Neal Layton: Bartholomew & The Bees Mural

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Neal Layton created an amazing mural on the wall at Discover Children's Story Centre for the Big Draw 2015. He painted a huge bear called Bartholomew and, with the help of the children who drew and coloured bees and flowers to attach to the wall, a magnificent scene emerged.

 

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Alive

Thriving Family Magazine commission Gail Armstrong to illustrate an article on resurrection.

With the issue published before Easter, the magazine asked Gail to work on two images to go with the feature 'Alive'. First was the piece on the title page focussing on the six stages in the life cycle of a butterfly, Gail wanted to make this a beautiful and elegant image; illustrative rather than diagrammatic. Gail explains "One of the issues with visually describing the life cycle, is the huge differences in scale between the egg on the leaf and the very dramatic butterfly. However, I wanted the image to flow as one piece, rather than magnify a section or separate the stages into 6 individual spot illustrations. My solution was to use the paper of the page to lift and form a stem and leaves on which of the 6 stages are displayed. By using a bright palette of custom-made marbled papers for the various stages and keeping everything else in white, the individual stages can be clearly read. The second image was to come at the end of the article and the client required a more "traditional resurrection image”, of the sun rising behind 3 crosses on a hill. Knowing where the text would sit, I placed the clouds so that they again seem to be forming from the paper of the page with the hill extending across the double page spread, utilising as much of the available image area as possible and giving the image a stronger presence on the page."

Gail Armstrong is represented by Illustration

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Grow Wild

Celyn has been busy over the past few months working with Kew Gardens on their Grow Wild Scheme. Celyn was commissioned to create a wide range of illustrations to accompany the campaign.

The Grow Wild Scheme is an exciting four year campaign to bring people together to sow UK native wild flowers. The purpose of the scheme is to transform where we live; bringing colour and surprise to our streets and turning gardens and windowsills into wildlife-friendly wild flower patches.

Grow Wild is funded by a £10.5 million pound grant from the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens. From spring 2014, Grow Wild will: distribute one million seed-sowing kits across the UK; create four flagship sites – one each in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and create 160 smaller community engagement sites across the country.

To find out more about the scheme and see more of Celyn’s illustrations visit the website - http://www.growwilduk.com/

Celyn is represented by Debut Art

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Gary Redford

Following on from the success of their summer campaign, Hatched London commissioned Meiklejohn artist Gary Redford to illustrate three more posters for The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The campaign ran across the UK's mainline train stations and The London Underground and was a finalist in the CIM's Marketing Excellence Awards 2012.

Gary Redford is represented by Meiklejohn

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