Joe Lillington has been represented by Arena Illustration for two years and in that time has emerged as a go-to illustrator for historical non-fiction publications for children.
The influence of Medieval manuscripts on Joe’s recent work is evident in the detail and depiction of figures and landscapes, often drawing reference from the work of Pieter Bruegel who’s work he greatly admires, Joe’s illustrative style has equally been shaped by his childhood love of the Asterix graphic novels by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo which first triggered his love for history, characterisation and strong narrative.
Spot the Mistake Journeys of Discovery created by Amanda Wood, Mike Jolley and illustrated by Frances Castle publishes with Wide Eyed Editions on 5th July. An immersive, puzzle solving experience with hidden red herrings, misplaced props and out of context hidden objects cleverly hidden within each spread.Filed under: Book Covers, Children's Books, Frances Castle, New Work, The Illustration Process
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 MacmillanFiled under: Anna Chernyshova, Children's Books, Concept Art and Character Design, The Illustration Process
Introducing Noah, Noah…Noah and Noah and Noah…and Noah!? Noah Scape, Can’t Stop Repeating Himself by Guy Bass and illustrated Steve May publishes with Barrington Stoke on March 15thFiled under: Book Covers, Children's Books, Just Published, Sketchbooks, Steve May, The Illustration Process
Fabio is a tricolour triumph so pour yourself a glass on pink lemonade and get on the case with Fabio the detective and his giraffe associate GilbertFiled under: Children's Books, Design, Emily Fox, The Illustration Process
Anna Chernyshova has been extremely busy since we first met at her graduation show from the prestigious Cambridge School of Art Children’s Book MA Illustration course, and she’s spared us a few minutes to tell us more about her life as an illustrator.Filed under: Anna Chernyshova, News, The Illustration Process
Adam Stower’s first novel for children, King Coo published by David Fickling Books.
“If Peter Pan had been a girl… with a beard… then she’d have probably been called King Coo”
Either Way, written by Sandra Levins and illustrated by Euan Cook is a coming-of-age ‘coming out’ graphic novel for teensFiled under: Children's Books, Euan Cook, The Illustration Process
Why are picture books so important? The main difference between picture books and other books is that picture books are highly illustrated, they are a collaboration of words and pictures, both are as important as each other in telling the story, directly communicating with children.Filed under: Children's Books, The Illustration Process
Frances Castle is not only an illustrator but she also has her own record label, Clay Pipe Music. She collaborates with musicians and creates beautiful limited edition CD’s and Vinyl records.Filed under: Design, Frances Castle, The Illustration Process
Anyone who has seen the work of Alex T Smith cannot deny his obvious talent and skill. Finally we can tell you the exciting journey we have been on with Sixteen South and Disney Junior, all working with the Claude series by Alex to be produced for television.Filed under: Alex T Smith, Animation, The Illustration Process, TV
Adam Stower gives a marvellous interview in Illustrators Magazine, a quarterly magazine featuring some of the best names in the illustration world.Filed under: Adam Stower, News, The Illustration Process
That’s right folks, buckle up for a galactic adventure around the cosmos, because here at Arena control centre, we’ve found some astronomically amazing illustration to show you, and it’s time for blast off!Filed under: Arena, Concept Art and Character Design, Fred Gambino, The Illustration Process
In part three of our Map blogs, we take a look at our more contemporary illustrations from a variety of Arena artists.Filed under: Emily Fox, Frances Castle, Kristyna Litten, Maps, Spike Gerrell, The Illustration Process
Susan Hellard creates exquisite pen and ink drawings with beautiful colour washes. All ages can admire her charismatic illustrations which are full of charm and have a dynamic quality of line.Filed under: New Work, Susan Hellard, The Illustration Process
In the latest of our Artist Profiles we ask Jonny Duddle about his life and work. Jonny’s books have sold over a million copies worldwide and his events dressed as a pirate are legendary.Filed under: Jonny Duddle, The Illustration Process
Polka Theatre chose Melanie Delon to help bring to life the poster for their enchanting production based on the children’s classic fairytale, Beauty & The BeastFiled under: Events, Mélanie Delon, The Illustration Process
A step by step guide to drawing a troll by Adam Stower and OliverFiled under: Adam Stower, Children's Books, Sketchbooks, The Illustration Process