Arena have represented Joe Lillington for two years and in that time he has emerged as a go-to illustrator for historical non-fiction books for children. With his forthcoming book Ancient Warriors written by Iris Volant and published by Flying Eye Books hitting the shelves in August, Joe takes some time out to discuss his process and where he finds inspiration over on Arena’s blog here. The interview includes time-lapse videos of some of the work in progress he did on the spreads from Ancient Warriors.
Frances Castle’s full colour illustrations are a joy to behold in this fun non-fiction book with a twist. Spot the Mistake: Lands of Long Ago, published by Wide Eyed Editions, tests your knowledge of history by spotting 20 mistakes in every detailed scene.
Mark Beech has teamed up with acclaimed publisher Nosy Crow and The British Museum to create the hilarious Maurice the Museum Mouse’s book Amazing of Facts and Jokes. An assortment of facts and jokes from ‘rollicking Romans’ to amusing Aztecs - all things about the ancient that will make you and your friends laugh your heads off!
Three of our most established illustrators recently worked with Penguin Random House/Vintage Classics on some illustrations for a series of yellowbacks to celebrate WH Smith’s 225th Anniversary.
Phosphor Art's James Gifford was recently commissioned by Oxford University Press to illustrate Thorkild's Song by Rudyard Kipling in his signature Graphic Novel style. The poem is from The Puck of Pook's Hill, originally published in 1906 and is sung by a Danish seafarer hoping for wind. We're looking forward to receiving our copy of the book with the text on James' gorgeous illustrations. For now you can read the poem below...
Phosphor's Dave Hopkins is known for his etching style pen and ink illustrations, which are perfect for both fiction and non-fiction books. His distinctive style is showcased on the cover art for 101 Stumbles in the March of History, a new book from the author of 100 Mistakes that Changed History. Dave's task was to illustrate scenes such as Columbus sailing off the side of the flat Earth and The White House flying the Union Jack.
This instalment sees Paul’s wonderful mark making brought to life by animator Kee Koo as the infamous guitar player explains how he made the best out of a bad situation. Be sure to see the short here – https://vimeo.com/120351437
Little fun fact: Did you know Tony’s middle name is FRANK?