Over the years we’ve worked on various projects which deserve a special mention. Our illustrators have been given some outstanding commissions, and below we are giving them another chance to shine.
Kate Forrester was commissioned to do a UK-based campaign for McDonalds to highlight certain aspects of the brand and to show how their food is produced. As ever Kate gave this her personal touch, creating beautiful designs using lettering and illustration together.
In 2006 Matthew Cook was commissioned by the All England Lawn Tennis Club to be their first Championships Artist, a tradition which still continues today. The commission has since been given a second time to Matthew, and once to Andrew Davidson, also from The Artworks. With a completely open brief, and access to all areas, Matt was asked simply to draw during the 2006 Championships – everything from Centre Court itself to the falcon hired to scare the pigeons away. The Championships poster was seen by thousands on the Tube and buses around London.
Chris Wormell was commissioned by the Royal Opera House to illustrate their crest. He was asked to re-draw the original crest but in a more stylized way. The results were universally admired and caused global blogging and admiration from Russia to China and throughout the world!
Shortly after she joined us in early 2006 Lucy Davey was commissioned by Wieden + Kennedy to create a series of images for Starbucks’ Christmas campaign. The work was used on billboards, phone booths and subway trains all over the world. Lucy also contributed to an online animation and a Starbucks sticker album. During the campaign Lucy went on a trip to New York where the campaign was most prominent and got to see her work on a huge scale – all over the city!
Swan Park was commissioned to produce new covers for the complete P.G. Wodehouse backlist: the selection process was lengthy but the Wodehouse Estate loved her quirky take on the “Britishness” of the series. She did this from her home in South Korea with effortless professionalism creating a body of work to be really proud of.
Daniela Terrazzini was commissioned for the entire Bottlegreen re-design. She produced dozens of stunning designs for their classic drinks and has made the bottles collectable items of beauty. Daniela still continues to work with Bottlegreen as they continue to release new flavours.
Andrew Davidson was commissioned by Alan Fletcher to create silhouettes for the Kindergarten boundary fence at the Novartis site in Basel, Switzerland.
The brief was to design different images for each of the five 5m x 5m x 10mm steel sheets. In total over 960 separate designs were lasercut into the panels making up this fabulous permanent fixture. Great care was taken to ensure none of the gaps could trap the tiny fingers of the residents!
Chris Wormell was commissioned by Adnams Beer to work on a campaign entitled “Beer from the Coast” – the perfect job for Chris since he used to go on holiday to Southwold (the home of Adnams) when he was a child. This striking campaign really enabled Chris’ beautiful lino cuts to be seen on a huge scale and many people consider it to be among his best work.
Rosie Scott was asked to help create the branding for a programme to educate people to lead a healthier lifestyle, through diet and exercise. She worked with ‘Pause for Thought’ to come up with a series of images (50+) to be used for their packaging, website and brochures. The programme has been going really well and will be expanding this year www.thefullyield.com.
Debbie Powell was commissioned to do Carluccio’s Easter collection which included poster and packaging throughout their stores. Debbie’s charming illustrations were the perfect match for this brand.
Andrew Davidson was commissioned by two different Brewery groups, Mitchells & Butler and Shepherd Neame, to produce over 300 pub signs across the UK. One set were produced in gouache for the Sizzling brand, whilst the signs for the Kent brewery Shepherd Neame were designed as wood engravings. This has been a mammoth job completed over a number of years.
Niroot was commissioned by Walker Books to do a second pop-up book with them, Aladdin, which we think is a remarkable work of art. Niroot never fails to astound us with his exquisite detail. The book was published in 2011 and is out now.
Heather Gatley was commissioned by Waitrose as part of a team to illustrate their Essentials range. She was given dozens of items to illustrate in a very short space of time ranging from black bin bags to blueberries. Heather was in the infancy of her career when this job came about and it certainly showed us what she could do… anything!
Ben Cain was given “his dream commission” to work with The Folio Society in his Startworks year. He had to rise to the challenge of illustrating Waverley by Walter Scott and did an amazing job. This really moved his work on and gave him the opportunity to show off his unusual perspective and the oustanding drama in his work.
Andrew Davidson was commissioned by Faber and Faber with art direction from John McConnell of Pentagram to illustrate The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. It was awarded a D&AD Silver Award and the Emil Kurt Maschler Award, and was his first major project after graduating from The Royal College of Art. He then went on to illustrate The Iron Woman and Tales of the Early World. The Iron Man has often been described as the commission that launched his career.
Many of Chris Wormell’s design clients won’t have been told that he is equally successful as an author and illustrator of children’s books. He has worked on dozens of titles over the years and has won many Awards for his books. The best known is George and the Dragon which has sold over 250,000 copies to date.
Sarah McMenemy was commissioned to illustrate 18 enamel full height panels to line both platforms at Shadwell Underground Station on the East London Line which opened at the beginning of the 1990′s. Four stations had illustrations on the platforms: Whitechapel, Wapping, Shadwell and Rotherhithe. There was a fascinating mix of elements such as traditional pubs like The Crown and Dolphin on the corner of the famous Cable Street (now closed and developed into flats), market stalls in Watney Street Market, tall ships in Tobacco Dock. The panels are two metres high and she was even able to visit the enameling factory during production. They are still there now.