Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Celebrate your Rights as an Artist!

Today is World Intellectual Property Day, an important day in our calendar as the work that we produce as illustrators falls under the category of Intellectual Property when it comes to copyright definition and legal protection.
The term 'Intellectual Property' began to be used in the mid 19th century in reference to early copyright statutes and patent law. However, it was not until the late 20th century that the concept was adapted in a broad sense. Intellectual property refers to 'creations of the mind'. Recognition and protection of creations of the mind is intended to stimulate creativity and all illustration, design and art fall into this wonderfully named category!
So come on, today let's celebrate the protection intellectual property laws afford us and the amazing creativity and innovation that grows from these rights! Visit the WIPO website here



Thursday, 20 April 2017

Chantelle and Burgen's Big Launch!

We are thrilled to tell you about the fabulous illustrating duo Chantelle and Burgen Thorne's exciting new social media pages! Their work is lively and expressive, full of life and movement - just like them! So pop on over and say hello, they can be found on:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/chantelleandburgenthorne/

Twitter https://twitter.com/chantelleburgen
Pinterest https://za.pinterest.com/chantelleburgen/
and Instagram chantelle_burgen

So there is no excuse not to check out the vibrant and diverse work of this prolific husband and wife team!



Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Ella's Exciting Easter!

As promised, a little Easter update from Ella Okstad Illustrator's wild and wonderful artist in residence stint off the coast of Norway! 

These are the fabulous fruits of her labours over the sunny weekend and we will continue to post her fabulous work as it is created!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Adventurous Ella!

The wonderful Ella Okstad is currently completing an artist in residence stint on a beautiful and remote island just off the coast of the northern part of Norway! Situated just above the arctic circle, Ella will be staying with another illustrator whilst both work on various exciting projects! We will keep you updated with all of her fab creations and here is sneak peek of the fruits of her first day's labour!



Tuesday, 4 April 2017

What did Katy do next?

Quino Marin's striking cover portrait for the newest edition of this much-loved story beautifully conveys Katy's determined and adventurous streak and combines this with a wonderfully subtle nod to the first edition that featured a procession of Katydid - a species of cricket - against a plain saffron cover!

In this enchanting tale by Susan Coolidge of 1872, Katy speaks with a charm and directness that remains as fresh as when it was written. 12 Year old Katy Carr is a scruffy and gangly tomboy who is forever getting into trouble, but a terrible accident that leaves Katy immobile and her slow and painful recovery, teach her to make the best of bad situations and to be a more thoughtful and loving girl!

In Quino's second wonderful portrait for this series of new editions for Little, Brown we meet a more mature and thoughtful Katy. Her stubborn streak, however, is barely hidden beneath the surface in this fabulously subtle characterisation by the hugely talented Quino.

Second in the 'Katy' series, 'What Katy did at School' sees Katy and Clover attend the fictional Hillsover school which was based by author Susan Coolidge, on a real school in New Hampshire. In this sequel to the classic novel of American Childhood 'What Katy Did', the girls travel north, the landscape opens and alters; flat plains give way to high mountains and the air turns "cool and full of a brilliant zest, which the Western girls had never before tasted." 





Thursday, 30 March 2017

Bee and Me in Blog Round Up!

Alison Jay's wonderful Bee and Me is in the Spring 'Animal Round Up' of the fabulous MinervaReads blog! Here's a little sneak preview:

"The pictures are captivating – both in their execution and in what they’re saying. This is a wonderful way to engage young readers to get them to ‘say what they see’"

Check out the full list here


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Barbara's Feeling Beastly!

This month sees the release of this fabulously fun and feisty picture book retelling of a classic fairytale. Sumptuously illustrated by the amazing Barbara Bongini, ‘Beauty and the Very Beastly Beast’ sees the glamorous Belle leave her darling ‘Popsey’ and beloved sisters behind to live with the dreaded Beast! Barbara says of working on this quirky book:

When I was asked to illustrate the new book written by Mark Sperring I was very happy, as I knew from working on ‘Cinderella and the very Bossy Sisters’ that this too would be a special and amusing story!
In this version the Beast is a big and tender creature and so I needed to make him very expressive and concentrated my attention on his eyes, that had to be full of emotion!


