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20th November 2019

P P P Pick up the 3rd Mr Penguin Adventure by Alex T. Smith

Emerging majestically from the deepest depths, the third gripping installment of Alex T Smith’s Mr. Penguin series … (insert dramatic pause)

Mr. Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise published by Hachette Children’s Books

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Dressed in his absolute best bow tie Mr. Penguin is boarding a luxury cruise ship. He doesn’t like water, and he can’t swim, but his friend Colin is performing with the Ladies Choir on board – and anyway, Mr Penguin feels like a rest after some busy Adventuring. What’s more, fish finger sandwiches are apparently available twenty-four hours a day. Heaven!

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But despite the glamorous film stars and party atmosphere, Mr Penguin can’t help but feel that something shifty is happening on board. And when he befriends a young stowaway with a mystery of her own to solve, he soon finds that Adventures are lying in wait after all …

 

Praise for Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure:

‘Addictive slapstick’ – Guardian


‘The perfect introduction to mystery stories’ – Scotsman

 

This action-packed adventure series beautifully showcases Alex’s skill for character design and his clever use of the space on the page really brings this hilarious slapstick stories to life. His talent for storytelling is something to behold alongside his masterful illustration skills making this hugely popular series a sure-fire hit with readers young and old.

 

Here is a selection of some of our favourite illustration pieces from Mr. Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise,  we think you’ll agree they are tippety top. Alex T Smith Mr Penguin 3Alex T Smith Mr Penguin 3Alex T Smith Mr Penguin 3Alex T Smith Mr Penguin 3Alex T Smith Mr Penguin 3

 

You can view Alex’s online portfolio HERE, please email info@arenaillustration.com for more information about his work. We also highly recommend following him on Twitter HERE for regular highly entertaining musings and sneak peeks.

 

 

13th November 2019

Welcoming Marie-Alice Harel to Arena

It is said that stories are told eye to eye, heart to heart and mind to mind, this proverb is at the very essence of the work of our newest Arena Illustrator. Presenting Marie-Alice Harel’s exquisite illustrations, masterful storytelling and stunning new online portfolio.

Award-winning French illustrator Marie-Alice Harel began her full time career in illustration in Edinburgh in 2016 where she had first settled as a Geosciences PhD and researcher. Her ethereal watercolour illustrations exude a magical transience which capture the imagination.

With storytelling at the heart of her illustration practice, Marie-Alice draws inspiration from exotic cultures, fascinating historical archives, fantasy, mysticism and her own personal life experiences. This skill for creating stories first made its appearance in a series of exquisite limited edition books.

Winning the prestigious Book Illustration Competition in 2019 for illustrating Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianne Wynne Jones published by The Folio Society, Marie-Alice’s stunning illustration work is much in demand and lends itself beautifully to a wealth of publishing and design projects. This lavish edition of a fantastical tale includes an introduction by award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick and perfectly showcases her delicate dreamlike style. Watch their YouTube Video HERE

Here for your delectation and delight is a small taster from her portfolio.

 

 

 

Marie-Alice teaches life drawing and illustration in Edinburgh and she regularly exhibits her paintings in the UK, France and America as well as recently launching a highly successful Kickstarter project a collection of stunning Bird People illustrations made in to a beautifully produced self published book. Find out more about that project HERE 

For more information about this talented new illustrator please email info@arenaillustration.com in the meantime please view a spectacular selection of her work via Marie-Alice’s online portfolio HERE

For more insights and behind the scenes insights follow Marie-Alice on Instagram

 

6th November 2019

A Christmas Cracker from Neal Layton and Kate Saunders

Jingle bells, Jingle bells, smelly poo and bum!
You can wait for Christmas but it’s never going to come!

Yes, Christmas has come early and it’s not like any Christmas you have known before. Nestling in your stocking this year like the gift you’ve always wished for (that wasn’t a pony!) a fabulous bright yellow copy of The Great Reindeer Disaster written by Kate Saunders, illustrated by our very own Neal Layton and published by Faber Children’s Books. So buckle up and get ready for some slightly uncouth seasonal Yuletide mayhem!

