Advocate Art would like to proudly introduce you to Daphne Sneddon, one of our freelance artists and photographers. Daphne draws inspiration from her childhood days in the Suffolk countryside. Her artistic roots lie with painting, her flowers and attention to detail lending themselves to Greeting Cards perfectly. Overtime, her skills and interests have progressed onto Photography, where a majority of her work is displayed on our website. Check out more of Daphne’s fantastic work in her portfolio here!
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Advocate Art would like to tell you a little about freelance illustrator Delia Ciccarelli. Her vibrant yet traditional approach to illustration is a beautiful addition to the world of children’s books. Her work ranges from greeting cards and children’s books to lovely religious spreads, and you can view her portfolio on the Advocate website here.
“Delia was born on a cool spring morning in 1975 in the enchanted Marsicani woods of Abruzzo, Italy. Even as a small child she showed a real passion for drawing.
Before dedicating herself fully to the world of illustration she studied at the Academy of Illustration whilst working for several animated cartoon studios. She later worked for publishers in Italy and abroad and has published several illustrated books.
Delia loves travelling, in particular visiting mystical, spiritual, fairytale-like places from which she draws much inspiration for her artwork.
Her latest book is “The Arrival of the Swan”, of which she is both the author and illustrator.”
Advocate Art would like to tell you a bit more about Nita Darsona. We adore Nita’s various characters and all of her unique illustrations. Her use of colour and shape works well together with her way of working. Her work is suited for childrens illustration. Read on to learn more about Nita, or see more of her work in her portfolio on the Advocate website.
Nita Darsona was born Jakarta, Indonesia in 1982. She grew up in Surabaya and never moved away from her hometown. Nita’s biggest childhood influences was probably the passionate interest in sesame street, japanese manga and childrens illustration books. Her dad was the one with the strongest artistic soul in the family ( he’s a musician). His drawing may not have been the best, but it was so contageous. Nita has always been fond in Aurélie Neyret, Regina Silva, Emmeline Pidgens and Gemma Correll’s works. Nita would describe her artwork as deconstructed doodle as she draws impulsively. Whenever something interesting (or not) happens, she just grabs her on-the-go sketch book and locks the memory into it. When she gets home, she scans it, does a little tinkering, and uploads it to her blog / facebook. Nita would describe herself as in-betweener (since she is not yet a professional illustrator). She creates the design, the copywriting and the crafting. Nita has participated in 4 exhibitions with BRAngerous (Women’s art community in Indonesia) for the last 3 years. I did “Draw Anything on Everything” drawing workshop in late 2011 and became a panelist in several creative gatherings. Up next is Cergamboree Comic Week for a comic exhibition held by Institut Français d’Indonésie. She is listed in BRAngerous Women Art Community and is a contributor in the independent public library and creative space C2O Library. Nita lives with her husband (who draws his peculiar interest, Zombies) and pet Pepito, a fat cat that often becomes her drawing inspiration.
Her favourite book is Little Prince (antoine de saint-exupery) and dr.seuss’. She is also a HUGE HUGE fan of Studio Ghibli, especially Tonari no-Totoro.
Advocate Art would like you to meet freelance illustrator Gary Waters. We love how Gary uses mixed media and collage to create his images. His work would work really well for greetings card design as well as general Art licensing and Art for products. Read on to learn more about Gary, or see more of his work in his portfolio on the Advocate Art illustration agency website.
I grew up in a rough, tough, Welsh mining town. At school I was an academic disaster, but thanks to the encouragement of two exceptional art teachers I discovered I could draw, and was fortunate enough to gain a place at the prestigious Royal College of Art.
Since leaving Art College I’ve had a pretty varied life and career as a painter, a photographer and now an illustrator. I’ve lived in the U.K. and the U.S.A. and since 1991 in a small rural village in south west France.
My work has been published and exhibited internationally. A particular highlight was a solo show in Venice. I remember delivering the paintings one early February morning, loading the work onto a barge as a winter sun rose through the mist on the Grand Canal.
If I wasn’t an artist, I don’t know what I would be. I’ve often thought that I could probably make a living as a stand up comic.
Advocate Art welcomes Anna Roberts from West Yorkshire. Anna has many influences, from film to fashion to vintage postcards. Her work is truly incredible with the realism she portrays and how well she deals with her pastel and pencil. Take a look at Anna‘s portfolio to see for yourself!
I was born in 1979 in West Yorkshire, where I still live with my Husband and 3 awesome kids, in the countryside but not too far from the city! I love my children climbing trees and collecting me flowers (and the odd worm!), cooking, baking and long walks in the woods, but also busy streets, bright shop windows and sitting in noodle bars.
