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Sarah McMenemy’s illustrations depict the diabetic body in a new animation

Sarah McMenemy has created assets and illustrations for a public information animation, helping to raise awareness about the widespread problem of Diabetes across the USA.

Working closely with an animator, Sarah’s images grow and shrink as we enter the unseen world of our own bodies, giving us a glimpse into the way Diabetes works. Taking cues from the client, Sarah had to keep the visuals approachable;

“The client wanted to avoid it looking worrying or too medical, and therefore retain the viewers attention. I used a harmonious set of colours to depict the organs. The watercolour treatment allowed us to overlap and show positioning of organs in the body.”

Scanning her watercolours into photoshop, the use of overlays and transparencies perfectly depict the way glucose and insulin work with blood cells, taking visual cues from vintage biology encyclopaedias.

If you’re keen to learn more about how diabetes can affect you or others then we highly recommend taking a look at this latest animation from Sarah McMenemy!

Sarah McMenmy is represented by The Artworks

The Artworks welcomes multidisciplinary artist Lizzie King to the family!

The Artworks is very excited to introduce you to our newest artist to join the family: Lizzie King. Working across a variety of mediums including; window painting, prop making, pinatas(!) and illustration, Lizzie can consistently bring her signature brand of fun to any project.

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ucy Rose Cartwright’s latest book trailer shows the cities we live in and who we share them with!

The trailer for Lucy Rose Cartwright’s new book “Wild City” starts off with a city townhouse, revealed to be surrounded by all kinds of flora and fauna, some expected, but some… definitely unexpected! Flamingoes?!

These are the kind of reveals and unexpected communities we can expect to find in “Wild City”, an exploration of cities round the world and the creatures we share them with. Illustrated by Lucy Rose Cartwright and written by the award winning natural history author Ben Hoare, the book takes the reader from London to Singapore to Rio de Janeiro.

Initially approached to create the cover and a few sample spreads, Lucy’s illustrative approach was then used throughout the full book. Lucy worked closely with designer Laura Hall to make sure that all the correct animals and feature of each city were included before working up her sketches into full colour illustrations!

The danger with working on images like these however, is enjoying getting lost in the details a little too much, “I had to be strict on how much time I could spend on each page, it was very easy to get caught up in adding too much detail.” But being strict didn’t mean that Lucy didn’t enjoy the brief, “I really enjoyed this project and felt so grateful to be part of it. The most exciting time for me is when you first receive the brief and you sit down and sketch out all your ideas, I still sketch all of my roughs by hand rather than using my iPad as I love the physicality of drawing on paper. ”

Wild City is out via Macmillan Kids Publishing in Autumn 2020.

See the full trailer here.

Dawn Cooper illustrates the hidden life of a hedgerow for BBC Wildlife Magazine

Dawn Cooper was asked by BBC Wildlife Magazine to create an illustration teeming with life to accompany an article that delves into the history of hedgerows. Excited to help illustrate their importance, Dawn set about making an image that looked wild and abundant, a time-consuming task but ultimately very satisfying!

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