Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Step into Richard Merritt's Magical World!

To help while away time at the airport or to soothe your mind as you relax by the pool, why not take a trip back in time to ancient Greece or Rome with the spectacular ‘Labyrinth - Mythical Beasts to Colour’ from LOM Art and illustrated by the skilled ‘old master’ of the adult colouring book world - Richard Merritt!  Whether you are colouring the wondrous wings of a Harpy or the glistening snakes of a Gorgon's hair, this unique colouring book filled with magical detail on every page, truly brings these creatures and their mythical realms to life! 

As if that weren’t enough, Richard also has the beautiful Abenteuer Natur, or Nature Adventure, out this month too! From the tiny grasshopper to the mighty whale, his gorgeous, intricate and atmospheric illustrations are simply begging to have a creative hand bring them to life with bursting colour! Travel deep under the ocean and into the tiny worlds within our own, inhabited by a host of fascinating life sensitively embellished with gorgeous decorative details! 


Both books are out now!

Get your copies here:



David Dean’s Morpurgo Marathon!

Be whisked from the sultry Spanish border to the imposing walls of Camelot or travel by dusty road with a travelling circus, only to end up on the turbulent seas from Ireland to America! The latest beautiful batch of David Dean covers for Egmont has officially landed and promises to take you on a thrilling whistle-stop tour of the globe! David’s inspired interpretations of these well-loved stories give just enough away to make us want to plunge headlong in to the mystery and adventure just waiting beneath each distinctively dynamic cover! 


Ella's Illos Float our Boat!

These adorable new black and white line illustrations by Ella Okstad sensitively celebrate young love as seen through the eyes of Simon and Anna in the short story RMS Titanic written by Norwegian author Nina Elisabeth GrĂžntvedt. The bold clarity of Ella’s drawings perfectly compliment this charming little love story created specially for the Hay Festival Aarhus 30 project and set against the backdrop of a school production of Titanic! Ella says:

“When asked by Alma Books to contribute to this project, I didn’t know anything about the story or who had written it. Nor did I know which other illustrators/authors were going to take part. It came as great surprise that the author of RMS Titanic actually is a friend of mine, living in the same city! I have also worked with one of the other Norwegian authors on the list - Endre Lund Eriksen, so I am very honoured to be in such splendid company! I was very charmed by the story of clumsy Simon (who  has a broken arm in the story which he has to hold in a permanent 90 degree angle!) and Anna, the prettiest girl in his class, as they tackle the roles of Jack and Rosie in the end of term school play!”


Ella’s gorgeous drawings feature in the Young Adult volume ‘Odyssey’ released on May 25th! Too see more of Ella's cute portfolio click here


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

A-Mazing Maps from Gareth Lucas!

With this superb new Map Maze Book from Usborne, getting lost has never been so much fun! Immerse yourself in Gareth Lucas’ stunningly intricate work as you travel across exotic continents, walk the dusty streets of famous cities and explore long-lost lands without ever having to leave the house!! 

Each maze is more challenging than the last, from navigating a safe path through icebergs to taking a whirlwind tour of the horn of India, Sainsbury's Children's Book Award winner Gareth’s rich maps filled with humorous little details are guaranteed to bring out the Indiana Jones in us all! Lose yourself in this unique book from 1st June!


Hitting the Road with Barbara Bongini!

Fancy an engaging and educational road trip across the USA this Spring? Well then look no further!All of the major sights are playfully illustrated in wonderful technicolour by the extremely versatile Barbara Bongini in this fabulous new storybook adventure from I see Me Personalised Children’s Books

My USA Road Trip issues children with their own personalised driving licence to travel the length and breadth of the country learning the names of all 50 states through exciting facts and visiting fascinating landmarks! Barbara’s bold and beautiful portfolio boasts work for a diverse range of international clients from creating packaging, brochures and posters to her passion which is, of course, producing sumptuous children’s book illustrations and travelling the world from the comfort of her little Italian studio! Go on, treat yourself to the ultimate 'grand tour'!




Buzzing with Excitement!

Alison Jay's gorgeous 'Bee and Me' has made it on to PublishersWeekly​'s list of fabulously buzz-worthy bee books this week! See the full list here!


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Bistra makes a big impact at 3x3 Awards!

Bistra Masseva has won a Merit Award in the 3x3 Magazine 2017 Picture Book Show with this gorgeous illustration and we are so proud of her!!
To see more of Bistra's fabulous portfolio visit http://www.organisart.co.uk/Artist/108/Bistra-Masseva.html




Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Our Artists in Demand!

We are thrilled to have not one, not two but three of our amazing illustrators featured in this month's Children's Illustrators.com  May Newsletter!! Ella Okstad, Nuno Alexandre Vieira and Richard Merritt all have their most recent exquisite work in the highly competitive field of children's book illustration appearing in this May round-up highlighting a collection of superb new book releases! Enjoy it here!





Dynamic Duo's Illustrator Saturday Feature!

Check out the fabulous Chantelle & Burgen Thorne, chosen for this week's Illustrator Saturday feature for Writing and Illustrating Blog! Here they talk about their art, process, history and inspiration - be inspired by this incredible pair's passion for children's book illustration here!





Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Eurovision Fever Hits The Org!

Only a few days to go until the Eurovision 2017​ final and our artists from the countries that have qualified so far are dancing for joy! 

