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2018


Celebrating The Finest Talent in Children’s Book Illustration Welcome to our showcase portfolio, featuring a taster of the incredible work being created by some of the most talented visual artists working in publishing today. From established fiction illustrators such as Aleksei Bitsoff to rising talent Euan Cook we are celebrating the versatility and burgeoning popularity of illustrated fiction and non-fiction.  Since the Golden Age of Illustration, there has been a long tradition of beautiful imagery enhancing storytelling. With stunning editions of beloved classic tales illustrated by Levi Pinfold and Tomislav Tomic, to future classics such as Alex T. Smith’s haunting illustrations for Grave Matter,  there is an increasingly evident desire for illustration in books for all ages. In the ultimate celebration of children’s literature Thomas Flintham’s The Baby Brother From Outer Space reached thousands of young readers Nationwide for World Book Day.  Our illustrators’ fresh, spontaneous approach and talent for creating engaging characters continues to push the boundaries of middle-grade fiction. With Adam Stower’s charismatic guinea pig Piggy Handsome and Emily Fox’s debonair flamingo detective Fabio joining established series by Neal Layton, Steve May and Spike Gerrell. Capturing the imaginations of young readers as they take their first steps towards enjoying books independently has been made all the more magical with the increasing variety of highly illustrated series on offer. Whether in search of action packed adventure, a bucketful of giggles or a flurry of facts, illustrated books will continue to inspire young readers to explore the bookshelf and beyond. You can view all of our artists’ individual portfolios on our website arenaillustration.com


Emily Fox


Emily Fox

Fabio Flamingo by Laura James, Bloomsbury


Emily Fox


Anna Chernyshova


Anna Chernyshova

Animal Rescue by Tina Nolan, Stripes


Anna Chernyshova


Anna Chernyshova

Captain Firebeard’s School for Pirates: The Sneaky Sweet Stealer by Chae Strathie, Scholastic


Chris Garbutt


Chris Garbutt


Chris Garbutt


Chris Garbutt

GRRR! Dinos, Dragons & Other Beastie Poems by James Carter & Graham Denton, Macmillan


Kristyna Litten


Kristyna Litten

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl


Adam Stower

Piggy Hero by Pip Jones, Faber & Faber


Adam Stower


Thomas Flintham

The Phantom Lollipop Man! by Pamela Butchart, Nosy Crow


Thomas Flintham

The Baby Brother From Outer Space! by Pamela Butchart, Nosy Crow


Neal Layton

The Incredible Tony Spears and the Brilliant Blob, Hodder Children’s Books


Neal Layton


Spike Gerrell


Spike Gerrell

Football School Season 2 by Alex Bellow & Ben Lyttleton, Walker Books


Spike Gerrell


Spike Gerrell

Football School Season 2 by Alex Bellow & Ben Lyttleton, Walker Books


Steve May


Steve May

Pet Defenders: The Revenge of the Atomic Burps by Gareth P. Jones, Stripes


Steve May

Matt Millz by Harry Hill, Faber & Faber


Steve May


Aleksei Bitskoff

Who Let The Gods Out? by Maz Evans, Chicken House


Aleksei Bitskoff

Simply The Quest by Maz Evans, Chicken House


Aleksei Bitskoff

The Queen Elizabeth Family by Enid Blyton, Egmont


Aleksei Bitskoff

The Buttercup Farm Family by Enid Blyton, Egmont


Simon Bartram

A Sudden Drop by Ali Sparkes, Oxford University Press


Simon Bartram


Simon Bartram


Simon Bartram

An Unlikely Star, Oxford University Press


Susan Hellard

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Alma Books


Susan Hellard

Heidi: Lessons at Home and Abroad by Johanna Spyri, Alma Books


Euan Cook

Published by Scholastic


Euan Cook

Published by Walker Books


Euan Cook

Marvellous Mina, Oxford University Press


Euan Cook

The Digger by Jim Eldridge, Cambridge University Press


Joe Lillington

Atlas of Ancient Civilisations, Ronshin


Joe Lillington

Ancient Warriors by Iris Volant, Flying Eye Books


Joe Lillington

Tales from the Caribbean, Tales from Africa & Tales from India, Puffin Classics


Joe Lillington


Frances Castle


Frances Castle

Journeys of Discovery by Amanda Wood & Mike Jolley, Wide Eyed Editions


Tomislav Tomic

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell, Faber & Faber


Tomislav Tomic


Tomislav Tomic

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling, Bloomsbury


Tomislav Tomic


Levi Pinfold

Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone 20th Anniverary House Editions, Bloomsbury


Levi Pinfold


Levi Pinfold


Levi Pinfold

Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone 20th Anniverary House Editions, Bloomsbury


Alex T. Smith

Grave Matter by Juno Dawson, Barrington Stoke


Alex T. Smith


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Front and back cover images by Emily Fox

Arena Illustration Portfolio 2018  

Celebrating the finest Talent in Children's Book Illustration

Arena Illustration Portfolio 2018  

Celebrating the finest Talent in Children's Book Illustration

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