Bright US' Highlights of 2018: Top Publications, Deals & Awards

14 December 2018

It’s been a big year for Bright, and now that it draws to a close, there’s nothing left to do but celebrate! New York Times Bestsellers, a record nine Bright artists featured in the Society of Illustrators Original Art show, and many books on end-of-year-lists; we’re grateful for all of the ways in which the hard work of our artists and agents has been recognized.

Bright US Holiday Party 2018

10 December 2018

It was an honor to raise a glass (and a slice of pizza) with the finest creatives from the children’s publishing industry, and celebrate 2018’s successes. We were also grateful to all who popped on a festive accessory and posed for a photo! Enjoy a little highlight reel below.

Behind the Book: THE VAST WONDER OF THE WORLD, Illustrated by Luisa Uribe

06 December 2018

Bright artist Luisa Uribe is at the beginning of her career, but it’s safe to say that she is already making quite a mark. Her illustrations for The Vast Wonder of the World, a picture book biography of biologist Ernest Everett Just, won the Dilys Evans Founders Award at the Society of Illustrators’ Original Art show 2018. Named after The Original Art founder, this prestigious award celebrates the most promising new talent in children’s book illustration and is selected by a jury of established luminaries in the world of children’s publishing.

Bright US at the SOI Original Art 2018

12 November 2018

Each November, the best and brightest (no pun intended) in children’s publishing gather at the Society of Illustrators on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to celebrate their shared passion for picture book illustration. The SOI’s Original Art show is unique in its presentation of picture book art in a gallery setting; the process of illlustrating a book is often a very solitary one for artists, making it all the more exciting to gather, socialize, and admire the work on the walls as a community.

Fall Update from Bright's Founder, Vicki Willden-Lebrecht

18 October 2018

12 years ago, I started coming to the US to visit my sister. To justify the frequent trips, I would fly into New York and meet with publishers to show them my portfolio of artists before taking the train up to Providence, Rhode Island.

Suzie Mason's First Year at Bright!

11 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!

01 October 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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