as Philip Ardagh, Daren King, Jacqueline Wilson, Tom Baker and Chris Priestly also has an exhibition taking place later this month, which will show and display his recent artworks. The exhibition will be at Manor House Art Gallery and Museum in Ilkley

David Roberts is represented by Artist Partners

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Jonny Duddle Illustrates New Harry Potter Editions

We're very pleased to announce that Jonny Duddle has been selected to illustrate the new children's editions of the Harry Potter series for Bloomsbury Children's Books. It's a brilliant opportunity for his amazing artwork to reach so many children as Harry Potter inspires a new generation of wizards and witches. Jonny worked on a sample artwork which was chosen from three artists by J.K. Rowling and here's the finished cover for the first in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

 Jonny has six more covers to illustrate in time for their publication in September 2014, he said: “I’m hugely excited to work my way through the wonderful books. I couldn’t have asked for more enjoyable subject matter. It’s exciting, daunting and I feel the weight of responsibility, I’m hoping that my illustrations faithfully reflect the characters and the world created by J.K. Rowling.” 

Jonny Duddle is represented by Arena

Jonny Duddle New Picture Book: Gigantosaurus

Gigantosaurus, is the gorgeous, brand new picture book about Dinosaurs from award winning author and illustrator Jonny Duddle. His beautiful landscapes and detailed, lush forests of ancient ferns are a playground setting for dinokids; Bonehead, Tiny, Fin and Bill as they go on their adventures in the Cretaceous sun. They meet a triceratops, a diplodocus, a stegosaurus and a very scary Gigantosaurus in this crazy prehistoric caper. The new hardback edition comes with an enormous poster featuring the Gigantosaurus chasing our four little heroes. This is Jonny’s fourth picture book published by Templar Publishing.
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Steve May: Diary of Dennis the Menace

Steve May's lifetime ambition to draw his comic heroes Dennis The Menace and Gnasher has been realised at last. Diary of Dennis The Menace is the first title in a brand new series, written by Steven Butler and published this month by Puffin. Steve was initially asked to submit samples of both characters - the brief he was given:  "Dennis would need to retain the high smile that sits just below the nose and eyes, plus his typical features – spikey hair, red and black jumper and shorts etc, but the Beano are keen for the illustrator to leave their mark on this. Being Dennis the Menace, the illustrations can afford to be anarchic and quite dominant throughout the book.”
 
Of course, Steve loves a bit of anarchy and his response was to produce these amazing character designs! Gordon Tait from DC Thomson & Co aka The Beano HQ said: " I think it's safe to say we were all very excited when Steve's initial drawings came through and for us the choice was pretty much a no-brainer as they say… it was exactly what we were looking for."
 
Steve went on to illustrate the cover and black and white illustrations for the insides, with added splats, ink blots, fingerprints and paw prints to emphasise the handwritten diary feel.
 
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Squishy McFluff, The Invisible Cat

We are excited to announce the release of 'Squishy McFluff, The Invisible Cat', by Pip Jones, featuring the wonderful illustrations of Ella Okstad. The first of three books published by Faber, it tells the charming tale of when a little girl, Ava, discovers an imaginary cat in the cabbage patch which becomes her new best friend! Together, Ava and Squishy McFluff get up to all kinds of mischief. There is a fantastic web site dedicated to Squishy: http://squishymcfluff.com/

Ella Okstad is represented by The Organisation

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Niroot Puttapipat’s ‘Just So Stories’ for The Folio Society

Niroot was selected by The Folio Society to illustrate a special limited edition of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So Stories’. Niroot created 14 beautiful illustrations to accompany the stories, printed with gold borders. The Folio Society describe the set ‘With exquisite paintings and pen-and-ink illustrations by Niroot Puttapipat, this is the definitive collector's edition’. Copies are bound to order, to purchase your own remarkable set to keep please visit the Folio website.

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Gulliver’s Travels

Multi talented artist Steve Horrocks has been very busy working on a great project for Collins Education, and we can now reveal the fruits of his labours! He has fully illustrated a new version of the classic tale, Gulliver's Travels as part of Collins' 'Big Cat Progress' books. Laid out like a contemporary graphic novel, his drawings are full of dynamic movement and interesting perspectives, so come and enjoy the adventure as Steve really brings the story of Gulliver and those little Liliputians to life!
Steve Horrocks is represented by The Organisation
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Christopher Gibbs: How To Train Your Dragon: Cover Designs

Christopher Gibbs is the cover illustrator behind the popular How To Train Your Dragon Series, written by Cressida Cowell. Commissioned by Hodder Children's Books, he was given the technical challenge to take the author's own sketches and interpret them into his own by using traditional painting methods and then adding textures digitally.  How To Betray a Dragon's Hero, was published recently and is the ninth book in the series, illustrated by Chris.

Christopher Gibbs is represented by Arena

 

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Richard Johnson

A wonderful illustration commission came in for Richard Johnson and we are pleased to be able to show you the results! Usborne publishing asked Richard to contribute to their fabulous new three book anthology, 'Stories for Bedtime', and Richard's incredible work does not disappoint! Packed with classic stories, it's a cracking publication and Richard's work shines throughout. He even get the cover of the box! I urge you to get a copy as it'll become a firm favourite at bedtime!

Richard Johnson is represented by The Organisation

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