My dad is an illustrator so I grew up surrounded by paints, pencils, french curves and the smell of magic markers! I only ever wanted to be an artist. I would describe my work as nostalgic super-realism. Some influences being film, fashion, advertising, vintage postcards and record sleeves, old family photographs, vintage children’s book illustrations and clean scandinavian design.
I use coloured pencil and pastel, which i mix and use like paint. I always listen to music when I’m drawing, it could be anything from french electronica, to mississippi delta blues.
I’ve Illustrated for Dazed and Confused magazine and my work was included in the Semi-Permanent, Curvy book which is a showcase of female artists from around the world run by Sydney based YEN Magazine. I also participated in the Two-Faced project where my artwork was exhibited at Cosh, London and published in the lovely book by IdN, Two-Faced – The Changing Face Of Portraiture.
Since becoming a mother I have been inspired by the quirky, colourful world of my children.
Advocate Art would like to tell you a bit more about Lawrence Chase. Lawrence originally from St.Albans, specialises in children’s book illustration. He uses a range of techniques to generate his images, we love how he combines traditional pencil on watercolour paper and digital colouring. Read Lawrence’s biography below and check out his portfolio of work on the Advocate website.
I was born on the 6th April 1985 in St.Albans where I lived for the first 15 years of my life, before moving to Luton with a brief stay in Watford. I currently live with my girlfriend and our goldfish George in a sleepy little village called Markyate. Which isn’t always that sleepy when airplanes fly over on their way to distant faraway lands, like Edinburgh! Growing up I always liked to draw, especially characters from books or videogames. I even opened a small shop in my bedroom where I sold my pictures to family and friends. My favourite children’s books were the Professor Brainstorm series, illustrated by Heath Robinson. With their mix of humour and over-engineered contraptions that have always fascinated me. Art was the only thing I ever saw myself doing, so I enrolled on a Fine Art BA(hons) course at Bedfordshire University and graduated in 2009. Since then I have embarked on a career in illustration, using both traditional pencil on watercolour paper, and digital colouring techniques to make my kooky drawings come to life.
At Advocate art we are proud to be representing new digital artist Stefano Azzalin. Stefano is inspired by all things fantastical and this passion shines though in his artwork. We can’t wait to get him lots of children’s book commissions! Below you can read about Stefano, and if you’d like to see his online portfolio click here to visit the Advocate art website.
I was born in 1979 and grew up in a large family in Varese, a small city near Milan. I started drawing as a child and was always in competition with my brother, copying any cartoon subject we had at hand. I really loved drawing but for some reason I completely lost interest in it during my teenage years.
It was only when I found the internet and international online communities dedicated to digital drawing and illustration in my twenties that I rediscovered my passion for drawing: all those awe inspiring images! I wanted to be able to create such beautiful images and inspire someone else too…
So, armed with a computer and a small and old graphics tablet, I started drawing again, conscious I had a lot to learn (and still have!) to catch up.
Having a strong love for fantasy and literally devouring any fantasy novel that fell in my hands, I begun my adventure in the world of drawing, trying to create fantasy artworks inspired by the magnificent covers of the books I loved.
As the years passed and I became a professional illustrator, my career lead me to work on, and appreciate, a completely different genre: cartoony children illustration.
So I learnt to work on various and disparate subjects. I think it’s my best skill: I can move with ease between fantasy illustrations for teenagers and coloured and cheerful children images, ending with more serious and informative artworks.
I love working on complex images: I find it a challenge with myself and the more difficult a job is the greater is the satisfaction when it’s done!
At Advocate art we are thrilled to be representing new children’s illustrator Diane Le Feyer. Diane’s polished Disney cartoon style will look fantastic in children’s books and we cant wait to start getting her book commissions. Read on to find out more about Diane and to see more of her work on the Advocate art website click here.
Diane was born in Marseille, France, on September the 8th 1980, and quickly developped a passion for drawing as soon as she managed to hold a wax pencil.
She studied Fine Arts in France at the Emile Cohl school and graduated in 2002 with Honors, both in Illustration and 2D animation. She’s since worked in the videogame industry in France and in 2D animation and illustration in France, Canada and in Ireland with the Cartoon Saloon. She travelled quite a lot in these countries in her early 20’s but decided that she’d rather live in good ol’ France after all.
She is now a freelance illustrator and 2D animator/Director. She regularly works with French book Publishers (Bayard Edition Jeunesse, Tournesol..) and foreign ( O’Brien Press, Stripes Publishing, AnGum..) . She loves old-fashioned Pre-Raphaelite paintings and is passionate about Art-Déco style. Her favorite song is the “Lady of Shalott” by Loreena McKennitt. She also loves shiny and dramatic jewellery, and can’t seem to have enough of it. She now lives in Lyon , France, with her companion and her lovely little girl and teaches illustration at the Emile Cohl School she graduated from 10 years earlier.
