Jonny Duddle’s Cover Illustrations for J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts Library Books

Bloomsbury have released brand-new hardback editions of J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts Library Books with these irresistible new jacket illustrations by Jonny Duddle. Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard are published this month with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them released in March.  (more…)

Jonny Duddle: Harry Potter

On September 1st the new editions of the Harry Potter books, with covers illustrated by award-winning Jonny Duddle were published for the next generation of Harry Potter readers. For Jonny, it's been the culmination of an intense six months during which he had to read all seven of JK Rowling's books, watch eight film adaptations and draw new front and back covers for each book as well as illustrate the box sets. The result is a stunning set of covers and presentation boxes which are a perfect gift for collectors and new readers alike.

Read The Telegraph's Arts Writer, Alice Vincent's revealing interview with Jonny about how he re-imagined the Harry Potter book jackets for a new generation.

Jonny Duddle is represented by Arena

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Jonny Duddle: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Bloomsbury have revealed the cover illustration by Jonny Duddle for the second book the famous Harry Potter series by J K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The cover shows the dramatic scene in the chamber itself with Harry facing the basilisk and Ginny Weasley lying on the floor beyond.

 Jonny describes his process in his Q&A from Bloomsbury:

How do you as an artist approach such a large job? Where do you begin with such a wide range of possibilities?

“I’m taking one book at a time. I read the cover brief, and then I read the story, making notes and occasional sketches. I collect references, from my library of non-fiction books, search online and take my own photographs. I’ve recruited my neighbours’ son, who is suitably Potter-esque, although he annoyingly had his slightly wild hair cut for the new school term. I make numerous sketches of the main elements of the cover and then cobble them all together digitally, until I have a cover rough I feel happy to send to Bloomsbury and J.K. Rowling. I hear back very quickly with comments on my rough, which I then tweak or redraw until everyone’s happy for me to progress. Then I ‘paint’ each cover digitally.”

Jonny Duddle is represented by Arena

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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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PICTURA: A New Range of Art Books to Colour and Collect

Arena Illustration are thrilled to be involved in PICTURA, the launch of a brand new range of art books to colour in and collect, published this month by Templar.

 The Hobbit concept artist, John Howe was asked to produce a panaroma drawing on the theme of dragons, one of his favourite subject matters. John conceptualised the life cycle of these mythical creatures and where they might be found, he says:

“There are dragons everywhere. There are dragons in the clouds, in trees and waves, and dragons carved in stone, and guarding gold in caverns old, in stories waiting to be told…” and we see these brought to life through the eight panels in hisDRACONIS.

John Howe is represented by Arena

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New Harry Potter covers, Illustrated by Andrew Davidson

Our amazingly talented Andrew Davidson was commissioned by Bloomsbury and Webb & Webb to create this stunning set of hand engraved illustrations for the new adult edition of the Harry Potter series. Through Andrew’s dramatic compositions and beautiful intricate details, he retells key scenes from the stories and creates a truly memorable and magical set of covers. Here are the engravings behind the vibrant covers unveiled in all their original glory. All seven books and the box set will be available to buy from September 2013.

Andrew Davidson is represented by the Artworks

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John Howe: Concept Artist for The Hobbit

John Howe is one of the concept artists for Peter Jackson's long awaited three-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is released on December 14th. John also worked on Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy  and he has become linked with Tolkien's fantasy works throughout his career, illustrating most of his stories. John's illustrations also feature in the Official Tolkien: The Hobbit 2013 Calendar along with fellow concept artist Alan Lee.

John Howe is represented by Arena

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Fiat 500 by Nod Young

Nod Young has designed a custom ‘skin’ for the Fiat 500. The theme was "life". Nod applied his iconic and beautiful Chinese traditional style to create the skin titled "Fiat 500 by Life". The design features a dragon ("Spirit by Dragon") on one side and a tiger ("Power by Tiger") on the other.

Nod Young is part of the Phosphor Art team

Lee Wildish shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award 2011

Lee Wildish is shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award 2011, for his illustrations in the stunning picture book ‘Dragon Stew’, written by Steve Smallman & published by Little Tiger Press. Young audiences predict what is about to happen when five bored Vikings go looking for an adventure, packed full of amusing illustration and character, this book is not one to miss!
www.redhousechildrensbookaward.co.uk. Lee Wildish is represented by The Bright Agency

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