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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

 

 

20th May 2020

Underland Chronicles Illustrated by Euan Cook

We are thrilled to reveal Euan Cooks striking covers for world-famous The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins gripping fantasy series The Underland Chronicles (Published by Scholastic). This sizzling collection of stories featuring spiders, rats, giant cockroaches and humans co-existing uneasily in a world on the brink of war is sure to grip readers from the very first page.

Suzanne was keen to never show the main character, Gregor, or his companions on the covers in order to keep their nationalities and general image vague and what better way to allow the readers to project their own images than a mysterious silhouette.

Here are the covers, we think you will agree they are simply stunning.

 

 

 

You can grap your copies HERE.

 

Pinpointed as one of Creative Review’s New Designers of 2011 shortly after graduation from University College Falmouth, Euan quickly became established as a go-to talent specialising in observational drawing, bold line work, restrained colour palettes and a skill for using less to communicate more. With clients including Oxford University Press and Scholastic, Euan is particularly skilled in hand lettering which lends itself well to illustrated fiction covers, some of which can be seen here in his portfolio.

Now living in London Euan draws inspiration from the communities and places around him seeking out the familiar and giving them new unfamiliar perspectives. With a wide range of interests spanning from local history to neuroscience, he is influenced by the expressive work of contemporary graphic novelists such as; Seth, Daniel Clowes, Bryan Lee O’Malley and Jim Woodring as well as the writing of Angela Carter.

A fan of sequential narratives, Euan has illustrated his first full-length page graphic novel, Either Way, and he continues to work on developing his own graphic stories.

 

Please view Euan’s fabulous full portfolio online HERE

For more information about working with Euan kindly email info@arenaillustration.com

 

13th May 2020

Feast Your Eyes on Aleksei Bitskoff’s Updated Online Portfolio

It’s been another huge year for Aleksei Bitkoff and to celebrate we have added some fabulous new pieces of work to his online portfolio. Let’s take a sneak peek at some of these amazing new additions.

Not encountered the lycra-clad hero that is Adventure Duck yet? Well, it’s time to get acquainted. Orchard Books publish Steve Cole’s highly illustrated fiction series and each of the 4 books is packed with Aleksei’s hilarious crazy critter creations. You can read more about this laugh out loud series here.

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Someone who might need the assistance of a crime-fighting Duck would be Little Badman, this anarchic chapter book written by Humza Arshad and Henry White and illustrated by our very own Aleksei Bitskoff is published by Penguin Books and will have independent readers rolling on the floor with laughter.

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Harper Collins US selected Aleksei to illustrate the covers of the Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian chapter book series. Check this out!

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From earth to another realm altogether, we’ve also added Aleksei’s bold and highly stylised fiction cover illustrations for the fantastic bestselling book series, Who Let the Gods Out, written by Maz Evans (find out more about that HERE).

Taking a giant leap out of the publishing world, we’ve included Aleksei’s steampunk-inspired work for an interactive installation experience at London’s Discover Children’s Story Centre. Story Worlds is a specially created play space designed to inspire children’s curiosity and imagination. A fabulous team of dedicated Story Builders guide children and families through the space and encourage them to create their own stories. Aleksei created imagined cities within the clouds, flying machines, alien planets and caves to explore, stained-glass windows to gaze through and spinning character builders to jumble.

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You can read about Aleksei’s inspirations and process for this project over on his website HERE.

 

You can follow Aleksei on Twitter or view his full online portfolio HERE

 

For more information about working with Aleksei please email info@arenaillustration.com