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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.

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New Portfolio Update!

James Gilleard debut’s new portfolio style!

Out with the old, in with the new! James Gilleard is hitting the refresh button and taking his illustrative style in a whole new direction. Still drawing from his experience living in Japan, his new portfolio features a mix of landscapes, architecture, technology, and characters.

Each illustration is bursting with vibrant colors and amazing texture. James experiments with geometric shapes and futuristic ideas to create unique and inspiring illustrations. We are very excited for this new stylistic direction and what it has to offer in today’s creative world.

Be sure to check out James’ fantastic new work!

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

Roger Watt Exhibiting in London

Roger Watt exhibits latest works at Plus One Gallery

Plus One Gallery hosted an official opening show on Tuesday, September 20th to celebrate their relocation to Battersea Reach. The gallery's main focus is on the promotion of British and international contemporary hyperrealist art. The show displayed an amazing collection of works by many talented artists.

Folio was extremely pleased to hear that Roger Watt's illustrations of the underground were displayed in the opening show. Roger is a graphite artist who uses only pencil and paper to create photorealistic images. His illustrations, including those part of Going Underground, highlight his amazing technical competence and attention to detail.

The exhibition will run from the 21st of September - 15th October. Be sure to check it out and have a look at some awesome artwork!

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Posted: 23-Sep-16   //   Permalink   //   Top

ESPN Pin Kings

Alexander Wells illustrates ESPN’s Pin King

Alexander Wells offers his bold and unique style to create thought-provoking images for ESPN’s story titled ‘Pin Kings’. Wells mixes digital and traditional mediums to produce striking images that are always sure to impress; and his work for ‘Pin Kings’ is proof of this!

‘Pin Kings’ is an unbelievable story about two childhood wrestling teammates, Kevin Pedersen and Alex DeCubas. The story follows Kevin, wrestler turned DEA agent, and Alex, wrestler turned drug smuggler, as they navigate a cocaine war from opposing sides.

The exciting twists and turns of the story are brought to life by the dramatic visuals expertly crafted by Wells. Wells describes his illustrations as dynamic, digital, and caffeinated, and that is exactly what we’d call his work for ‘Pin Kings’. Check out a few of his striking images below!

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

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

B J Aaron Martínez Andrew Nye Michael Parkin Stephan Schmitz Swindler & Swindler .

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

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