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16th November 2017

Graham Carter: BAFTA Children’s Awards Poster

This stunning illustration by Graham Carter is for the BAFTA Children’s Awards to be held on Sunday 26th November – it will feature on posters, leaflets and tickets for the ceremony. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image in film, television and games in the United Kingdom. Their annual award ceremonies set the gold standard for industry practitioners everywhere.

This year they are celebrating their 70th anniversary and the Children’s Awards is the final ceremony of their calendar.

‘Be Part of The Story’

Be part of the story‘ is the concept behind the illustration – to represent the culmination of the many ideas, choices and hours of craft that go into the moving arts. Graham was asked to create a hero illustration using the famous BAFTA mask, with an assortment of elements around it to reflect this year’s greatest Children’s content in TV drama, comedy, live entertainment, documentaries, animation, games and feature films. The result is this densely detailed artwork that communicates the concept perfectly and matches the format for all the other awards throughout 2017.

Happy anniversary BAFTA and well done Graham!

 

Childrens BAFTA poster illustrated by Graham Carter

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7th November 2017

The Rise of Wolves Illustrated by Frances Castle

Frances Castle‘s beautiful cover illustration for The Rise of Wolves, sets the tone for this gripping adventure thriller published by Chicken House. Kerr Thomson’s atmospheric tale of wolves and wilderness starts with a chilling howl on an island where no wolves have lived for centuries.

“Innis Munro is walking home across the bleak wilderness of Nin Island when he hears the chilling howl of a wolf. But there are no wolves on the island – not since they were hunted to extinction, centuries ago. He decides to investigate his island home and accepts an ancient challenge: he who jumps the Bonnie Laddie’s Leap wins a fortune. As the wolves rise from the darkness of history, and long-buried secrets resurface, Innis’s adventure truly begins…”

The Rise of Wolves by Kerr Thomson, cover illustration by Frances Castle

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2nd November 2017

Polar Bears Explorers’ Club illustrated by Tomislav Tomic

The Polar Bears Explorers’ Club,written by Alex Bell, illustrated by Tomislav Tomic is published by Faber and Faber today.

Tomislav Tomic was the perfect choice to illustrate this fantasy adventure, with his attention to detail and love of all things frosty, Tomislav is a past master at depicting Snow Queens, Icy Forests, Polar Bears and Fantastic Beasts.

The book has been chosen as Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the month….

“Tomislav Tomic’s powerful illustrations perfectly compliment YA-star Alex Bell’s thrill-packed tale, this her first novel for younger readers. Beware the carnivorous cabbages!”

 

Here’s a few of the glorious double page spread illustrations featured in the book.

 

“In no time at all, they’d reached the gates of the Polar Bears Explorers’ Club…the sleigh passed down a central path flanked on each side by a vast snow garden…But even the lovely ice garden couldn’t compare with the magnificent building that housed the club itself.”

Tomislav Tomic Polar Bears Explorer Club

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Stella was the first to spot movement on land…There was a great, humungous yeti lumbering across the ice. ‘Yeti’ she cried, her voice cracking the frozen air as she pointed out across the ocean”

Tomislav Tomic Polar Bear Explorers Club

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“The ship wasn’t far away and it didn’t take long to find it. It was frozen at an angle in the ice, looking pale and ghostly in the moonlight with the prow rising up into the sky, its shredded sails hanging in tatters, and gaping holes showing through the rotted, crumbling wood… a ghost ship.”

Tomislav Tomic Polar Bear Explorers Club

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“She suddenly had the strongest feeling that she was supposed to go to that castle. Something about those thin, white spires, pointing up into the air like fingers was strangely familiar to her, as if she’d seen the place before, a very long time ago.”

Tomislav Tomic Polar Bear Explorers Club

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This is what Alex Bell says about her new novel…

 

Stella Starflake Pearl lives with her explorer father, Felix, alongside her pet polar bear, Gruff, a menagerie of pygmy dinosaurs and her trusty unicorn, MagicEver since Stella was a small child, Felix has gone away on expeditions to faraway lands, and returned with fascinating curiosities and incredible tales. Stella has always enjoyed his stories, but now she’s ready to start having a few adventures of her own.

She finally convinces Felix to take her with him on his next journey, and the expedition duly embarks with its supplies of wolves, sleds, unicorns, iced gems and expedition-strength moustache wax. But once their ship
reaches the snowy Icelands, Stella and the other three junior explorers find themselves separated from the rest of their expedition.

Setting out together into the frozen unknown, they must keep all their wits about them if they are to come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, carnivorous cabbages – and live to tell the tale.

Tomislav Tomic Polar Bears Explorer Club

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1st November 2017

Arena November Calendar by Levi Pinfold

Our November calendar image is Levi Pinfold‘s atmospheric cover illustration for The Secret Horses of Briar Hill, written by Megan Shepherd and published by Walker Books. You can see more of Levi’s exquisite imagery from the inside of this poignant story here.

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill written by Megan Shepherd, illustrated by Levi Pinfold

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31st October 2017

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  We celebrate All Hallows’ Eve with this charming illustration by Anna Chernyshova. We’ve also updated Anna’s portfolio so why don’t you fly over there for a viewing.

 

Happy Halloween illustration by Anna Chernyshova

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