When a delightful miniature reindeer named Percy falls down the chimney of the Trubshaws’ holiday cottage, the last thing they expect is to be whisked away to the distant planet of Yule-1 – the REAL home of Father Christmas, the elves, and his intrepid reindeer delivery teams. And what an amazing place it is – nobody minds being stuck there until the computer system has been mended. But the festive season is in danger! One rogue reindeer has teamed up with the evil Krampus King of the naughty list to sabotage everything. Unless Percy and his new friends can track them down, there will be no Christmas this year – or EVER AGAIN!

With an abundance of Neal’s wonderful line illustrations adorning the pages throughout The Great Reindeer Disaster will be the perfect gift for newly independent readers to enjoy in the run-up to the big day and is set to quickly become a seasonal favourite.

Here is a selection of Neal’s hilarious illustrations, including what must be the first-ever illustration of a reindeer on a space hopper!

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Whether you are on the naughty list or nice list, grab a copy of The Great Reindeer Disaster  HERE

 

You can find more of Neal’s work on Twitter and Instagram and you simply MUST check out his fabulous online portfolio HERE. Please contact us via email at info@arenaillustration.com for more information about working with Neal or any of our other fabulous illustrators.

28th October 2019

Spectacular Halloween Merchandise at Waitrose

As the evenings draw in it’s almost time for the most ghoulishly glorious night of the year, yes Halloween is almost upon us, and this year it’s looking more SPOOKtacular than ever as Waitrose and Partners launch a brand new range of FANGtastic Halloween merchandise designed by Arena illustrator Graham Carter.
With all of the traditional spooks and monsters to hand Graham expertly created a faBOOlous cast of characters to adorn a whole range of party ware and delicious edible treats. From cookies to paper plates and creepy crackers the striking orange and black Halloween range leaps off the shelves of all of Waitrose 353 stores nationwide (you can view the range HERE)
From an eclectic and eerie array of inspirational mood boards from the design team at Waitrose, Graham created a family friendly Halloween brand look using a simple, clean, monochromatic palette. His Halloween characters including a band of merry trick or treaters, vampires and particularly magnificent black cat were specifically designed to transfer successfully across multiple formats. We think you’ll agree this fresh, funky and fun range will appeal to big monsters, Mummies, little terrors and every one in between and will be found in Waitrose stores for the next 2 years.  
So don’t be a lazy bones, pop down to your nearest Waitrose today and trick or treat yourself to some party essentials to lift your spirits.
If you are brave enough you can view Graham Crater’s online portfolio here
Happy HOWL-oween from all of us at Arena Illustration

 

Halloween Haunted House

 

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23rd October 2019

Matt Millz is back in the latest Harry Hill and Steve May adventure

Are you a fan of, sausage dogs, bloodthirsty haggis, burps, zombies and people with sprouts for heads?… then this is the book for you? Get ready to chuckle all the way to the Edinburgh Festival with Matt Millz On Tour, the third in the Matt Millz series written by BAFTA award-winning comedian Harry Hill and illustrated by our very own Steve May.

 

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Matt’s big dream of becoming a stand-up comic is fading fast. Six months on from his success at the Apollo, the gigs have dried up, and it’s back to the daily drudge of schoolwork for Matt and his pals. But then his twelve-year-old manager Kitty has a brainwave: if they can persuade their teachers to take a school play up to the Edinburgh Festival, they could hold a comedy night too.

But Matt’s got a rival new school-mate Jamie who is pushing to be in the comedy line-up. And Jamie is good. But is he too good to be true?…

Packed with seat gripping action, clever twists and great characters including Benedict Cumber-Sprout AND a man eating Haggis! this third Matt Millz adventure will appeal to every aspiring young comedian.

Steve and Harry are a dynamic author, illustrator pairing, with Steve’s super cool scratchy illustrations making the perfect partner for Harry’s bonkers texts. Here are some of our favourite sketches from the book…

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The Matt Millz series is published by the good folk at Faber Children’s and you can grab a copy of Matt Millz on Tour and the previous two titles in the series HERE 

Check out Steve’s fabulous online illustration portfolio HERE or visit his Instagram profile for daily chortle inducing mayhem