Archive for June, 2012
This weekend it was Angelika’s birthday, so on Friday at the Advocate office we all got together and surprised her with a yummy caterpillar cake, some flowers and a nice bottle of bubbly. We also gave her a nicely illustrated greetings card (but that goes without saying!) And of course we sang happy birthday!
We hope you had a lovely birthday Angelika!
This week we found this lovely little book which recalls the Ashtead of old through the memories of Meredith Worsfold. Here at Advocate Art we found it fascinating to imagine our illustration agency offices and what they might have looked liked in the past, all the people who have walked through our doors, and the lives they lead. We loved looking at the photos of what our offices and their surrounding looked like in the olden days and thought we would do a little compare and contrast photography project…
Hello! I was born in Argentina in 1972 but grew up mostly in the English countryside and in a Mexican city before coming to Italy to study Illustration at the IED (European Institute of Design) in Milano. I currently live with my husband in a town beside the Alps, close to the city of Torino but far enough to enjoy the silence … and the barking dogs and frogs. Having to learn several languages when I was still little, drawing was a nice break, a language everyone everywhere understood. I use mixed media on paper to create my artwork and sometimes retouch digitally. Last year one of my illustrations was selected for the “Italian Illustrators Annual”, hurray for me! Some simple things I enjoy are watching street artists and entertainers that put on a good show, playing with children, whistling, hiking and many things more.
Yesterday the village of Ashtead got together to celebrate the summer solstice with a jubilee themed fete, the street was alive with activity and so was Advocate! We had a drawing competition which went down really well and a fantastic performance from some musicians from the Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra.
We feel that overall the event was a great success, it was lovely to feel like an official part of the village!
Check out this lovely little video of the musicians playing, and watch this space to see the results of the drawing competition…
Advocate Art would like to introduce new artist Colin Ashcroft. We think his atmospheric work would be perfect for young fiction and sci-fi illustration. Read on to learn more about colin or see more of his work by visiting his portfolio on the Advocate website.
I was born and evolved in the Northern Western territories of England, Manchester. Growing up in the 1980’s on monster /sci-fi and fantasy movies and their innovative special effects! I also worked as a lab technician in the School of Animal, Marine and Plant biology. These were fascinating times which when combined would give rise to an endless if not sometimes crazy imagination! This can prove very useful as an illustrator/concept artist!
I mainly work with Photoshop and sometimes good old pencil and paper! When time permits, you might find me oil painting at the top of a mountain, or in a stuffy life model study session.
I have a BA (hons) in Illustration with Animation. During my second year I went on an exchange to Belgium. Here I studied oil painting the life model and was flung over the shoulder of a female Flemish Gaul warrior….my girlfriend! I now live amongst Hobbits and suffer from reverse altitude sickness!
Mark Marderosian is a new artist here at Advocate who specialises in picture books and comic strips for children . His past work with Disney and treatment of already popular characters undoubtedly gives him considerable knowledge and expertise in the realm of children’s illustration. Read on the learn more about Mark’s background or visit the Advocate website to see more work in his portfolio.
I was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts back when having babies meant your mother was in hospital for a week. I currently live in Newton, Massachusetts. My father was a friend at one point with Al Capp, who created Li’l Abner comic strip. When I was a kid, he brought home some original artwork from the series and I was amazed at the pen and ink work. I still love black and white pen work to this day. I’m largely self-taught (aren’t we all? We never stop learning!) and also graduated from Massachusetts College of Art in film animation. Personal inspiration includes the work of Mr. Rogers, Jim Henson and Charles Schulz, all visionaries who toiled away in the trenches for years, bringing their messages to millions. I see my work as open, appealing and accessible. I like to think my Angels from the Attic characters are engaging and that the viewer can see their emotions immediately. My art involves a LOT of pre-thought, and idea scribbles into notebooks and scraps of paper, especially while driving, which becomes a bit dangerous. My DVD series, “Drawing with Mark” has won the Parent’s Choice Award for Fun DVD and the Creative Child Magazine Award.
Here at Advocate we are on the search for new fractal work, particularly floral designs similar to the ones below. Please get in contact if you think you have what we are looking for!
This week at Advocate we were delighted to learn that a book illustrated by one of our artist, Gabrielle Antonini, has won the People’s Book Prize! Read on to see the whole review or visit Gabrielle’s portfolio on the Advocate website to see more of her work.
Picture Book with Axe Wielding Gran wins ‘The People’s Book Prize’
The children’s book category in the ‘People’s Book Prize’ has been won this year by author Giles Paley-Phillips with The Fearsome Beastie. With a child eating monster and an axe wielding gran, The Fearsome Beastie is not your standard children’s book. Even with its atypical content it has received amazing reviews and has even had praise from David Walliams, Quentin Blake and PM David Cameron.
The story follows a monster that one night goes looking for some little children to eat, only to be foiled by an axe wielding granny. The illustrator, Gabriele Antonini, creates a fantastic dark atmosphere whilst still managing to add humour.
The Fearsome Beastie has proved to be popular with children of all ages, and although some parents may be worried at the content – children LOVE IT!
The publisher, Maverick Arts, say “Children’s Picture books are often over politically correct and don’t reflect our modern age at all. Children are actually pretty tough and like to see the good guys triumphing over the bad. It is just common sense!”
After finding out that he has won, Giles said “It’s very flattering and humbling to receive such lovely messages of support. I was stunned to have won ‘The People’s Book Prize’. It is such a prestigious award to win, especially as it is voted by the public!”
The Fearsome Beastie is also shortlisted for the ‘Rotherham Children’s Book Award’, alongside David Walliams new book also about a granny.
The Fearsome Beastie is out now and available from all good bookshops.
I have really enjoyed my week with Advocate and the insight into the illustration industry I have gained. From when I arrived the friendly atmosphere and staff at advocate calmed my ‘fears’ allowing me to make the most of my time here. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to get hands-on experience using photoshop, and the tablets, as well as being able to have a go at drawing some line art using a light box, although my grasp of the smooth curve remains shaky! I feel that I have learnt a great deal about the process of getting an illustration published and being exposed to a wide variety of styles and mediums in which it can be presented led me to appreciate what a vastly diverse business illustration is. I also found that reading the biographies of artists who work with Advocate very inspiring and was intrigued to discover their artwork through using cumulus!
Sarah – Age 16
This week we had a very exciting few moments here at the Advocate Gallery when a biker fell off his bike and skidded across the road. Now have a close look and try to figure out what made him fall…
But never fear, Ed is always on hand to come to the rescue…