30 March 2017
Bright’s Contracts Manager, Sandra Tharumalingam Willmer, is excited about the rights and royalties opportunities Bright artists have, as well as the changes and opportunities for growth within the publishing industry for authors and illustrators.
27 March 2017
Alëa Marley is in her third year at university studying illustration, living by the seaside. Here we talk about her inspirations, experience with Bright and advice for fellow students looking to pursue illustration full-time.
21 March 2017
Artist Sarah Green has recently illustrated a book about the world famous photographer, Dorothea Lange, which was published by Albert Whitman & Co on February 28, 2017. In celebration of Women’s History month, Sarah was asked to take part in a live illustration session on The New York Times Facebook page. During the event, Sarah created some wonderful art on-the-spot while speaking with Maria Russo, Children’s Book Editor at The New York Times.
22 February 2017
Since Clive McFarland was little he only wanted to draw things. He grew up in Northern Ireland and studied at Liverpool School of Art and Design. Surviving endless paper cuts, he passed his degree and, after a series of other jobs, finally began working as an illustrator.
10 February 2017
It was an honor and a privilege to be asked by Giuseppe Castellano, Executive Art Director at Penguin Random House, to help answer the question “Do I Need An Agent?” on his blog at the end of last year. Along with five other talented kid lit agents, I spoke to the merits of having an agency and helped explain what we, as agents, do. I’m excited to share the full text of my interview below:
01 February 2017
Katy Hudson was raised in Middlesbrough, England and started her illustration career as a small child drawing on freshly painted walls around the house. Her parents quickly dissuaded this medium and encouraged drawing with pencil and paper instead. Obsessed with drawing animals and telling stories, the idea stuck (the pencil was updated to an ink pot and pen in some cases), and after some lovely time at art college, where she earned a degree in Illustration, Katy is now a freelance illustrator based in London.
27 January 2017
Bright Art Licensing, a division of the Bright Group agency, and the creative greeting card company The Art Group have collaborated to take inspiration from books published by Bright’s artists within the children’s picture book market, to make their first range of greetings cards called “The Bright Collective”.
06 January 2017
At art school Katy found she had a natural ability for illustration and there began to develop her signature style; now with two published author/illustrated picture books, and a new book due out later this month!
01 December 2016
Dave Mottram lives in Ohio with his wife, daughter and black lab, Gracie. He drew so much as kid, he would occasionally run out of paper. There were paper bags filled with Dave’s art all over the house. Still drawing after all these years, he now enjoys watching his daughter draw all the time. The circle continues! His latest book, Race Car Dreams published with Running Press Kids in September 2016.
29 November 2016
For the last story time event this year, The Bright Emporium will be showing an exhibition of artwork from the books, along with a reading of The Storm Whale in Winter by the artist himself, Benji Davies — a fitting close to the end of the year and the perfect story for this festive season.
08 November 2016
Continuing the massive success of the Hiding Heidi launch at The Bright Emporium in London in July, Bright author and illustrator Fiona Woodcock traveled to New York to promote the US debut of the book, published stateside in November 2016 by Little Bee Books. Young Hiding Heidi fans gathered at Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab in Brooklyn for a reading of the book and a fun arts & crafts project to round out the lovely morning celebration and book launch.
12 October 2016
River Rose and the Magical Lullaby, illustrated by Bright artist Laura Hughes and written by Grammy Award-winning American singer Kelly Clarkson, published with HarperCollins on October 4, 2016! We’re thrilled to share the buzz around the publication, and excited to congratulate Laura on being a part of a project that parents and children will love!