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Andy Lovell / LUSH x Mother's Day

We are extremely pleased to share Andy Lovell's collaboration with LUSH Cosmetics to create these beautiful floral designs celebrating UK Mother's Day on the 26th March. Andy's bold and expressive monoprints feature on a series of LUSH's signature knot-wraps. Their decision to work with Andy for this special project was based on his passion for nature, evident in all of his work and in his everyday artistic practice. Commenting on the symbolic significance of blooms being the sole focus of his designs, Andy said, “It seems entirely appropriate to be depicting the purity, strength and beauty of these simple flowers as a metaphor for the qualities found in our marvellous mothers.” You can read more about the collaboration here. You can also see more of Andy Lovell's fantastic work in his portfolio here.

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A World Like Nowhere Else / Royal Ascot 2017

We are delighted to share Joe Wilson’s collaboration with Antidote and Ascot Racecourse ‘A World Like Nowhere Else’: a bespoke, hand-painted globe telling the story of Royal Ascot’s long-standing traditions and rich heritage. Joe’s illustrations depict some of the most iconic and recognised elements of Ascot, including the Royal Procession, the renowned Greencoats, Afternoon Tea, the famous bandstand, and of course the well-heeled attendees, all rendered in his exquisite and fine detailing. London-based globe makers Bellerby & Co. took the globe to its final iteration, cutting, painting and applying Joe’s illustrations to the structure by hand to create the wonderful final piece. The globe was unveiled at The Goring Hotel in London and is now on a tour of London and the South East for public viewing. It will then take centre-stage at the Royal Ascot racecourse from Tuesday 20th June until Saturday 24th June 2017. The “A World Like Nowhere Else” campaign, features images and films...

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Celebrating 'Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress'

Début Art is proud to support Alan Kitching and Laurence King Publishing in a series of upcoming events celebrating the launch of ‘Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress’ the bookshop edition, published by Laurence King March 2017. The first of these will be ‘Alan Kitching: Letterpress Prints’, an exhibition of both acclaimed and new works from Alan Kitching presented by Advanced Graphics London and showing at the Coningsby Gallery from 11th – 15th April 2017. We are thrilled to welcome Alan back to the Coningsby Gallery for what promises to be an exciting show, marking the status he has earned as a world renowned typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner. Alan will also be present for an exclusive book-signing event at the exhibition on the 15th April 2017 from 12 noon until 3pm. Succeeding this, ‘Alan Kitching and John L. Walters in Conversation’ will be a one-off event hosted by Laurence King and citizenM Tower of London Hotel, with support from Début Art, on Thursday 27th April...

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Andrew Archer / Daytona 500 / FOX Sports

We are proud to reveal Andrew Archer's most recent animation collaboration with FOX Sports. Andrew’s bold, dynamic illustration style has always paired well with sports, last year attracting the attention of Formula E who commissioned him to create illustrations for their worldwide OOH and on-site marketing campaign. The start of this year has lead to another racing-related project, this time with FOX Sports to promote the Daytona 500. In the TV spot, NASCAR racer Denny Hamlin reminisces about his childhood dream of winning the infamous track race, recounting a touching essay he wrote in second grade where he outlines in painstaking detail his imagined moment of success, and what is was like to achieve that ambition in 2016. Andrew worked to create the style frames and assets illustrating Hamlin’s childhood fantasy, and the resulting animation brings these vivid imaginings to life. You can watch the full animation below, and click here to view Andrew’s stunning illustration portfolio. .embed-container...

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Peter Strain & Corey Brickley / Communication Arts 2017 Illustration Competition Winners

We are delight to share the news that Corey Brickley and Peter Strain are proud winners of the Communication Arts 2017 Illustration Competition, receiving an Award of Excellence. Corey Brickley for his dramatic album cover artwork for the release of Blood Youth’s debut album ‘Beyond Repair’ and Peter Strain for not just 1 but 3 covers produced for Arborist’s debut album ‘Home Burial' & 2 singles. Of the 3,995 entries to the 58th Illustration Annual, only 178 were accepted, representing the work of 159 artists, making the Illustration Annual the most exclusive major illustration competition in the world. Published each May, the Illustration Annual incorporates special reproduction techniques developed by CA, including quality 200-line colour separation and printing on premium 70 lb. coated paper by one of the finest printers in the United States. Everything that was originally in colour is reproduced in colour at a size that allows the concept to be understood. About Communication...

