As well as promoting the talents of established artists throughout the world, the SAA take pride in nurturing new talent as part of our Education Programme. Over the years we’ve invited creative graduates nationwide to attend portfolio surgeries, giving students an insight into what agents and commissioners look for in a portfolio and over the last few years we have started a mentorship programme.
We are very pleased to be involved with the Pathways Into Children’s Publishing which has been designed collaboratively by the House of Illustration and Pop Up Projects offering tuition, one-to-one mentoring and professional guidance to aspiring illustrators in the UK and abroad who are interested in getting into children’s publishing. This month SAA members Tamlyn Francis and Caroline Thomson from Arena Illustration took part in the Pathways Professional Day delivering a 30 minute webinar on Building a Profile and the importance of portfolios, online presence and self-promotion.
We continue to enjoy our long relationship with the Association of Illustrators and this month we’ve been very busy. SAA member agent Laura Lee from Debut Art chaired a talk called: Be Seen - Representation (what makes it a winning team, how they worked together) with Paperface (the previous winner of the SAA Agents Award for New Talent in 2019). This was part of a programme of webinars celebrating The World Illustration Awards 2020. SAA member agent Caroline Thomson from Arena Illustration is one of three agent mentors who are part of the AOI’s 2021 Mentorship scheme. This year the AOI are looking to support people under represented in the agenting field, either at the early stage of their agent career, or who are interested in becoming an agent.
We were completely thrilled to see the big reveal of the prestigious 2021 Blue Peter Book Award shortlist. What a dazzling array of brilliant books for all ages and reading abilities. We are especially excited to see Aleksei Bitskoff featured in the books for 9-11 year old category with Life of Riley: Beginner’s Luck written by Simon James Green and published by Scholastic. You can read more in our blog post here. Since 2000, the enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards have been recognising and celebrating the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children. Watch a short introduction to this amazing shortlist HERE.
This funny, gentle story is packed with snappy humour and hilarious characters. You can’t help but love Riley, a brilliant, witty, world-weary kid and long-suffering underdog. There’s a lovely message about being grateful for all the things that you have and for appreciating the people who support you, no matter what. Perfect for Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans or children about to start secondary school, though there’s a lot of fun to be had for grown ups here too.
You can grab a copy of Life of Riley Beginner's Luck HERE
Aleksei Bitzkoff is represented by Arena Illustration, you can view his online portfolio HERE
Since the agency was founded, Startworks has been helping new graduates bridge the gap between leaving university and kickstarting their career as an illustrator. We continue to successfully represent many artists who have joined the agency through Startworks; helping to expand portfolios, build client relationships and navigate the creative industry.
If you have graduated as part of the class of 2020 from an illustration, design or arts degree and think you’re ready to leap into the world of professional illustration, then we want to hear from you!
Please send a short introduction, no more than 5 low-res jpegs and a link to your online portfolio, to firstname.lastname@example.org . To reiterate, this is only open to those who have graduated in 2020. Please be aware that due to the overwhelming amount of applications, we can only respond to those who have been successful, but we thank everyone for taking the time to get in touch.
Best of luck! We look forward to hearing from the graduates of 2020!
IllustrationX are delighted to have Abi Langridge – AKA Paperface join as their latest signing having won the SAA Award at the WIA Awards last year where she stood out to all of us with her, her portfolio is now Live on the site and she is welcoming commissions.
Working in a bold, graphical style, Paperface – creates illustrations that are punchy and expressive, yet light-hearted in tone and thoroughly charming. Her background in graphic garida design means she’s adept at reducing clutter and ensuring that the core message hits home in an instant, knows her way around an agency brief and understands the creative process.
Growing up in Grantham, Abi has been drawn to illustration since childhood. She received a degree in graphic design from Leeds University, before working in London and New York, later returning to the UK and settling in Yorkshire. Her time in the US is a big source of inspiration, with the landscape, culture, people, food and wildlife across the country feeding into her personal work.
To see Paperface's outstanding work please visit her portfolio HERE
It has been a thrilling time for awards nominations and the excitement continues with the announcement of the Alligators Mouth Awards for Highly Illustrated Fiction. This year we are delighted that Adam Stower's King Coo: The Curse of the Mummy’s Gold, published by David Fickling Books is on the long-list for this exciting new award.