Magic Water Colouring | Rachel McLean for Imagine That

26 April 2019

Our talented illustrator Rachel McLean has been busy creating wonderful worlds for young artists to delve into with her Magic Water Colouring series which launched this year with Imagine That. Filled with everything from dinosaurs and unicorns to dazzling mermaids, the series has been making a splash! We caught up with Rachel to find out what drew her to the project and what her creative process entails.

Behind the Book | Wakey Birds by Maddie Frost

23 April 2019

Bright artist Maddie Frost is the author-illustrator of three books; her most recent creation, Wakey Birds, published earlier this month with Templar Publishing. We’ve spoken to Maddie on the blog previously about her unique style of digital collaging from found textures, which she scans and then assembles into colorful, geometric scenes and characters with a ton of personality. With the publication of Wakey Birds, we took the opportunity to catch up with Maddie about the process of writing AND illustrating, the evolution of her style, and the challenges she encountered with this project. As always, Maddie kept it refreshingly real, honest, and funny and gave us a sneak peek at the book’s earliest stages.

Meet the Agent | Lucie Luddington

18 April 2019

Lucie Luddington heads up Bright Educational, applying her 20 years of agenting experience to pair talented artists with fantastic projects and opportunities that take their career to the next level.

James Hearne | My First Month at Bright

05 April 2019

James Hearne joined Bright just one month ago and what a whirlwind month it has been! We caught up with him to find out how his career has changed pace in such a short space of time.

Behind the Book: The World Book Day Monster illustrated by Ada Grey

01 March 2019

This World Book Day we are going behind the scenes of the magical new picture book The World Book Day Monster written by Adam & Charlotte Guillain. The book, from Egmont, is a celebration of stories, capturing all the excitement and imagination the day inspires as one young reader tries to find someone to share the magic of her favourite book with.

Ten Golden Tips to a successful career in illustration

25 February 2019

At Bright, we are dedicated to attaining exciting opportunities with fair conditions for our artists to enable them to create wonderful work. It is immensely rewarding to support artists in this way and to be able to offer guidance as they navigate their way through the industry.

Behind the Book: Daddy Fartypants illustrated by Matt Hunt

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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