Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ben Tallon's New eBook Portfolio

Our talented Ben Tallon has created an eBook portfolio on a brand new platform for you to have a peek at.

Ben Tallon's eBook 

eBook is a fantastic tool that can be as complex or as simple as you want it to be- flash, audio, video, you name it. He's also included some new sleeve cover art that he's been working on. Ben's amazing portfolio on our site

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Government marketers licensed to bypass COI

LONDON - Government marketers will be given more freedom to bypass the COI and hire agencies directly, amid a money-saving shake-up instigated by COI chief executive Mark Lund.
In a letter seen by Marketing, Lund sets out several changes designed to cut costs and change working practices.
The move may dilute the power of the UK's top-spending advertiser by giving government departments greater autonomy.
One change concerns the way in which Whitehall marketers access COI agencies. The letter reveals that in some cases they have found its full managed service of procurement to be "unnecessary and costly".

From April, Whitehall departments will be able to procure and manage agencies from any COI roster themselves, through either a one-off payment for each contract or an annual subscription. However, the departments will still be allowed to ask the COI to pick an agency for them.
Media buying, which was recently awarded to WPP's M4C, is excluded from this.
Previously, any government marketers wishing to hire agencies directly have had to set up their own rosters to comply with public-sector procurement rules, although this has happened only rarely. The Department for Transport did this some years ago before returning to using the COI.
In another change, a new team structure will be introduced at the COI aimed at reflecting the areas covered by different government departments.
The teams, which will be focused on six themes including the environment and health, will each be led by a client-relationship specialist and a strategist.
by Gemma Charles, 30-Mar-10, 00:01   

Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring Awakening, an exhibition of colour and light

John Walsom is exhibiting in "Spring Awakening, an exhibition of colour and light" at KD Fine Art, The Old Pottery, Down Lane, Compton, Surrey GU3 1DQ, 01483 811344. 1 April - 15 May.

John Walsom's portfolio

Friday, March 26, 2010

Bring on the Sunshine

With the onset of spring, illustrator Masha Karpushina was commissioned to bring a light touch to record label KPM’s new release Sunshine Playlist. The tracks mainly consist of easy listening indie music, and from this she took her inspiration. The client also encouraged her to push the handmade feel and so she went with not just with hand drawn images, but the notions of stitching and papier mache qualities as well. “The image took on this lightness, the idea of travel, and movement, and places to go and visit, with this hand-made world revolving around the title,” she says.

According to Masha Karpushina, she normally illustrates in black and white, but for this new CD label for KPM she wanted to explore colour a little bit more.

Karpushina works on separate layers, even when drawing. Later she scans the elements in, and finds it a simple process to manipulate them in Photoshop if the client requests amends.

Written by Garrick Webster

Carat upgrades UK and global adspend forecasts

LONDON - Carat is markedly more optimistic in its latest global adspend forecast for 2010, raising its prediction for the UK to 2.9% growth from the 1.4% it forecast in October.
This should be good news for our illustrators and animators

The Aegis-owned agency expects a rise in global adspend of 2.9%, up from its previous prediction of 1%.
UK advertising expenditure is forecast to increase 4.2% in 2011.
All major markets are expected to stabilise including the US at 0.2%, up from -2.6% in Carat’s previous forecast.
China is expected to rebound strongly with a rise of 16.1% along with Indonesia, up 15.8%, Brazil up 11.6% and Turkey, up 13.5%.
However, Japan is expected to fall 3.1%, along with Germany (-2.6%) and Spain (-2%).
All media are expected to return to growth in 2010, apart from newspapers and magazines.
The TV market, which fell 4.8% last year, will see the highest share of the spend at 45.2%, with global growth of 6% in 2010. Its growth is predicted to continue in 2011 at 6.1%.
Newspapers will have the second highest share of spend in 2010 at 20.3%, according to Carat, despite a predicted ad revenue fall of 2.9%. The decline is expected to slow in 2011 at -0.7%.
Online sees the most growth at 10.1% in 2010 with a rise of 9.1% forecast for next year.
Magazines, which were the worst hit last year with a fall of 20.2%, will see a drop of 3.9% in 2010 but a slight rise of 0.8% in 2011. Radio, which dropped 10.6% last year, is forecast to be up 2.3% this year and 0.9% next year.
Cinema and outdoor are also expected to grow this year at 3.6% and 2.4% respectively.
Jerry Buhlmann, chief executive of Aegis Media, said: "Looking at the UK, forecasts have improved with significant signs of recovery in the TV market in particular where trends in the first quarter look positive. While the year ahead remains challenging, theses are encouraging signs."
Buhlmann said: "This early view of future global adspend shows the potential for modest recovery through this year and into 2011 in what looks like being an increasingly benign environment."

What's Wrong With Washington?

The latest from Derek Bacon sees him bring to life the globally-resonating and challenging question: "What's Wrong With Washington" for The Economist.

