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Reminiscing on a Bright Year: 2021 Awards & Accolades

31 December 2021

In what seems to be a blink of an eye, 2021 has come to an end. The world hasn’t been quite the same the past couple of years, but 2021 brought a sense of our new normal. Every year brings challenges and changes, but also beauty and triumph! Bright artists and clients alike have spent the year bringing children’s books to life, and what a wonderful year it has been! Many Bright artists have received well-deserved praise for their work, and we compiled it all here to share with you. So, grab your cocoa or festive spirits and enjoy reading about how our artists have spent 2021 shining so bright.


24 November 2021

Turkey day is upon us, and this time of year has the Bright team reflecting on all we are thankful for from the past year. New and old artists brought stories to life all year long, and we found ourselves seemlingly on the other side of the troubles brought from the year before. To mark November’s end, we asked a few artists what they are thankful for, and they responded with lovely sentiments and even some festive artwork! No matter where you’re celebrating, or who you may be celebrating with, we wish you a healthy, happy, and full-belly holiday!

Artist Journey: Jade Orlando

08 November 2021

Vibrant, talented, cat-lover. These are just a few words that accurately describe the lovely Jade Orlando. Her passion for art dates to her childhood when she would dream of a career filled with color and doodles but didn’t know it even existed. Fast-forward to now, and Jade holds her favorite title: Illustrator. During her time with Bright, Jade has made her mark on the world of children’s publishing through her stand-out style and work on books introducing conversations of activism and racial reconciliation to young readers. We hope you love getting to know her better below! Enjoy.

Original Art Show Exhibit 2021

01 November 2021

Bright artists create beautiful art year round, and ‘tis the season to recognize the wonderful illustrations that brought your favorite picture books to life this year! After a year of virtual celebrations and gatherings, the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Exhibit is back and better than ever! Enjoy a lovely collection of children’s book spreads from artists all around the world from now until the end of December. See below for the Bright art to keep an eye for. Enjoy!

Spooky Reads: Halloween 2021

27 October 2021

There is a crisp breeze in the October air, bringing notes of pumpkin spice and prompting us to add another layer to our wardrobe. But the best part of this season is still to come! Carved pumpkins and decorative ghouls have been teasing the spirit of Halloween for weeks, but the day has finally arrived. Bright artists have illustrated many spooky BOOks in years past, so to celebrate Halloween weekend we have gathered them here for you! Read along…if you dare…enjoy and have a safe and sweet weekend of dressing up and trick-or-treating!

Artist Journey: James Rey Sanchez

15 October 2021

Though today wraps up Latinx Heritage Month, we celebrate each of our Latinx artists everyday here at Bright! Today we are celebrating the lovely James Rey Sanchez. From a young age, James knew he wanted to be an artist. Inspired by the colors of his culture and encouragement from his family, Sanchez was able to overcome obstacles that led him to be the admired and successful artist he is today. Read along to hear about moments he thought about quitting, Grandma Lola’s kitchen, and see some spooky Halloween art. Enjoy!

Imaginary Friends

06 October 2021

Today we celebrate all the friends we carry with us every day - Invisible, fantastical and loyal: Our imaginary friends! With September slowly coming to an end and all the children back at school, our artists have come together to show the beauties of an imaginative mind.

Y2K Nostalgia

06 October 2021

This week on the blog, we’re bringing you some nostalgic artwork inspired by the era of Y2K! Keep scrolling for some fun and colourful throwbacks and take a trip to the year 2000…

Introducing Kitty O'Rourke

06 October 2021

Kitty O’Rourke is a Manchester-based illustrator and graphic designer with a passion for vibrant colours and playful characters. Her style is designed to be eye-catching and fun, and is often inspired by sunny weather and people watching.

New Artist: Christie Williams

06 October 2021

Christie Williams is an Australian illustrator and surface pattern designer. She specialises in drawing colourful nature inspired designs and especially loves to draw flowers, plants and birds. Her colourful contemporary floral style has secured licensing deals for her own fabrics, giftware, greeting card collections and sleepwear with major Australian brands.

Once Upon a Dream

06 October 2021

As the nights start to draw in over here at Bright HQ, we’re getting those cosy vibes! And, as I am sure you’ll agree, we’re always excited about catching a good night’s rest, even if those pesky kiddos are not quite on the same page!

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