Introducing Chris Skinner

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We are delighted to welcome artist Chris Skinner to Début Art. Chris joins us as a highly successful illustrator and designer. He has worked for a variety of companies across a range of sectors and media, including interactive, broadcast, motion graphics and print. For the last 6 years Chris has worked as a freelancer and has focussed on illustration work.

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Artist Spotlight: Guy McKinley


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Bio

Since 2003 Guy Mckinley has been consistently producing character heavy, offbeat, colourful illustrations. A Japanese influence is clearly visible in a lot of his work and so pattern, colour and detailing run strongly throughout. McKinley’s work is infused with his love of old comic and storybook art from his youth.

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Frances Castle: A Kid’s Guide to IWM London

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Frances Castle was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to create illustrations for their new Kid's Guide to their London museum. The book is aimed at children aged 7 to 11 and had to be accessible and appealing to both girls and boys. IWM London re-opened  it's doors after a refurbishment in July 2014, in time for the Centenary of the First World War and Frances' brief was to interpret the newly designed atrium with it's displays of iconic planes and other objects. She also produced a series of comic strips telling stories of people's experience of war and conflict up to the present day.

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Tracie Ching – Keep Watch / Ted Baker & Moore


Tracie created a mysterious cityscape that integrates with the 3D watch display towers in the Ted Baker & Moore store on Commercial Street, London. The colours and lighting make it feel like a surreal night scene from a dark comic that fit with Ted Baker’s sharp style and fun approach to all their visuals.

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Meanwhile Issue 2: Featuring Euan Cook

Soaring Penguin Press' latest issue of Meanwhile… is a great anthology of comic stories by top notch talent, both new and old. It features, Fish 'n' Chips, the first in a series of single page strips by new talent Euan Cook, which gets a great review in Forbidden Planet's Blog: 

 

"… a fish 'n' chip supper… telling a simple mood piece, musing on isolation, on a lack of focus in life, monologue moaning, capped off with a final few panels where the isolation is hammered home by the moaner's companions complete lack of attention. It's a nothing strip in many ways, but damn, it's an entertaining nothing."

 

Watch out for the next instalment by Euan in Meanwhile #3

 

Euan Cook is represented by Arena Illustration

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Rob Ball – Nominated Best British Comic

Rob Ball’s incredible comic , ‘Winter’s Knight: Day One’ has been nominated for Best British comic at the National British Comic Awards. A very well deserved bit of recognition for this beautiful artwork, we’ll be waiting for the result with our fingers and toes crossed! http://britishcomicawards.com

Rob Ball is represented by The Artworks

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Superheroes: Exhibition Designs by Steve May

Steve May has been working with Discover Children's Story Centre in Stratford, East London on their brand new exhibition SUPERHEROES. Steve created the characters,  a comic and the environments for the exhibition.
Alphabet City is under threat from a mysterious villain and children are given the task of rescuing it from destruction, with the help of five superhero characters 'A', 'E', 'I', 'O' and 'U' who each have their own superpower. They must crack the code and defeat the evil mastermind 'Y' who is stealing all the vowels. The city they inhabit is purely from Steve’s imagination, he also created an animation to visualise the chase through the city streets in pursuit of the villain.

With the Olympics being held just around the corner, the exhibition is already breaking records with 500 recorded visitors on the opening day and 3000 visitors during the first week. SUPERHEROES runs until Sunday 4th November 2012. Steve May is represented by Arena

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