This digital piece has taken pride of place on the front cover of The Economist recently. Taking advantage of the statue's recognisable status, Derek satirically reworks this globally famous memorial in photoshop to show Abraham Lincoln's despair at the slow state of US economic recovery.

Fei's Scrapbook

Illustrator Fei shares the inspiration of living in the "most beautiful place in China".

Fei's Scrapbook
Fei's portfolio

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Keith Robinson's Latest Newsletter

Keith Robinson's most recent illustration for Fat Man in a White Hat. One of a two-part programme, showing as part of BBC Four's 'Exquisite Cuisine'.

See it again on BBC iPlayer:

The Cat-Snatcher!

This is Sholto's most recent picture poem 'The Cat-Snatcher'.
See his full portfolio on the website: 

Communication Arts Photography Exhibiton

Last day to enter a great photography competition with Communication Arts!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Art Marketing eBook & Water Aid

Richard Wilde at ArtyBuzz has an art marketing ebook which sheds some light on what illustrators can do to get their work noticed and to promote themselves. If you’d like to have a look it can be read and downloaded at here 

There's also a press pack for a fundraiser that he is currently running on for Water Aid, below. It’s a pretty good cause and some illustrators might want to add their work to the cause:

Using Art to Help Save Lives
A little known fact is that it is international World Water Day on 22nd March this year; and to both financially support and raise awareness for this important date, the art website,, is running a special fundraising initiative involving the sale of art.
The Liverpool based website has put together a special selection of water themed art, design and photography, and is going to donate all profits from the sale of these items to the registered charity Water Aid.  The water artworks are all available for purchase as prints, canvases, t shirts and more, meaning you can get a beautiful piece of art as well as donating to a good cause at the same time.
World Water Day is an internationally recognised day that was created in 1992 at the UN Conference on Environment and Development. The day aims to raise awareness of the lack of clean water that is still a problem in much of the world, and seeks to generate support for the many water relief charities that are trying to help get clean water to those most in need.
Richard Wilde, the founder of said “the lack of clean water is clearly a great problem in the world, and I wanted to do my bit, and give others the opportunity to help support this cause as well by providing these art gifts as a tool in which people could effectively make a donation and get something back themselves”.
Up until 23rd March, 100% of the profits from the sale of the selection of water gifts Artybuzz has compiled will go to Water Aid.  The selection of gifts can be found and purchased on the Artybuzz website at Any artists, designers or photographers who would like their own work to be sold for this good cause can also add their work to and it can be added to the selection.

Saatchi & Saatchi viral predicts death of traditional ad agency

LONDON - Saatchi & Saatchi Canada has created a viral that predicts the death of advertising agencies unless they embrace the power of digital creative.
The viral, entitled 'The Last Advertising Agency on Earth', is a dark and sombre film that compares the death of the advertising industry to the fa

Greg Becker's Scrapbook

This week Greg Becker shares his love of Raymond Briggs and pumpkins.

Greg Becker's Scrapbook
Greg Becker's portfolio

Angus and Julia Stone

Bringing music to life with his marvellous imagination is Nick Murray Willis's latest animated music video for Australian band Angus and Julia Stone.

Featuring in Filter magazine, Nick gives us a view of a prisoner’s mundane world. Keep your eyes peeled for further animated mastery by Nick as he has just completed another video for the latest song by band The Keyz.

Denis Zilber's Scrapbook

Illustrator Denis Zilber shares his 20 year passion for Martial Arts and collecting childrens books.

Denis Zilber's Scrapbook
Denis Zilber's portfolio

Monday, March 22, 2010

Gail Armstrong and Paper Sculpture in Computer Arts Magazine

Designers have always used paper, but now the medium really is becoming the message as the humble sheet takes centre stage. Dom Hall meets the illustrators at the cutting edge. 
UK-based illustrator Gail Armstrong also describes herself as a “paper sculptor” and creates work for children’s books, magazine editorial, advertising and commercial clients including Rotary Watches, Virgin Travel and NestlĂ©.

See the rest of Gail's portfolio here:

An Interview with Computer Arts Magazine: Paper Chase

Designers have always used paper, but now the medium really is becoming the message as the humble sheet takes centre stage. Dom Hall meets the illustrators at the cutting edge.... Read the full article here:

To see the rest of Emma's portfolio:

Jellymongers Bompas and Parr's Architectural Punchbowl

Bompas and Parr impress with a project, vast in size and vast in alcohol content!
Watch the TV Sketchbook to find out how they flooded a building with liquid, and offered it to the public to drink for a one off experience.

See the rest of Bompas & Parr's portfolio:

Friday, March 19, 2010

New DeWitt Campaign

The latest DeWitt campaign to launch
A timeless, classic selection of images with additional, contemporary additions by Martin Hargreaves, launched this week.
Click above for the rest of Martin's portfolio.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ian Naylor's Scrapbook

Digital Illustrator Ian Naylor shares his passion for precision design & technical drawing.

