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3rd January 2019

Kristyna Litten Illustrates I’ll Love You…

I'll Love You... written by Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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“I will love you till the cows come home from a trip to Mars through skies unknown, in a rocket ship made of glass and stone… I will love you till the cows come home.”

Love knows no bounds in this heart-warming picture book, the perfect bedtime story to read aloud to the ones you love. I’ll Love You… has a lyrical and rhythmic text accompanied by Kristyna Litten‘s charming and funny illustrations. There are yaks in cadillacs, sheep setting sail, frogs on big-wheeled bikes, ants wearing tiny ant hats and much more…

I'll Love You... written by Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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I'll Love You... written by Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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I'll Love You... written by Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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I'll Love You... written by Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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Pick up a copy of I’ll Love You… written by Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrated by Kristyna Litten – published by Andersen Press this month.

20th December 2018

12 Days of Yule Matthew Land

Matthew Land’s 12 days of Yule is inspired by the Scottish countryside he so loves, you can see the robin in a rowan tree for the first day of yule and in the background the distant misty mountains. His pipers and dancers are in traditional Scottish costume, showing their tartan with pride. Matthew is at home creating wonderful animals which populate his rural farm setting with ease and humour. 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.

Matthew Land 12 Days of Yule illustrations

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Matthew Land 12 Days of Yule illustrations

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Matthew Land 12 Days of Yule illustrations

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Matthew Land 12 Days of Yule illustrations

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Matthew Land 12 Days of Yule illustrations

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Matthew Land 12 Days of Yule illustrations

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Matthew Land 12 Days of Yule illustrations

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Matthew Land 12 Days of Yule illustrations

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Matthew Land 12 Days of Yule illustrations

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Matthew Land 12 Days of Yule illustrations

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18th December 2018

Step-by-Step how to draw Santa with Anna Chernyshova

As we hurtle into the final countdown to Christmas we thought we would celebrate the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod, which translates roughly to “Christmas book flood” in English. We can’t think of a better tradition than giving a loved one a book and what better picture book pick than Santa Selfie by Peter Bently and Anna Chernyshova published by Macmillan Children’s Books,

Santa is taking a break from Christmas and going on holiday instead. But it’s not easy to relax when you’re one of the most famous people in the world. From Paris and Sydney to the Great Wall of China, people recognise Santa wherever he goes. And all they want is to take photographs with him, whether he’s in the gym, having a swim or even eating his lunch. It might not be as fun on holiday as Santa thought . . .

Santa Selfie is a jolly picture book packed with humour and cheeky little festive friends perfect for sharing on a cosy evening by the christmas tree.

Grab a copy HERE!

 

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To embrace the festive spirit Anna has created a handy step-by-step guide so that you and your little ones can learn to draw Santa just as he appears in Santa Selfie. So sharpen those pencils, pour a hot chocolate and get creative. We would love to see your creation so please tweet us @arenatweet or post on Instagram tagging us arenaillustration 

 

Step-by-Step How to Draw Santa by Anna Chernyshova

 

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Wishing you all a very merry festive season from all of us at Arena Illustration.

 

4th December 2018

News from Neal Layton

This week has been jam packed with exciting projects for Neal Layton, on Wednesday we joined Neal at The British Academy in London for the Drawing the Future prize giving ceremony. Drawing the Future is an initiative set up in association with Education and Employers with over 13,000 school children entering this year with a drawing of the job they wanted to do when they grow up. The winners of the awards got to meet a Zookeeper, an Architect, A Sportswoman, a Car Designer, an Artist and even a Pantomime Performer.

Neal Layton was honoured to be asked to join the judging panel and spent time mentoring one of the lucky winners Teni who wants to be an author and has been writing stories in notebooks since she was six years old.

Primary Futures connects primary schools with inspirational, diverse volunteers from a range of careers, who come into school to talk to children about their jobs and show how what they are learning at school can lead to an interesting, exciting future. Their in-school activities feed children’s curiosity, break down gender stereotypes and opens their eyes to future possibilities.

Getting the chance to meet a wide range of people doing different jobs is particularly important for those children from disadvantaged backgrounds who have few successful role models, either at home or in their local communities. Primary Futures helps children understand how achieving at school can lead to a satisfying, fulfilling career, in whatever they desire.

 

Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP said:

“Drawing the Future is a brilliant initiative which is helping young children begin to think about what they want to do in the future, and realise they can do anything if they put their mind to it.

 As a dad I want my children to think they can do any job they put their mind to, and as Education Secretary, I want to make sure we widen young people’s horizons so they are aware of the incredible opportunities that are out there.  

