Jonathan Leach was commissioned by Still-Moving DJs to illustrate a promotional piece of artwork to celebrate their seven year anniversary.
The fantastical image features the two DJs riding on the backs of dinosaurs – one of their favourite things. The DJs can often be found surrounded by toy dinosaurs on the decks at their gigs so naturally they loved Jonathan’s portrayal of them. Still-Moving DJs are currently preparing for The Larmer Tree Festival in Salisbury.
Paul Young showing works from the past thirty years of his career, with other friends from college.
The three of them have revisited in the same space all these years later with an exhibition which showcases all of Paul’s incredible work from his career as an illustrator spanning from his earlier airbrush artwork through till present digital work.
Details of the exhibition can be found here
His winning piece, “Ulmo appears before Tuor“ is based on the book “The Silmarillion”, written by J.R.R Tolkien and edited by Christipher Tolkien. As a seasoned and immensely talented digital painter, Fabio’s stunning entry encompasses challenging subject matter that he has fully realised to a fantastical level – bringing the words to life.
The Tolkien Society Awards recognise excellence in the fields of Tolkien scholarship and fandom, highlighting their long-standing objective to “seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE”.
Arena Illustration welcomes Serena Malyon, a talented young Canadian illustrator to our list. Serena's beautiful and lyrical line, gorgeous colour palette and engaging narratives are sure to turn heads. We really hope she will find a good partnership with a publisher who will nurture her unique talent and use her enchanting images to enrich their books. She was named as one of the fantasy art collective, Muddy Colors 2014 Rising Stars and her work has appeared in Spectrum and Communication Arts.
Our cinema tickets are booked for the long awaited, third and final film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which is released in cinemas this month. John Howe has worked in New Zealand for over 5 years as concept artist on Peter Jackson's epic film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy adventure story, The Hobbit. Alongside Alan Lee, he has played a pivotal role in the creation of the characters and environments from pre-production all the way through to post-production, learning new techniques along the way.
As John returns to his studio in Switzerland, we're also looking forward to exploring behind the scenes in The Appendices of the recently released Extended Edition DVD of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
John Howe is represented by Arena
Toby Ibbotson is the son of award-winning author Eva Ibbotson and Mountwood School for Ghosts is his debut novel about ghosts going to school to learn a thing or two about being scary. The story is based on an idea conceived with Eva, and planned out in detail by the two of them before her death. Alex T Smith was delighted to be commissioned by Macmillan to illustrate this cover along with the reissues of four of Eva's well known children's novels: Which Witch, The Secret of Platform 13, Monster Mission and The Beasts of Clawstone Castle.
Alex T Smith is represented by Arena
This image is Christopher Gibbs' eye catching cover illustration for Edward Cox's debut fantasy novel, The Relic Guild, published by Gollancz.
"Young Clara struggles to survive in a dangerous and dysfunctional city, where eyes are keen, nights are long, and the use of magic is punishable by death. She hides in the shadows, fearful that someone will discover she is touched by magic. She knows her days are numbered. But when a strange man named Fabian Moor returns to the Labyrinth, Clara learns that magic serves a higher purpose and that some myths are much more deadly in the flesh. The only people Clara can trust are the Relic Guild, a secret band of magickers sworn to protect the Labyrinth. But the Relic Guild are now too few. To truly defeat their old nemesis Moor, mightier help will be required. To save the Labyrinth – and the lives of one million humans – Clara and the Relic Guild must find a way to contact the worlds beyond their walls."
Chris bumped into Edward at Loncon 3, The World Science Fiction Convention this year - and they got on like a house on fire. Edward's debut is already receiving some great reviews, so we hope it becomes a series!
Christopher Gibbs is represented by Arena
Eagerly awaited and now for sale is this new Terry Pratchett Calendar for 2015.
The beautifully illustrated calendar has 12 stunning images painted by the very talented Stephen Player and commissioned by Orion Books
Terry Pratchett needs no introduction of course , having invented his wonderful Discworld to us all, and Stephen has worked with Terry on various collaborations including "Streets of Ankh-Morpork" and Discworld maps and character designs for the screed adaption of "Hogfather"
Stephen teaches illustration at the Academy of Art University in the US and has been proudly represented by Artist Partners for many years
Arena Illustration is very proud to welcome a new illustrator to their list, Mélanie Delon. French born Mélanie, is quickly becoming one of the hot new fantasy illustrators to watch out for. She works primarily in Photoshop, digitally painting with a drawing tablet to create stunningly realistic portraits which are both mysterious and emotive. Her paintings have featured in many publications worldwide and she is a regular contributor to Imagine FX magazine.