Friday, 29 July 2016

Gareth Lucas: Find It! At Bedtime, from Highlights magazine

Out in August and featuring Gareth Lucas' fabulous illustrations, Find It! At Bedtime, a brand new board book!


Find It! At Bedtime turns a favourite feature from Highlights Hello(TM) magazine into a popular series for babies and toddlers. The book combines everything our youngest readers love--bright colours, kid-friendly pictures, and developmentally appropriate challenges--with parents' favourite features--durable pages, engaging activities, and a narrative about bedtime that teaches healthy habits and will stand up to many re-readings. 











Javier Joaquin illustrated for Fernet Branca!

Talented artist Javier Joaquin has recently been working on some wonderful illustrations for the famous herbal liqueur brand Fernet Branca! He was commissioned by Ruy Mossi Communications to produce the work, which features on special edition bottles, packaging and point of sale stands, in celebration of Argentina's friends day! They were distributed throughout Argentina in all major supermarkets and shops. Let's raise our glasses and toast Javier's fabulous art!


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A Little Something!

Look what wonderful presents we have received today from Oxford University Press ! The enchanting Sea Stories is profusely illustrated by Victoria Assanelli and Mishchief Makers is colourfully brought to life by Steve Horrocks and part of the Greatest Stories series selected by Michael Morpurgo author of Warhorse and Escape from Shangri-La! These have brightened up our Wednesday afternoon no end!


Potatoes at Turtle Rock - Alex Steele-Morgan

Beautifully atmospheric illustrations by Alex Steele-Morgan bring to life this charming tale of how Annie's family celebrate the first night of Hanukkah by embarking on a nighttime journey around their farm! At each stop along the way Annie uses riddles (and potatoes!) to mark old traditions and start new ones. Published by Kar-Ben Publishing and available to buy from August, this unique story takes the reader on a chilly journey through the snow to Turtle Rock Creek, reminding us along the way to be grateful for the light and warmth in our own lives!




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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Victoria Assanelli branches out!

There is so much more to our illustrators than just books! Check out the beautiful items for sale in Victoria Assanelli's eclectic Society6 shop


We are particularly loving the unique iphone cases that are sure to get admiring glances whilst you chat!

Take a Look!

Cute animal characters come under the spotlight this week in Lorraine's latest review for Writing and Illustrating's Take a Look Sunday feature! Well done Anna - we hope you find these tips helpful!




Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Take a Look Sunday!

Lorraine kindly shares her expertise again on this great blog, this week with Sue Maib. Read the full review here


Chickens in Space! Whatever next!?

The loveable and and resourceful Zelda is determined to live her dream of being the first chicken in space! Leaving nothing to chance she packs food, fuel and a cosy nesting box, but will she make it without the help of her friends?
Beautifully illustrated by Shane McGowan for Allen and Unwin Books this charming tale is great fun to read aloud and shows that the sky is never quite the limit!


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Leo Broadley Casts a Spell!

Imagine it is your birthday but you haven't had any cards, you haven't had any presents, you haven't even had any visitors! Well, this happened to The Friendly Witch and so she hatched a plan to create a spell with some unusual results..... 


Richly illustrated by Leo Broadley, the comic consequences of The Friendly Witch's spell-casting unfold before your eyes in this charming and humorous tale of friendship that shows you should be very careful what you wish for! 



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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Hannah Hitchman talks tea, dogs and being in touch with her emotions!

Short and sweet little interview and bio of the lovely Hannah Hitchman to enjoy with a nice cup of tea - Hannah would approve!! Read it here


365 Rhymes and Stories; 2 very talented artists!

The wonderful Victoria Assanelli and Livia Coloji have been working very hard recently with Parragon Books on some beautiful artwork for their brand new 365 Stories and Rhymes for Girls and Boys! Here is a sneeky peek of a few of their illustrations for these bumper books! 

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Livia Coloji

Victoria's vibrant characters feature in, amongst others, 'Crocodile Teeth' and 'For Every Evil Under the Sun' and Livia's bright, bold art features in 'Surf Frog' and 'Dick Whittington' and many others! Out later this month, this would make a perfect addition to anyone's bath, book and bed routine!!

More Tea Vicar?

If you fancy drinking your afternoon cup of tea from, or eating your cucumber sandwich off, your very own Gareth Lucas design then look no further! Gareth's range of beautiful and quirky china makes this quintessentially British activity just that little bit more fun! Also available are animal themed baby bowls and mugs - perfect for christenings! All available at Cosmo China - to order call 020 7278 3374 or email info@cosmochina.co.uk

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Richard Merritt's Natural History Museum Adventure!

We are so excited to show you these pics of Richard Merritt's work exclusive to the Natural History Museum, London and sold in their shops as part of the Colour and Vision exhibition.
www.nhm.ac.uk/…/exhibitio…/colour-and-vision-exhibition.html
Richard's wonderful illustrations are based upon animals featured in the exhibition and you can purchase all of these beauties in the shop:
A wonderful A1 poster of the full artwork
3 A3 posters to colour - choose from a chameleon, a flamingo or a pair of parakeets
and a 10 page postcard book with all of Richard's beautiful illustrations to colour individually featuring animals that have evolved dazzling colours and patterns through natural selection
http://www.nhmshop.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/…
There is even a fun poster in the museum for visitors to colour in (as modelled by the lovely Richard himself!) What more could you ask for!?







Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Some top tips for Tiffany England!

Some more great portfolio advice from Lorraine - this week it is the turn of Tiffany England! Check out her full review here



Some top tips for Tiffany England!

Some more great portfolio advice from Lorraine - this week it is the turn of Tiffany England! Check out her full review here



Monday, 11 July 2016

Victoria Assanelli reworks Aesop's Fables!

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Released this month is the brand new work from Victoria Assanelli. Collaborating with Amicus publishing in the US, she has produced the lovely illustrations for their reworking of much loved classic Aesop's fables, brought back to life in a contemporary context. The six book series features The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Lion & Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare, Lion Bear & Fox, and  Town Mouse & Country Mouse.


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Barbara Bongini: I'm Ready For Science! Ladybird books

Brand new work from Barbara Bongini out this week!

Part of Ladybird's bestselling I'm Ready... early learning series, I'm Ready for Science covers the key science topics that children will learn about at primary school in one handy format.

Written to reflect the changes to primary National Curriculum, I'm Ready for Science takes a fun and engaging look at the animal kingdom, the human body, weather and seasons, and everyday materials. With fantastic illustrations and suggestions for simple experiments and activities to explore the subjects further, this book is perfect for all budding young scientists.

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

An A to Z of Animals - The Usborne Illustrated Alphabet is here!



Lavishly illustrated by Richard Johnson, The Usborne Illustrated Alphabet is rollicking romp through the alphabet with the animals at the zoo, and a different letter and animal on each beautifully illustrated page. With animals from furious foxes to wild wombats to help children remember letter shapes and sounds. A luxurious cloth-bound hardback book presented in a beautifully decorated slipcase, this is a wonderful gift! Get yours now!


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Latest Review for Writing and Illustrating!

The latest review from Lorraine for Writing and Illustrating this time looks at the work of Vaughan Duck. Some really constructive advice - well done both! Read the full review here



New Artist - Sophie Crichton!

We are thrilled to welcome new artist Sophie Crichton to The Organisation! Currently based in Montreal, Quebec, much of Sophie's inspiration and fondness for bright colours comes from her surroundings and her love for animals and nature. We adore her whimsical and quirky style and we know you will too! To see more of her wonderful work, visit her portfolio

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