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22nd October 2020

J.R.R. Tolkien: Unfinished Tales Illustrated by John Howe

Harper Collins have celebrated the 40th anniversary of Unfinished Tales by J.R.R Tolkien with a stunning illustrated edition of this fantasy classic. Featuring 18 breath-taking full colour works of art by Alan Lee, Ted Nasmith and Arena Illustrator John Howe, this special edition takes readers further into the stories told in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, depicting scenes from the First, Second and Third Ages of Middle-earth.

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Unfinished Tales is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring and provides those who have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with a whole collection of background and new stories. An absolute must-have for fans of Tolkien and fantasy fiction.

The book concentrates on the realm of Middle-earth and comprises such elements as The Quest of Erebor, Gandalf’s lively account of how it was that he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End; the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand; and an exact description of the military organization of the Riders of Rohan.

Unfinished Tales also contains the only story about the long ages of Númenor before its downfall and all that is known about such matters as the Five Wizards, the Palantíri and the legend of Amroth. The tales were edited by Christopher Tolkien, who provides a short commentary on each story, helping the reader to fill in the gaps and put each story into the context of the rest of his father’s writings.

Click HERE to buy your very own copy of this magnificent book.

You can view John Howe’s full online portfolio HERE and for more information regarding working with John Howe please email info@arenaillustration.com

 

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Alan Lee, John Howe and Ted Nasmith gathered virtually for Waterstones to discuss their work illustrating Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales, The webinar was hosted by Waterstones on the 1st of October 2020 with the writer Brian Sibley acting as chair. A fascinating watch for fans of Middle Earth. John talks in detail about this illustration of the Black Rider set in a New Zealand landscape inspired by the Three Sisters Beach.

 

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15th October 2020

Little Monsters by David Walliams, Illustrated by Adam Stower

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We are delighted to announce the publication of a new picture book from Britain’s bestselling children’s author, David Walliams. LITTLE MONSTERS introduces our very own illustrator – Adam Stower – to the Walliam’s picture-book portfolio, joining legendary illustrators Sir Quentin Blake and Tony Ross. Little Monsters is the seventh picture book by David Walliams. His stories for the very young have collectively sold over 1.1 million copies in the UK and have sold in over 20 territories around the globe.

 

Little Monsters invites children to meet Howler, a small werewolf with a big problem. He is just not scary! And that makes him the odd one out at Monster School . . . But then Howler finds some new friends, and in a lovely and unexpected twist at the end, he discovers that being the odd one out might just make him the coolest one of all . . . Children will howl with laughter in reading this monstrously funny picture book which celebrates individuality and finding your own voice.

 

At Monster School with Miss Spell

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It’s Halloween, Howler meets some new friends

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Howling

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Adam Stower said, “I am thrilled to join The World of David Walliams. Little Monsters is packed with humour, warmth, and wonderful characters and has been an absolute pleasure to illustrate.”

 

David Walliams said, “I hope this book will be the perfect treat for little ones this Halloween and beyond.”

 

HarperCollins Children’s Books Executive Publisher, Ann-Janine Murtagh said, “We are excited to welcome Adam Stower to the list in his debut as an illustrator for David. Adam’s fresh and playful style is the perfect partner to David’s glorious storytelling. Little Monsters guarantees much needed family fun and laughter this Halloween, and will be the perfect gift for the season and beyond.”

 

David’s first picture book for younger readers, The Slightly Annoying Elephant, was published in 2013. He then went on to write a further six picture books with Tony Ross, of which The Slightly Annoying Elephant, The First Hippo on the Moon, and The Bear that Went Boo were all number-one bestsellers.

For more information on David’s children’s books, news and events please visit:

www.worldofdavidwalliams.com

You can buy your copy of Little Monsters HERE.

Check out Adam on Instagram and Twitter or view his new updated online portfolio HERE, for more information about working with Adam please email info@arenaillustration.com

 

12th October 2020

By Royal Appointment – We Present Claude at the Palace by Alex T. Smith

Roll out the red carpet and dust off the fine china, it’s time for a brand new Claude adventure by award-winning illustrator Alex T. Smith.

Claude at the Palace published by Hachette Children’s Books takes to the throne this month and is the tenth offering in this best-selling series for young readers. With his very own animated series on ITVBe and Disney Junior, it was only a matter of time before Claude made his way to the royal palace.

Alex T. Smith Claude At The Palace

 

Claude and Sir Bobblysock just happen to wander accidentally into the royal palace on a very special day indeed – the Queen’s birthday! Unfortunately, the royal nanny, Nanny Stern-Bloomers, has had to take herself off for a lie-down and there’s no one to make sure the royal children stay neat and tidy for the big party. But . . . Claude and Sir Bobblysock could step in to babysit, couldn’t they? After all, princes and princesses are always on their best behaviour . . .

 

With its familiar trademark black white and red illustrations throughout and hilarious laugh out loud moments, this special regal story is set to be a huge hit with readers of all ages.