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Martin O'Neill / Binske Luxury Murals

Martin O'Neill was commissioned to create four large scale collaged murals for installation in Binske's new Luxury Cannabis store in Colorado USA. The illustrations are being used in store and on a range of luxury products and edibles. The collages were created from hundreds of vintage etchings & watercolor reproductions from the archives of natural history, zoological and botanical worlds. They were themed to coincide with the stores four elements that run through their products ranges Fire, Water, Wind and Earth. The collages also tied in key organic botanical ingredients in their products. To view more of Martin's beautiful hand cut collages - click here

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Justin Metz / BT / Family Sim

Justin Metz collaborated with BT for their latest nationwide campaign to promote the new BT Mobile Family Sim. Justin’s exceptional talents as a CGI artist, as well as a designer and retoucher, are regularly called upon for commercial and editorial projects in need of slick, high-end, more-real-than-real finishes and for delivering conceptual realistic imagery. His unique skill set is in clear evidence here as the hero image is brought to life. Justin’s handiwork for BT can be seen across all media and TV in the UK. View Justin's full portfolio here

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Oscar Wilson / The Village Voice / Stop Making Sense

Oscar was recently commissioned by the iconic New York alt-weekly The Village Voice to create a portrait of Donald Trump, for an article titled "Stop Making Sense", giving advice for writers in the current political landscape. Oscar collaborated closely with them, using Trumps' own words, curated by the Voice's editors, to create this portrait. We hope you like this unique and timely depiction of the 45th U.S. President on the occasion of his inauguration. To see more of Oscar's work you can click here to see his portfolio.

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Ben Jennings / Ted Baker / The North Pole Dancer

Ben Jennings collaborated with Ted Baker for their in-store window display and festive website animation for their Christmas 2016 campaign. Ben, who is well known for his rapier wit when it comes to satirical cartoons, was a perfect match for Ted Baker's irreverent sense of humour: .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } "Ted Baker always like to have something tongue-in-cheek for their Christmas store windows, so it was a really fun project to work on," said Ben of the brief. "My job was to design a polar bear character, and then complete a finished illustration of a scene featuring the character, along with the typography, which would be used on Ted Baker's Christmas shopping bags and boxes, as well as being created into a 3D window display for Ted Baker stores worldwide....

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Helen Friel / Tesco Mobile

Helen Friel's art direction and paper engineering skills bring Tesco Mobile's holiday deals campaign to life, in these three short but sweet animations. Enjoy the lovely tangibility of hand-made paper craft and stop motion. Animation by Andy Biddle. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }

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Morten Morland & Ben Jennings / Political Cartoon Awards 2016

Huge congratulations to Morten Morland and Ben Jennings for their achievements at the Political Cartoon Awards on Tuesday 29th November. Morten was awarded Political Cartoonist of the Year 2016, and Ben scooped the Tenniel Tankard as Runner-Up for Political Cartoon of the Year 2016. They were presented their awards by the Political Cartoon Society, along with guests of honour the Rt. Hon. Ed Balls and Lord Paddy Ashdown. We're delighted to see the calibre and importance of these two artists' work recognised by such a prestigious award. For a more thorough overview of their work, you can view each of the artists portfolios on the Début Art website here (Morten Morland) and here (Ben Jennings). You can read about the Political Cartoon Awards in more detail here.

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Tobias Hall / Wagamama / Feed Your Good

Tobias Hall flexes his hand-lettering muscles in his collaboration with Wagamama for their latest campaign ‘Feed Your Good’. Tobias was commissioned by J Walter Thompson to create these energetic, free-hand slogans which perfectly complement Wagamama’s trademark clean, contemporary photographs. For each iteration, Tobias experimented with composition to get the right balance and flow before executing each treatment in his lively brush-led style. You can spot them out and about in the wild, and hopefully be encouraged to slurp down some ramen as a result. You can see more of Tobias’ type work – ranging from free-hand lettering to intricately rendered typographical designs – on his online portfolio here.

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