Here at Advocate Art we were very excited to discover that one of our illustrators, Mike Byrne, was featured as Illustrator of the Week on Childrensillustrators.com. Mike’s work is vibrant, playful, full of energy and very popular for children’s book illustration. See more of his work by visiting his portfolio on the Advocate website.
Archive for the ‘Things we learned this week’ Category
Its been a busy week for the agents and designers here at Advocate. Look whats been going on with us…
At Advocate art we have recently signed new book artist Josema Carrasco. Instead of the more conventional portfolio, Josema has used animation to showcase his illustrations. With all the images timed to backing music we think this is great! Click on the link below to see Josema’s animation, and click here to visit his portfolio on the Advocate art website.
One of Advocate’s freelance illustrators Czes Pachela has let us know about this fantastic programme which allows you to paint digitally like you would when painting with oil. It is called ArtRage, and is an easy to use stylish painting package which can be used on Windows, Mac OS X and iPads; this is fantastic if you are out and about and want to paint on the go! If you want to find out more about this product click here to visit their website where you can watch a demo and find out about all the services they offer.
After relentlessly keywording all of our blog posts and adding the words ‘greeting cards’ onto everything physically possible we have made our way up the ranks, and now appear third in the list when you type in greeting card designers. As you know, when you search on Google, if you aren’t on the first page people don’t find you, so this is great – all we need now is to do the same for ‘childrens book illustration‘ and ‘illustration agency‘ and get Advocate Art number one on Google!
We had rather an eventful few hours the other day at Advocate Art. Around lunchtime two cars came crashing into the lamp post narrowly missing the gallery window! The police were grateful for our help as we managed to capture the whole incident on CCTV. Lesley, our office manager, extracted the entire sequence of events which she burned onto a CD for them. Ed had a lucky escape as he was walking Patch at the time. The gallery escaped unscathed but the cars and the lamp post took a good beating!
Stealing artwork is becoming an increasingly big problem, especially as the internet is so widespread and readily available these days. It can be hard to keep track of where your images have been sold and who is using them. Advocate’s freelance illustrator Robert Dunn has found a really useful tool on Google that allows you to see if anyone else is using your artwork, this is especially helpful if a website or person has stolen an image/illustration of yours and is selling it without your permission. If you go to google images you will see in the search bar that there is a camera icon on the right hand side (see picture below). You simply click on this icon and a box will appear where you can upload a jpg; it will bring up every site that is using it. It also shows any web shops selling similar images which can also be helpful when looking for style techniques and inspiration.