 

Here is a peek through the Royal keyhole at some of our favourite illustrations from Claude at the Palace.

Alex T. Smith Claude At The Palace

Alex T. Smith Claude At The Palace

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Alex T. Smith Claude At The Palace

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Alex T. Smith Claude At The Palace

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You can grab your very own copy of Claude at the Palace HERE

Follow Alex on Twitter: @Alex_T_Smith or view his online portfolio HERE, for more information about working with Alex please email info@arenaillustration.com

7th October 2020

Graham Carter creates stunning New Scientist illustrations

This week we are taking a closer look at some stunning pieces of artwork created by Graham Carter for New Scientist magazine. With themes of astrophysics and explorations of black holes these striking artworks beautifully showcase Graham’s talent for design and information communication.

New Scientist magazine has been keeping readers up to date with the latest science and technology news from around the world. With a network of correspondents and editorial offices worldwide, New Scientist currently has nearly 1 million worldwide readers every week.

The Antiverse

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The illustration above, titled The Antiverse illustrates an article about strange particles observed by an experiment in Antarctica which could be evidence of an alternative reality where everything is upside down. Graham imagined the beginning of earth and what went on at the start but with a twist, a hidden parallel universe. This theory of the anti-universe considers a Big Bang where two universes were created – one is ours made up of matter, the right way up and moving forward in time and away from the Big Bang; the other universe is made up of antimatter, mirror-flipped and moving backwards in time towards the Big Bang.

Redefining Life

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For a feature titled Redefining Life – about life on and off the earth and how scientists are looking at the extremes of environmental limits on our own planet to get a better idea of what potential form alien-life might take. Graham had fun creating his own imaginary life-forms in an alien world.

Black Hole

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The last two illustrations are from an article about Black Holes and the fact that they have absorbed everthing that they have seen through history. Scientists have discovered that there are many more in the cosmos than first expected, like a cosmic hall of mirrors, where the power of gravity takes light from all directions, warps it, and broadcasts to us an infinitely reflected image. What we’re seeing is similar to a dramatically curved cinema screen, fifty million light years away and a few billion kilometres across, on which an epic movie is playing the entire history of the universe.

Black Hole

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A step away from his recent success with his author illustrated children’s picture book Otto Blotter Bird Spotter which was shortlisted for the prestigious Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, Graham is in great demand for a variety of design and editorial work. Graham Carter is one of the most intricate and exciting printmakers in the UK. He has been working at the forefront of the printmaking industry for over 15 years and has also worked on commercial animations for a wide variety of clients.

His work is influenced largely by nature and the secrets of the animal kingdom, however, he is equally drawn to the man-made, clunky technology of yesteryear. You may find the occasional clockwork or steam-powered gadget lurking in the bowels of his images if you look close enough (and he likes to think the animals still use this technology!). You can find out more about Graham over on his website.

You can find Graham on Instagram or view his full online portfolio HERE. For more information regarding working with Graham please email info@arenaillustration.com

 

30th September 2020

Prepare to board The Dragon Ark Illustrated by Tomislav Tomic

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Greetings fearless adventurer, it’s time to join a secret society of dragon protectors aboard The Dragon Ark!

A courageous and dynamic team of scientists, historians and librarians have come together under the guidance of The Dragon Protector to save the last of the dragons who have found themselves in desperate peril as their natural habitats are slowly being plundered and destroyed by humankind.

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The Dragon Ark is a sanctuary for any dragon needing help and a vessel of research and discovery. The Dragon Protector knows the whereabouts of every single species of dragon on every continent of the globe. Except for one – the exquisite celestial dragon. The search for the celestial dragon has been ongoing for centuries, but time is running out – it must be found before the most mystical of dragons becomes EXTINCT. Join the quest to save the rarest dragon on Earth.

Each spread explores a new location around the world, from Antarctica to New Zealand and everywhere in between, each habitat is home to a new species of dragon specially adapted to its environment in order to remain secret. With detailed studies of every variety of dragon and fascinating facts about their specialist adaptations, this book will have young dragon fans completely entranced.

Tomislav’s intricate cross-sections with Steampunk aesthetic, atmospheric habitats and fascinating maps, along with his magnificent dragons are all illustrated in such exquisite detail and richly coloured, making this a very special book – the perfect gift for any book lover.

Are you ready to step aboard The Dragon Ark and embark on the voyage of a lifetime? Here is a selection of stunning illustrations from this epic tale.

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Tomislav Tomic graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Zagreb. His exquisite, intensely detailed pen and ink drawings, based on the renaissance engraving style, perfectly illustrate tales of magic and fantasy with an appeal to adults and children alike. His beautiful illustrations were featured alongside the work of John Howe, in the bestselling novelty book, Wizardology (Templar), and many other ‘ology’ titles.

We hope you enjoy exploring with us! From the beginning of October, you can bag your own copy of The Dragon Ark  published by Magic Cat HERE

You can view Tomislav’s spectacular online portfolio HERE for more information regarding working with Tomislav please email info@arenaillustraton.com