Kristyna Litten is back with her third picture book creation for Simon & Schuster and she doesn’t disappoint. Ziggy and the Moonlight Show is a touching interactive game of hide-and-seek - exploring the world of animals, colours, patterns and shapes.
Josie Shenoy’s beautiful new Illustrated Book ‘The Buildings that made London’ from The National Archives
Josie was commissioned by Bloomsbury publishers to bring original architectural drawings from the National Archives to life with her beautiful unique art style.
Phosphor Art's Bill Sanderson recently worked on a lovely book cover for Picador/Pan Macmillan. Skybound by Rebecca Loncraine focusing on subjects of gliders and learning to fly, but is also about a woman trying to reacquaint herself with her body and the world after the terrible trauma of breast cancer treatment. It's a deeply personal narrative that follows Rebecca as her new passion for gliding takes her from her home in Wales all the way to New Zealand and the Nepalese Himalayas. Sadly in 2015, as she was finishing the book, Rebecca became ill again and died at home in Wales in September 2016.
Mister Paul is usually known for his wide angle interiors and classic building illustrations but he has a nice selection of food and packaging based illustration. Mister Paul creates his work by drawing his subjects initially with black ink and a dry nib pen.
The Pirates of Scurvy Sands is Jonny Duddle’s swashbuckling sequel to his bestselling The Pirates Next Door and it’s OUT NOW! We welcome back the loveable pirate family the Jolley-Rogers who invite Matilda to get away from Dull-on-Sea and join them on a voyage across the sea. They land on the pirate holiday island of Scurvy Sands, run by pirates and exclusively for… PIRATES.
There is something extremely calming about Fiona Woodcock’s artwork — I would describe it as the hygge of picture book illustration — because each time I read one of her books, I feel so relaxed and content, gently swept up by the subtle colours and textures she creates. A Dot in the Snow is beautiful, uncomplicated, peaceful — and yet dramatic in composition of scale and landscape.
Illustrator Fiona and author Corrinne Averiss have been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal for Dot, and so here, Fiona talks about her creative process.
A Dot in the Snow, published by Oxford University Press and nominated for a 2018 Kate Greenaway Medal.
FW: As soon as I heard the title and Corrinne’s concept for the book — the idea of a little polar bear spotting a dot in the snow, I was totally captivated and knew I wanted to work on it.
My initial brief was to do something “artful,” which as an illustrator is a real gift!
I spent my Christmas watching wildlife documentaries to get my head around bears and snowy scenes. This was invaluable and helped to spark off compositional ideas for the landscape spreads.
We decided early on that it was important to highlight the environmental impact on the melting polar ice caps with the cracking ice spreads. This influenced the character design of the young polar bear cub Miki and we resolved to have him on all fours, rather than anthropomorphised on two legs. This slightly naturalistic approach seemed to help place him in the snowy world, where he has to contend with all the perils of the harsh environment.
I did lots of printmaking experiments to create the landscapes, printing with rubber stamps, and polystyrene from a pizza base was great for ice. I then composited all the elements digitally.
As well as the relationship between the characters, I was keen to capture their relationship with the environment, the filmic potential and the sense of space and distance covered on Miki’s epic adventure.
Corrinne sent me a link to this Björk track which she listened to whilst writing the book. It then became my soundtrack whilst illustrating it and we played it on a loop at our London book launch at the Bright Emporium!
My huge thanks to Fiona! LM
If you’d like to work with Fiona, you can reach her via her agent, Arabella Stein here.
If you’d like to know more about Fiona and her picture books, click the link below.
Fiona Woodcock — From Art Licensing to Children’s Books and Beyond…
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Frances Castle has illustrated an intricate pop-up book with flaps, pockets, booklets and cards for the Chinese publisher, Ronshin. Famous People Around The World depicts an array of famous people from the sciences, the arts, entertainment, sport and business.
June 2013: David talks for TedX in his home town of Bedford.
May 2014: David joins Bright having been spotted by Anne Moore Armstrong.
“I’m going to let you into a secret now, but when I quit my full time job to become an illustrator in January 2014 I was completely terrified.
But suddenly from out of the blue I received a message from Anne Moore Armstrong who had seen some of my work on twitter and asked if I would be interested in signing for Bright and developing ideas for picture books.
And all my worries went away.” David Litchfield
[From Art School to Publication: Why Having an Agent is Key . . . read full article]
September 2015: Frances Linclon publishes The Bear and the Piano, which has now been translated into over ten languages and a beautiful electronic sounds book to boot!
April 2016: David Wins The Waterstones Book Prize in best Illustrated Picture Book category.
A Bear in every window for 2016 as David tours the UK with The Bear and the Piano.
April 2017: David’s second self-penned picture book, Grandad’s Secret Giant is launched at The Bright Emporium with Frances Lincoln.
June 2017: A Giant in every bookshop window across the UK and even a mural on a school wall!
July 2017: Camp Bestival with a live perfomance of The Bear and his Band!
September 2017: The Bear and the Piano is made into an animated film by Carrot Productions and goes on tour with The Snowman this Christmas along with full orchestra and narration by Joanna Lumley. Read more here.
November 2017 Grandad’s Secret Giant and The Building Boy nominated for a Kate Greenaway Award 2018.
There is so much more than this — and if you’d like to have a look, visit David’s blog here.
If you’d like to work with David, you can reach him via his agent, Anne Moore Armstrong here.