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Jim Kay shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal

Many congratulations to Jim Kay, shortlisted for the illustrations in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published by Bloomsbury. This is such a well-deserved honour. The book itself is by no means new but Jim’s ability to visualise a new … Continue reading

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Phantoms of Fear

We have some of Ian Miller’s exquisite original drawings for sale from the Fighting Fantasy book “Phantoms of Fear”. They are substantial in size and they’re real classics of that amazing series.

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Fantastic Beasts at the LBF

Watch out if you’re going to the London Book Fair this week. Olivia Lomenech Gill’s work for Fantastic Beasts has been displayed on the Bloomsbury stand. Here is the Chimaera and the Occamy. The book will be published in November.

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The Building of FTL1

A classic painting revisited, by John Harris.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Andrea Immel of Cotsen’s Children’s Library at Princeton University has written a review of the book and chosen many of Jim Kay’s best illustrations in the book to make her points. The above illustration is actually from Harry Potter and … Continue reading

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John Harris Pastels for Sale

Often, these drawings where the ideas first appear are the most dramatic.

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Canary Wharf, then and now

When Canary Wharf was just a sparkle in Thatcher’s eye, Paul Cox was invited by Punch to draw its early stages. Now he’s gone back, and found the same vantage point. The DLR (seen on the bridge, left) had to … Continue reading

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Treasure Island – and Ian Miller

Many years ago Ian Miller was asked by Oxford University Press to illustrate one his favourite classics of all time. It had to be done in a fairly traditional style but it gave Ian the chance to draw many of the … Continue reading

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The Odyssey and the Iliad

Neil Packer has illustrated The Iliad and The Odyssey for Walker Books in the UK, and has now produced a slip case for Quarto Publishing in New York. The originals are exquisite, and will be available for sale soon. In the … Continue reading

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Surprising Sisters

Gordon Crabb finds some quite wonderful models. He’s photographed these two in Victorian and 40’s clothes for stock images, and the results are just perfect.

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