Illustrated an article by Jane Owen about an unusual way to deal with pests in your garden last week.
An illustration for an article in University Affairs, a Canadian magazine about higher education.
It has officially turned Autumn, nights will now be longer than the days, in the mid norther hemisphere. So all the more reason to brighten up our World with some colourful illustration. It hurts me doing a google search for illustration agency, but “never end the fight”. I still feel that we need a comprehensive review of all the illustration agencies out there as I have already mentioned on our
List of Illustration Agencies
How can an art buyer/producers or art director or commissioning designer make any kind of informed decision, how can they decide at all. There are so many illustrators posting more and more images even as you read this and it seems that there are more and more illustration agencies too. Once upon a time there were a few choice illustration agencies, representing an even more choice selection of the best of the best. Now we are falling over illustration agency sites and anyone can set up an illustration agency (an online portfolio) and dangle their hook in the pond. I think this is great of course, more choice, more art, more ‘bright colours in every dark corner of our forgiving planet’. But how do you decide. Yes that looks good, it all looks good, well a lot of the illustration out there looks good to me.
When it comes to an illustration agency, it has to be about quality of consultation, quality of advice, depth of illustrator agency relationship. An all round great fit. The artists agent knows and believes in the illustrator, with an in-depth knowledge of what makes them tick. The trust to know that their recommendation to you, is not a hollow promise, but a guarantee that your commission is going to totally rock and put you top of the class, best in show, win the fight!
Lets jump in then, blimey that water is cold!
Review #1 – JB 30/9/14
Central Illustration Agency +44 (0)20 3222 0007 Hold the top spot on google all of the time and I have never heard a bad thing said about them. There home page has quite a standard rolling banner, which only contains 4 different illustrators, but probably means the home page loads quickly. Any one who has worked in illustration will recognise the name Brian Grimwood, who established CIA in 1998, it seems to me that Tess Redburn is doing a great job with their social media, they are very well known. They are based at 17b Perseverance Works, 38 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DD, which is a rather nice brick building. At present they seem to be representing 97 illustrators (quite a lot) of varying talents including Brian Grimwood (who looks like he is a big fan of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse). Following a very quick review several illustrators jumped out being:
Elzo Durst – great vivid acid electric colours, wonderful design and typography.
Dust – very interesting typography.
Good Wives and Warriors – I actually met these 2 ladies while filming an Absolut TVC in Portugol. They have a great style, I am a big fan, will review separately and add more links at a later date.
Jonathan Gibbs – great wood block/cut illustrator.
Julene Harrison – interesting paper cutouts.
Paul Wearing – has been doing the same thing for years, but then Midwinter were putting designs like these on their Homemaker plates 70 years ago.
Jakob Hinrichy – lovely 1940′s/50′s colours and tones
Other illustration agency sites to be reviewed are:
Advocate Art +44 (0)208 879 1166
Debut Art +44 (0) 20 7636 1064
Lemonade Illustration +44 (0)7891 390750
Eye Candy +44(0) 20 8291 0729
Handsome Frank +44 (0)7786 320 578
Folio Illustration Agency +44 (0)20 7242 9562
Organisation +44 (0)7973 172 902
Good Illustration +44 (0)208 123 0243
Illustration Web +44 (0)20 7720 5202
Heart Agency +44 (0)20 7254 5558
YCN Talent Agency +44 (0)20 7033 2140
The Art Works +44 (0)20 7729 1973
Jelly London Illustration +44 (0) 20 7323 3307
Dutch Uncle +44 (0) 20 7336 7696
Meiklejohn +44 (0) 20 7593 0500
The Bright Agency +44 (0) 207 326 9140
NB Illustration +44(0)20 7278 9131
Eastwing +44 (0)20 8367 6760
New Division +44 (0)20 7593 0505
Plum Pudding Illustration +44 (0) 1737 244095
Arena Illustration +44 (0)20 8555 9827
Private View +44 (0)796 9999 001
Agency Rush +44 (0)1273 675 122
The Agency – Falmouth University – Keryn Bibby +44 (0)1326 253 714
Column Art Agency +44 (0)7803 244 202
Bee Hive Illustration +44 (0)1285 885 149
George Grace Represents +44 (0)7949 536 557
When an illustrator can post their illustration on all these sites below, more than ever we need to review which illustration agencies are providing the best service:
Private View Art and Illustration Agency. We nurture Art, Illustration, Animation and bring new thinking, original images and techniques to the Advertising, Design, Publishing, Editorial and Creative Industry. When you want to commission art, illustration, animation. We are an Art and Illustration Agency with a history of producing ground breaking artwork. The description doesn’t matter as much as the work, which we deliver on time and beyond our clients expectations.