With royal fever still in the air, in the form a jubilee themed summer solstice festival coming to Advocate Arts local town, we thought this would be a great time to share this fantastic feature found in Vogue Magazine. The picture speaks for itself really, our queen is definitely a fan of colour…
Archive for June, 2012
Advocate Art would like to introduce you to new artist Amanda Sartor. We think her atmospheric images are beautiful, and perfect for book illustration! Read on to find out more about Amanda or visit her portfolio on the Advocate website to see more of her work.
I was born and raised in the northwest United States and reside there still, despite the inclement weather. Perhaps because of the constant gloom, my favorite topics to illustrate are ghost stories, gothic mysteries, and spooky folk tales.
My career started with a BFA in illustration/design from Cornish College of the Arts. Most of my illustrations are created with watercolor and digital, but I enjoy experimenting with many types of media. Even though my first love is traditional illustration, I have worked on a wide variety of projects, everything from non-fiction historical chapter books to dungeon crawler fantasy video games.
When I’m not drawing and painting, I enjoy hiking with my husband, reading ghost stories, and playing too many video games.
Here at Advocate we are always looking to inspire our artists with images and moodboards that will help them produce the type of work that our clients are looking for! So here is a beautiful set of boards sent to us by Creative Tops, we think the colours and ideas here will be a great inspiration for art licensing design!
Take a look at these lovely books which arrived at the Advocate office today. Illustrated by Julia Seal and published for Sainsbury’s this range of children’s books tell the story of 4 different children and their adventures with their families.
Advocate Art illustration agency is now representing new artist Estelle Corke. Estelle’s drawings convey a childlike warmth and happiness and is definitely well suited for young childrens books. Read Estelle’s biography below and check out her portfolio of work on the Advocate website.
As a child, I enjoyed the wonderful children’s books of the day,’The Very Hungry caterpillar, ‘Raymond Briggs Nursery Rhymes’ and ‘The Mr Men’, to name a few. I think this began my love for the illustrations that I used to scrutinise; some of Raymond’s characters used to frighten me a bit! I have always loved drawing, and as a child, spent many a happy hour copying my parents surreal, Pink Floyd album covers. Thankfully, I moved on from that! I did my A-levels, went to Bath Spa University College and got a degree in illustration. Since leaving college I began my career in advertising, food packaging and magazine illustration which gave me a great grounding for technique, diversity and most importantly, deadline keeping. However, in the last 10 years or so, I have returned to my first love, children’s books. I paint conventionally with gouache or watercolours in a painterly style and I love stories with a bit of gentle humour or quirkiness.
Advocate Art would like you to meet freelance illustrator Polona Lovsin. Her vivid and imaginative imagery transports the viewer to different lands, a perfect fit for children’s fiction. Read on to learn more about Polona, or see more of her work in her portfolio on the Advocate website.
I was born on the 10th June 1973 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. As a child I spent most of the time in small village on a farm with my grandmother and grandfather. I played with cats, chickens and other farm animals. When I went to school I become more of a city girl. I spend most of my time at my desk drawing. I became a mother in 1999 and now have 2 wonderful daughters.
When I was a child, my father frequently travelled around Europe, so I always asked him to bring me some color pencils or a pencil case. Later he started to bring me paints and I have wanted to be an artist since. I studied at Academy of fine arts in Ljubljana to become a painter. But my first daughter was born soon after finishing studies – so I tried illustration. My drive lies in the need to draw and paint something beautiful. And I’ve been doing it since forever. My main influence is my first daughter – I started to draw for her and then for some children magazines. The first most important thing in my work process is natural light – my working desk is in a living room in front of a huge window, with a view over the roofs and a forest in distance. I don’t like working during the night. If I have to – I’ll do some roughs or character studies. Secondly are emotions – the essence of my animal or children characters. They all have to be soft like you would like to hug them. The third are thinking about decorative elements – this allows me to achieve well considered colour combinations. When I work with books, I always remember that it is a flow of events and expressions, the method I employ to convey this is dynamic movie-like framing and varied spread composition. Every book is new challenge for me. Every new character brings new joy. Since I have done so many with bears – I’ve acquired nick name: Mother Bear. When people ask about my career, I tell them that I will never grow up,… I’m just a little girl doing what makes me happy and fulfills my curiosity. I exhibit all around the world, from Bologna and Bratislava in Europe to Japan, Iran, Argentina, and others. I’m a member of very interesting group of illustrators Blue Book group, that exhibits worldwide. I was also a part of the jury last year.