The SAA are very pleased to be supporting the World Illustration Awards by sponsoring The SAA Agents Award for New Talent.

Jhon Boy Wins First Prize

Phosphor's Jhon Boy recently won first prize at the Versiona Thyssen XIII, an open international competition for young creators. Artists are encouraged to make their own version of one of the paintings of the collection in the Thyssen Museum. Jhon Boy's piece recreated Charles Willson Peale's portrait of The Stewart Children in his signature style.

The 13th edition of #VersionaThyssen featured Alexey Kondakov, SakoAsko and Chamosan as guest artists and jury members. The awards ceremony was held in the museum's garden in June and featured a performance by Dani.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum is an art museum in Madrid, Spain. It is known as part of the "Golden Triangle of Art", which also includes the Prado and the Reina Sofía national galleries. Find out more about the competition and enter next time here.


Take a peek at Jhon Boy's portfolio for more of his work and contact Trina at Phosphor to commission him.

Congratulations to Rachael Saunders on being longlisted in the WIA’s 2022.

Congratulations to Rachael Saunders, who’s panoramic illustration of Krka National Park has been long listed in the WIA Awards 2022. We featured Rachael’s incredible illustration previously here, when it won the Wacom Cintiq 16 challenge.

“My epic patterned panoramic pays homage to Krka National Park, Croatia. Its sheer scale and level of detail pushed my skills to the limit, but also allowed me great freedom as I pursued to achieve an image that was truly immersive and playfully explored the flora and fauna of the park.”

Rachael Saunders is represented by The Artworks

Iris de Luz wins at AOI World Illustration Awards

Phosphor's Iris de Luz won the Directory of Illustration Award at this year's World Illustration Awards! Out of over 5,000 entries, Iris' work shone through, and she winsa a single page marketing package in the Directory of Illustration, a 100-image professional portfolio on and a consultation with the DoI team.


Congratulations Greg McIndoe on being longlisted in the World Illustration Awards and featuring on the Creative Boom Podcast!

What a week it’s been for Startworks artist Greg McIndoe (AKA Headless Greg)! Greg was invited to chat on the latest Creative Boom Podcast , where he discusses starting his own business,  social media, and the importance of recognising and reconciling struggle. It’s a really candid and thoughtful interview and definitely something we would recommend listening to whether you’re a recent graduate or established in your creative career.

On top of that, Greg has been long-listed in the World Illustration Awards in the new talent section of the alternative publishing category for his book he worked on his final year of university, Wilson Strange; a fantastic exploration of mental health through the eyes of the titular character.

With all this happening, we can’t wait to see where Greg will go next and how his talent will continue to flourish and be recognised. Congratulations Greg!

Greg McIndoe is represented by The Artworks

The SAA…what we’ve been up to…

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.

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