2016 marks the centenary of Agatha Christie writing her first detective story – The Mysterious Affair at Styles. The Royal Mail is marking the occasion with a set of six stamps illustrated by Neil Webb and designed by Jim Sutherland. The stamps represent some of her best-known novels – Murder on the Orient Express, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Body in the Library, And Then There Were None, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and A Murder is Announced.
Late last year Bill Sanderson had the chance to illustrate a page of stamps for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Emporium. For those who don’t know Discworld is a series of 40 books written by Pratchett, based on the fictional Discworld – a flat planet sitting on the backs of four elephants which ride through space on the back of a giant tortoise (of course)…
The stamps feature Sam Vimes – the chief of police of Ankh-Morpock, the biggest city on the Discworld. Although Vimes is a much-loved character from the series he had never before been featured on his own stamp. Discworld stamps are fast becoming collector’s items and have been picked up by The British Museum in the past, so we hope the Sam Vimes stamp will prove as popular as the rest.
Bill was honoured to be included in this strange world and the resulting stamp looks great. The Phosphor team were saddened to hear the news of Terry Pratchett’s death last month and wish to send their condolences to Terry’s family and all at the Discworld Emporium.
The stamp will be available to buy in two batches on April 11th from the Discworld Emporium Website - http://bit.ly/BSvimes
Keith Robinson‘s raw talent for strong characterisation and indisputable drawing skills have made him an irreplaceable credit to the Bright family for the past 3 years. Therefore it came to no surprise as the 150th Anniversary of Alice in wonderland arrived this year, that the UK creative was hand picked to illustrate an issue of stamps commemorating the globally loved story. Previously, Keith had worked with Guernsey Post to create several stamp issues and their children’s character, Penny the Postie, who features in two picture books he also author illustrated.
The final set of Chris Wormell’s Freshwater Life stamps is out now! This set illustrates the variety of wildlife found in freshwater rivers and joins the previous sets of ponds and lakes. Chris’ lino prints are absolutely stunning and capture the colour and detail of each animal beautifully. Not only was he asked to illustrate the stamps themselves, but he also illustrated the very clever background on the carrier card of waves made up out of the shapes of swimming fish – collect your very own special set to keep now!
Chris Wormell is represented by The Artworks
The next set in this amazing series of stamps from Chris Wormell is out now and ready to be collected! These equally stunning stamps are just as vibrant and beautiful as the first. This series celebrates Freshwater life of the lakes. Look out for the last in this set of three coming soon…
Chris Wormell is represented by the Artworks
Francisco Miranda was commissioned by the New Zealand postal service to illustrate a series of stamps to celebrate 75 years of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Francisco's soft yet powerful style has resulted in a striking set of artworks.
Francisco Miranda is represented by New Division
Caroline Church has completed a glorious job for Royal Mail. Commissioned by Adam Giles at Interabang, Caroline has created the artwork for a presentation pack of stamps to commemorate Dickens's Bicentenary. The copy on the pack was written by Dickens's great great great granddaughter Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and the illustrations on the stamps themselves are by Joseph Clayton Clarke 1890. For more information and to see the stamps go here.
Caroline Church is represented by Illustration Ltd