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Andrew Archer & Helen Friel / Shortlisted for AOI’s World Illustration Award 2019

We are delighted to announce two of Début Art’s represented artists have been shortlisted for the 2019 Association of Illustrators’ World Illustration Award. Andrew Archer’s ‘Edo Ball: The Art of Basketball’ (Gingko Press, 2018) and Helen Friel’s ‘Hoakes Island’ (Laurence King, 2018) are both shortlisted in the ‘Books’ category. Andrew Archer’s ‘Edo Ball: The Art of Basketball’ pays tribute to his twin passions: basketball and Japanese art. What began initially as two self-initiated pieces (‘The Rock’ & ‘The Ghost’) expanded into a stunning series of 45 original artworks. In May 2018, these were collected in a single volume, along with sketches and accompanying text offering the reader a detailed insight into Andrew’s process and inspiration. ’Hoakes Island’, created, designed and illustrated by Helen Friel and co-authored with Ian Friel, is Helen’s début interactive book for older readers. The title engages the reader in an ingenious and immersive narrative puzzle, unfolding inside...

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Jennifer Dionisio / BBC3's 'Fleabag'

This month, BBC3 announced the arrival of the new series of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s much-celebrated show ‘Fleabag’ with a striking poster created by Jennifer Dionisio. Jennifer worked closely with the design team at BBC Creative to bring the quasi-saintly portrayal of the show’s titular character to life. The driving concept of the campaign was to highlight the redemption arc in the show’s narrative, whilst still reflecting the gritty humour that the show is revered for. This directive allowed Jennifer’s signature talent for creating elegant yet offbeat portrayals of female characters with an edge to shine. Her careful attention to detail meant that the poster’s homage to devotional stained-glass windows was modern, tasteful and still utterly deadpan in its delivery. To see more work from Jennifer Dionisio, you can visit her portfolio on Début Art’s website here: https://www.debutart.com/artist/jennifer-dionisio

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Tobias Hall / The Rolling Stones / HONK

Tobias Hall was commissioned by Studio Fury to produce the cover illustration for the exciting new 'HONK', a new 'best-of' compilation by The Rolling Stones released by Polydor with 20 songs. Tobias was also commissioned to produce the cover illustration for the band's Record Store Day release 'She's a Rainbow'. Design and Art Direction by Studio Fury. Much more of Tobias' work can be viewed at www.debutart.com/artist/tobias-hall and on his instagram.

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Planet Rescue Kickstart / Patrick George

Planet Rescue, "An interactive children's picture book with 'magic' pages to inspire young eco-warriors". The new interactive children's picture book by illustrator Patrick George teaches young children about the importance of respecting and working towards a green planet in a fun and interactive way. The concept of Planet Rescue is that children reading the book can see the positive changes going on in the book through the act of turning the transparent pages to ‘magically transform the action underneath’. From leaving the car at home, to eating less meat. The book is available to back on Kickstarter until the 28th March 2019 here.

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Sarah Hanson / Are You Next? / Absolut Vodka

Absolut Vodka commissioned collage artist Sarah Hanson to create artwork for their new 'Are You Next?' promotional campaign to find new artists to create poster artwork for the brand. You can see more of Sarah's work here.

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Harry Malt / Ted Baker

Harry Malt was commissioned by the highly creative and very successful Ted Baker London to create illustrations for use in its first ever advertising campaign. Harry’s inimitable approach and illustration style also then led Ted Baker to commission Harry to create a range of 16 playful portraits of key personnel at Ted Baker. Harry’s full portfolio can be reviewed here.

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Tado / APM Mall

Kung hei fat choy! Tado were asked to work on the CNY characters and decorations for the prestigious APM Mall in Hong Kong’s celebrations for Year of the Pig. With help from MDI Digital to produce the 3D models. To see more of Tado's work, please visit their online portfolio here

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Yann Legendre / The Anglo-Saxons / The Folio Society

Earlier this year, Yann Legendre was commissioned by The Folio Society to create the ornate binding, cover and frontispiece for James Campbell’s 'The Anglo-Saxons’. This beautiful edition of Campbell's seminal text is comprised of 2 volumes – Campbell’s original pictorial text, and an accompanying book of photos. For the bindings, Yann recreated the visage of the iconic Anglo Saxon helmet and a traditional knotted snake design, commonly featured on an Anglo Saxon buckle. He balanced the requirements of producing a historically accurate rendition of these well-known objects with creating bespoke illustrative pieces that feature his stylistic touches and flairs, bringing out lively details and decorative moments. His bold designs leap across the books' surfaces, contrasting with the moss and blood-red of the binding cloth. The result is a fascinating and beautiful package which complements and celebrates the titles’ status. The strength of the book's aesthetics were recognised by the BBD&PA...

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Gaze / Andy Lovell

'Gaze' was the solo exhibition of Andy Lovell's work bringing together a selection of monoprints and silk screen prints taken from the land and the sea. Andy’s printmaking is represented through galleries across the UK whist, as an illustrator he has worked on a wide range of commercial commissions, across the publishing, editorial, advertising and design sectors. Prints are still available from the Coningsby Gallery store here Clients include ,American Express, ABTA, Natwest bank, Singapore Airlines, Guardian Media Group, Bowmore Whisky, Hoopers, British Gas, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Saturday Times, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian, Conde Naste, Time Inc., You Magazine, The Evening Standard, Time Out Magazine, IPC Media, National Magazines, Random House, Harper Collins, Faber & Faber, Friends of the Earth, Decca, EMI Sinead O’Connor & Shane McGowan - ‘Haunted’ Video Backdrop.

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Empire Magazine Round Up

To celebrate Empire's 30th Anniversary Supertotto was commissioned to produce their special subscriber edition cover for the occasion. The images that follow are a small selection of other covers and features created by Debut Art artists for Empire Magazine over recent years. In order: Supertotto, Jacey, Kerry Roper, Neil Edwards, Matt Herring, Chris Malbon, Justin Metz, James Taylor, Peter Strain, James Carey and The Red Dress

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Florian Schommer / Penguin Press

Florian Schommer was commissioned by Penguin Press to create artwork for ‘Day of the Oprichnik’ and ‘The Blizzard’, two novels by contemporary Russian writer Vladimir Sorokin, published as Penguin Modern Classics in November 2018. The speculative and often dark nature of both novels was the perfect foil for Florian’s imagination. As objects, the books complement each other beautifully with their contrasting colour palettes and richly rendered imagery.

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Chris Labrooy / Callaway Golf

Acclaimed CGI artist and designer Chris Labrooy was asked to bring his unique vision to the golf media landscape. As world-renowned Callaway Golf launched their newest product, The Rogue Driver, Chris put his own spin on the club by reshaping it into the beloved thumbs-up emoji. Chris’s keen eye for detail was essential to maintaining the integrity of product; consideration of everything from club weight, to product materials, to cosmetic specifications were a still priority despite its new shape. Thumbs-up, Chris! To see more of Chris's work click here.

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