Wild is the Wind

The success of Grahame Baker Smith‘s picture book, The Rhythm of the Rain has pleased everyone. There’s now to be another in the series, Wild is the Wind, and it is looking as beautiful as the first book – as you can see from these two spreads.
It was The Rhythm of the Rain which caught the eye of Carol Armstrong and her agent – so that’s how Grahame ended up retelling and illustrating the story about the piece of moon rock, first written by Neil Armstrong.

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Neil Packer’s London

If you’re wondering what London’s going to be like after lockdown, here are some ideas by Neil Packer. He’s marked some of his favourite haunts and it may be that some of them don’t survive but this beautiful image gives us a good reminder – and we offer it as a print. It’s for you to add the train track, if you choose to, and then run this jaunty film which is enough to cheer anybody up. Remember train journeys? Watch this and you will.

The Anti-Gentrification Train Garden

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More dragons on their way

This is Saturion the Jester – just one of the drawings in Ian Miller‘s new series, dragons included. If you want to hear more about this, sign up for our newsletter (top right on our home page). We’re now offering them as prints.

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Bok, the Rock

Here’s the cover of the book written by Neil Armstrong. Who better to tell the story of a rock which started life on the moon over four billion years ago and eventually came to earth? Neil’s text has been adapted and illustrated by Grahame Baker Smith, and will be published by Hachette in 2021.

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Olivia in France

Working in lockdown is OK for most artists who are used to working at home anyway. For those with children it’s tougher. How nice it would be to have more time to spend with the children anyway, but working at the same time? Not an easy combination.

I think we should acknowledge those who are doing just that. Like many others, Olivia Lomenech Gill is working hard to spin those plates. We’ll see a new project coming from her next year, but in the mean time here’s her Thunderbird, from Fantastic Beasts, oblivious to the consternations of lockdown.

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A History of Magic, in Tokyo

How pleasing during lockdown! To have a definite date in the diary. The work of Jim Kay and Olivia Lomenech Gill will be travelling to Tokyo with the exhibition of A History of Magic which was first seen at the British Library in London. The combination of the inspiration for the Harry Potter books, some of the illustrations for them, and some treasures from the British Library makes a wonderful show.

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Shrek concept work

Here’s one of Ian Miller’s first drawings of the Swamp House from Shrek. Looks cosy. Ian Miller originals for sale.

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Silkscreen prints of The Balrog

Ian Miller has worked with the contemporary art silkscreen studio ‘Make-Ready’ in North London to produce a small edition of the most stunning prints of Ian’s drawing of The Balrog from J R R Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring. More on Ian’s print here.

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Paul Cox’s London

Paul Cox is well known for his work for the Folio Society, including this recent edition of The Clicking of Cuthbert. I also love this image of London, his home city, with a bird’s eye view of the Oxo Tower and Blackfriars Bridge with  the City and West End just behind it. Masterful!

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We are thrilled that Olivia Lomenech Gill has been commissioned by Bloomsbury to illustrate Jessie Burton’s latest YA novel. She is the perfect person to illustrate Jessie’s interpretation of this important story. More in The Bookseller.

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