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World Illustration Awards 2021 Longlist

We are pleased to announce that a number of Début Art represented illustrators have had projects longlisted for the 2021 World Illustration Awards. These artists include; Max Loeffler, Lisa Sheehan, Jim Tsinganos, Xinmei Liu, Patrick George, Stephanie Von Reiswitz and Sarah Jones. Our warmest congratulations to all the artists who have been longlisted. We are very proud to see the work of our illustrators being recognised by an award and organisation that is so important in the creative field.

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Introducing Nicky Ackland-Snow

Inspired by stories imagined within found ephemera from the past, Nicky is passionate about creating new meanings from old contexts. Her work has a strong conceptual base and uses typography and metaphor to create layers of visual poetry. The technicolour utopianism of the 1950’s has inspired a feel-good approach to her illustration, projecting hopefulness and fun. Having actively engaged in editorial and publishing projects for the illustration industry over the last 30 years, Nicky has also been inspired by a range of opportunities in the commercial art world. Working in the arenas of festival branding, international product merchandising, illustrated commercial interiors and authorship, Nicky embraces all possible outlets for her work. Nicky has a BA in Graphic Design from Bath School of Art which helped to mould an illustrational approach with a strong base in design principles. She lives, works and lectures in the South West of the UK and continues to scour the flea markets, auction...

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Introducing Jordi Ros

We are delighted to announce that Debut Art now represents Jordi Ros. Jordi Ros is an illustrator, designer and academic currently based in Barcelona. Jordi has a BA in Product and Graphic Design, and an MA in Illustration from ELISAVA, Barcelona’s most prestigious and largest Design University. Commercially, Jor has a special focus on developing concepts which brands can use to launch new products, service or engage with their audience in new and interesting ways. He is especially interested in editorial work, such as covers for different publications and books, the music industry and advertising, as well as crossing the boundaries between product and illustration. Jordi’s commercial illustration is marked by his strong belief in developing his experimental and personal practice. He enjoys creating deep, personal narratives in what for him is a very intimate process of sharing his views and feelings on certain subjects. He is particularly influenced by the world of classic eastern animation,...

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Introducing Xinmei Liu

We are delighted to announce that Debut Art now represents Xinmei Liu. Xinmei Liu was born in Shanghai, China, and now lives and works in New York. She has a BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, and an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Xinmei’s work has a clear visual identity, which belies her status as a recent graduate. Her images are rich in narrative, curiosity, nostalgia and fun, inspired by her cultural background, social issues, childhood experience and history. She cites vintage adverts, packaging, Asian calendars and propaganda posters as key influences on her style. You can see more of Xinmei Liu’s work here: https://www.debutart.com/artist/xinmei-liu

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Introducing Kanith Thailamthong

We are delighted to announce that Debut Art now represents Kanith Thailamathong. Kanith Thailamathong’s artwork draws from her personal experience of cross-cultural backgrounds, coming from a Chinese-Thai family and being born in Bangkok, Thailand. She likes to explore the behaviours, attitudes and inner lives of people and characters traversing these boundaries and different identities. She is especially drawn to depicting being a girl in Eastern culture, and what goes unsaid even though it is felt. Kanith notes Edward Hopper as one of her earliest influences. The simple and mysterious methods of storytelling in his paintings showed her how daily life could be poetic. You can see more of Kanith Thailamathong’s work here: https://www.debutart.com/artist/kanith-thailamthong

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Introducing Janelle Barone

We are now delighted to present internationally acclaimed illustrator Janelle Barone. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Janelle's style has grown from a mixture of influences including cinematography, comic book art, Art Nouveau and traditional Ukiyo-e woodblock printing. Recent clients include Apple, Disney, The Washington Post, Wired, Macmillan Books US, Buzzfeed and the Brisbane International Film Festival.

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Introducing Joe Webb

Début Art is delighted to have been appointed by Joe Webb, a world renowned collage and oil painting artist. Joe is a full time artist, working with hand made collage and oil painting. Joe has a BA Fine Art degree from the UCA - University Of Creative Arts. Joe repurposes found imagery to make thought provoking artworks. His work explores many issues including the environment, war and inequality. Webb's work has become an online sensation with hundreds of thousands of people sharing his images on the internet. As well as going viral in the virtual world, Joe has exhibited and sold work internationally. His paintings, original collages and prints can be found in the Saatchi Gallery, 45 Park Lane and in the private collections of Coldplay, Eric Cantona and The Madden Brothers. His artwork has been used on album covers for well known artists such as Tears For Fears and Janelle Monae, inspired a music video by Coldplay and been featured in advertising and on book covers. He supports, with...

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Chris Labrooy / Lexus UX

Lexus commissioned Chris Labrooy to create a series of animations for the new all-electric Lexus UX, featuring some of Chris’ trademark interests to highlight the new dynamic features of the model. The animations were used in Lexus’ online advertising campaign. You can see more of Chris' work here.

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Yuko Kondo / Tiny Forest / Earthwatch

Yuko Kondo was commissioned to create the artwork for Earthwatch’s ‘Tiny Forest’ campaign. Tiny Forests are densely packed native forests that fit into the size of a tennis court. This means they bring all the benefits of a forest – climate cooling, lower flood risks, biodiversity, improved air quality and physical and mental wellbeing – right into the heart of our cities and urban spaces. Yuko created a design that packs the wildlife and plant life of the United Kingdom in to this space. The design was used both online and also as mural in urban areas around the UK. You can see more of Yuko's work here.

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BloodBros / What Is Strategy / Harvard Business Review Press

BloodBros was commissioned by Harvard Business Review Press to create the artwork for ‘What Is Strategy’. The book looks at business strategy concepts in a short, easy-to-understand, graphic format. What works and what doesn’t. BloodBros illustrated the book throughout, making what can often be a bland topic, fun and engaging with his fun and entertaining characters. You can see more of BloodBros' work here.

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WRKSHP 33 / Prevail Junior Skate Park

WRKSHP 33 has been working with Prevail Juniors, an indoor skate and scooter park in Bournemouth UK. From a blank canvas Ben Beach / WRKSHP33 designed a full branding suite, promotional printed material, merchandise, exterior & interior signage, interior styling/design, design and installation of large painted wall murals and a huge feature 'paste up' poster wall. You can see more of WRKSHP 33's work here.

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Doug John Miller / The World of Sherlock Holmes / Laurence King

Doug John Miller was commissioned by Laurence King to create the artwork for ‘The World of Sherlock Holmes’, a complex and storied jigsaw puzzle which captures the world of the famous detective. The plan for the puzzle was authored by Nicholas Utechin, the official historian of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. Following his brief, Doug created a bustling cityscape featuring Sherlock Holmes’ mysteries, locations, characters and clues. Doug’s artwork displays his particular eye for architectural detail and talent for composing intricately detailed scenes which draw the viewer in with the multiple strands of stories being told. You can see more of Doug's work here.

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