Jonathan Leach’s Celebratory Dinosaurs for Still-Moving DJs

Jonathan Leach was commissioned by Still-Moving DJs to illustrate a promotional piece of artwork to celebrate their seven year anniversary.
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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.

Jonathan Leach is represented by Phosphor Art

Paul Young’s Exhibition of Works Spanning 30 Years

Paul Young showing works from the past thirty years of his career, with other friends from college.

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It was 30 years ago Paul Young and his classmates from Wrexham art college David Walker & Andrew Tudor had their final college exhibition at Clwyd Theatr, North Wales.

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

Paul Young is represented by Artist Partners

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Tolkien Society Awards 2015 – Fabio Leone wins ‘BEST ARTWORK’

Bright would like to offer a huge congratulations to our long-standing artist Fabio Leone for his recent Tolkien Society Best Artwork Award!

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.

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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”.

Fabio Leone is represented by Bright 

Arena Illustration Introduces New Illustrator Serena Malyon

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.

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Serena Malyon is represented by Arena Illustration

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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

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Mountwood School for Ghosts cover illustration by Alex T Smith

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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

 

Christopher Gibbs Cover Illustration for The Relic Guild

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

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Terry Pratchett Calendar for 2015

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

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New Fantasy Illustrator: Mélanie Delon

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.

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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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