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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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Instagram for Illustrators: Here's How to Make it Work for YOU

27 February 2018

Well it absolutely can be — but it’s also completely up to the individual. As an artist, you can use Instagram to your advantage — it is the perfect visual platform to showcase what you do, and there are some brilliant examples of this, some of which are shown above.

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Making Waves with Richard Jones

27 February 2018

Not only is this debut novel by Chloe Daykin akin to the style of David Almond — a great and true compliment there from reviewers and critics — but the artwork, by Richard Jones is equal in both atmosphere and feel.

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Picture Book Hygge: Celebrating the Art of Fiona Woodcock

07 February 2018

I would describe it as the hygge of picture book illustration — because each time I read one of her books, I feel so relaxed and content, gently swept up by the subtle colours and textures she creates. A Dot in the Snow is beautiful, uncomplicated, peaceful — and yet dramatic in composition of scale and landscape.

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Book Launch Magic with Ben Mantle

26 January 2018

We enjoyed another great event at The Bright Emporium last night. Lucy Rowland and Ben Mantle launched their new picture book, Little Red Reading Hood with Macmillan Children’s Books.

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2017's Outstanding Achievements

16 December 2017

At Bright we always comment on the importance of awards. To celebrate the range in talent recognised in these awards and accolades, we’ve rounded up some of the best highlights for Bright Artists work in 2017.

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Illustrating Outside the Book: Fred Blunt Breathes Colour Back into Local Library

12 December 2017

Children’s illustrators do, primarily make picture books, but they’ll often do more where their schedule allows. They take part in all sorts of events, up and down the country, and they often share their skills closer to home — in their own community. This is exactly what Fred Blunt has done, and even better, it involves his local library. LM

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A True Storyteller: Meet Benji Davies

07 December 2017

Benji Davies is wonderfully intuitive when it comes to storytelling. His picture books broach subjects that at some point as adults we might be faced with — wondering how best to explain them to our children when they are small. LM

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From San Francisco to the Sussex Coast: Profiling Artist Aaron Blecha

27 November 2017

An illustrator with a back catalogue of fantastic books to his name, not to mention other exciting creative projects, we were delighted to welcome Aaron Blecha to The Bright Agency back in March of this year. With an exciting creative project currently under way with the Sea Life Centre in Brighton, and a forth-coming exhibition of his work at the Hove Museum and Art Gallery in February 2018, he is not only a successful working illustrator, but he is exploring the boundaries outside of children’s book illustration.

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A Stellar Year for Creator of The Bear and the Piano, David Litchfield

24 November 2017

You only have to glance through David Litchfield’s own blog to see that this talented man owes his success, not only to the fact that he has beautiful ideas with artwork to match, but that his dedication to his audience, and the way he shares his gift means the legacy of his work will certainly stand the test of time along with greats like Maurice Sendak, and Judith Kerr.

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