Category: Children’s Books
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    Oct 2015

    Storytime Magazine

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    We were recently contacted by independent publisher’s Luma Works about their new self-funded magazine called Storytime. I could not possibly attempt to better the words hey used to describe the magazine, so here is what they had:

    Storytime features classic children’s tales, including fairy tales, poems, folk tales, fables and myths & legends, all written in a fun & accessible way. Our aim is to encourage kids to fall in love with stories and improving their literacy. What really helps to sets the magazine apart is the wonderful illustrations we specially commission. Every month we select talented illustrators from all over the world to create beautiful, vibrant and exciting illustrations to really bring these classic tales to life – there’s no other kids’ magazine out there that commissions so many illustrators on a regular basis.

    Over the past year we have commissioned illustrations from over 75 wonderful artists from across the globe, and with a readership of 20,000, that’s a great platform for their work. We have a database of over 550 illustrators which we regularly update. We’re always delighted to receive new submissions as well!

    We’re keen to support illustrators with Storytime, and we’d love it if the illustration community could get behind us and help spread the word about us too! We are now offering a special discount for illustrators who want to subscribe to Storytime – either to read with their kids, or simply to enjoy the gorgeous work from our brilliant artists each month. Just visit our website

    It is a splendid project with a fervent focus on quality illustration. The list of talent is incredible, which also happens to includes many previous Lounge features, such as Alex Wilson, Aurore Damant, and Gaia Bordicchia. Deffinitly one to pick up for your children (but really yourself).

  2. 7

    Oct 2015

    Neil Packer

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    Today the Illustration Cupboard open its doors for their latest exhibition, The Iliad illustrated by Neil Packer. So now seems like a very appropriate time to also spotlight the much-loved Neil Packer.

    Born 1961, in the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, England. At just 11 days old, he and his family moved to Trinidad. Due to his father’s occupation they would continue to migrate throughout Neil Packer’s youth. Living in Libya, Scotland, Wales until finally settling back in England. All the while, the books of Alice and Martin Provensen and Richard Scarry would happily occupy his time and imagination. They helped him form a vision of the world outside of his North Africa home. They would continue to be a considerable source of inspiration for Packer throughout his life.

    After university, Packer found work as a graphic designer for small London advertising agencies. In 1984 he decided to dedicate his career to illustration. The fresh freelancer approached a publisher with an idea for a children’s book based on an obscure Victorian music hall song. To his surprise, the publisher took it up and so his very first book, The Rest of the Day Is Your Own, was published. Such an experience would later emerge to be a rarity, as it would take 22 years before he would got a chance to illustrate his next children’s book.

    What did he do in between that time? Quite a lot really. Packer would illustrate for packaging and advertising as well as a bounty of books. Including versions of I Claudius and Claudius the God, The Name of the Rose, Catch 22, The Satyrica, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Labyrinths, most of which, for the illustrious Folio Society. In 2013 he finally had his second children’s book published, The Odyssey. Written by the award-winning Gillian Cross and published by Walker Books, it is a retelling of Homer’s epic story. Packer’s vivid colour illustrations and graphic silhouettes breath new life to the millennia-old story.

    Which brings us up to the present. The triumphant combination of author and artist of The Odyssey worked together again tirelessly to bring it a follow-up and companion. The Iliad, released earlier this month transforms the tale of Homer’s tragedy. It is easily some of Neil Packer’s best work and wholly deserves the fanfare of a dedicated exhibition.

    The Iliad illustrated by Neil Packer will be running from today until the 24t October 2015. You cn find all the details the Illustration Cupboard website.

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    Oct 2015

    Gabriella Barouch

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    Gabriella Barouch is a freelance illustrator based in Tel Aviv, Israel. She studied Visual Communication, majoring in Illustration, at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
    Awards. Since graduating her progression as a professional illustrator has rolled along organically. Working for clients to working on personal projects to creating and selling her own products.

    She has earned many accolades including American Society Of Illustration, YCN professional, 3×3 ProShow awards. Barouch has worked with publishers and companies, as well as exhibited her illustrations across the world.

    Barouch’s illustrations are delicately detailed. Not shying away from fur, wrinkles nor woodgrain, but somehow, that amount of intricacy never seems to overpower the image. Quite the contrary, Barouch’s work has a sense softness and a relaxing atmosphere. Often times her illustrations are dreamlike, as if they are accompanying surrealist poetry, but yet somehow achieve feeling more solemn than whimsical.

    You can find more of Gabriella Barouch’s work on her website, Facebook and Etsy.

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    Sep 2015

    Frank Modell

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    September 6th, 1917, saw the birth of Frank Modell. September 6th, 2015, saw him celebrate his 98th birthday. Born in Philadelphia, a twenty-something Modell would head to nearby Atlantic City where he would work as a beach artist. Around the same time, he would also attend Philadelphia Museum School of Art, studying illustration.

    Straight after graduating Modell was drafted and stationed in Great Britain, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, and Germany. All the while he was sending cartoon ideas to The New Yorker magazine. After the war, he was accepted in the ranks of The New Yorker staff. His illustrations would appear in the magazine from 1945 to 1995. During that time he produced six covers and more than one thousand cartoons. Modell also wrote and illustrated several children’s books including Seen Any Cats? (1981), Goodbye Old Year, Hello New Year (1984) and One Zillion Valentines (1987). One Zillion Valentines would be later adapted for a short animation in 1998.

    As well as all of the above, Frank Modell produced animated storyboards for the children’s TV show Sesame Street and shared his acting chops on Broadway and even had a bit role in the Woody Allen film, Stardust Memories (1980).

    A few years ago James Stevenson, a good friend of his, took it upon himself to create an illustrated biography of Frank Modell. It is called The Life, Loves and Laughs of Frank Modell It contains drawings which originally appeared The New Yorker magazine, as well as some new illustrations created for specifically for the book. Definitely one to check out. For now, I think I will leave you with a lovely quote from the man himself:

    I paint and make sketches everywhere I go. Drawing funny pictures for a living is as good as it gets and I’m grateful.
    Frank Modell

  5. 15

    Sep 2015

    Anita Jeram

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    With everyone celebrating the 20th anniversary of beloved children’s book Guess How Much I Love You, now seemed a good time to pay tribute to it’s illustrator, Anita Jeram.

    Growing up in Portsmouth, England, Jeram had an interest in illustration from a very young age. She would receive encouragement from her teachers and on concluding her schooling she went to Art College in Portsmouth. Sadly, not enjoying it as she hoped, Anita Jeram decided to leave and get a job. Even after working a variety of jobs, her artistic itch would not go away, so she enrolled for a degree course in illustration at Manchester Polytechnic.

    Having a much better experience second-time around. After one of her tutors introduced her to people at Walker books, Jeram was signed up to write and illustrate her first picture book, even before she graduated. That book was Bill’s Belly Button, published in 1991. Over the course of her career, she has illustrated 20 children’s books, many of which she has written. Her Bibliography includes the aforementioned, best-seller and American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, Guess How Much I Love You (1994), Contrary Mary (1995), Bunny, My Honey (1999) and most recently, You’re All My Favourites (2004).

    A great place to find more of Anita Jeram’s illustrations is over at the Illustration Cupboard.

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