Behind the Book: Santa Claus vs The Easter Bunny by Fred Blunt

30 November 2018

To kick-off the Christmas season, we’ve gone behind-the-scenes of Fred Blunt’s new author illustrated picture book ‘Santa Claus vs The Easter Bunny’, published by Andersen Press. A fun, festive revenge tale — of the chocolatey kind — which pits the scheming Easter Bunny against the jovial, and completely unaware, Santa Claus with mounting hilarity.

Bright Artists Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal

26 November 2018

We’re delighted that six brilliant Bright artists — Benji Davies, David Litchfield, Jarvis, Jenny Løvlie, Laura Hughes and Richard Jones — have been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019. It is a huge honour for artists to be recognised by such a prestigious prize; it is one of the oldest children’s book awards in the UK, and also notably one that is dedicated to celebrating illustration in children’s publishing.

Matthew Taylor Wilson on Community and Creativity

16 November 2018

At The Bright Agency we are passionate about creating a community that inspires and nurtures creativity. We see first-hand that interconnectivity and the process of sharing builds strength and success. But for artists starting out, building a community can be easier said than done.

Retail Takeover | Viola Wang for Pepe Jeans

09 November 2018

Talented children’s book author / illustrator, Viola Wang, partnered with Pepe Jeans’ London-based custom studio for a unique, live-drawing collaboration. For one day only, customers were able to have the clothing they purchased in-store customised with Viola’s exquisite illustrations.

World Traveller | Jess Smith for Gestalten

01 November 2018

Combining elements of both simplicity and playfulness, but with a carefully considered touch, Jessica Smith’s illustrations seemed the perfect fit for a guide to design hostels of the world for the adventuring classes!

Suzie Mason's First Year at Bright!

05 October 2018

In a word, amazing. I know how tough the industry is and how many wonderful artists are already out there doing beautiful work, so I deliberately ensured that I kept my expectations realistic and hoped for maybe one or two projects in my first year so that I could start building my professional body of work. I was pretty blown away when I was offered a run of six educational books in the first month, and I was really excited to get my teeth into multiple projects. But nothing could compare to getting to work with HarperCollins, specificially art director Chelsea Donaldson who was responsible for the project coming together! It was a dream come true, and one that also allowed me to take the plunge and quit my job to work as an artist full time, which was always something that I wanted but assumed I would have to wait years to do. Now I’ve worked on over ten books and I have to keep pinching myself to make myself believe that this is really my career, now. I’ve been incredibly lucky and am so grateful to Bright.

Countdown to Christmas | Ag Jatkowska for Ars Editions

03 October 2018

With a wealth of experience in creating artwork for the greetings and stationery industries, as well as illustrating myriad children’s books, puzzles and games, brilliantly versatile Bright artist AG JATKOWSKA has recently partnered with German publisher, Ars Editions, to produce a collection of adorable greetings card advent calendars.

James Lancett's First Year at Bright!

28 September 2018

Since he joined Bright just a year ago, life has been a whirlwind for illustrator James Lancett. His illustrations have graced the covers of James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein’s Max Einstein series, as well as Alesha Dixon’s Lightning Girl. And things won’t be slowing down for him anytime soon! We asked James to reflect on how his life has changed since he became part of the agency and give us a peek behind the scenes at his process and studio.

New books for autumn from our artists & authors

01 September 2018

The end of summer is in sight, and a new season means NEW BOOKS! The latest titles publishing this autumn from our brilliant Bright artists showcases the breadth of gorgeous styles across the portfolio — from bold and quirky art full of humour, to beautifully enchanting festive tales.

How to Make the Perfect Children's Book

09 August 2018

As well as being perfect for the target market in both style and substance, the look and feel of the book must be appealing to the adult that is most likely to be purchasing the book. Think about the tastes and current trends that are likely to grab the attention of book buyers.

Introducing: Allie Runnion

03 August 2018

Inspired by vintage illustration, and with a degree in Illustration and English from the highly-esteemed Rhode Island School of Design, Allie Runnion’s bright, bold designs and strong sense of colour and texture lend her work an immediate appeal, combining the warmth of a subtle nostalgia with an undeniably trend-savvy energy.

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