Yes it’s that festive time of year again! Get in touch if you need some Christmas illustrations. Maybe for your Christmas card or a present for your loved one. Art Agency artists can work with nearly every subject and Christmas is no exception.
If you commission information graphics make sure you check out this new page on our web site. View a stunning portfolio of recent work from our non-fiction artists. We can supply cutaways and explanative diagrams in a variety of styles to convey the information you want with clarity and class! Get in touch today and ask for free samples for your project.
Looking for a wildlife artist?
Our wildlife artists are nothing short of stunning! They can create detailed, accurate paintings of any sort of animal, bird and fish. Tigers, crocodiles, beetles, owls, sharks… whatever you need! We can provide digital and traditional art work in a variety of styles from young children’s book to accurate anatomical guides. The Art Agency can help you commission exactly what you want from our artists, whether you’re looking for a wildlife illustrator for your animal guidebook or a portrait of your own wildlife – the family pet!
Our graphic novel illustrator Rob Davis has a new comic book out and it looks fantastic! The Motherless Oven is selling well and follows on from Rob’s impressive adaptation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, also for the publisher SelfMadeHero. Rob is a stylish story-teller who uses the form of the comic to great effect. His drawing skills are exceptional and his figures and characters are alive with gesture and expression.
The trick to being an illustrator
I used to puzzle over the work of successful illustrators and wonder what are the tricks that have made them so good? I finally saw the answer. No tricks! These artists have refined their drawing skills to such a high level that they make illustration work look easy. Their level of observation and ability to convey reality is simply fantastic. Whatever subject they draw and paint they turn it into a compelling illustration. Have a look at some of their samples and you’ll soon see the value they can add to your projects.
Christmas is fast approaching so we thought it would be festively appropriate to share some seasonal illustrations with you, from a range of our professional and highly experienced illustrators. We can provide snowy animal illustrations, icy Sci-Fi graphic novel art work, cheery children’s book pictures and ho ho ho humorous cartoons!
Seasonal illustrations: Our artists and illustrators always bring something special to the projects they take on. With a wide range of outstanding skills in drawing and painting we are able to offer you a stunning range of styles, mediums and genre. From award-winning and beautiful conventional artwork through to inspiring digital artwork.
Below is a Wintery range of just a few special pieces of artwork our illustrators have created. If you like what you see then please do visit our main website (link above), or simply click here to access our on-line portfolio. Get in touch with your wish-list and we’ll be happy to send you a sockful of appropriate samples to consider for your project.
We hope you enjoy the excellent collection of pictures below and we wish you a very happy, very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
Barry Croucher wins the silver award in the design category of the latest Association of Illustrators (AOI) competition!
The Association of Illustrators (www.theaoi.com) is the leading not for profit trade organisation, promoting contemporary illustration and maintaining industry standards. Now in it’s 36th year, the ‘Images’ book and touring exhibition was launched for the first time at London’s Somerset House in October. Artists from our agency have a strong presence this year with 5 selected entries and Barry Croucher’s Silver Award winning entry in the Design category for ‘Hadrian’s Wall’.
Charlie Barr of Studio MB, working for the Vindolander Roman Museum in Northumbria wanted to create a large frieze 12m x 2.5m showing the construction and manning of Hadrian’s Wall, illustrated in the style of the Trajan’s Column carved stone relief. The huge scale of the art work gave Barry many technical problems to solve, which he managed on time, to budget and to award-winning effect!
Barry Croucher has been a full time illustrator for more than 18 years, originally working in watercolour, acrylics and airbrush. In the last 10 years he has moved over to digital media to produce a wide variety of scientific and technical illustration. His work ranges from photorealistic to more stylised images.
The other Art Agency artists selected for inclusion in the Images 36 book were:
Peter Scott and his amazing natural history illustrations has been adorning books for many years. Over thirty of his solo books have been published and he has collaborated on a similar amount. His clients include major publishing houses like Usborne Books, Harper Collins, Time Life, Random House, Athena, Virgin, Disney, BBC, RSPB, Dorling Kindersley, and many other companies. His work has also been used in advertising and television. A very busy man indeed!
Peter Scott has recently completed several books for innovative publishers Templar, including two large format hardbacks, each with twenty two large watercolour paintings and pencil drawings.
Peter was commissioned last year by QED to illustrate four books for a new series called Animal Diaries. Written by Steve Parker they portray the lives of young animals in a lively, fun style. He mixes engaging expressions with realism to great effect, bringing out the character and charm of the animals and the excitement of their adventures. The results are great fun and fantastic!
This lengthy project needed disciplined organisation to deliver the work smoothly and on time. Peter had no problem providing QED with the professional efficiency of a talented and very experienced illustrator. The success of the series has led to the commissioning of another four books, which is wonderful news! Keep it up, Peter!
If you are interested to see more of Peter’s wonderful animal illustrations and other natural history artwork, please visit our main website here or take a look at Peter’s wonderful and informative on-line portfolio.
Here are a selection of illustrations by Peter:
Tom Connell worked on a very successful commission for Parragon. The project was Gold Stars, key stage two books for schools on Science and English. The books were published in 2009 and have proved very popular.
Tom Connell completed 297 spot illustrations covering every subject imaginable in just one month! Quite a marathon for him. At the end Tom, said “Here are the last few! My God, I’ve finished them! I’m in hiding until Monday now.”
Tom has recently illustrated a new series in the same style for QED called Art Smart published in August 2012. These feature a number of step-by-step spreads showing children how to create art works. Lauren Taylor the editor, said “You’re an absolute star, Tom. Thank you.” The success of this project for Tom means that QED plan to continue the series with him. Good luck, Tom!
Here are a selection of the spot illustrations completed for QED. All these images have been created using Adobe Illustrator. If you would like to see more work by Tom, please visit our main website right here! Or click on the link in the menu above.
Hobbledown, is a fantastic new adventure park and farm, which has opened this summer in Epsom. Our illustrator, Lyn Stone was chosen to help create the story and image of the site.
The park’s theme is based on a story written by Angela Hulber and illustrated by Lyn, who did the cover and over thirty-two pencil illustrations. Crucial to the project was the creation of the main characters and their homes and Lyn’s imagination and humour has proved invaluable to the Hobbledown team. Lyn also created a range of animal and character silhouettes with Adobe Illustrator. The silhouettes are part of the park’s main identity and feature with the logo, website and on site signage.
Lyn was recently invited to their grand opening and alongside the author signed over two hundred and fifty books on a very hot day! Between creating sketches in books and holding babies for the photographer, she had a great day!
Lyn’s highly detailed illustrations have been created using soft graphite pencils. She very much enjoy’s and thrives on projects that allow her to really use her imagination, creating worlds and creatures that compliment and enhance great stories.
It doesn’t end here for Lyn either, as there are plans for a further four or five books in all!
If you would like to see more samples of Lyn’s work on this project, visit the agency’s main site, by just clicking here!