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18th December 2014

Seasons Greetings from Arena illustrators

Another year has passed and our wonderful illustrators have delighted us with the work they have created.

One of the highlights was the set of new Harry Potter covers (Bloomsbury) illustrated by Jonny Duddle which caused quite a stir, as did Alex T Smith’s fantastic covers for the much loved Eva Ibbotson classics (Macmillan). Alex’s world of Claude grows ever richer with Lights! Camera! Action! (Hodder) publishing in September 2015. Thomas Flintham’s inspiring illustrations for Molecule Mayhem won the ALCS Educational Award as an outstanding example of a non-fiction pop-up chemistry book and his magical design adorned Guardian Children’s Prize winner, Piers Torday’s The Dark Wild.

Neal Layton’s fabulous epic Story of Stars (Hodder) won the School Library Association Information Book Award and his collaboration with Cressida Cowell on Emily Brown and The Thing (Orchard), has been adapted for the stage (Tall Stories). After the critical success of his charming picture book, Troll and The Oliver, Adam Stower has created the sequel, Grumbug (Templar) and we’re looking forward to the publication of Levi Pinfold’s much awaited new picture book, Greenling (Templar).

Who could resist Kristyna Litten’s adorable sleepy Sloth, for her first American picture book, Snoozefest (Penguin). We have enjoyed seeing our new recruit, Emily Fox, respond to a wide variety of briefs and her first picture book, Elephant’s Pyjamas which will publish in 2015 (Harper Collins). Chris Garbutt completed a visual feast for Walker Books with his first picture book, It’s a Groovy World Alfredo! and Spike Gerrell illustrated This Book is Gay for “Teen Queen” James Dawson (Hot Key Books). Tomislav Tomic created classic Faery Tales, a collection by Carol Ann Duffy (Faber and Faber).

Alejandro Colucci and Christopher Gibbs have both worked on wonderful book cover designs and we are thrilled that Mélanie Delon has joined us from France, with an incredible talent for creating artwork with a magical ethereal quality.

We had a great time at the World Science Fiction convention which came to London last summer, where some of our artists were able to shine out amongst their fellow stars. We have worked hard on our updated website with a new Video Section and we thank Steve May for his animation skills on the new Arena showreel which showcases character designs, concept art and animations for the TV and film industries.

To learn about what went on behind the scenes of the Hobbit movie set from John Howe and how collaboration is key to concept work, also to find out what tools of the trade our illustrators use, go to our Question and Answer Artist’s Profiles on the Arena blog.

With thanks to all of our artists, whether or not they appear on this calendar. Thank you to our clients, for making it possible and pleasurable, we look forward to working on more rewarding projects in 2015.

With all good wishes for the festive season.

Winters Tale

Simon Bartram Arena Illustrators


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