Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Stunning Canadian Mural!!

One of our talented artists, Laure Fournier, has recently returned from a trip to Canada, where she took part in the mammoth task of painting this incredible fresco, with the society, Murale Création, who are based in Quebec. It tells the story of the city of Trois-Rivières and took countless man hours to finish. It now provides a wonderful lasting legacy for the city and a great achievement for our own little Michelangelo! Well done Laure!

Laure Fournier



Friday, 13 November 2009

IT'S ALPHABET TIME!

Leading illustrators Domanic Li and Lorna Siviter who are better known for their design and editorial work have produced these delightful new illustrations aimed at the children's market.

Each vibrantly colourful artwork is available to license for a myriad of uses and wouldn't they look great as a book or poster!

Domanic Li






















Lorna Siviter

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Fantastic reception for new Canvas reproductions!

I've just got back from the SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS FAIR where I saw the eyewateringly luscious display
of our artists work . Four of our talented team were handpicked by a new canvas art company who deal with a select group of children's book illustrators.

see the stunning results below
video

Monday, 12 October 2009

New Artist - Liz Lorini!

We are proud to introduce our new U.S. based artist, Liz Lorini. From her San Francisco studio, Liz sips strawberry tea and creates her gorgeous, distinctive work, inspired by all things feminine, with a strong influence from Japanese contemporary culture and design. She has exhibited across the world and has enjoyed success selling her wares under the moniker 'Miss Kika'. Her work is too cute to miss, so check it out!

Liz Lorini


Monday, 5 October 2009

New Artist Kerry Meyer!

Allow us to introduce our brand new signing and award winning artist, Kerry Meyer! A resident of Kansas City, USA, Kerry has a wealth of experience in the illustration industry, with his latest children's book due to be published by Usborne next year. His delightful work caught our eye and with his rich versatility of style we're sure he'll be a hit. Fall in love with his charming work, available to view now on our web site by clicking on his name below.

Kerry Meyer


Thursday, 10 September 2009

The Alice Show 10/9/09

Here's the latest entry for the Alice in Wonderland competition. David Dean's fantastic image combines a wonderful vintage book illustration style with a modern twist to update Alice. She is transformed into a feisty teen, who has little respect for authority! Check out more of David's stunning artwork by clicking on his name.

David Dean

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Carlos Araujo becomes part of The Organisation

New signing from Brasil - Carlos Aruajo who has recently had a number of illustrations selected for LUERZERS 200 BEST ILLUSTRATORS WORLDWIDE 09/10

Carlos has a unique, whimsical style with a strong narrative feel.
and his established clients come from all areas of media including animation. His background as a graphic and web designer have influenced his strong. dynamic images.


Monday, 7 September 2009

The Alice Show 7/9/09

Here's Sam Church's delightful take on Alice in Wonderland. Alice has been transformed into a tom boy who looks ready to teach that grubby Mad Hatter a lesson or two in manners! Sam's strong drawing skills are shown off to great effect with his simple monochromatic pen and ink work. See more of his work by clicking on his name below.

Sam Church

Thursday, 3 September 2009

The Alice Show 3/9/09

Hot off the heels of Akbar comes Ben Mounsey with his crazy imagining of Alice in Wonderland. His characterful image is packed full of colour and humour. Look out for the psychotic siamese twin version of Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Very funny, well done Ben. For more work by Ben, click on this name below to go straight to his portfolio.

Ben Mounsey

The Alice Show 3/9/09

New Artist Akbar Ali has submitted his entry to our Alice Show - and what an entry it is! Akbar has a sophisticated sense of design that is shown off to great effect here in this sumptuous black and white drawing. Click on his name below and view more of his fantastic work.

Akbar Ali

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

The Alice Show 2/9/09

Introducing a brand new entry to our Alice In Wonderland competition! This time from one of our resident Agentinian artists, Javier Joaquin. He's produced a fabulously surreal black and white image that emphasises the dreamlike quality of the book. It's a really modern and sophisticated rendering, so well done Javier! Check out Javier's portfolio by clicking on his name below

Javier Joaquin

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Big Book of Contemporary Illustration

Look out for the newly released 'Big Book of Contemporary Illustration', by Martin Dawber, featuring over 1000 stunning and innovative illustrations from 400 of the best illustrators and designers from all over the world and showcasing the best in modern illustration - from digital drawing to traditional techniques. Seven of our talented artists were lucky enough to be invited to submit work for the publication:

Richard Merritt
Domanic Li
Martin, as always, has done a fantastic job putting this book together and it serves as real inspiration to clients and illustrators. I could loose a few hours every day poring over the work within - I want your job Martin!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

The Alice Show 26/8/09

Tea is certainly not on the agenda for Sophie Keen’s depiction of Alice. Here, she is a grumpy teenager, and not even the Mad Hatter and a talking rabbit can make her smile! Sophie uses her bold colour palette to dazzling effect perfectly capturing the strange world of the Wonderland. Click on her name to see her full portfolio.