Barbara chose to depict these unique characters in 1930s setting and costume, beautifully complimenting the P.G. Wodehouse-style humour of the text and creating a truly wonderful backdrop to each humour filled scene! We think you will agree with Belle that, even when the beast is being beastly, it would be impossible to resist those huge sad eyes! 


Giovanni Abeille has Too Many Dragons!

Can you really have too much of a good thing? Two children discover that when that good thing is dragons, then probably the answer is yes! Giovanni Abeille’s stunningly beautiful work for Cricket Media’s short story ‘Too Many Dragons’ appears in the this month’s edition of SPIDER Magazine. With a subtle and sublime colour palate and striking use of texture and depth, these illustrations are sure to make this story a firm favourite with their young readers! 

Giovanni, who studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Naples, demonstrates his exceptional skills in characterisation in these pieces -  beautifully capturing Skoki’s deep longing for the little brown creature she has only read about in books - the Stink Bug! From tiny dragons entangled in her hair to huge dragons nesting on top of her family’s garage, Skoki’s frustration with her densely populated imaginary world can be clearly felt!  We can’t help feeling however, that Skoki should be careful what she wishes for next!!



Steve Horrocks' Nightmare Neighbours!

Keesha and Nick have two big problems: 1. Their favourite park might be closing and 2. Monsters have moved in next door! Steve Horrocks’ visually stunning work for the 'Oxford Reading Tree All Stars' fiction series combines his trademark hilarious and lovable characters with a hugely imaginative story of friendship and acceptance!
Steve’s bold and humorous style is perfectly suited to this popular series which aims to use the most engaging illustration to aid understanding and spark a lifelong love of reading! It has certainly inspired us to grab a copy - get yours here!

Ella's Creature Feature!

Have you ever met a Psammead? When 5 siblings start exploring a gravel pit not far from their new home, they discover an incredible creature who has eyes like a snail, ears like a bat and the body of a spider, and is very bad tempered indeed! This new edition from Alma Books of the much loved classic tale is Illustrated by the wonderful Ella Okstad whose enchanting, playful and expressive style brings the unexpected and catastrophic consequences of the children’s wishes for beauty, wings and wealth vividly to life!

Ella’s work, filled with its hallmark movement and energy, perfectly compliments this action packed tale and leaves us asking the question: persuading an extremely grumpy sand fairy to grant your wish - what could possibly go wrong?!! Find out here!


Gareth Lucas' Prehistoric Puzzles!

Not content with the hugely successful Look and Find Zoo last month, the wonderfully talented and prolific Gareth Lucas has yet another spectacular book of beasties to spot, count and identify out this month! This latest gem from Usborne Publishing's ‘Look and Find’ sees Gareth tackling T-Rexs and Triceratops, Stegosaurus and Styracosaurs, all with his usual exquisite attention to detail and infused with wonderfully subtle humour. Exploding with creativity and colour, get your copy here - It’s dino-mite!!! 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Vince Reid's Cool Clubhouse Cover!

Out this month with an awesome cover by the very talented Vince Reid, 'The Clubhouse Mystery' is the first fabulous adventure in the 'Cass and the Bubble Street Gang' series from The O'Brien Press!
After the annoying baby twins demolish the fort Cass has built in the sitting room, she has the great idea of building a proper fort outdoors that can be the Bubble Street Gang's clubhouse! Everything is going according to plan until they realise someone is using the clubhouse when they're not there!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Free Beastly Activity Sheets!

These gorgeous activity sheets have been produced by Scholastic UK using Barbara's wonderful illustrations to promote the release of 'Beauty and the Very Beastly Beast'! Written by Mark Sperring, with whom Barbara previously worked on ‘Cinderella and her very Bossy Sisters’, this month's release sees Belle take on maybe more than she bargained for when she moves in with the sloppy, scary and irritable beast!
To download your very own copy of these fun activity sheets, click here


Shout 'Ye-Ha' With Alison Jay!

