01 February 2019
This January saw the publication of the hilarious new picture book, Daddy Fartypants, written by Emer Stamp, featuring a very windy bear! We’ve gone behind the scenes of the laugh-your-pants-off story from Orchard Books to find out how the tale of an embarrassed son and his unapologetic Dad was brought to life.
16 January 2019
The start of the year is often a time when we see an influx of fresh, new artwork at Bright as energy and inspiration is renewed. This January we welcome renowned author illustrator Petr Horácek to the Bright family with his numinous style and creativity.
07 January 2019
The new year is underway and how better to start 2019 than with beautiful new books! Our talented Bright Artists have been busy bringing an array of new stories to life and we are thrilled to showcase the releases hitting bookshelves this winter.
07 December 2018
What a bumper year for awards 2018 has been! Bright artists have received an array of fantastic accolades and to celebrate the range of talent these awards recognise, we’ve rounded up some of the best highlights from our artists work this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
23 July 2018
The Alligator’s Mouth Award will celebrate the best books published in the UK from the last year for readers aged 6-8, and champion authors and illustrators for highly illustrated children’s fiction.