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26th June 2020

Animation News, Press Start! CyberGroup Studios

Award-winning illustrator Thomas Flintham’s best-selling Press Start! series is about to transition from the printed page to the small screen as we announce that Cyber Group Studios (who also developed Jonny’s Duddle’s Gigantosaurus into a hit series) are set to bring Sunny, Super Rabbit Boy and pals to a whole new audience.

Since publishing in 2017 Thomas Flintham’s Press Start! series published by Scholastic has sold a phenomenal 2 million copies in the US alone and with Emmy Award-Winner Scott Kraft on board as Executive Producer and Head Writer, Cyber Group Studios are poised to create 52 x 11 minute exciting animated episodes.

“Thomas Flintham’s engaging characters and clever, fantastical Press Start! game-world are the perfect launch pad for an endless series of adventures. Super-excited to work with Cyber Group’s incredible artists to build an epic immersive video-game world for Sunny and friends to play in.” – Scott Kraft 

 

Thomas  studied BA Fine Art at De Montfort University and graduated with a distinction in his Masters degree in Illustration at Camberwell College of the Arts.  Now based in Cornwall his work is influenced by his interest in all kinds of books, films, comics and video games.

 

“Since I was a kid, I’ve been a big fan of books, video games and animation, and I’m so excited that Press Start! is going to expand to cover three of my biggest passions. To see my work being turned into an animation is a childhood dream come true, and Super Rabbit Boy couldn’t be in safer hands than the super talented folks at Cyber Group Studios.” – Thomas Flintham

 

We are so excited for Thomas and Super Rabbit Boy and hope this animated series leads on to a whole new wave of Press Start! fans.

You can view Thomas’s online portfolio HERE or for more information about working with Thomas please email info@arenaillustraion.com – You can read more about the development of this animated series HERE 

 

16th June 2020

Levi Pinfold highlight feature in Illustration Magazine

It’s always a delight to see our Illustrators’ talents spotlighted in art publications and this spring Levi Pinfold stars as a featured artist in Illustration Magazine.

This interview by editor Ruth Prickett explores the magical realism of Levi’s breath-taking illustrations for which he has won multiple accolades and awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for Black Dog (Templar Books). Once again, he has been shortlisted for the same award this year, for his picture book The Dam (Walker Studio), written by David Almond.

With an eclectic array of inspirations from Pre-Raphaelite paintings, the illustrations of John Burningham, architecture and the culture and landscapes of his new home in Australia, Levi’s style gently evolves with each creative project. From author illustrated pictures books to intricate designs for the covers of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter new House Editions, Levi has cleverly managed to avoid being pigeonholed.

“You need to be inspired and fall in love and then stand on your heroes’ shoulders. You never stop being a student” – Levi Pinfold

In an extract from the Illustration Magazine piece Levi concludes…

“Illustrators need talent, luck and perseverance to succeed, two of these you can’t do much about, so you need to work really hard on the third and capitalise on every opportunity you get.”  “I set out to draw and to do things with drawing and I’m just happy being able to do that.”

With so many awards already under his belt, Pinfold seems set to become one of those artists likely to inspire future generations of illustrators. However, when asked how he’d like to be remembered, he laughs and says that if he’s remembered at all it would be marvellous. (Extract from Illustration Magazine Spring 2020 edition)

 

Here is a small selection of the illustrations adorning the pages of Illustration Magazine.

 

 

Take a look at Levi’s website or follow him on Instagram. For more information about working with Levi please email info@arenaillustration.com

If you want to learn more about Levi’s inspirations you can also watch our interview with him HERE.

You can subscribe to Illustration Magazine HERE we also highly recommend you check out their fabulous Instagram account.

10th June 2020

New House Editions of Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix

Illustrated by Levi Pinfold these stunning new house editions.

 

We thought we’d share some of the secrets of illustrating these amazing new editions. Working with the Harry Potter experts at Bloomsbury Levi creates these beautiful images based on their intensive research and inside knowledge of the text.

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When Levi designs the main crest for the cover of these books the first ideas come from Bloomsbury, in this case, the phoenix, Faulks itself would feature as the main central image, as this is the fifth book in the series, the crest design has to fit a natural progression of the style that’s been set in the previous editions but different and new. Levi chose a new hexagonal shape to hold the phoenix surrounded by flames to represent its regeneration with a border decoration that changes to suit each house.

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The Ravenclaw cover design shows the Hall of Prophecy in the Ministry of Magic, described in the text as high as a church, filled with towering shelves covered with glimmering glass orbs. It also features Thestrals, described as fleshless with black coats clinging to their skeletons and dragon-like heads.

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The Hufflepuff crest shows the Ministry of Magic representing justice and fairness which are important Hufflepuff qualities. It includes the red telephone box at the top which is the entrance to the many different floors of the ministry.

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Gryffindor shows the Weasley’s family home… ‘The Burrow, several stories high and so crooked it looks as if it’s held up by magic alone.’ The border also has Grawp, Hagrid’s giant half brother.

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Slytherin shows Grimald Place, the Black’s family ancestral home.  A traditional London townhouse, showing the exterior and the interior with the Black family tree interwoven between the two. Creature, the house elf is shown emerging from the foliage.

