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

Sue Hendra’s ‘Wanda and the Alien’ – From book to TV!

We are very excited to announce that Wanda and the Alien, authored and illustrated by one of our most established artists Sue Hendra,  has been chosen by Channel 5’s Milkshake for a new TV series!

The story; an original collection of children’s books published by Random House will be made into a series of 52 ten minute programmes and follows a little girl rabbit that meets and an alien who she becomes friends with.

The first episode is expected to air in 2013.

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/rhs-wanda-and-alien-hit-tv-screens.html

This is fantastic news for Random House, Sue and her agents at Bright. Please have a look at Sue’s profile and the Bright Agency website for Sue’s latest artwork.

Sue Hendra is represented by Bright Agency

The 2012 Summer Reading Challenge: Story Lab

Steve May has created the illustrations and animations for The Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge 2012, whose aim is to get everyone reading. The campaign, runs incentives, activities and events in libraries nationwide. It has had wide coverage from press and TV, encouraging kids to read 6 books over the summer holidays. With 780,000 children aged 4-11 taking part, STORY LAB is the biggest national reading initiative in the UK.

Steve May is represented by Arena

Chris Garbutt’s Usborne: Teach Your Monster to Read

Chris Garbutt was commissioned by the Usborne Foundation to create character designs and backgrounds for a new online interactive educational game for children. Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps helps children master the first stages of reading by using synthetic phonics. Chris designed LOADS of monsters so the children can choose their own monster avatar to explore the magical world, meet the island kings and collect letters to win prizes.
All images © Usborne Foundation
Chris Garbutt is represented by Arena

Just Published: Chicken’s Can’t See in the Dark by Kristyna Litten

Kristyna Litten's debut children's picture book Chicken's Can't See In The Dark, is published on 7th June by OUP Oxford. This delightful story is about a chicken called Pippa who dares to be different! When Mr Benedict tells his class on Sunnyside Farm that chickens can't see in the dark, she sets out to prove him wrong and discover the secrets of night vision.

Kristyna Litten is represented by Arena

Funny history lessons

Del Thorpe has illustrated a brand new series of Tony Robinson history books for Pan Macmillan. They are a delightfully funny look into the weird and wonderful world of some of the most successful civilisations in history - the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and the British Empire. Del's fantastic drawings are the perfect compliment to the text and really bring it to life with their humour. So prepare to be amazed, shocked and disgusted by this cracking history lesson! And if that wasn't enough, he has also collaborated with Aardman animation on an interactive online game to run along side the series!

Del Thorpe is represented by The Organisation

Spike Gerrell illustrates Max Archer, Kid Detective

Spike Gerrell's charming illustrations for Max Archer, Kid Detective: The Case of the Recurring Stomachaches is the second in the series, published this month by Magination Press. Spike's sensitive use of humour to explain difficult health topics, helps children understand and overcome their anxieties.

Spike Gerrell is represented by Arena
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Just published: Chris Garbutt’s Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder Book Covers

Jo Nesbø's hilariously funny Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder series continues with the recent publication of The End of the World. Maybe and Time-Travel Bath Bomb (Simon and Schuster). The very talented Chris Garbutt's crazy illustrations are perfect for the covers and should have them flying off the book shelves in all good book stores.

Chris Garbutt is represented by Arena

 

Superheroes: Exhibition Designs by Steve May

Steve May has been working with Discover Children's Story Centre in Stratford, East London on their brand new exhibition SUPERHEROES. Steve created the characters,  a comic and the environments for the exhibition.
Alphabet City is under threat from a mysterious villain and children are given the task of rescuing it from destruction, with the help of five superhero characters 'A', 'E', 'I', 'O' and 'U' who each have their own superpower. They must crack the code and defeat the evil mastermind 'Y' who is stealing all the vowels. The city they inhabit is purely from Steve’s imagination, he also created an animation to visualise the chase through the city streets in pursuit of the villain.

With the Olympics being held just around the corner, the exhibition is already breaking records with 500 recorded visitors on the opening day and 3000 visitors during the first week. SUPERHEROES runs until Sunday 4th November 2012. Steve May is represented by Arena

Jonny Duddle: The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists

Jonny Duddle has been working as a character designer for director Peter Lord at Aardman Features Studio in Bristol for the last three years on the animated adventure The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists which is now on general release in cinemas. Jonny share's his experiences working with Aardman in an interview on The Pirates!Band of Misfits Crew Vlog:

"Peter Lord briefed me for the Pirate with Prosthetics during my first work visit to Bristol. He described him as a particularly unlucky pirate, with a variety of prosthetic additions, and that was about it. So I started off with a very scrawly sheet of ideas, from the practical (like a ‘fishing rod attachment’) to the downright silly (erm, ‘ship biscuit ear’?). Then Pete and Jeff looked over the first sketches with their wonderful eyes (the lucky blighters have more than one each which is testament to the relative safety of animation when compared to pirating), and sent me an email with lots of feedback, such as “Wooden teeth are a great idea”, “I wonder if you could design a head that has both the innocent simplicity of the first head, with some of the craziness of the second” and “I like his hook and the sort of wooden hinged arm that goes with it. No idea how it’s meant to move, but somehow I don’t think anybody’s going to worry about that! I read the feedback and got on with another sheet of drawings.  This time I could pick the bits I liked from the first sheet, mix them up, and work with Pete and Jeff’s feedback and what they liked to create something which gets us a bit closer to a suitable design. Pete looked at the new sheet, and said the body was looking good and his favourite head was the one in the middle. So then I did a colour one in Adobe Photoshop, combining the body and the head that Pete liked. The proportions are a bit awry, and the colours changed for the finished puppet, but amazingly the Pirate with Prosthetics was pretty much done. All that was left to do was a turnaround, showing him from the front, back and side, and then the drawings were sent off to the model-making rooms, where the sculptors work their magic to bring it all to life."

Jonny Duddle is represented by Arena

Adam Stower and Neal Layton

Adam Stower has illustrated the fantastic cover for Gareth P Jones' The Considine Curse (Bloomsbury) which has just won this year's Blue Peter Book Awards.

Adam Stower has also been long listed for The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2012 for his picture book, Silly Doggy! (Templar) and Neal Layton has also been long listed for his illustrations for John Hegley's picture book Stanley Stick (Hodder).

Adam Stower and Neal Layton are represented by Arena

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