Alison's Jay's wonderful cowboy themed images adorn the cover of this month's issue of Cricket Magazine and make us all want to shout 'Ye-Ha!
Perfect for imaginative readers aged from 9 to 14, Cricket Media's CRICKET Magazine has delighted and entertained generations of kids with contemporary stories and classic literature from the world’s best writers. Paired with illustrations so beautiful they take your breath away, these fabulously atmospheric vistas of Alison's are set to be a runaway success!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Barefoot Book of Children Makes a World of Difference!

Check out this wonderful interview about David Dean's groundbreaking Barefoot Book of Children in collaboration with Barefoot Books​! 

They say of David's contribution:

"Much of the work of ensuring accuracy fell to the illustrator, David Dean. David went to great trouble to research a wide range of scenes from different cultures and countries."



Emily Emerson's Illustrator Saturday Interview!

If you fancy cuteness overload as your #TuesdayTreat then check out Writing and Illustrating's Illustrator Saturday feature interview with the amazingly talented Emily Emerson! To see more of Emily's adorable work, click here




Ella and Nelly Tick all the Boxes!

Check out this wonderful review of Nelly and the Quest for Captain Peabody illustrated by the fabulous Ella Oksatd! Here's just a snippet to whet your appetite!

"I’m always on the lookout for new stories for younger readers where the female protagonist has an adventure. Nelly and the Quest for Captain Peabody, by Roland Chambers and with enchanting illustrations by Ella Okstad, is the first in a new series for the 7-9 age group (though I suggest that it would appeal right through to upper primary years), and my goodness does it tick that box!"


Thursday, 16 March 2017

A Prize Piece from Gareth Lucas!

The lovely winner of our last monthly draw has sent us this fab photo of her prize!! Ruth chose to have a mug emblazoned with this gorgeous deep sea illustration by Gareth Lucas for Usborne Publishing! You can order this wonderful book here


Thursday, 9 March 2017

Richard Johnson's Beautiful work for Benziger!

Richard Johnson has once again produced some truly stunning imagery for the covers of RCL Benziger's new Christian educational program of books for the 'Blest Are We' series! Featuring many of the Bible's most recognisable stories Richard's magical work is the perfect accompaniment!

Emily's Page Turning Patterns!

We are so excited to let you know that these adorably playful designs from Emily Emerson have been chosen for the latest issue of Uppercase Magazine's ‘Surface Pattern Design Guide’! The quarterly print magazine inspired by craft, design and illustration seeks out unique design with incredible attention to detail so we can see why they chose Emily’s characteristically cute and intricate patterns to adorn their pages!
Her whimsical, joyful art is created in her sunny Kansas studio and throughout her work you will find cute animals, bright colours, cheerful patterns and a fondness for the beauty of nature. Emily has previously worked creating enchanting characters for children’s publishing, lively patterns for fabric, apparel, stationery, home decor and much more and will bring her unique and magical touch to any project!

Guess who's back? Nelly's back!

After the huge success of ‘The Quest for Captain Peabody’, Ronald Chambers and Ella Okstad’s crazy creation - Nelly Peabody - is back, and this time the tenacious tike and her faithful turtle investigate the mysterious disappearance of her mother! Nelly’s adventure is packed with eccentric characters stunningly brought to life by Ella’s beautifully bold signature two-colour style. Loose yourself in her humour-filled scenes as you climb with Nelly and Columbus to the tops of the clouds in a laundry basket and dive to the murky depths of the ocean in an oversized tin can!
Nelly’s resourceful and courageous nature is perfectly complimented by Ella’s distinct and quirky style, and her love of creating characters full of personality and mischief certainly shines through in this gorgeous book! We challenge you not to fall in love with Nelly and Columbus when it comes out this month! Get your copy here

Merce in Demand!

As if last month’s award for ‘Living with Hilda’ was not enough, the fabulously talented Merce Canals’ work has now been selected to represent Catalonia and the Balearic Islands as Guests of Honour at this years Bologna Children’s Book Fair!
Her fun and funky modern and eye-catching style, combined with her experience in working on pop-up books is already going down really well with our clients worldwide - check out her lovely portfolio on our site!

As Merce’s agent we will be attending the fair too, so see you there!


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Brrrrrrrrrr Baby Bear!

