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
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
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
We are excited to announce that Niko is now exclusively represented by New Division, worldwide.
Niko’s love for graphic art began in the 80?s alongside his love of skateboarding, he was captivated by the colourful artworks emblazoned across skate decks. Since then Niko has developed an illustration style reflecting this and other influences from popular culture. He intertwines everyday objects, typography and bold colours to create fresh shapes.
Stephan was commissioned by BBH London to create these 3d type renders to attract submissions for Campaign Magazine's Big Awards which celebrate the best creative advertising that has appeared in the UK in 2012.
Stephan Walter is represented by Debut Art
Penguin Books commissioned Sroop Sunar to illustrate the chapter headings in Jamie Oliver's new book 'Jamie's Great Britain'. Sroop created 13 beautiful illustrations to accompany the delicious recipes Jamie compiled during his latest journey to discover the best of Great British food. The book has been published to coincide with the TV Series currently running on channel 4.
Sroop Sunar is represented by Debut Art
Faber and Faber commissioned James Brown to illustrate the cover of "The Ultimate Book of Heroic Failures" by Stephen Pile. Typographer and print maker James was asked to create a striking text based artwork for the cover of the follow up to ‘The Book of Heroic Failures’. Creating something to follow the iconic artwork of the original book was a challenge but James’s bold eye catching artwork fulfilled the brief perfectly.
James Brown is represented by New Division