In the depths of winter 2016 Sarah Maycock and Tom were invited to the Natural History Museum to discuss a new and exciting (top-secret) project. Ushered through a side door they gathered round a grand table in one of the many rooms of the museum that are closed off to the general public. Benji from Weidemann Lampe showed us some complex looking floor-plans, which were the initial thinkings of the 'Whales: Beneath the Surface' exhibition that opened it's door in July 2017.
Specialising in fruit, vegetables and the natural world, Anna has illustrated over 100 books and worked with chefs, writers and publishers from around the globe.
Over her 25 year career Anna has honed her skills in watercolour, pen & ink, oils and most recently, egg tempera. Her methods may vary but the joy of her artwork is constant; each piece she creates is a celebration of the fruit, vegetable or animal she has captured with her inimitable flare.
Anna achieves all of this against a backdrop of rural living, all recorded in her daily instagram post, which her 5,000 plus followers have come to adore. Her illustration work is inextricably linked with her way of life, Anna meets the ups and downs of a self sufficient lifestyle with a smile, embracing each challenge as it comes. An attitude she has also applied to her illustration career.
Constantly evolving, honing her craft and listening to the market, Anna's determination has secured her place as one of the UK's leading natural history illustrators. We spoke with Anna about the beauty of working traditionally, her seemingly idyllic lifestyle and the joy she gets from her work.
Patrick George's poster was one of the three winning images from the UN's World Wildlife Day poster competition organised by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), with this inspirational and clever depiction of an elephant against the blue background of the UN flag.
Arena Illustration are delighted to introduce the wonderful work of Emily Fox, who has recently joined their list. Emily graduated from University College of Falmouth in 2013 with a first class degree in illustration. A keen observer of life, she is inspired by the people she meets and the world around her. She loves experimenting with colour, spending hours drawing in her sketchbook and she is particularly interested in illustrating children’s picture books and character design for animation. Emily's clever use of colour and strong characterisation means that her work can be applied to all manner of products and she has worked for a wide variety of clients already.
The final set of Chris Wormell’s Freshwater Life stamps is out now! This set illustrates the variety of wildlife found in freshwater rivers and joins the previous sets of ponds and lakes. Chris’ lino prints are absolutely stunning and capture the colour and detail of each animal beautifully. Not only was he asked to illustrate the stamps themselves, but he also illustrated the very clever background on the carrier card of waves made up out of the shapes of swimming fish – collect your very own special set to keep now!
Chris Wormell is represented by The Artworks