We would like to welcome new artist Sandra Oost to Advocate art’s fantastic group of illustrator’s. Sandra works across a range of mediums to create her handmade, colourful designs; her work will make brilliant prints, posters, greeting cards and art for licensing. We think you will all love Sandra’s work – click here to see more on the Advocate art website.
Sandra Oost is an illustrator represented by Advocate art. Sandra lives and works in Sydney Australia. Formally trained in the art of printmaking, Sandra works across a range of mediums including linocut, ink, acrylic and digital design. Her work is bright and colourful with lots of textures and a distinctive, whimsical “printmaking” feel.
When Sandra isn’t illustrating she can be found out walking her Jack Russel called Cookie, or in her little shed out the back playing with fire and melting glass to make beads!
Igor Sinkovec works as an illustrator and animator, mainly within a comical and whimsical style aimed towards the younger generation. He works in both traditional and digital mediums to create his work. Here is a little more about him.
“I was born in Slovenia in 1978. As a kid I was dreaming of becoming a truck driver… or at least an astronaut. As it turned out, I got stuck behind a drawing board. Sometimes I still draw a road tanker or a space-shuttle.
I draw illustrations and comics for magazines, book covers, picture-books, school work-books and character designs.
Along with illustration I also work as a 2D animator (film and games) and animation director. Among other projects I have animated, written and directed 2 cartoon shorts Ignatz (pilot episode for a series, supported by European film fund MEDIA) and Egon the Hat (supported by Slovenian Ministry of Culture).
I’m mostly drawing for children and youth. I like the humorous & whimsical side of life and I guess that reflects in my work.
I’m working with computer as well as with classic mediums.
When I’m drawing I often listen to music, but there are times when I need complete silence to focus on what I’m doing.
I also love books. There’s just something personal and intimate about them. I usually read in the morning, before starting to work; a great start to the day.
I live in Ljubljana with my girlfriend who is also an illustrator.”
Advocate Art are proud to be representing Susan Frank; an exceptionally talented fine artist who creates landscape and still life studies. Her images are beautifully painted, capturing the atmosphere of the moment - read on to find out more about her and the way she approaches her work. To see more of her work on the Advocate website click here.
“I was born in New York, and spent most of my childhood in the small City of Kingston, on the Hudson River near the Catskill Mountains.
I moved to Los Angeles, California at 19, to escape the cold winters. I spent eleven years in California before moving to Houston, Texas, and then to Colorado where I now reside.
I attended art classes at the University of Houston, and the Glassel School of Art in Texas, and continued taking classes at the Art Students League of Denver for two years upon arriving in Colorado. Mostly I read a lot of art technique books and practice as much as possible.
My artwork is displayed in several corporate collections in Colorado, including Cable Labs in Louisville, CO, Cisco Systems in Denver and Boulder, CO, and Great West Life Insurance in Denver.
I share a 1500 sq ft town home with my dog (John Brown), and two cats (Lily and Agatha). I enjoy city life, but I truly love life in the countryside. My current home is in a fairly rural area, surrounded by ranchers (cows from the neighboring ranch have wandered into the park in front of my home and coyotes are frequent visitors), open space trails, mountains, and just enough city life close by to make it all work well.
Spending long days creating art in my studio is my idea of pure bliss.
My favorite art book is “Composition of Outdoor Landscape” by Edgar Payne. My approach to my own artwork is to plan each design with preliminary sketches, but then let go and feel confident, once the real execution of the artwork begins; …….allow for surprises in the process, and try to keep a good sense or feeling about when to end the piece. It’s never the same adventure twice.”
Advocate artist and photographer Valerie Greeley sent us this lovely big up the other day! Valerie specialises in photography, illustration and designing for textiles and surface pattern, and has a special interest in books including illustration, decoration and binding. She has put a link to the Advocate website on her blog which is great so thanks Valerie! Click here to visit Valerie’s blog and if you would like to see some of Valerie’s work on the Advocate website then click here.
Well done all of you, it is great to hear some good news. I am now into the beginning of my fourth year with you and am more than happy with team Advocate. Your staff are always a pleasure to deal with, always quick to respond to any questions I may put to them and their hard work and enthusiasm shows.
I have already linked my website but now have created a special link in the sidebar of my blog http://acornmoon.blogspot.com/ where I have taken the liberty of pinching a photo of your premises and added a link to your home page.
Carry on the good work,