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 email@example.com . 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.
The CILIP Kate Greenaway shortlist has been announced, we always await the listings with baited breath hoping to see some of our supremely talented illustrators recognised for this prestigious award. This year Levi Pinfold has made this prestigious shortlist for his stunning collaboration with author David Almond in The Dam, published by Walker Studio.
Celebrating the best in children’s writing and illustration respectively, the Medals are unique in being judged by children’s librarians, while the Shadowers’ Choice Award, recently added to the Awards ceremony celebrations, is voted for by children and young people who shadow the Medals. The 40-strong list of titles for the 2020 Medals (20 on each longlist) was selected from a total of 162 nominations, read by an expert volunteer team of 14 children's and youth librarians from across the UK.
Delighted that Sarah Perkins who is proudly represented by Artist Partners, has been selected for the long list of artists in the Folio Society Awards Book Competition 2020.
Her work which illustrates The Folio Collection of Love poems selected by Imtiaz Dharker
For more of Sarah’s wonderfully evocative work please check her out on our website:
For the opportunity to vote yourselves for the People’s Choice Award - please do go to the website to view all the marvellous artists and cast your vote.