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9th April 2018

NEW Spring 2018 Illustration Brochure

We’re bringing a little sunshine to London Book Fair this week with our brand new Spring 2018 Brochure. This seasons extended portfolio showcases some of the incredible talent represented by Arena in the illustrated fiction and non-fiction field.

 

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You’ll find ancient warriors, winged horses, Nifflers, stunt bikes and spooks alongside lots of familiar faces. Capturing the imaginations of young readers as they take their first steps towards enjoying books independently has been made all the more magical with the increasing variety of highly illustrated series on offer so whether in search of action packed adventure, a bucket of giggles or a flurry of facts, illustrated books will continue to inspire young readers to explore the bookshelf and beyond.

This is just a very small taster of the incredible work being created by some of the most talented visual artists working in publishing today. This brochure features the work of the following illustrators, click on their names to view their complete portfolios.

Emily Fox, Anna Chernyshova, Chris Garbutt, Kristyna Litten, Adam Stower, Thomas Flintham, Neal Layton, Spike Gerrell, Steve May, Aleksei Bitskoff, Simon Bartram, Susan Hellard, Euan Cook, Joe Lillington, Frances Castle, Tomislav Tomic, Levi Pinfold, Alex.T.Smith,

If you require more information about any of our featured illustrators do drop us a line.

Tel: 020 8555 9827

Email: info@arenaillustration.com

Check it out in all its magnificent glory here…

3rd April 2018

Aleksei Bitskoff: Beyond the Odyssey

This month sees the launch Maz Evan’s third raucous adventure Beyond the Odyssey with another epic cover illustrated by our very own Aleksei Bitskoff. Published by Chicken House.

 

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Elliot Hooper’s life has got worse. To save his mum he must now go beyond the mortal realm on an odyssey of his own.

What of the heroes and monsters he’ll meet? Odysseus himself, Poseidon, a Cyclops or three, not to mention the ever-evil Daemon of Death. At least he has cosmic shipmates to help: Zeus, Virgo and Hypnos. Right?

This is no ordinary boat trip and it might just take them to the bottom of the ocean for a potion that may not even exist . . .

The raucous third book in Maz Evans’s divine Who Let the Gods Out? quartet.

Read a full extract HERE 

 

Aleksei has created a strong cover treatment for this series with his bold silhouette style illustrations creating an iconic and eye catching look with leap off the shelf appeal.

Grab a copy of Beyond the Odyssey HERE

 

Who Let The Gods Out

 

Read our post about the very first book in the series Who Let The Gods Out  HERE

 

Find out more about Aleksei’s work by visiting his website HERE or follow him on Instagram 

 

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28th March 2018

King Coo in The Phoenix Comic

We’re thrilled to announce Adam Stower’s BRAND NEW updated portfolio over on the website you can check it out HERE, new highlights include King Coo, Animals Behaving Badly and that debonair little chap Piggy Handsome!

 

 

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Adam’s hirsute heroine King Coo takes centre stage in this magnificent paperback,  illustrated throughout with delightfully anarchic line illustrations a mayhem filled tale which will delight readers of all ages. Ben Pole and King Coo make a formidable team with the help of a biscuit scented wombat named Herbert they plot to overthrow Ben’s devious arch enemy Monty.

“A glorious romp of a story full of confusion and chaos but with a strong message about trusting yourself and standing up to bullies. Told in words and pictures, Adam Stower’s hilarious story is beautifully presented in this hugely attractive book”

-  Julia Eccleshare Love Reading 4 Kids Book of the Month 

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To celebrate the publication of King Coo in paperback Adam has teamed up with the gang at The Phoenix Comic for two months of mayhem, each weekly issue will include a double page “Coo-traption” extravaganza solving a variety of seemingly unsolvable problems.

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Readers will be given opportunity to design their very own Coo-traption to be in with a chance of winning a copy of King Coo signed by Adam Stower.

Here’s a sneak peek at the first three feature pages, the first is an ingenious devise for baffling bullies, in this case dastardly meanie Monty.

You can subscribe to The Phoenix here

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King Coo in The Phoenix

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King Coo is published by David Fickling Books and available in paper back now. Grab a copy HERE

Please note: No slugs were harmed in the making of this news post

 

25th March 2018

Catch That Egg Illustrated by Anna Chernyshova

Spring is in the air in Catch That Egg! and there’s a flurry of baby animals including Floppit and his gigantic furry bunny feet bouncing off the pages. This stunning bloom-filled picture book has been written by Lucy Rowland, illustrated by Anna Chernyshova and published by Macmillan.

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Floppit’s farmyard friends have had enough of his enormous bunny feet and their constant tapping, jumping and bouncing

“Stop it, Floppit!” they sigh, every time he comes bouncing by, but his big clumsy feet might just save the day when Chicken’s egg runs away! From sleepy little lambs and calves taking their firsts steps to pigs in magnificent Easter bonnets everyone pulls together in the end to help Floppit catch up with the troublesome run away egg.

 

 

 

A charming farmyard romp full of the joys of spring and perfect for sharing over and over again.

We’re certainly hoping the the Easter Bunny delivers books as well as eggs this year so hurry up, catch your copy today and avoid disappointing any hot-cross-book-loving-bunnies.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES:

Character Development:

Anna enjoys experimenting with different media and textures which she combines digitally. She draws inspiration from Soviet and American illustrators of the 1920’s to 50’s and is constantly inspired by the world around her, she particularly enjoys sketching the places, people and animals that she encounters on a daily basis.

Anna in well known for her charming character creations and here’s a little sneak peek into the process involved in developing an engaging picture book lead.

 

Floppit the rabbit development work by Anna Chernyshova

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Floppit the rabbit by Anna Chernyshova from Catch That Egg

Floppit the rabbit by Anna Chernyshova from Catch That Egg

 

Visit Anna’s website here, you can also find her on Instagram and Twitter!

 

We’d love to see photos of your little bunnies and their favorite Easter books, don’t forget to tweet us @Arenatweet

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22nd March 2018

Destined to be a monster hit RUFUS by Simon Bartram

He’s keen, he’s green but he’s not very mean…Rufus by Simon Bartram is published by Templar Publishing.

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Get ready to get your jeepers creeped as we introduce Rufus, the not very scary but truly splendid monster.

Gloriously hairy from head to toe and in a desperate search of someone to scare Rufus and his super stinky bottom are sick and tired or roaring at rocks and ranting at the sun.

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What Rufus needs is a real deal peopley person of his very own to scare. After searching high and low and getting to grips with his scaring manual Rufus almost looses hope of finding his very own peopley person to scare, that is until he stumbles upon an unusual gathering of magnificent monsters, perhaps the little friendly ghost who befriends him isn’t quite what she appears.

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Simons trademark attention to detail, stunning landscapes and captivating crowd shots are beautifully showcased in this book. The characterful monster creations who inhabit this story will truly capture the imagination from hirsuit werewolves to grotesque gargoyles and every other kind of ghoul imaginable so dance, play, eat too much cake and have the time of your life with a new friend for life.

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Check out what the AOI think of this fantastic book, read their full review HERE  

“Bartram infuses his peaceful landscapes with melancholic longing as we feel for Rufus in his search for fulfillment. He scours land, sea and air but all he spies are other smaller monsters and there are quite a lot of those. Bartram’s hand-rendered illustrations are subtle, precise and perfectly realized. Rocks, machines and water are all beautifully controlled.”

 

This big green guy will steal your heart and give you a big monster hug just for good measure.

Grab your very own copy here. Find out more about Simon’s work here.