The SAA are very pleased to be supporting the World Illustration Awards by sponsoring The SAA Agents Award for New Talent.

New Arena Illustrator: Alejandro Colucci

We are very proud to introduce a new Arena illustrator, Alejandro Colucci. He is an award-winning artist who is comfortable illustrating fantasy, crime, horror, historic fiction and science fiction publications across the globe. His illustrations have adorned the covers of many bestselling writers including H.G. Wells, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.G. Ballard, Anne Rice, Mario Puzon and Patricia Cornwell to name just a few.
Alejandro works in a variety of techniques both traditional and digital, his artwork engages the viewer to give an emotional response to his subjects. Here are two recent book cover designs he illustrated for Michelle Paver's exciting new series, Gods and Warriors, published by Puffin.
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Enid Blyton awaited new books

Crikey!! Frightfully exciting news!

Twelve New covers for two newly published and awaited series of books by Enid Blyton entitled: Young Adventure Stories and Family Adventure stories are out now!

These classic stories have been given wonderful new cover images by David Frankland one of Artists Partners top illustrators, and his inimitable and unique style which is both classic and modern gives them a marvellous new approach.  The series has been creatively designed by Eoghan O’Brien from Octopus Publishing ...
Here are just some from the series !
Ripping yarns for the summer, you're going to want to read them all !!

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Pietari Posti wins best book cover illustration category in the V&A Illustration Awards 2013.

We are very proud to announce Pietari Posti is the winner of the prestigious award for his beautiful work on the Arthur Ransome series, published by Vintage, 2012. The Judges loved the strong use of colour and shape in Posti’s work and the way this created a dynamic visual theme throughout the series of books.

Pietari Posti is represented by Debut Art

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Entertaining Etiquette

'The Debrett’s Guide to Entertaining Etiquette' is brimming with the illustrative work of Kavel Rafferty. And now available to buy, this book is hard to resist purchasing because of the beauty of Kavel's drawing. Karen Wilks, designer of the book says "Working with Kavel was an absolute pleasure, with over 60 illustrations in the book we worked in batches. Kavel understood exactly what we were trying to achieve and was very accommodating and all the deadlines were met on time. The day each batch arrived was a day I really looked forward to, it was like unwrapping presents, everyone was a gem and her compositions and colour palette worked perfectly. Kavel brings warmth and humour to all her work combining her painting and photoshop skills beautifully with a small nod towards her interest in the 50’s and 60’s. I very much hope we have a chance to work together again soon."

Kavel Rafferty is represented by Illustration

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Abbi Glines’ new books

Four new covers have just been recently published by Simon & Schuster, for the newest of publishing genre's, which is now known as New Adult Fiction.
The books are written by the very talented author Abbi Glines and the covers (designed by Nick Stearn) are beautifully and sensitively photographed by the very distinguished Larry Rostant represented by Artist Partners.
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Barbara Bongini for Usborne

Italian artist Barbara Bongini has been working away on a great series of original books from Usborne publishing. Fairy Ponies tells the tales of a little girl, Holly, and the magical world of the fairy ponies. Barbara's ability to create fabulous images in both colour and b&w have proved hugely successful in these books, and we can give you a sneak peek in this lovely article from Usborne: http://usbornepublishing.tumblr.com/post/43642014368/away-with-the-fairies

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The Art of Simon Bartram at the Illustration Cupboard

As part of a one man show exhibiting Simon Bartram's artwork, The Illustration Cupboard will be hosting a Family Day on Saturday 27th April at 2.30pm. This is a great opportunity to meet Simon, creator of the popular books about Bob, Man on the Moon, who will be reading and signing - the Arena team would love to see you.
The Art of Simon Bartram show will be on from 24th April to 12th May at the Illustration Cupboard, 22 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL.
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Just Published: Primrose by Alex T Smith

Alex T Smith's exciting new picture book 'Primrose', is published by Scholastic this month. Primrose is a princess who just wants to have fun but the King tells her off for climbing trees and the Queen shrieks when she catches her jumping on the bed with Percy the pug. She isn't allowed to dig in the garden or cook cakes in the kitchen, her life is boring, boring, boring! This is until Grandmama comes for a visit and reminds everyone in the royal household how important it is to have some belly-laughs. This book is very pink, feisty and a lot of fun - it's available in hardback, paperback and the ebook is narrated by Lucy Porter through Me Books. Alex T Smith is represented by Arena

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Tom Cole’s latest covers

Tom Cole has blown us all away AGAIN with this series for the "James Herriot Memoirs" commissioned by Littlebrown. As you can see the series of 4 covers fit together to make one panarmaic landscape, beautiful. New to the industry Tom proves how diverse you can be whilst still keeping true to a unique style. We didn't think that Space Race could be beaten so quickly. Everyone is jealous of your bold and confident colours. Well done Tom can't wait to see what's next.

Tom Cole is represented by The Artworks

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