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Folio illustration agency regularly works with clients to help them commission new illustrations. We work with a broad range of clients, from major international brands producing award-winning advertising campaigns, through magazines and newspapers requiring feature illustrations, to small-scale first-time illustration buyers.

Here will you find examples of our most recent projects - click on the images for larger versions.


Owen Davey for Smash Mallow

Owen Davey helps launch Smash Mallow with a set of flavourful packaging.

In his latest project Owen Davey was tasked to build the branding for Smash Mallow, a company looking to reimagine the marshmallow.

He returned to them with a tasty delivery of illustrations that feature warm colours which act as a homely background for each of the familiar scene taking place atop all of the different marshmallows.

The project shines when looking illustration Davey did for the website, where explosions of different vibrant colours are weaved together, creating a sense of cohesion across all of the individual products.

Have a look at a few of these delightful illustrations below!

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Posted: 22-Feb-17   //   Permalink   //   Top

Ricardo Bessa Illustrates for Totaljobs

Ricardo Bessa captivates with a collaborative set of animations.

For his latest project Ricardo Bessa teamed up with animator James Sandifer to create nine stunning gifs which stand as a colourful backdrop for Matthew Todd’s article about LGBT workers. February has been recognized as LGBT history month across the UK since 2005.

To do their part in observing the national holiday, Bessa and Sandifer created 9 different scenarios, all LGBT-centric, which display how isolating being a member of this community can be at times, especially within the workplace.

Bessa, the illustrator of all the pieces, crafted the scenes which range from poignant to empowering. The images feature soft tones which are paired with palpable characters, giving each scene a striking feeling of realism.

That realism is heightened even further with the addition of the work from animator James Sandifer. Sandifer’s tinkering is subtle, but even the smallest of motions garner the emotional attention of the audience.

The collection works exceptionally on an artistic level, as well as a thought-provoking one. Check out some of the pieces from the set below.

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Posted: 8-Feb-17   //   Permalink   //   Top

Folio Introduces Bolder Creative

Bolder Creative We are proud to announce that Folio just got a bit Bolder with our newest artist addition, Bolder Creative.

Bolder Creative is a Brighton based collective that brings art full of futuristic pop. These 3D wizards bring bounce to every project through motion graphics and 3D CGI print work, which they often pair up with humming synths to enhance the experience. Time and again, the result of their work is a clean and stimulating visual symphony. We can not wait to see what Bolder Creative has in store for their future here with us at Folio, but for the time being, check out some of their past work below!

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Posted: 1-Feb-17   //   Permalink   //   Top

Mars Colony for Huffington Post

Peter Greenwood This is how the first Mars colony will look...

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Posted: 6-Jan-17   //   Permalink   //   Top

Jungle Deck for Art of Play

Muti delights with illustrated deck of playing cards.

Muti in collaboration with Art of Play, world leaders in bespoke playing cards, has created their own intricate illustrated deck. Bursting with vibrant colours and raw animal magnetism, the savage design of MUTI’s deck was inspired by the lush jungles of Africa.

Each custom illustrated card features iconic flora and fauna from the Zulu wilderness. Monkeys, parrots and jungle cats run wild throughout the pack. The jungle tuck case was printed on an antique Heidelberg letterpress to give the colours a vintage "washed" look that compliments the eye-catching graphics inside.

These luxury playing cards are beautifully crafted, take a look at some of the designs below!

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Posted: 5-Jan-17   //   Permalink   //   Top

Alexander Well's Predator Creations

Alexander Wells illustrates Apex Predators

Alexander Wells offers his unique and vibrant style to his latest project on predatory animals. The illustrations include animals such as a tiger, a snapping turtle, an octopus, and even a polar bear. His illustrations bring the vicious looking predators to life! See for yourself some of the illustrations below.

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Posted: 16-Dec-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

Folio Celebrates the Christmas Season

Featured Artists Illustrate Folio's Christmas Advent Calendar

Christmas is only a short while away now! Folio is celebrating the season by featuring 25 of our wonderful artists in our very own digital Advent Calendar, to be released every day leading up to Christmas Day. We've been creating this advent calendar for the past two years now, and now? Well time for a change. We wrote the calendar ourselves; as you will see and surprises lurk around each corner... Who know what the 5th day of Christmas will bring? So whether you’re sipping some hot chocolate, Christmas shopping, or ice skating, take a moment to look at our gift to you; 25 days of Christmas!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Posted: 5-Dec-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

Michael Parkin's Latest Creations

Michael Parkin illustrates parody fishing magazine

Michael Parkin shows his playful side with his newest illustrations. The vibrant illustrations display his never-failing energy and ability to create texture. We had a short chat with Michael to get his take on the project. See what he has to say below and check out the awesome illustrations!

What was the inspiration behind this project?

At the beginning of the year I got a commission for Times Higher Education for an article about the dumbing down of University courses, and how some lecturers are now making comparisons between classic art/literature and modern pop culture in an attempt to appeal to students. This sparked a thought in my brain that ended up producing a mash up of classic art and gossip magazines - which the Art Director liked and I worked up to a final for the magazine.

 

I really enjoyed thinking up the fake headlines on the magazines and giving myself freedom to write anything, which led to me taking it further and writing my own small gossip magazine called 'Blab'. At the time I was looking for something a bit different to send out as promo material to Art Directors and thought this would fit the bill. The project was turned around quite quickly, and whilst there are bits I would definitely change, I enjoyed the whole process immensely. It was featured on It's Nice That and was well received, so I decided to work on another. 

This time I have picked a fishing magazine to parody in my own way, and am taking longer on it so that it will hopefully have more pages and be a bit better finished. I am maybe half way through as I write this, although ideas keep flying to mind so it is getting bigger and bigger!

