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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The Fairytale Art of Olga Baumert

27 April 2018

Olga’s artwork reminds me of books from my childhood: Eerie Fairytales, sometimes with a dark undertone, sometimes other-worldly, and now and again just beautifully nostalgic, homely and warm. I think of artists like Kit Williams, who wrote the very famous Masquerade in the 1970s, which I would spend hours looking at, trying to find the clues, and the famous realist painter, Anthony Green, who’s paintings defy the contraints of a rectangle or square, capturing snippets of his life with perspectives all askew. LM

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A Day in the Life of... Ben Mantle

12 April 2018

Merging traditional and digital mediums to develop his style, he’s established a look that perfectly defines a classic yet contemporary feel: soulful, engaging and modern. Here we take a look at his range of work from debut publication to more recent projects, and talk to Ben about how his technique and inspiration.

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Suzie Mason is #1 on NYT Children's Bestseller List — And Now Out in the UK!

05 April 2018

March 2018 was an extraordinary month for UK based Bright artist Suzie Mason! I’ve Loved You Since Forever (HarperCollins), written by the US ‘Today Show’ host Hoda Kotb and featuring Suzie’s stunning illustrations, debuted March 6th to terrific fanfare. The poignant story of a parent’s unique love for their child won over readers in the USA nationwide, and this week achieved the #1 spot on the New York Times Children’s Bestseller list (outranking Chelsea Clinton’s She Persisted and She Persisted Around the World!.

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A Journey into Picture Books: The Art of Richard Jones

05 March 2018

I remember when Richard Jones joined us. A ripple of excitement ran through the office as we all marvelled at this new artist and his style; the gentle shapes and colour palette — the warmth of his character design. A true draughtsman in his field.

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A Career in Art: Jane Newland Shows You How

01 March 2018

Jane Newland has a distinctive and extremely eye-catching style. Her illustrations are green and luscious — the fronds of every fern, every leaf are detailed with soft looking textures, like a springy moss or camomile lawn.

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Children's Book Awards, and Why They Matter

28 February 2018

In celebration of the artists we work with at Bright, here we list some of the awards dearest to us and those which we feel truly reflect and recognise huge talent and achievement.

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