Primary Futures connects primary schools around the country for free to people from a wide range of jobs and different backgrounds via a secure online database – from apprentices to CEOs, archaeologists to zoologists.

Read more about this fantastic and invaluble initiative over on the Primary Futures website HERE and follow them on Twitter here @Primary Futures

Here are some wonderful photos from this inspiring evening. Photos © Chris Ratcliffe

 

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Neal Layton with prize winner Teni

 

 

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Neal Layton and Ann Mroz, Publishing director of TES

 

 

Last week Neal joined a host of illustrative stars at the Institut Français to launch the South Kensington Lit Festival as part of the Drawing Europe Together book project, a unique collection of illustrations portraying the European community . . . with or without Britain.  (Read our news post HERE )

Are we still ‘United in Diversity’? Forty-five artists from across Europe share their powerful illustrations of the European Union’s shared past and our unsure future. From Brexit bees to wall-jumping bulls.

This is a passionate and heartfelt exploration of Europe and what it means to many of the people who live and work within its borders. The book brings together forty-five renowned illustrators who, through their drawings and accompanying words, share their vision of Europe in this beautiful and timely collection, with a foreword by the British Book Awards Illustrator of the Year 2018, Axel Scheffler.

 

Inspired by the Drawing (for) Europe exhibition which took place at the Institut Français in London in 2018, Drawing Europe Together showcases the original artwork from the exhibition as well as never-before-seen illustrations from additional leading artists. With contributions from many of the world’s best book illustrators including Quentin Blake Judith Kerr and Chris Riddell.

You can buy a copy HERE 

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Published by Macmillan

 

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Listen to Neal talk about his influences and feelings making this image…

 

 

That’s not all…

 

HEY! Look, The Sun newspaper gave Emily Brown and Father Christmas a fantastic 5 Star review! You can grab a copy for your little ones HERE 

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30th November 2018

Graham Carter’s Beautiful Designs for Eltham Library

The Enchanted Story Garden

 

In March 2017 Better, Discover Children’s Story Centre, and Royal Borough of Greenwich were awarded the Arts Council England Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund to deliver a project titled Story Book Play. This project includes the present purpose-built space at the Eltham Centre in which children can play imaginatively with a literary theme, as well as a series of interactive story events for 0-8 year olds and their parents and carers at Eltham Library.

 

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Discover approached Graham Carter to partner in developing the concept and visuals of The Enchanted Story Garden.

The Enchanted Story Garden designed by Graham Carter

The Enchanted Story Garden designed by Graham Carter

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The Enchanted Story Garden

The concept was created by Discover, The Enchanted Story Garden was inspired by the work of local author E. Nesbit including The Railway Children, The Enchanted Castle, Five Children and It, and the Story of The Treasure Seekers. There are four main interactive story spaces in the Garden  to explore: The Magic Carpet, Village, Enchanted Castle and Secret Forest. Find the Gardener, Ladybird and Wizard in the Garden. How many animals can you spot along the way? Have an ice cream in the village, walk along the crocodile bridge, make up a story for the stage. Use this space to read, explore, and create stories!

 

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Work in progress as the build takes shape

 

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Carpet Design by Graham Carter detail of the carpet

 

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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. He has also worked with Animation Studio TickTockRobot working on commercial animation projects.

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 – he likes to think this is what makes the animals tick!).

Graham’s first book Alphamals – based on his animal prints – has been shortlisted on The North Somerset Children’s book award for Poetry Books and his very first picture book, Otto Blotter Bird Spotter is being published by Andersen Press in 2019. Several scenes and text from Otto are featured around The Enchanted Story Garden.

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The Explorer by Graham Carter one of the main characters in the Enchanted Garden

 

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Discover is the UK’s first Story Centre based in Stratford, East London for children aged 0-11 and their families. Discover aims to engage with children in the local community and establish a love of language, literature and stories in this new project at the Eltham Centre.

Discover has previously won a Museums and Heritage Award for Excellence and was shortlisted for a new International Children’s Museum award. Time Out voted Discover one of London’s top five family days out, most-loved local Culture spot in Stratford in 2018, and named their bookshop as one of the top five children’s bookshops in London.

Graham’s designs were transformed from flat plans into a three dimensional play space by Meticulous Ltd.  

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. They support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Specifically, the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund aims to help libraries build a fairer society and deliver opportunities for disadvantaged communities across the country.

Better is dedicated to making community services and spaces better for everyone. As a charitable social enterprise, Better work for the benefit of everyone: the public, the communities they work in, the environment, their staff and partners. Better are proud to be the current holders of the UK Business Award for Social Enterprise.

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