Baby Bear doesn't like the water, it's cold, wet and gets up his nose!
 Follow him on his journey of discovery as he learns to conquer his fears and swim like the big bears!
Lovingly illustrated by Richard Johnson for McGraw-Hill Education, 'Don't Give up Baby Bear' is a tale of perseverance and determination that teaches children to learn new skills at their own pace.
I think we are a bit in love with baby bear - how about you?



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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Gareth's Marvellous Menagerie!

Sumptuously illustrated by Gareth Lucas, ‘Look and Find Zoo’ from Usborne Publishing is bursting with aardvarks and zebras, camels and dolphins all to spot, match and count! Each page is a delightfully detailed menagerie featuring a cast of sleeping tigers, slithering snakes, scuttling bugs even turtles wearing hats! Gareth’s distinctively intricate and playful style is a true feast for the eyes making it obvious why he has been commissioned to produce all of the hugely popular ’Look and Find’ series so far!
Look out for prehistoric pranks galore when 'Look and Find Dinosaurs’ comes out soon too! In the meantime, we challenge you not to lose yourself in his crazy, fabulous technicolour world!! Get your copy here!



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Pretty Painting Palaces with Barbara Bongini!

Each gorgeous page of the latest of Usborne’s Magic Painting Books to be illustrated by the fabulously talented Barbara, features a different black and white illustration of a fantastical abode! Watch as Barbara Bongini’s fabulous fairy palaces magically burst into colour with a wondrous stained-glass effect in this delightful activity book! Barbara’s keen attention to detail shines through in every pillar, portico, turret and tracery whilst incorporating deliciously sweet and soft finishing touches of winding ivy, fluttering birds and of course, the adorable fairies themselves! So sit back, close your eyes and enjoy dreaming of your own magical fairy palace! Get your copy now! 




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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Valentine's Sucks!

If you are already sick and tired of all of the twee hearts, flowers and teddy bears that fill the shops in the run up to Valentine’s Day then try the perfect antidote to the commercial view of luurve! These wonderfully twisted gothic images are available on a range of items from phone cases to mugs from Barbara Bongini’s Teepublic shop. Why not surprise your significant other with one of her edgy designs on their favourite item, or just treat yourself!




Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Steve Dell's Space Race!



The Full Moon for Feb 2017 will occur just after midnight on February 11th for Europe and in the afternoon of February 10th for the United States.February's Full Moon is commonly known as the 'Full Snow Moon' or 'Hunger Moon' by Native Americans. The Apache referred to it as the 'frost sparkling in the sun' moon while the Omaha people referred to it as the 'moon when geese come home'.


The 'face' of the Man in the Moon is actually composed of the dark areas of the lunar maria, or 'seas' and the lighter highlands of the lunar surface. A longstanding European tradition holds that the man was banished to the moon for some crime! Steve Dell's fabulous work for 'Man on the Moon' activity pack for John Lewis continues this tradition of telling stories of the lonely man so many miles away and gives children wonderful ideas of how to find and even make contact with this elusive chap! We think these gorgeous illustrations are 'out of this world'!!!

The Romantic Robin!

Fun February Fact Alert! The first cards featuring robins were actually sent for St Valentine’s Day and not for Christmas! Although we tend now to associate them with the festive season - a link dating from the mid 1800s, when postmen wore red uniforms and were called ‘robins’ - they originally symbolised the posties who played cupid delivering love letters from both secret admirers and loved up couples! So, in the spirit of the most romantic month of the year, here are some stunning illustrations of these beautiful messengers of love from the fabulously talented Steve Dell!


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Carlos' Colourful Creations!

If you fancy something a bit different to adorn your tote bag or tshirt this month then look no further! Carlos Araujo - Illustrations​' Colab55 shop can cater for all your quirky needs!! The vibrant 'Fantasy Waltz' and 'Cool Walking Life' ranges are sure to brighten your mood and may even bag you some admiring glances! Check out his shop in all its funky glory here:




Barbara's Saturday Spotlight!

Check out the very fabulous Barbara Bongini featured in this week's Writing and Illustrating blog's 'Illustrator Saturday' talking about her process, background and inspirations!

