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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.


World Illustration Awards 2016 comes to Somerset House!

The Association of Illustrators and Directory of Illustration combine for the WIA2016

Marking the 40th year of the AOI annual awards, Somerset House one again hosts this fantastic exhibition recognising the exceptional work produced by illustrators around the world and promoting illustration as an essential contributor to global visual culture.

Folio was delighted to have 14 exceptional artists shortlisted in the awards and MUTI, Nicholas Stevenson and Owen Davey contributing works in the exhibition.

The exhibition includes the 16 category winners whose work has been selected from over 2,000 entries and honored for its creativity and craftsmanship. The winners fall into two sections, Professional, open to all practicing professionals, and New Talent, open to students and recent graduates.

The private view ceremony was held on Wednesday 3rd August, with overall and category winners announced by AOI patron David Hughes. Big congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted entries! .

The exhibition, comprising over 50 works from across the breadth of illustration will run from 1 - 29 August at Somerset House, Embankment Galleries before touring the UK throughout 2016-17.

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Posted: 9-Aug-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

Disney Parks Presents - The Haunted Mansion

James Gilleard Illustrated hardcover picture book with CD featuring the song "Grim Grinning Ghosts"

In the first instalment of Disney Parks Presents picture books, James Gilleard’s shadowy, textured illustrations accompany the lyrics to the classic song “Grim Grinning Ghosts”, taking readers on a guided tour deeper and deeper into the haunted mansion.

This hardcover jacketed book features a CD of the song and details the house from the portrait gallery and séance room to the grand hall, creepy attic and more!

Here is a highlight of James Gilleard’s prep work and initial layout designs, portraying the mansion’s façade and grounds from a range of dynamic angles.

A charming picture book that is available to buy from 5th July at Disney Parks retailers worldwide!

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Posted: 18-Jul-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

New £1 Coin design

David Lawrence refines schoolboy’s design for the new £1 coin.

David Pearce, a schoolboy from Walsall beat off 6,000 entries to design the face of the coin. A tremendous feat, his design features a rose, leek, thistle and shamrock emerging from the Royal Coronet.

The design was then refined by David Lawrence, renowned for his work with the Royal Mint. A fantastic opportunity for David to show his strong line work skills and hand drawing techniques, this new bi metallic coin will be the most secure in the world and leave a lasting legacy.

The new 12-sided coin will be introduced in 2017 and cut down on millions of pounds worth of fraud.

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Posted: 14-Jul-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

BMW's 100 year celebration in London

John Devolle James Gilleard were invited to attend BMW's 100 year milestone

BMW just celebrated 100 years on June 17, 2016 and Folio artists James Gilleard and John Devolle were there to illustrate the event.

The occasion focused its celebration around the future of mobility.

One activity involved small group collaborations where guests were invited to discuss future-orientated topics including Autonomous Driving, Augmented Reality, and Additive Manufacturing and then brainstorm scenarios of where they see each heading in the next two decades. The event then concluded with the launch of a new futuristic car.

Both James Gilleard and John Devolle were there to help capture what the imaginations of each small group produced, and the celebration overall. The team brilliantly captured the event and the results are absolutely incredible!

What a fantastic celebration for BMW and a job well done for Folio, James and John! We can’t wait to see what the future brings!

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Posted: 21-Jun-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

Another Big Day in the Books for Folio Art: Jason Brooks Wins V&A Award

Jason Brooks Best Illustrated Book

Folio is proud to announce Jason Brooks as the winner of the V&A Illustration Awards 2016 – Book Illustration Award for his stunning London Sketchbook, published by Laurence King.

A huge congratulations to Jason on this spectacular accolade. From nearly a thousand entries, the judges whittled down their choices to 3 works in each of the published categories.

A follow up to Jason’s highly successful Paris Sketchbook, the London Sketchbook highlights the variety and vibrancy of the big smoke. Working in a variety of media and his signature sketched style, Brooks captures the energy and culture of the city while depicting some of London’s most famous landmarks. All of the sketches were drawn on location and the finer details were added after in his studio. As Jason explains: “Each one I’ve chosen holds memories for me; they have a special significance.”

To view the winning work it is on display within the V&A Museum from 24th May until 21st August 2016.

Once again a fantastic achievement and honour for Jason and the agency. Photos from the evening, including a great shot with Jason and Nicholas Dawe, the founder of Folio.

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Posted: 24-May-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

The Wolves of Currumpaw

William Grill A beautiful re-telling of the first short story from Ernest Thompson Seton’s 1898 classic, ‘Wild Animals I Have Known’.

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Posted: 19-May-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

Folio Showcase 2016

Emanuele Colombo B J Aaron Martínez Andrew Nye Jeff Östberg Michael Parkin Stephan Schmitz Swindler & Swindler Joe Webb .

Now into its fifth rotation the Folio Showcase is even bigger and better and bursting with the freshest illustration talent for you to feast your eyes on!

Varying from quirky watercolour artist, Bodil Jane hailing from the Netherlands to Motion Designer Emanuele Colombo from Italy, we have rounded up nine established and emerging Illustrators to have a chance to sit alongside the experienced and renowned. It's their time to tell us who they are, and your opportunity to work with some of the most innovative new Illustrators

Without further introduction head over to the showcase page and have a peek.

But seriously, we highly recommend you go and take a look…Enjoy!

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Posted: 12-May-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

CommonBond

Peter Greenwood Advertising illustrations for CommonBond

Wonder if there’s a better way to get where you are going? Peter Greenwood’s striking digital illustrations for CommonBond’s latest advertising campaign has the answer!

Whether blasting off to higher heights or zooming along with the ultimate co-pilot, Greenwood’s illustrations offer a subtle yet comical concept to CommonBond’s campaign claiming you can save over $14,000 when you refinance your student loans! Now that does sound appealing!

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Posted: 20-Apr-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

Google Calendar

Owen Davey Picture a better you...

For a number of us keeping track of our productivity and daily commitments can be a struggle with many of us admitting defeat by offering countless excuses for them. Yet, thankfully in our digital age there is an app for just about everything and one to help you with your troublesome scheduling of activities is Google Calendar. They’ve designed goals to help schedule time for what matters in life, working around our unexpected changes in plans and learning to form routines and preferences, hallelujah I hear you cry!

Illustrator Owen Davey was commissioned to give this app a splash of creative flare, creating 5 canvases - exercise, build a skill, friends and family, me time, organise my life – which inspires people to visualise themselves working toward their goals. These can range from getting healthier, to dealing with chores to staying in touch with people who matter in your life. With fresh colour palettes and digital lines, Owen’s artwork promotes the ethos of challenging oneself and enhancing productivity, plus celebrating everyone’s abilities and aspirations in life.

After all, productivity shouldn’t be synonymous with monotony!

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Posted: 18-Apr-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

Bestival 2016

Nabil Nezzar Bestival Headliners

Looking into the future can be a scary thought, yet as ‘The Future’ themed Bestival ’16 is just around the corner and one of the hottest tickets this summer we are very much looking forward to it!

Promoting the announcement of Bestival 2016’s new stage, illustrator Nabil Nezzar created a startlingly lifelike triptych of headliners DJs Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox and Diplo. The initial plan to commission Bowie-esque portraits of the three DJs was reviewed by the event organisers after the saddening news of Bowie’s passing earlier this year.

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Posted: 11-Apr-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

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