Ian Naylor's Scrapbook
Ian Naylor's portfolio
Ian Naylor's animation portfolio

Sarah Beetson: The Metro Gallery

Illustration is a mania now-a-days,  I blame the easy availability of badge making machines and Frankie Magazine for the illustration glut.  I wanted to like illustration and find an artist to follow and cherish but bar the bastions like international sensation Swoon, I came up with nadda, damn glut. 

Happily today our Director pointed me in the direction of artist and illustrator Sarah Beetson. Glut avoided.

Her work reminds me of the time I dropped a brick on my bag which had a new pack of highlighters in it (true story, convenient no?)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Project with Creative Boom

Creative Boom are very excited to share with us this morning some of the first entries to our ongoing contest, requesting photography, art, designs or illustrations that represent 'City Life and Urban Freshness'. This one is from our very own illustrator Madamesange entitled 'It's all about London'. Love it!


Sarah Beetson explores society’s preoccupation with body image and the rising global trend in eating disorders. She collaborates with several fashion designers to create one-off wearable art that sit alongside a series of portraits and limited edition Body Mass Index badges which are for sale.
238 High Street, Northcote, 3070 Victoria, Australia, Sunday March 14 – Sunday March 28

Monday, March 15, 2010

New Music Video for the Keyz

Our latest addition to our animation site, Nick Murray Willlis, has just completed this wonderful new video for a new band called The Keys:

See the rest of his animation portfolio on

Rosie Sanders and Her Elephant Go to Town

Rosie Sanders, the acclaimed Devon based botanical artist, is painting flowers all over a life size model elephant as part of the ELEPHANT PARADE LONDON 2010. This colourful conservation project is being run in association with 'Elephant Family', the conservation charity set up by Mark Shand. The money raised will inject funds into key conservation projects across Asia.

The elephant, made of fibre glass, stands over four feet tall and is one of 200 that will adorn the streets of London in May and June this summer. All elephants are being painted voluntarily by famous artists including Marc Quinn and Jack Vetriano, and Rosie is among them. Rosie has chosen to paint Vanda orchids. One sits over his eye, three others on his side and back, the leaves wind themselves down his tail and legs.

All elephants will be auctioned on June 30  at Sotherbys and each artist will receive 15% of the proceeds, the rest goes to the Elephant Family Campaign.

Rosie has taken a break from work for her bi-annual one man show, Flowering, coming up at Park Walk Gallery from 9 - 26 June 2010. Her theme this time is one of change and flux, and the show centres on the flower’s life and decline in to graceful demise. The exhibition showcases Rosie’s large scale paintings of flowers painted from life.   She works in bold and saturated colours in watercolour on Arches

paper and is considered to be at the cutting edge of botanical art.

If you would like to donate to the elephant campaign, please see

Rosies London show runs from 9 -26 June, Private View 8 June, at JONATHAN COOPER, PARK WALK GALLERY, LONDON SW10 OAQ.

To see the rest of Rosie's portfolio, go to

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Body MOT

Fashion gets a work out this month by Christian David Moore.

He was commissioned by Conde Nast to create this stunning illustration for their March Spa supplement. The article focuses on tackling issues with poor diet, posture and stress, Christian's accompanying illustration beautifully depicts the subject.

The Nostalgia Issue

A snapshot of the past in Bec Winnel's dreamy fashion flashback.

The illustration is currently gracing the front cover of Mecca, a Melbourne based fashion magazine created by Madeline Boyd as part of her dissertation. Bec’s job was to take a trip down memory lane to create this front cover for the nostalgia issue, also within the pages is an interesting profile on the artist herself.

Friday, March 12, 2010

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

StockIllustration Artist: Maurizio De Angelis: Affordable Art Fair

Maurizio De Angelis will be showing his 'Broken Glass Series' at the Affordable Art Fair Spring collection at WH Patterson (Stand F1), Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th March, Battersea Park, London:

Check out his other work at Stock Illustrations:

The London Book Fair

The London Book Fair: 19th-21st April with an all new Illustration corner in the Children's Zone:
There's an illustrator's competition too! 
Check it out:

Some lovely new work from Madamesange

She has been chosen as a candidate to be part of the Jotta & Fedrigoni papers "Sprung" exhibition from April 1st- April 30th. Watch this space! There might be a private view to attend!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Ron Borresen: Flair Winner

Ron Borresen has won the Creativematch February Flair Competition with his 'Man Salads' illustration for the Herald Tribune.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Reaching Beauty

Reaching out to you with this gorgeous illustration is Robert Carter.

Commissioned by Deliver magazine to illustrate an article about the global reach of a beauty product company's mail samples, it was a tricky topic to make interesting. Robert welcomed the challenge to bring to life the subject with this eye catching image.