Star Wars Galactic Atlas- Tim McDonagh

From a galaxy far, far away to a beautifully-illustrated book near you….this was definitely one of those projects that was difficult to keep a secret, especially as it began unfolding in such a magnificent way. This year, we managed to land our very own resident Star Wars fantastic Tim McDonagh the brief of his dreams: to illustrate an entire Star Wars book. Excited as he was, he understood that this was no small undertaking, and quickly got to work on a project that ended up being incredibly detailed and laborious. After supplying a detailed sample to the client (Egmont) and getting the go-ahead, Tim spent around a year working on various maps, all your favourite characters and the additional promo material for the book. When you look at the immense level of detail on every page you’ll see why it took so long to get everything together. The finished work was so well received that it was even given it’s own trailer!

All artwork © and TM 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Paul Blow- The English Blinds Company

This project is truly fantastic. The English Blinds company asked customers to divulge some of the strangest things they had ever caught a glimpse of through a window. Some of the results were hilarious, including: “The best thing I’ve ever seen through a window was when I saw a lady weighing a single boob on a set of kitchen scales. Not sure what recipe it was for!” and ““My neighbour is a bit of an eccentric man. I always knew he kept owls, but I didn’t know they lived in his house with him until I spotted him eating breakfast one morning with a large owl perched on top of his head.” The company enlisted the skills of illustrator Paul Blow to bring these strange stories to life, and we think you’ll agree the results are absolutely charming.

Adele Tour- Matt Murphy

2016 was the year that Tottenham-born Adele Adkins stormed back into the music world to reclaim her crown as the queen of the charts to worldwide attention. As an artist she is nothing short of a phenomenon and after the record-breaking album sales and never ending awards came her celebrated and sell-out tour. As we write this her US tour (which takes in some 23 cities) is in full flow, and every night her loyal army of fans are left wanting to take a piece of her home to remember it by. This is where our very own Matt Murphy comes in. Commissioned by XL Records, Matt created a series of limited edition prints which are bespoke for each night and location of the tour. It makes us smile to think of happy fans clutching them post-gig and returning home to frame and adorn their homes with them. Maybe even Adele has one on her wall too?…

Malika Favre- The New Yorker

What’s top of your bucket list? If you pose this question to any illustrator, the likely answer is that it would be to be commissioned to illustrate the front cover of The New Yorker magazine. Well, for Malika Favre that dream came true this year as her work adorned the newsstands of Manhattan (and the world) for a sunny week in June. Typically elegant and beautiful in its stripped-back simplicity, Malika is fast running out of things to strike off on her professional wish list. Fair enough though, she is bloody good. Here’s to more of our illustrators churning out even more spectacular New Yorker covers in the future.

Leonie Bos- Herman Miller

One of the UK’s masters of furniture production, Herman Miller, contacted us this year regarding a commission for their magazine, Living Office. Leonie’s work is predominantly architectural, using a distinct retro aesthetic to convey scenes from enormous buildings and vast skylines to tiny, cluttered rooms. The feature Herman Miller had Leonie in mind for was entitled “Plan for Posterity” which explored how the different ways of working and collaborating affect how a space is designed and used. The article used handpicked research to communicate the changing aesthetic and environments of offices. To bring these somewhat dry but discreetly fascinating facts to life they requested the surreal, bold illustrations of Dutch artist Leonie Bos. With some clear communication between both parties Leonie was able to create imagery of spaces and combine them with simple data elements which ended up making the client very happy indeed. Who ever said articles about office interior data had to be dull?