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Terry Pratchett Calendar for 2015

Eagerly awaited and now for sale is this new Terry Pratchett Calendar for 2015.

The beautifully illustrated calendar has 12 stunning images painted by the very talented Stephen Player and commissioned by Orion Books

Terry Pratchett needs no introduction of  course , having invented his wonderful Discworld to us all, and Stephen has worked with Terry on various collaborations including "Streets of Ankh-Morpork" and Discworld maps and character designs for the screed adaption of "Hogfather"

Stephen teaches illustration at the Academy of Art University in the US and has been proudly represented by Artist Partners for many years

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New Fantasy Illustrator: Mélanie Delon

Arena Illustration is very proud to welcome a new illustrator to their list,  Mélanie Delon. French born Mélanie, is quickly becoming one of the hot new fantasy illustrators to watch out for. She works primarily in Photoshop, digitally painting with a drawing tablet to create stunningly realistic portraits which are both mysterious and emotive. Her paintings have featured in many publications worldwide and she is a regular contributor to Imagine FX magazine.

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Jonny Duddle: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Bloomsbury have revealed the cover illustration by Jonny Duddle for the second book the famous Harry Potter series by J K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The cover shows the dramatic scene in the chamber itself with Harry facing the basilisk and Ginny Weasley lying on the floor beyond.

 Jonny describes his process in his Q&A from Bloomsbury:

How do you as an artist approach such a large job? Where do you begin with such a wide range of possibilities?

“I’m taking one book at a time. I read the cover brief, and then I read the story, making notes and occasional sketches. I collect references, from my library of non-fiction books, search online and take my own photographs. I’ve recruited my neighbours’ son, who is suitably Potter-esque, although he annoyingly had his slightly wild hair cut for the new school term. I make numerous sketches of the main elements of the cover and then cobble them all together digitally, until I have a cover rough I feel happy to send to Bloomsbury and J.K. Rowling. I hear back very quickly with comments on my rough, which I then tweak or redraw until everyone’s happy for me to progress. Then I ‘paint’ each cover digitally.”

Jonny Duddle is represented by Arena

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PO!

Established Argentinian artist Patricio Oliver - known as PO! has joined Phosphor Art adding his great talent and style to our group of highly professional illustrators. He enjoys exploring fantasy worlds which is reflected in his work , and is also an expert in typography and a professor at the university of Buenos Aires. We are delighted to have him on board.

 

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Alejandro Colucci: Nathan Hawke’s Gallow Cover Illustrations

Alejandro Colucci's powerful illustrations take centre stage on the covers of Nathan Hawke's Gallow series. Gollancz have made the bold move to publish the covers without a title or author's name, concentrating on the hero of the story in action. The Crimson Shield is Nathan’s debut book and the first of three fast-paced historical fantasies.

Alejandro Colucci is represented by Arena

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Christopher Gibbs: How To Train Your Dragon: Cover Designs

Christopher Gibbs is the cover illustrator behind the popular How To Train Your Dragon Series, written by Cressida Cowell. Commissioned by Hodder Children's Books, he was given the technical challenge to take the author's own sketches and interpret them into his own by using traditional painting methods and then adding textures digitally.  How To Betray a Dragon's Hero, was published recently and is the ninth book in the series, illustrated by Chris.

Christopher Gibbs is represented by Arena

 

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PICTURA: A New Range of Art Books to Colour and Collect

Arena Illustration are thrilled to be involved in PICTURA, the launch of a brand new range of art books to colour in and collect, published this month by Templar.

 The Hobbit concept artist, John Howe was asked to produce a panaroma drawing on the theme of dragons, one of his favourite subject matters. John conceptualised the life cycle of these mythical creatures and where they might be found, he says:

“There are dragons everywhere. There are dragons in the clouds, in trees and waves, and dragons carved in stone, and guarding gold in caverns old, in stories waiting to be told…” and we see these brought to life through the eight panels in hisDRACONIS.

John Howe is represented by Arena

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New Arena Illustrator: Alejandro Colucci

We are very proud to introduce a new Arena illustrator, Alejandro Colucci. He is an award-winning artist who is comfortable illustrating fantasy, crime, horror, historic fiction and science fiction publications across the globe. His illustrations have adorned the covers of many bestselling writers including H.G. Wells, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.G. Ballard, Anne Rice, Mario Puzon and Patricia Cornwell to name just a few.
Alejandro works in a variety of techniques both traditional and digital, his artwork engages the viewer to give an emotional response to his subjects. Here are two recent book cover designs he illustrated for Michelle Paver's exciting new series, Gods and Warriors, published by Puffin.
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John Howe: Concept Artist for The Hobbit

John Howe is one of the concept artists for Peter Jackson's long awaited three-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is released on December 14th. John also worked on Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy  and he has become linked with Tolkien's fantasy works throughout his career, illustrating most of his stories. John's illustrations also feature in the Official Tolkien: The Hobbit 2013 Calendar along with fellow concept artist Alan Lee.

John Howe is represented by Arena

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Stephen Player

Stephen Player has just completed a rather impressive commission which is for the book cover of “Greenbeard” by Richard James Bentley, published by Exterminating Angel Press in the US

 Stephen Player who has been represented by Artist Partners since 1985, has produced  many stunning artworks over the years  for many  books  –  amongst them - Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett  and "Hogfather the Illustrated Screenplay Book", another Terry Pratchett project  ....

Stephen lives in the US and teaches illustration at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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