 

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This is Levi’s design for the black Family Crest and as a very special treat, a glimpse of one of the newly created characters Sirius Black, who appears in the interior of the Slytherin edition and between you and me looks a little like a self-portrait!

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5th June 2020

Gigantic Gigantosaurus News

It’s time to open the gates of a magical prehistoric world … we have a GIGANTOSAURUS!

 

Tether your tiny dinos and get ready for an action-packed adventure with Mazu, Rocky Bill and Tiny as they make their debut on Tiny Pop TV.

 

CyberGroup Studios have created the animated TV series based on Jonny Duddle’s best-selling picture book Gigantosaurus…..  A Jurassic romp sure to draw in a whole hoard of small palaeontologists and eager explorers. With each episode following the gang of tiny dinos on a new seat gripping adventure it’s a delight to see Jonny’s original picture book characters brought to life on the small screen.

It sounds almost implausible but from a brief career climbing the rigging of a real life pirate ship to teaching art in the Kalahari Desert, Jonny Duddle has now settled into a relatively peaceful career as an award-winning author and illustrator. He lives in rural North Wales with his wife, daughters and a very excitable dog.

With a background in the computer games industry and his concept work featuring in Aardman’s Oscar nominated animation The Pirates! Jonny has an unrivaled skill for creating and developing unique characters. Using a combination of pencil and digital techniques he skillfully creates the inhabitants of his wonderful imaginary worlds.

Aside from numerous best-selling picture books Jonny’s work has adorned the covers of the prestigious children’s editions of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, showcasing again his broad commercial appeal.

 

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Here’s a sneaky peek at some of the series tie-in publications set to hit the shelves alongside this wonderful fun packed animated series.

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The Story of Gigantosaurus

Welcome to the Cretaceous world! Mazu, Rocky, Bill and Tiny are four young dino friends who love going on adventures. But they share their world with the biggest, hungriest and most fearsome dinosaur that ever lived – GIGANTOSAURUS. The friends want to find out more about him, so they decide to go Giganto hunting.

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Watch the episodes and read the stories…

 

Gigantosaurus The Lost Egg

 

Rocky has stumbled across a lost egg. His friends want to find out who it belongs to but Rocky is way too tough to care about a silly egg. Can the toughest of dinosaurs be gentle sometimes too?

 

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Gigantosaurus Don’t Cave In

 

Tiny, Mazu, Rocky and Bill are trapped inside a dark cave, home to the terrifying Shriekasaurus. Will the littlest  dinosaur be brave enough to find a way out?

 

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Gigantosaurus TV showing on the big screen in October last year at Brand Licensing Europe held at Excel Exhibition Centre in London. CyberGroup were meeting business partners from around the world to showcase the licensing opportunities for the Gigantosaurus brand and Jonny was guest of honour.

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For heaps of fun Gigantosaurus activities for kids please click HERE, if you share your creations online be sure to tag us @arenatweet we’d love to see your work.

You can follow Jonny Duddle on Instagram and Twitter or view his full online portfolio HERE, for more information about working with Jonny please email info@arenaillustration.com

You can watch Gigantosaurus! on Tiny Pop at 7.30am & 4pm and weekends from 1.30pm on Freeview 207, Sky 617, Virgin 737 & Freesat 605.

 

 

26th May 2020

Amazing New Work by Adam Stower

We are always delighted to showcase updated online portfolios and today we have the pleasure of presenting brand new work by Brighton based illustrator Adam Stower.

Always adept at telling the story through pictures, Adam perfectly entwines illustration and text to involve the reader in an immersive world. He creates beautiful strong fluid line drawings and witty characterisations which you will see in abundance in his portfolio.

It’s been a short while since we last met our bearded chum, King Coo, in The Curse of The Mummy’s Gold and now we can reveal a sneak peek at the cover of the third intergalactic adventure, The Thing From Space publishing in October with David Fickling Books.

“In this story, something REALLY WEIRD is happening at Ben’s school. There’s slime on the ceiling, a mysterious cheesy smell and the headmaster isn’t wearing any shoes! Ben and his best friend, King Coo, are on a mission to uncover the truth! But things aren’t what they seem… and what exactly is the THING from space?”

It’s fair to say you will very rarely encounter a middle-grade novel that features an anti-gravity wombat on a string. We think you’ll agree that this, alongside the previous titles in the series, really packs a punch with vibrant, lively covers and beautifully showcase Adam’s wonderfully expressive characters.

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There’s certainly something fishy afoot on the cover for Adam’s next author illustrated picture book The Day Finn Flooded the World, publishing with Andersen Press in 2021. A picture book treasure to captivate young readers hook line and sinker.

Adam Stower The Day Fin Flooded The World

Adam Stower The Day Fin Flooded The World

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2019 was a stellar year for Adam as his branding for the Summer Reading Challenge attracted record numbers of participants. The space race gang is set to take a huge leap and start their own out of this world adventure.

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

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And last but not least, Adam’s wonderful black and white line illustrations once again leap off the page in the fourth Crimebiters young fiction adventure, for Scholastic Inc.

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We hope you enjoyed this preview, if you would like to view Adam’s complete portfolio click HERE

 

You can find Adam on Twitter and Instagram and for more information about working with Adam please email info@arenaillustration.com