We saw something funny today so we just had to put it on the blog! Who knew Patch would become such a successful illustrator . . . .
Archive for December, 2011
Another of Advocate’s freelance illustrators Kelly Caswell has been involved in The Bug Club series by Pearson publishers. The ebook Kelly illustrated ‘Kat’s Great Act’ was part of the bug club series that won an award for ‘Best Use of Multimedia’ at the British Book Design and Production Awards. This is great news so well done Kelly! If you want to see more of her work click here to visit the Advocate website.
One of Advocate’s children’s illustrators Mike Byrne has recently finished illustrating an ebook for Pearson Publishing. The book, Stan and Vick is part of the Bug Club series made into ebooks and the whole series has been a huge success, winning an award for ‘Best Use of Multimedia’ at the British Book Design and Production Awards. This is great news so well done to everyone involved. The judges said ‘The books were beautifully designed and illustrated’. Well done Mike! To see the rest of the Bug Club series click here to visit the Pearson website. You can see more of Mike’s work on the Advocate website.
Last Friday at Advocate everyone got their glad rags on and got in the festive spirit for the annual christmas party! We started off at the local pub and then made our way to Dorking for a christmas meal at Pizza Express where we all opened our secret santa gifts! There were some great presents, including a cocktail set, telescope, and even a sewing machine which was very impressive for the £10 budget! After filling ourselves with festive grub we saw comedian Dave Spikey (from Phoenix Nights) at Dorking Halls, and the night ended with us back in the pub! Check out the photos from our fun night out!
On Monday, Advocate’s senior agent Kate spent the day with illustrator Sarah Horne at the Nosy Crow christmas party in London. Nosy Crow publishes children’s books and iPad apps. The event was attended by many famous faces including Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo and author Philip Ardagh – winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, he has written stories including The Grunts and the Eddie Dickens adventures. Sarah Horne, one of Advocate’s best selling children’s illustrators was there with Caryl Hart, author of one her recently illustrated books Rhino? What Rhino? From the photos it looks like they all had a great time!
Advocate illustrator Paul Davidson has recently finished illustrating new Marvel comic X-Club, part of a 5 issue mini series. Issue 1 came out this week in Europe and the USA; it went straight to number one as the best selling coming of that release week and is getting fantastic reviews. Here are some inked and coloured pages of the book as well as a short description of the story:
“In the wake of SCHISM which has divided mutant-kind in half, the X-Mens team of scientists – known as the X-CLUB – remains based on the island of UTOPIA, dedicated to serving as the mutant race’s first, last and only line of defence against all things uncanny and inexplicable. Poised on the bleeding edge of technology, biology and weirdology, their role is simple: To Think Differently.”
One of Advocate’s super talented greeting card illustrators Martina Hogan is featured on the Print and Pattern blog this month. Martina’s clean style, cute characters and bright colours are very popular with greeting card companies and we are delighted that she has been featured on this blog. If you’d like to see more of her work visit the Advocate website where you can see her online portfolio. To visit the blog and read more about Martina click here.
More than 20 new children’s books are to be launched next year with London Zoo, and three of them are illustrated by Advocate illustrator Kelly Byrne. In partnership with London Zoo, Bloomsbury and A&C Black are both involved in the project, releasing 22 titles including both fiction and non-fiction for children aged 0-11. Authors and illustrators contributing to the series spent time at the zoo getting hands on experience to feed into the books. The books illustrated by Kelly Byrne are part of the ‘Wild Things’ series, and the titles are Hippo in the House, Emu on the loose and Giraffe on a sleepover. There is an article on these books in the Books section of The Bookseller, December edition. We are very excited about this new range and can’t wait to see them in print!
Here at Advocate we are happy to be representing Paul Chipperfield, a fine artist working primarily with digital media to create quirky characters in interesting environments. His extremely imaginative illustrations are based around narrative and children’s storybooks. Read on to find out a little more about him.
“Illustrating from my studio in a delightful former watchmaker’s cottage in Coventry, I am a happy beneficiary of an area positively teeming with illustrative inspiration, contrary to popular opinion of the town! My residence here is a result of having studied Illustration at Coventry University; I was in fact born and raised in Essex, where my passion for drawing first flourished.
My roots are ingrained in fine art, however, the allure of commercial illustration and the challenge of working to a brief proved to be too strong! A member of the Association of Illustrators, I love to immerse myself in all things illustrative. Currently, I work digitally, having embraced new technology and all the wonder and convenience that it entails. However, I suspect pencils, paint and paper will lure me back yet, given time!
My style is a charming blend of whimsical characters in fantasy settings, with a strong sense of narrative; quite frequently an overflow of the fertile depths of my imagination! Specialising in children’s books and greeting cards, my work is rich in detail and strongly evocative of traditional media.”
The Henry awards are the Card Industries version of the Oscars, and one of Advocate’s fantastic illustrators Paula Doherty has won an award for the best children’s range for the second year in a row. Fantasia Felts is a card range that includes a toy hand puppet, each gorgeous animal puppet is handmade of felt and great fun for kids. An image of the puppet is also printed on the front of the greeting card. The range is complimented by florescent coloured envelopes and are cello wrapped. Styles include a duck, cat, dog, pig, mouse and goat (see all the styles below). As well as winning a Henry, Fantasia Felts has also been selected as a finalist in the National Stationary Show’s Best New Product Competition in the Paper Style Category. Not many ranges win Henry’s two years in a row so well done to everyone involved, it is a fantastic card range and a brilliant achievement!