Nick Chaffe for Empire Magazine

 Nick Chaffe was asked by Empire Magazine to illustrate their exclusive interview with Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann. Nick illustrated several sound bites from the interview, which he worked around images from the magazines photo shoot. The March edition of Empire, featuring Nick’s artwork is out now. Nick Chaffe is represented by Meiklejohn Agency

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Oscar Wilson and Canongate Books Win Best Jacket Design Award

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We are proud to announce that Oscar Wilson’s illustration for Canongate Books Gil Scott Heron Memoir: ‘The Last Holiday’ won the Best Jacket Design category at last night’s British Book Awards.

The judges commented on the work: “This arresting design evokes 60s counter-culture art in a contemporary and well-realised concept, with front/rear covers and spine working together to create a powerful and effective image.”

Oscar worked closely with Art Director Rafi Romaya to deliver this winning piece of work. As a massive fan of soul / funk / jazz music; Oscar was delighted to be involved with the project, and very proud that his first ever typographic portrait was of such a great as Gil Scott Heron.

Rafi explains the project and why she commissioned Oscar: “The plan was to create a bespoke and personalised jacket befitting for Gil’s memoir, The Last Holiday. Taking inspiration from Gil's landmark collection 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised', we wanted to create an image as iconic as photographer Chuck Stewart's album cover shot whilst also representing Gil's poetic lyricism and artful use of language throughout his music, poetry and books.

Having seen Oscar Wilson's 'street-art style' visual work, which we felt might complement Gil's poetry, we approached him to attempt a typographic portrait using a mixture of Gil's album titles, song titles and most iconic phrases.

It was a gift of a book to work on and I hope we have a created a jacket Gil himself would have liked, had he seen it, and that winning Best Jacket Design Award at the British Book Awards 2012 would have made him smile!”

We definitely think Gil is smiling at the news, as are we. Well done to Oscar, Rafi and all at Canongate Books.

Oscar Wilson is represented by Debut Art

Faces Of Evil

Ben Tallon has completed one of his ultimate jobs! Commissioned by WWE Magazine in the US, Ben has created a set design for a feature called 'Faces Of Evil.' A Creative Director whom Ben has known for a while spotted some banners Ben had created as Art Director of a feature film shot in Manchester, and so wanted a similar set of backdrops to use in a photo shoot. Ben says "They're all original artwork....(it was a) bit of a dream job for me this one since I'm a lifelong fan of pro wrestling". In these images we see AJ Lee, Daniel Bryan, Jack Swagger and Kane.

Ben Tallon is represented by Illustration

Frances Castle Illuminated Letters for Guardian Books

These wonderful illuminated letters were created by Frances Castle for the Guardian's Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year. They appeared on deck chairs, canvas bags, stickers, beer mats and book plates. Frances was commissioned by 999 Design to illustrate quotes by famous authors for different book genres: Alexander McCall Smith for Crime, Mark Haddon for Children's, Hilary Mantel for Historical Fiction and Jasper Fforde for Fantasy.

Frances Castle is represented by Arena

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