We are all big book worms at Arena HQ and what could be better than a book about a book? Written by New York Times best-selling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by our very own Neal Layton ‘Look! I Wrote a Book'(and you can too!) is a handy and hilarious step-by-step guide to writing your own best-seller.Filed under: Children's Books, Neal Layton, New Work, The Illustration Process
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
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
The Enchanted Story Garden is a literary play space commissioned by GLL, designed by Discover, concept and visuals development with Illustrator Graham Carter, created by Meticulous.Filed under: Exhibitions, Graham Carter, New Work, The Illustration Process
Alex T. Smith gives us a behind the scenes insight into the design and illustration work involved in creating How Winston Delivered ChristmasFiled under: Alex T Smith, Children's Books, Design, The Illustration Process
This month we are beyond thrilled to welcome amazing new illustrative talent Matthew Land to the Arena family. We are delighted to be representing Matthew and look forward to sharing his illustrations with you over the coming yearsFiled under: Arena, Children's Books, Design, Just Published, Matthew Land, New Work, News, The Illustration Process
We’ve spent some time in conversation with illustrator Frances Castle looking at her current projects and finding out more about her passion for collecting treasures, her inspirations and a sneak peek at some stunning unpublished workFiled under: Book Covers, Children's Books, Design, Frances Castle, New Work, News, The Illustration Process
The World Premiere TV Screening of Gigantosaurus, based on the bestselling book by Jonny Duddle, takes place at the leading kids entertainment industry event, MIPJunior in Cannes, France.Filed under: Animation, Concept Art and Character Design, Jonny Duddle, Sketchbooks, The Illustration Process, TV
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