You can read her full interview here




Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Barbara's Beauty and the Very Beastly Beast!

We will show you more of these beautiful illustrations when this gorgeous book is officially released but for now here is a quick sneak peek at the stunning cover art by Barbara Bongini for 'Beauty and the Very Beastly Beast' that comes out in March! Enjoy!

Fancy a biscuit?

Come and see us in London or Bologne!


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Merce Canals' latest award winning book!



We are thrilled to announce that Merce Canals’ most recent project ‘Living With Hilda (and its disadvantages)’ has won the 36th Destino Infantile Apel les Mestres International Children’s Book Award! Last spring author Bel Olid sent Merce a tale about a little girl who was trying to adopt a new pet and these dynamic images are the result.
“Living with a crocodile might sound thrilling, but it can be inconvenient. She’s got so many teeth, she spends HOURS brushing them in the bathroom. And once they’re clean, she’s still a crocodile. What if she’s suddenly hungry and eats ME up? A parrot’s much better”.
As innocent as Hilda first appears with her large glasses, sweet bunches and braces, as the story unfolds you realise that maybe this funny girl is the real problem and not the beasts of the forest and the savannah…she is capricious and impatient and all of them disappoint her!
‘Living with Hilda (and its disadvantages)’ is published by Editorial Destino and out this month!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Javier's Jungle Spirit!

Check out Javier Joaquin's exquisite black and white artwork for Bear Grylls' new book 'The Spirit of the Jungle'!
Could you survive in the jungle? After being washed away down the Wainganga River during a flash flood, Mak wakes up alone in the Indian jungle. The jungle is full of danger - poisonous snakes, cunning monkeys and desperate poachers - and every step Mak takes might be his last.
Mak finds help and friendship from other jungle creatures, but he will need all his skill and luck to survive and make his way back home.
Spirit of the Jungle is an exciting contemporary action-adventure inspired by Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book with Bear's engaging writing style beautifully complimented by Javier's detailed and movement filled illustrations! A must for all adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies!
Get your copy here!




Tuesday, 17 January 2017

****NEW ORGANISATION MAILING LIST!!! JOIN NOW!! ****


New for 2017! If you would like to be kept up to date with all the new and exciting things our talented artists have been up to, as well as receiving some fabulous giveaways then why not join our marvellous new mailing list? You will not only receive our monthly newsletter jam-packed with all the latest from your favourite artists, but also some exciting free downloadable gifts throughout the year! So, if this sounds like your cup of tea (and, quite frankly, how could it not??!) then just click on the tab on the left hand side of our Facebook page, enter your email address and sit back and wait for beautiful things to land in your inbox!






Farewell Babette

It was with great sadness that we heard the news of the passing of the fabulously eccentric and anarchic children's writer and illustrator Babette Cole yesterday. The 'Princess Smartypants' creator has had a profound effect upon the world of children's picture books and the influence of her (more than 70!) glorious and irreverent stories we are sure will continue to inspire future generations of writers and illustrators! So we say our own farewell to a unique and passionate lady!


A Rabbit's Tale!

Everybody loves a story where the underdog wins in the end don't they? Well this beautifully vibrant illustrated version of The Clever Rabbit for Oxford University Press' Literacy Series by the wonderfully talented Akbar Ali is certainly no exception! This well-loved story of the rabbit's use of logic to outwit his hungry opponent is brought to life through Akbar's sensitive portrayal these majestic and secretive animals. You can almost feel the warm evening sun as it sets on this inspiring little tale!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Aga's Adorable Animals!

Our artists certainly are a talented lot! Check out these adorable Tshirt designs from Aga Kowalska Illustration! With their vibrant spring colours and cute characters these have really brightened up our morning!


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

A Winning Winter Warmer!

The lovely winner of our last monthly draw has sent us this fab photo of her enjoying a wonderful warming hot chocolate in her prize!! Laura chose to have a mug emblazoned with this beautiful illustration by Sophie Rohrbach for Hachette UK​! You can preorder this wonderful book here!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Happy New Year from Carlos Araujo illustration and everyone at The Organisation! Let's tip our hats and swing our skirts for 2017!!