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The King’s Dream

The University of Aberdeen has recently commissioned Natalie Kilany to illustrate "The Kings Dream", a fairytale written by Jackie Ross. The story follows a King who is troubled by nightmares; with worries of what the future holds for his people. None of his expert advisors can explain his dreams, but a young hill farmer has insights which help the King harness the collective wisdom of his people and let him sleep peacefully once more. Natalie says "In a nut shell the fairytale tells the story of two contrasting futures faced by Britain's hill communities, based on research from the Sustainable Uplands project. This was a fantastic book to work on, I was given complete creative freedom that I utterly enjoyed and flourished in." Commissioner Mark Reed was very happy too, he said of the illustrations "... they’re BEAUTIFUL!!!! Really great job Natalie and bang on time! Very pleased indeed..."

Natalie Kilany is represented by Illustration

Warren Buffett in Your Sneaker

Kathryn Rathke's portrait of Warren Buffett is being used in a very unique way. It was originally drawn for a major Berkshire Hathaway event and now the art is being used in a number of ways, 'most notably' says Kathryn, 'they have put it into a limited edition pair of sneakers!' Brilliant!

Kathryn Rathke is represented by Illustration

Harrods LONDON

Zoe More O'Ferrall has completed a super project for Harrods. Commissioned direct from the famous London store, Zoe has provided illustrations on a London theme which are being used on their food range, from English Breakfast Tea to Almond and Cherry Candy Drops. Zoe says "They had a really clear idea and brief of what they wanted. Lovely design team to work with."

Zoe More O'Ferrall is represented by Illustration Ltd

Just Published: Chicken’s Can’t See in the Dark by Kristyna Litten

Kristyna Litten's debut children's picture book Chicken's Can't See In The Dark, is published on 7th June by OUP Oxford. This delightful story is about a chicken called Pippa who dares to be different! When Mr Benedict tells his class on Sunnyside Farm that chickens can't see in the dark, she sets out to prove him wrong and discover the secrets of night vision.

Kristyna Litten is represented by Arena

The Talent Show by Michael Rosen, Illustrated by Kristyna Litten

As part of the Cultural Olympiad, Discover Children's Story Centre have teamed up with digital publisher WingedChariot to create 'StoryCloud', a web application for children from 5-8 years old. Discover commissioned twelve brand new stories and poems from some of the UK's leading children's authors and 12 top-flight illustrators were asked to create interactive illustrations in response to each story.
Kristyna Litten was delighted to be commissioned to illustrate The Talent Show by poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.
StoryCloud is a free nationwide digital project reaching children in their homes, schools and libraries throughout the twelve weeks of London 2012 Festival and beyond. Children will be able to listen and read along with the author telling the story and then play with the illustrations to discover hidden secrets and surprises. Each story will have tasks to encourage children to create their own stories and drawings in response to the twelve stories.
StoryCloud (www.storycloud.co.uk) will be launched on Monday 18 June by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson, opening with The Talent Show.
Kristyna Litten is represented by Arena

Down on the Beach by Andy Stanton, Illustrated by Adam Stower

We're delighted to announce that Adam Stower has also contributed to StoryCloud, Discover's fantastic project that gives children the opportunity to share the magic of stories through this new digital platform. Adam has illustrated Andy Stanton's story Down on the Beach which will be released on 25 June 2012.
Adam had to create many layers of artwork so the app developer could animate elements for interactivity.
StoryCloud has been commissioned by London 2012 Festival, Westfield and Arts Council England. There will be workshops bringing the project to life in venues around the country including Westfield Stratford City, Westfield London, Westfield Derby and Westfield Merry Hill.
Adam Stower is represented by Arena

SKANSKA Brochure Illustrations by Frances Castle

The international construction company Skanska, commissioned Frances Castle to illustrate a brochure about their newly refurbished 1980's office building, demonstrating the latest green and sustainable features that reduce costs for energy, water and maintenance operations.
The brief was very specific and complex, Skanska listed 24 different technologies and energy saving measures they wanted Frances to illustrate - not an easy task as there were no architects plans of the construction available as reference. She was given a tour of the Skanska site in Woking, Surrey and took lots of photographs of the numerous systems including the solar photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting for flushing the toilets and recycling. Then it was up to her to interpret these for the illustrations including a cut-away of the building. They also required symbols to accompany the text, illustrating energy, renewable energy, water, carbon, innovation etc.
Frances Castle is represented by Arena

Funny history lessons

Del Thorpe has illustrated a brand new series of Tony Robinson history books for Pan Macmillan. They are a delightfully funny look into the weird and wonderful world of some of the most successful civilisations in history - the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and the British Empire. Del's fantastic drawings are the perfect compliment to the text and really bring it to life with their humour. So prepare to be amazed, shocked and disgusted by this cracking history lesson! And if that wasn't enough, he has also collaborated with Aardman animation on an interactive online game to run along side the series!

Del Thorpe is represented by The Organisation

Hong Kong and Macau: A 3-D Expanding City Skyline illustrated by Kristyna Litten

 Kristyna Litten's stylish illustrations of the Hong Kong skyline are beautifully presented in a slipcase as part of a series of City Skylines, recently published by Walker Books. Kristyna has also illustrated the Rome guide which will be published in October.
Kristyna Litten is represented by Arena

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