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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: [vimeo size="large"]195969440[/vimeo] "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. I also provided some additional illustrations for an animated version of the scene that was used on Ted's social media channels. "The concept was to have a polar bear character, scratching themselves up against the...

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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. [vimeo size="large"]195483007[/vimeo]

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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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Arn0 / John Lewis / Buster The Boxer

Arn0 has joined forces again with adam&eveDDB for John Lewis' 2016 festive campaign, illustrating the full cast of mischievous bouncing creatures in his cuter-than-cute, hyperrealistic style. These characters frolic across press adverts, merchandise, and in-store decorations, bringing the magic of the television advert into day-to-day life. You can spot them out and about on the tube, on the John Lewis website, and quite possibly on that mug you’ll receive for your office Secret Santa gift. Click here to see the full merchandise range. To see more work from the incredible Arn0, you can click here to see his portfolio.

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Sam Chivers / The Guardian

Sam Chivers worked with The Guardian to produce a stunning series of animated illustrations to accompany the article ‘What will the airport of the future look like?' Sam’s work naturally veers towards that blurry point between science and nature, and so it is no surprise that Sam was the perfect artist to visualise the subjects of the article - transport, alternative energy, biodiversity and innovation. Sam beautifully animated each illustration and you can see them action here along with the article on The Guardians website. Follow the link for Sam’s full portfolio and profile.

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Florian Schommer / The Folio Society / Science Fiction Anthology

We’re delighted that the time has come to share Florian Schommer's outstanding illustrations for The Folio Science Fiction Anthology, introduced and edited by Brian W. Aldiss - published by The Folio Society. Science fiction has always been a fertile home for the short story and this special Folio collection is a shining constellation of science-fiction stars, each story exemplifying the very best of the genre. Florian is an illustrator and graphic designer, who in 2013 graduated from Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences with a degree in Communication & Graphic Design, and since then has been continuing his artistic practice in Hamburg. In addition to his freelance work, he co-founded the kjosk collective, creating original designs for clients all over the world. He received the FWA site of the day in 2013, the ADC Bronze Award in 2013, the ADC Student of the Year Award in 2014, the Illustrative Nominee Award in 2014, and three ADC Gold Awards in 2014. You can now get your...

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Viktor Koen / SNF Cultural Center / Athens

Début’s own Viktor Koen, illustrator, designer, and fine artist, recently completed an on-site installation for an impressive cultural center combining the National Library of Greece, Greek National Opera and Stavros Niarchos park, designed by noted Italian architect Renzo Piano. The installation houses Bréal’s Marathon Silver Cup, presented to the first marathon winner at the inaugural Modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.   In Viktor’s words: “As the cup landed in its permanent SNFCC home, it became clear that we needed a comprehensive solution to document the cup’s history for standing readers, designed intriguingly enough to keep them reading to the end. Other than archival images accompanying every angle of the story and an editorial inspired layout, a long dynamic illustration occupying the full length of the frieze seemed to be just the visual device to wrap everything together and turn the connection between reader and text into an experience. The rest is history.”   See photos...

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