This Easter holiday hundreds of families will visit the Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford. At the heart of the centre, there is a purpose-built Story World and Garden which are creative play spaces designed to inspire the curiosity and imagination of children. We are thrilled to announce that the Story World space has been revamped, inspired by the work of Arena illustrator Aleksei Bitskoff.Filed under: Aleksei Bitskoff, Arena, Events, Exhibitions, New Work
There’s no ducking out, it’s time to be a hero, so dust off your cape and put your super pants on because Adventure Duck has landed and he’s up against his nemesis and evil super villain Power Pug in …(shouted in block buster movie voice over tones…)
ADVENTURE DUCK…Vs POWER PUG ….Written by legendary Steve Cole and illustrated by the bonkers brain that is Aleksei Bitskoff.
It’s that exciting time of year again, the moment we get to reveal our new showcase brochure featuring some of the amazing new work our illustrators have been busily beavering away on. This season we have focused on world- building and character creation, mirroring some of the recent successes some of our brands have had on the small screen.Filed under: Adam Stower, Aleksei Bitskoff, Alex T Smith, Anna Chernyshova, Arena, Children's Books, Chris Garbutt, Concept Art and Character Design, Emily Fox, Euan Cook, Graham Carter, Joe Lillington, Jonny Duddle, Kristyna Litten, Levi Pinfold, Neal Layton, Simon Bartram, Steve May, Thomas Flintham, Tomislav Tomic
Ridiculous injuries … strange illnesses … cancelled games … Everything’s going wrong for the Saints this season, and Stanley’s team-mates believe they finally know why. Their football kit is cursed! But the team’s attempts to break the curse take things from bad to worse. Soon, they’re ready to call it quits. Stanley’s still got some tricks up his sleeve … but will his curse-cracking ideas save the team in time for the last game of the season? A hilarious fun filled footy adventure.Filed under: Arena, Book Covers, Children's Books, Steve May
Presenting Fabio the World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective Mystery on the Ostrich Express written by Laura James and Illustrated by Emily Fox and published by Bloomsbury. As the Ostrich Express belts across the desert at break neck speed a precious ruby is stolen, are bandits to blame or is someone not quite what they seem?Filed under: Arena, Book Covers, Children's Books, Emily Fox
It’s been 5 whole years since jolly little Oliver first evaded the big blue troll, in Adam Stower’s Troll and the Oliver published by Templar, and now they are back with a brand new look cover!
In a slapstick game of cat and mouse, clever Oliver deftly manages to avoid certain death at the hands of a trolls digestive system. Troll is set on a Oliver shaped morsel and he won’t stop until he gets one, has Oliver’s luck run out?Filed under: Adam Stower, Book Covers
Joe has kindly written this insightful guest post for us including some great top tips and insights into the way in which he creates his exquisite illustrations, he’s also kindly given us a sneak peek at a game design project he’s been working on lately called Flocc inspired by the murmurations of flocking of birds.Filed under: Apps, Arena, Design, Joe Lillington, New Work, The Illustration Process
We are ever so super excited this year because one of the 2019 World Book Day Books features Alex T. Smith’s marvellous portly pooch, Claude in Claude Best in Show. Available at lots of high street retailers in exchange for 1 pound or completely free in exchange for a World Book Day Voucher.Filed under: Alex T Smith, Arena, Children's Books, Just Published, New Work, News
Little Badman is a cheeky fast-paced adventure story beautifully written by quick witted comedian Humza Asrsha and Channel 4 New Comedy Writer’s Award Winner Henry White. Little Badman is littered with Aleksei’s hilarious line drawings truly bringing the stories and characters to life. From strange wonky eyed aunties to fist bumping pussy cats this laugh out loud read will have children and adults alike weeping with uncontrollable laughter.Filed under: Aleksei Bitskoff, Arena, Book Covers, Children's Books, Just Published, News
Howdy! why don’t ya’ll mosey on down to Butts Canyon, There’s a new self appointed sheriff in town Laura Norder. Aint no crime, commotion or nit-witted nonsense gets past her. But who’s that on the horizon it’ s only lawless Duncan Disorderly and he’s got havoc in mind. Laura Norder Sheriff of Butts Canyon is written by Guy Bass and illustrated by Steve May.Filed under: Children's Books, Steve May
It’s time to take centre stage with Emily Brown and the Thing in Tall Stories Broadway adaptation of Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton’s much loved picture bookFiled under: Children's Books, Events, Neal Layton
Super Rabbit Boy is back in his sixth adventure in the Press Start Series published by Branches, illustrated early chapter books that grow young readers!
It’s always Game on with Super Rabbit Boy!
Jonny Duddle’s book Gigantosuarus has been made into a fantastic TV series by our clever animation friends at Cyber Group Studios in Paris. The series is directed by Olivier LeLardoux and is airing on Disney from 18th January 2019Filed under: Animation, Concept Art and Character Design, Jonny Duddle, TV
Hotter than a hot sausage the long awaited Pinky Malinky series co-creted by Chris Garbutt has hit Netflix like a tornado. A banger of a new animated series featuring a young boy who also happens to be a genetically mutated Hot Dog.Filed under: Animation, Chris Garbutt, Concept Art and Character Design, New Work, News, TV
I’ll Love You… is a heart-warming picture book and the perfect bedtime story to read aloud to the ones you love. There are yaks in cadillacs, sheep setting sail, frogs on big-wheeled bikes, ants wearing tiny ant hats and much more…Filed under: Book Covers, Children's Books, Just Published, Kristyna Litten
Matthew Land’s 12 days of Yule is inspired by the Scottish countryside he so loves. He works in delicate watercolour underpinned by a strong drawing style. His work has both movement and grace, we love this series particularly showcasing our favourite time of year.Filed under: Matthew Land, New Work
Learn to draw Santa with illustrator Anna Chernyshova with this easy to follow step-by-step guide inspired by the characters in Santa Selfie written by Peter Bently.Filed under: Anna Chernyshova, Arena, Children's Books, Concept Art and Character Design, The Illustration Process
Neal Layton attends the Drawing the Future awards ceremony and launches the South Kensington Lit Festival with Drawing Europe Together.Filed under: Arena, Awards, Events, Exhibitions, News