How did you first approach it?

The project has been in my mind for quite a long time, so ideas gradually formed and I had quite a bit planned out before I had even started work on it. I generally form as much of the idea as I can and whilst I am still excited about it I start work on the illustration for each section. As these come together a layout starts to make sense in my head and I can work to the space available. I have pretty much sorted the cover (although the article titles need to maybe go on there at some point) and a few articles are also ready. I regularly bounce ideas off my friends Dan and Ed who are really helpful in telling me whether what I have is rubbish, or showing me a new direction I could take things in. 

Once all of the illustration is done I will work up the copy and then move on to tweaking and laying everything out ready for print. The project is quite drawn out in terms of time, as I am also working around commissioned work and other bits and pieces - but I hope to get it all finalised before January...

How was this project different than others?

I guess the most similar project to this would be a graphic novel I worked on for my Final assessment at university. It was a long process that required me to plan it all out and work it all up over time. Since making that I have fallen more in to editorial illustration (which I love), and that usually involves a tight deadline so I am used to working quickly and getting an illustration finished and signed off in a short time window. The magazines are different in that it takes a long time to put it all together and whilst I enjoy it, I do also find myself itching to get it all done quickly so I can see the final piece. This is partly why Blab was a bit rushed, and I am allowing myself as much time as I need to make this one (Sweet Breams) to a better standard. It will be used as promo material after all, and I want to reflect the best of my work in one booklet.

Any other general thoughts?

I was chatting to a friend about this the other day, and was explaining how much I enjoy making these magazines. He really enjoys reading them, and I mentioned that I might try and make it a biannual thing, which will hopefully grow over time. I am going to get more of Sweet Breams printed that I did for Blab, which will allow me to send a bunch out and also to sell some for a good price online - hopefully funding the next one! I think I am going to choose a different genre of magazine for each print run, to keep things fresh and fun - and there is definitely a rich variety to choose from. Maybe the next one will be horses or trains, or caravans or knitting...

I really hope people enjoy the magazine as much as I enjoy making them. I think there is a lot of serious and often scary reading material around and my aim is to provide a bit of nonsensical respite from that. 

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Posted: 5-Dec-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

Rebecca Mock Illustrates League of Legends for Passion Pictures

Rebecca Mock illustrates for League of Legends Trailer

Rebecca Mock lends her comic illustration expertise to Passion Picture’s animated video for Riot Games. The video is a creative collaboration between Zedd, a record producer, DJ, and musician, Passion Pictures, and Riot Games to promote the 2016 League of Legions Worlds. League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle video game developed by Riot Games. Rebecca’s work can be seen at the end of the promotional music video. As usual, Rebecca successfully brings exciting perspective on space, colour, and scene. League of Legends is one of the most played PC games in the world, so we are incredibly excited to announce that Rebecca played a part in the process!

We had a chat with Rebecca about her creative process and her thoughts on this project. Check out what she said below, and be sure to watch the video and see the magic for yourself!

How did you decide to approach this specific job?

This was a treat for me--the job was to paint two viewpoints of an imagined, sun-drenched, cozy bedroom, which is basically everything I love to do. I collected images of interior paintings and background paintings I loved, and thought about what bedrooms I'd love to send my time in, and how I'd decorate them.

How was this job different than others?

I was given a lot of freedom after the initial concept was decided. The clients were very good about explaining the details they needed to be clear, and then I was set loose. The images themselves needed to be very detailed and hi-def, while usually I've working on pieces that need to be simple or small.

Any other general thoughts on the project?

I was asked to paint these very quickly, considering the level of detail. All this meant was that I painted them mostly start-to-finish in one sitting. I built the whole image up at once instead of cutting it into chunks, which allows for an easier flow when painting. It had been a while since I'd painted a background-style image, and so I had missed painting in this style!

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Posted: 2-Dec-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

Bodil Jane Illustration Featured by UNICEF

Bodil Jane illustrates pollution for UNICEF

UNICEF took to social media to start a conversation on the detrimental impact of air pollution, with a specific emphasis on young children. Through their Instagram account, the works poignantly illustrate climate change’s harmful effects on today’s children. Our wonderfully talented Bodil Jane was one of the artists featured in the project. Bodil was excited for the opportunity to use her artwork to make a statement for UNICEF. Here’s what she had to say about the project.

What were your thoughts on working with such an open brief?

I love it! I had a lot of different ideas for this project. It was quiet a hard subject though, so sad… And I wanted to communicate it in a more playful way instead of drawing a depressing picture. I think this one is still not very happy, but I think the monkey makes it cuter.

How did you initially approach this project?

I asked for some extra information and facts about pollution, but actually I already had some ideas before receiving those details. I think the numbers didn't really matter for this illustration: it's more of my personal interpretation of the subject and the sadness about it. I wanted to show something that we definetely don't want for the future kids: wearing a helmet/bubble to protect them from pollution.

What was your favourite part of the project?

Going to the final illustration! I've been looking for inspirational pictures of kids and pollution. I think it's reallllly hard to draw children, that's why I choose to do a young girl. And I wanted her to be Indian since there's really bad pollution there.

How has social media played a part in the development of the illustration?

Well, because I wanted the illustration to draw a lot of attention (for the subject) I made sure it was a strong image with a center composition (that really helps for social media - Instagrammers love things that are symmetrical). Also, a lot going on and a lot to see, people seem to like that (is what I learned from my own followers) and a square size. So, it did play a big role in choosing composition and size.

 

The project was also shared on UNICEF’s twitter, It’s Nice That and Medium.com. Check out some campaign images below and head over to UNICEF’s social media to see for yourself!

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Posted: 28-Nov-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

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