Advocate artist Valerie Greeley has sent us these lovely magazine spreads which include her beautiful cross stitch illustrations licensed to TUVA; a Turkish publisher. Her floral designs have been used on cushions, place mats and lap trays and include flowers, birds and garden objects with decorative patterned borders. We think her illustrations look gorgeous and love the feature they have done on Valerie; if you’d like to see more of Valerie’s work on the Advocate art website, click here.
Archive for February, 2012
I live in Siberia, Russia and was born on the 5th March 1985. I grew up in Barbaul, Russia and I still live there to this day! My Dad has been my main influence ever since I was young, he’s a musician, and this made me want to peruse my career as a creative/artist. I did not go to university, what I have learnt I have taught myself. My personal inspiration is the world, I love it! It’s what drives me! My artwork is cute, soft, warm and gentle. The methods I use in my art work are modeling clay and Photoshop (not at the same time though!) I am a children’s book illustrator. My favorite piece of work is a tree with little birds sitting on it. I have one pet and he is a funny podgy cat I love him very much! If I weren’t an illustrator I would probably be a doctor. My favorite books/films are Harry Potter I love all those films. I really like all books by Jane Austen and I also really enjoyed reading the Lord of The Rings Trilogy. I love the city and countryside. I love to listen to the television while I work – never watch it though!
Advocate Art would like to introduce Alida Massari, she is one of our most popular artists and has had success in both children’s book illustration and greetings card design. Read on to learn more about Alida or see more of her work by visiting our website.
Alida Massari is an Italian artist specializing in illustration for children including picture books and other children’s publishing.
Having gained high school qualification in Art, she successfully completed a diploma in illustration at the European Institute of Design in Rome. She has worked in various artistic fields including designing storyboards and backgrounds for cartoons, pictorial animation for short films, opening screen credits and interactive games for television.
She has illustrated over 30 books for Italian, English, German and American publishers, including albums, novels, pop up books.
She has also designed advent calendars, posters, cards, and fine stationery.
The books she is most proud of are:
Women of the Bible – 2012 Lion Hudson-Oxford
Arabian Nights – 2012 Usborne Publishing, London
Raffaello e la fornarina – 2010 Lapis, Rome
Tristan and Isolde – 2007 Cideb Black cat, Genoa
She has won numerous artistic awards, winning the 2008 language learner literature award for the book “Dorothy” from the Extensive Reading Foundation of England
We were delighted to receive this fantastic birthday pack full of games and activities through the post today. The Big Birthday Club, run by the Early Learning Centre is a special club for children aged 0-6 years and is completely free to join. The Birthday club pack which you receive when you join is full of colourful animal illustrations by Advocate art’s very own Michael Emmerson. The pack includes a dot to dot crocodile, elephant finger puppet, a cut out giraffe and zebra and a fantastic personalised birthday card. As well this you also receive a 20% discount voucher for the Early Learning Centre which you can use to find the perfect birthday present!
This is a fantastic idea and a special treat for your little one on their birthday! If you’d like to join up to the Big Birthday Club click here to visit their website. When you join you can also access party invites, games, themes and thank you cards on their website. Below are all of Michael’s fab illustrations which are included in the pack – to see more of his work on the Advocate website click here.
Two more lovely children’s books turned up on the Advocate doorstep the other day; One Sunny Day and Hey Diddle Diddle, illustrated by Advocate art illustrator Hannah Wood. These chunky board books have lovely soft covers and are full of Hannah’s bright and colourful illustrations.To get yourself a copy of these books click here to visit the retailer and click here to visit the Advocate art website where you can see plenty more of Hannah’s work.
Two new children’s book samples that have recently arrived are Do Touch! Don’t Touch! and Uh-oh! Oh no! written by Ann Hodgman and illustrated by Advocate art illustrator Lucy Barnard. These humorous board books are great for little ones, they entertain and teach basic life lessons at the same time! To get yourself a copy of one of these books click here to visit the retailer and click here to view more of Lucy’s illustration on the Advocate art website.
Advocate art illustrator Chris Embleton has recently finished illustrating two children’s bible stories Daniel and Joseph. He is so pleased with the samples and has sent us photos for the Advocate blog. They are hardback books perfect for little fingers, and we think they look brilliant. If you’d like to see more of Chris’s work on the Advocate website click here.
We would like to introduce one of our Advocate artists, Marcin Nowakowski. We think his graphic style is dynamic, exciting and perfect for young fiction! Read on to find about more about Marcin’s background or visit the Advocate website to see more of his work.
I was born in Slupsk, Poland in 1979; I still live there with my wife and son. My childhood influences include; Old Polish comic books and a couple of my grandfather’s paintings on walls. I am self-taught through and through. Negative feedback drives me and inspires me to do what people think I can’t do. I had 15 seconds in public television talking about a historical comic book about Auschwitz concentration camp, which I did the illustrations for. My favorite piece of artwork that I created was an oil painting. I love to collect vinyl records, sleep, drink tea but recently I have been drinking coffee. I have two cats, six that is, counting the wooden ones. I was born with pencils instead of fingers, so that really cancels out any other job! I prefer the city rather than countryside, however my wife prefers the countryside. So that becomes a bit of a predicament. I love to listen to good old heavy metal when I am working!
At Advocate art we are thrilled to announce that a children’s book illustrated by our very own Katie Saunders has been shortlisted for the Sheffield Children’s book award in the Baby category. Katies book Touch and Explore Little Frog is full of touch and feel patches and textures engaging little ones. Last year over 5000 local children took part in the Book Award and Baby Book Award project making it one of the largest local authority schemes in the country. The children who read and voted for their favourite books also attended the award ceremony in Sheffield which was also attended by 15 of the shortlisted authors and illustrators. We are all very excited for Katie and we wish her the best of luck! If you would like to see more of Katie’s work click here to visit her online portfolio on the Advocate website.
We have just been sent this lovely book He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands illustrated by Advocate illustrator Ela Jarzabek. As well as a musical button that plays the tune, this book is full of Ela’s bright cheerful illustrations depicting children from all over the world; read on to find out more about it. If you’d like to see more of Ela’s work on the Advocate website, click here.
Here are the words to this childhood favourite paired with bright and colourful illustrations of children form all parts of the world. The sturdy board book features a button that plays the melody of the song. The combination is sure to keep little ones entertained.
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.
Walking through the door at Advocate, I had a very limited knowledge of how a successful agency is run – or indeed how much organisation goes into maintaining that success. However, the friendly and professional staff have been extremely accommodating in guiding me through working in an agency environment. It is through their professionalism that I have gained an invaluable insight into the business aspect of art.
I feel very fortunate to have been given this fantastic opportunity to work with such a great group of people in a creative workplace. I am looking forward to taking the lessons I have learnt with me in the future as I progress with my artistic career.
Thank you once again to all at Advocate Art and I wish you all the best in the future!
Top: Times Square Illumination
Left: Big Ben
Right: St Paul’s Cathedral