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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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Neil Webb / Royal Mail / Agatha Christie

2016 marks the centenary of Agatha Christie writing her first detective story – The Mysterious Affair at Styles. The Royal Mail is marking the occasion with a set of six stamps illustrated by Neil Webb and designed by Jim Sutherland. The stamps represent some of her best-known novels – Murder on the Orient Express, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Body in the Library, And Then There Were None, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and A Murder is Announced. Royal Mail have also developed an augmented reality feature for the The Mysterious Affair at Styles stamp which triggers a 3D animation, which can be seen here. Click here to see Neil Webb's full portfolio.

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Welcome back the great Si Scott!

Broken Hearts Make it Rain (self-initiated piece). Words are the main influence on the majority of Si’s work - whether it’s something he’s heard, read or a song lyric etc… Words have always played a big part in his life (not only in his work). ‘Broken Hearts Make It Rain’ is a Radiohead lyric which, as soon as he heard it, Si scribbled down in his notebook for future reference. Even if Si isn’t working on a type piece he can pretty much guarantee that his idea will come from words in one way or another. Each of Si’s original hand-drawn designs and 3D creations are timeless, or they are all anachronisms in their own right. With global recognition from creative industries and institutions, Si’s award-winning work have been featured in numerous publications, including the Best 200 Design Moments Ever by Computer Arts Magazine, and honoured twice in Lurzer’s Archive - The Best 200 Illustrators In The World. To view Si's full portfolio click here.

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Andrew Baker / From A to B: Pages from the Paper Galaxy

5 September 2016–16 September 2016 This show, Andrew Baker’s first solo outing, celebrates his contribution to the world of editorial illustration and offers a preview of his illustrations for a major new book, ‘BODY, The Graphic Book of Us’, due for release later this year. Andrew is an award winning illustrator with work spanning editorial, advertising and packaging projects. This collection of work explores how his characteristic blend of colour, design and wit has brought to life the pages of a galaxy of publications from Vogue to Nature, from Design Week to The Times. On display alongside original artworks are covers, pages, tear sheets and endpapers showing his images in the context of the printed page in all its variety. The exhibition will be showing at The Coningsby Gallery from the 5th - 16th September 2016, open daily from 10am until 6pm, Mondays to Fridays. The Private View will be held on Tuesday 6th September from 6.30-8.30pm.

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Introducing Jon Fox

We are delighted to introduce you to the talented artist Jon Fox. Jon is a praised illustrator and painter, known for his dynamic structures and vivid use of colour. His work spans across publishing, murals and EP covers. Born in the UK, he has studied in Bristol and Brighton (Fine Art Painting) and participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Égrégore: The Zenith of Pop Surrealism at Yves Laroche Galerie d’Art, Montréal (2014), and has held solo shows in various cities around the world. "A child of the 80s, he was initially attracted to Japanese and American cartoons, comics and computer games, along with hip hop and the graffiti styles that came with it. Drawing on personal introspection, Fox juggles narrative and pictorial composition to produce vivid mindscapes, layered journeys in search of an underlying energy and balance." Click here to see more of Jon's work click here.

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Summer Print Show At The Coningsby Gallery

We're excited to announce a group showcase of Début illustrators' prints and artwork at the Coningsby Gallery. This exhibit will run from Monday 8th August until Friday 2nd September 2016, open 10am-6pm daily, Monday to Friday. Prints will be displayed from international artists, the majority of which are for sale online through the Coningsby Gallery Shop. Artists include: Peter Strain, Vince McIndoe, Craig Robinson, Walter Newton, Stephan Walter, Patrick Morgan, Katie Edwards, Katherine Baxter, Sarah Hanson, Joe Wilson, H.Y.T Studio, Chris Skinner and Yehrin Tong.

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Jacquie Boyd / 'Be Great Donate' Scope

Jacquie Boyd has been asked to create a set of characters and artwork for the 'Be Great Donate' Campaign launched by the charity Scope. Jacquie developed three main characters for the campaign: Chris, Fiona and Sophia, along with print material such as window posters, postcards and till-point signs. They are on a mission, each in their own way, to de-clutter, clear out and donate unwanted clothing to support Scope's work with disabled people and their families. More info about the campaign can be found on Scope's main webpage and Facebook page. To see more of Jacquie's portfolio click here.

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