Sophie Keen


The Alice Show 26/8/09

Next up in our Alice show comes Laila hills. She’s created a wonderfully quirky and light-hearted image with an intriguing contrast between colour and black and white. Perhaps Alice needs a cup of tea to get some colour into those cheeks! Laila’s experimentation with textures is really paying off and adding a new dimension to her work. See more by clicking on her name.

Laila Hills



Monday, 17 August 2009

Introducing brand new talent - Akbar Ali.










































Akbar, a recent illustration graduate from Wesminster University, is the latest artist to join the ranks of The Organisation. His strong drawing skills combine with charm and style to create his unique work. His lavish black and white work is reminiscent of the fabulous Aubrey Beardsley, with bold design and attention to detail perfect for book illustration. His colour work is utilises a sumptuous, jewel-bright palette and dramatic compositions. Check out his portfolio here.



Thursday, 6 August 2009

AOI IMAGES EXHIBITiON






















I spent yesterday lunchtime at the new AOI exhibition and came away uplifted to see so many fantastic and fabulous pieces of art. If I was to put my bitch head on there were one or two pieces that that left me befuddled - but overall I could have spent hours poring over the artworks....shame to have to work when art is calling.

Richard Johnson displayed 2 stunning pieces in the children's book section from the 4 that were chosen for the annual. In fact the AOI annual proved to be the stepping stone to representing Richard, as years ago I saw his work featured and sent him a fan letter .....the rest is history.... la di da.

I believe I have been getting the annual year on year and drooling over the pages for longer than I care to mention ... long may it go on.




Friday, 31 July 2009

THE ALICE SHOW!

Those of you movie buffs out there will probably have already seen the sneak previews of Tim Burton's fabulous reworking of the Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice in Wonderland, due to hit our screens next year. So we thought we'd pay homage to the tale and launch a competition for our artists to create their own imagining of Alice. So take a look through our looking glass and see what they've come up with in our wonderful Alice show! Oh, and artists, the clock is ticking and the deadline is looming, so don't be late for your very important date!

First up, Julie Pla has really gone to town and given Alice a deliciously grimy, modern update in her piece. Check it out and to view Julie's portfolio just click on her name below


Wednesday, 22 July 2009

WE'RE SO INTERNATIONAL!


One of the nicest aspects of working with the illustrators in our agency is the fact that we are so international. Everyone living outside the UK speaks excellent English and we feel ashamed that we probably only know 2 or 3 words of their language - quelle surprise!

Take a look below for the list of artists and where they live - maybe their local knowledge could be valuable for your next project? CLICK ON THEIR NAMES TO GO TO PORTFOLIOS

CANADA - BERNICE LUM
NORWAY - ELLA OKSTAD
NEW ZEALAND - CHRIS DAVIDSON

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

STUDENT SHOWS

Dave Bain






















It's that time of the year when we are looking forward to seeing work by graduating students. The big shows have come and gone and the best students have already been approached by keen agents such as ourselves.
Some colleges, like Falmouth for instance, lead the way in having a fantastically high standards and we have been lucky enough to taken on board a number of their students who have gone on to great things. Our ex Falmouth alumni are DAVE BAIN,BEN MOUNSEY and MATTHEW WILLIAMS.

I'm going to be contentious here and say that a lot of other colleges just don"t come up to scratch and are educating students who will never have a career in our business - sad but true





FEEL THE FEAR AND COMMISSION ANYWAY!

Hey there readers
Welcome to our new blog where you'll see new work, pick up tips and hopefully learn what its like to work with us. We are experts at what we do and we love doing it, so glad to have you in our world.

Today's post is all about feeling the fear of commissioning and doing it anyway.

Have you ever wanted to dip a toe in the water and commission an presentation artwork but were concerned about costs and rights issues?

We understand that in order to get a client on board you may need to present a really finished artwork as part of your pitch. We have a number of illustrators who are happy to work to fixed day rate or job rate to provide you with the fabulous illustrations you need but without having to worry about huge usage costs.

If you need to know all the costs to apply these artworks to your media if the job hopefully does go live, then we can supply these in advance so you don't get any nasty surprises.

I feel that the more we collaborate with you the better the chance we'll all have to get those lovely clients to press the button. We have lots of happy clients who have worked with us in this way and know what good problem solvers we are.