The Organisation represents Violeta Dabija from Moldova, Shane McGowan from Australia, Merce Canals from Spain, Roberta Bordone from Italy, Sophie Rohrbach from France and Alex Steele-Morgan from the UK who are all in grand final on Saturday! We think they all deserve 'Douze Pointe'! Who will you be rooting for?


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

David Dean's Cover Story!

It has been a real struggle to keep quiet, but we can finally let the cat out of the bag! The amazing David Dean has been working on a huge project for the past few months and we are thrilled to at last be able to show you the beautiful first batch of rich and dynamic covers for the enormously exciting reprinting of all of Michael Morpurgo’s books by Egmont! These stunning books push David’s cover count to over 100 and feature his bold and characteristically insightful interpretations of the stories drawn from unique and extraordinary perspectives.

David, with his wealth of experience and passion for book design really was the only person to complete this mammoth 20 cover task! He has been represented by The Organisation for the past 18 years and says of this prestigious commission:

“This was a bit of a dream job for me! Getting to do a series of twenty covers, and for such a well-known author, was a real privilege. Morpurgo is an amazing storyteller, and the variety of subjects he tackles meant the job never got stale - I got to paint King Arthur, a wagon train and World War II planes!

The job went very smoothly and almost all of my roughs were approved with little or no amendments. Keeping all the covers different, in terms of colours and composition, was a challenge, but a fun one that pushed me into trying different things! I did find illustrating the cover for 'War Horse' somewhat daunting and put off tackling that one as long as I could! It is such a modern classic and has been illustrated so many times, often brilliantly, that I wasn’t sure I was equal to the task, though it ended up being one of my favourite covers!”

These first 6 stunning books are on sale now and we will be featuring the next gorgeous batch in later this month so keep an eye out!


Richard’s Merritt’s Pat-a-Cake Premiere!

Published by Pat-a-Cake books, a brand new baby, preschool and early years imprint from Hachette Children’s group, these adorable peek and play rhyme books, delightfully illustrated by Richard Merritt are out tomorrow, and they were so pleased with the results that Richard has been commissioned for two more coming next year! Richard says of taking this inspiring new direction:

“It’s really exciting to be part of a brand new publishing imprint, so I was thrilled to be asked to create the artwork for these wonderful books. The illustrations were a welcome diversion from what I’ve usually done in my career to date, as I’ve always wanted to get involved with baby and toddler books because they are such fun to do, thinking of all the cute little details for the children to spot as they read - I even found myself humming along to the nursery rhymes as I worked!”


So warm up those vocal chords for a good old fashioned sing-along! Get your copies here


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Ella Okstad’s Ballerina Dreams!




Stunningly and sensitively illustrated by the fabulous Ella Okstad, ‘Ballerina Dreams’ is the adorable younger-reader edition of Michaela DePrince's highly moving memoir of her journey from a lonely child in an orphanage in Sierra Leone to principle dancer for the Dutch National Ballet. Ella says:

“When presented with Ballerina Dreams, I was very moved by it. In the beginning, I must admit I was slightly nervous about drawing real life people as they grow up using my own style, but the response I had was utterly positive! I was given a pdf document with lots of family photos to help me to get hair styles, clothes and particularly the ballet postures and movements right. I wanted to depict Michaela just as strong and determined as she is in the story and photos. When the advance copies came, Elaine DePrince wrote me a message to let me know how pleased they both were!”  

Ella’s always joyful illustrations perfectly express the love, dedication and hope that drove DePrince to achieve her dreams. Each page of this unique autobiography is bursting with her signature warmth and exudes a gentle and endearing humour whilst simultaneously capturing the vibrant movement of the tiny ballerinas twirling and balancing on tiptoes!

Sure to have you dancing for joy, Ballerina Dreams is out this month from Faber, get your copy here: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/057132973X/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=057132973X&linkCode=as2&tag=toia-21

Nuno’s Unicorns Storm Usborne!


Zoe is staying with her great-aunt when she discovers a secret world full of beautiful fairy unicorns, but soon she finds out that Unicorn Island is in terrible danger! An exciting new series for the Usborne Young Reading Programme, Fairy Unicorns: Magic Forest and Fairy Unicorns: Cloud Castle feature the enchanting illustrations of Nuno Alexandre Vieira! 

Based in Portugal, Nuno is an extremely versatile artist who loves to work with traditional media (with a particular passion for Indian ink!), in digital or a mix between the two and especially loves to create captivating characters and imagine fantastical worlds for them! Fairy tales, magic and adventure are his favourite subjects to illustrate and this is obvious from his sublime cover art to the characterful and spellbinding line drawings that bring these illustrated books to life! Become submerged in his dream-like world and get your copies here now.



Livia’s Lovable Little Ones!


The wonderful Livia Coloji has been a busy bee, illustrating some classic children’s tales for the exciting new Parragon First Readers series, the latest of which feature two of the most cute and courageous little characters from children’s literature - Thumbelina and The Ugly Duckling! 

We are sure that Livia’s stunningly vivid colour palate, bold and beautiful flower and foliage borders and instantly endearing animals will elevate these stories from well-known bookshelf staples to compelling new reading adventures! Livia has been working as a professional artist since 2005 and particularly enjoys illustrating for children, although she has been known to turn her hand to projects as diverse as designing the promotional material for a world music festival and painting the indigenous vampires of her native Romania, so who knows what she might be up to next!!! 


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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