British Image Group

In films, vlogs, tweets, augmented reality, print, and on the streets, image hits the brain faster than words.

British Image Group archived site at http://web.archive.org/web/20041213012802/http://www.geocities.com:80/big_uk_2002/art_science.html

The British Image Group was founded in the early 1987 before the ease of online folio publishing. It’s background is now archived

Most of its founding members (list below) now have their own websites or connect through HBC (HoBB Publishing Community)  and Jacketflap.

But if you are a new writer, illustrator, editor or book designer and need some experience in publishing, you can apply to  become an HBC intern or a goalshare partner at Little People Books and we will share all we know with you.


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News

Children’s Book Illustrator, Camilla Zaza, was asking about Illustration Agencies and whether it was a good idea to get an agent.

My reply :

“Picture editors like choice. They collect and retain their own records of illustration styles whilst on the look out for ever fresher ones. Your best aim is to find the picture editors that want to use your style but here’s another aim you might like to consider ….

Imagine what it’s like for a picture editor. They get emails, cards, flyers, calls, visits and sometimes presents from illustrators. They get a lot. To be noticed as an illustrator, proof reader or designer, you need to stick out from the crowd.

One very well known picture editor who loved my work but never used it, told me this : “Grant, I have an illustrator that does wonderful figurative work in pencil. I have another that produces the slickest photoshop work on car engines and everything mechanical. Every illustrator I use has a set talent I can depend upon for specific contract requirement. Go away and only come back when I can place you in my mind as a specialist. There are thousands of illustrators who have great bulging folios of their work, but unless their work burns into my memory on first view, they stand no chance of working with me.”

So yes. I went away and specialised. However, I returned three years later to find the contact had retired.

Another editor once told me: “I like to enjoy my work. I use illustrators I like. It’s not just about the standard of their illustration, it’s about the whole process of putting the team together, producing the book, launching it and celebrating its popularity and sales. Once we know an illustrator and enjoy knowing them as a person, they become part of the team.”

So agents? Some are great. Most are busy. Many spend all their time devoted to getting contracts for those illustrators already on their books.

Self promotion? You can do this in a standard way or better still, you can stick out from the crowd and get noticed.

Is there a third way? Yes. In this plug-and-play world, more authors are teaming with illustrators and designers to create near perfect finished books (pdf format), excluding the legal page. An editor can scan these very quickly and spot an illustrator’s skill at adding image to story.

Is there a fourth way? I’m sure there are many more ways for illustrators, authors, designers, photographers, film makers and publishers to combine and create tomorrow’s world of entertainment, education and effective communication.

My recipe – sharing all through the HoBB Publishing Community.

British Image Group Founding Members:  Arlene Adams; Andrew Atkins; Lisa Bond; Hilary Brynston; Rob Chapman; Philip Cumpstone; Brendon Deacey; John Dunne; Gary Dunning; Paul France; Yvonne Harrington; (The Late Great) Jonathan Inglis; Grant Jesse; Phil Kenning; Linda Lewis; Sara Hayward; ; Petra Rohr-Rouendaal; Paul Russell; Cathy Simpson; Lynne Willey; Ollie Tomlinson; Peter Scott.

Knucklas Castle (Gallery of artwork)

(Above Left) Original First Prize winning entry from Knighton School in competition to design logo for Knucklas Castle Community Land Project.    (Above Right. re-worked artwork for print by Grant)
(Above Left) 2nd Prize winning Knighton School entry  (Above Right Artwork by Grant) depicts the four main project groups.

See also: Mindmaps for KCCLP

(Above Left) Castle icon used on share certificate, mind maps. and above right, the proposed thrones for the annual New Members Crowning Pageant to be held in Knucklas Castle Community Orchard.
(Above) View over Knucklas Castle mound from South showing Knucklas village in foreground
(Above Left) Map of Knucklas Castle from original deeds. (Above Centre) Adaptation of logo for use on Promotional Badge by Grant
(Above Left) First artists impression of Heyope’s gold torcs by Grant. (Updated) (Above Right) First general promotional leaflet for project – artwork by Grant
(Above) View over Heyope Village and Church
Combined voices at the launch of the Knucklas Castle Community Land Project
(Above Left and Right) Stone Carving courses at Knucklas. (Above Centre) Aerial view of Knucklas Castle looking North West
(Above) Promotional literature for Herefordshire Art Week h.Art on the Community Orchard below Knucklas Castle
(Above) ‘Arthur Little’ . Proposed Green Dragon character for promotion of educational Activities for Children at the Knucklas Castle Community Land Project
(Above) Christmas banner for Knucklas Castle’s blog over the festive season. Designed by Grant
(Above Left) Promotional artwork by Grant for Knucklas Castle’s annual Apple Day as from 2009. (Above Right) Proposed sign design by Grant to be located at Knucklas village centre to links within Knucklas.
(Above) Promotional banner for project’s first website.
(Above) Lapel Badges produced by Grant for the first Knucklas Castle Community Land (Trust) public meeting.
(Above) Photo by Grant for use in promoting support for the Project from the Powys Environmental Partnership (PEP)
(Above) Display signage for Education Section of Project during first Public Meeting in Knucklas Village Community Hall
(Above) Photo-composite by Grant for promotional use by the Growing Group at Knucklas Castle. Used on original Mind Maps for project
(Above Left) Grant’s proposed sign to commemorate the planting of the Project’s Community Orchard indicating on map where clearing would be made for sign.
(Above Left) Colin ploughs the growing field ready for the Community Allotments. (Above Right) Adam plants the first Community Orchard apple tree – with a little assistance.
(Above) Celebrating the launch of the Knucklas Castle Community Land Project
… more celebrations
even … more celebrations
(Above) The stone carvers of Knucklas (hard) at work overlooking the Teme Valley
(Above) Photo taken during the first botanical survey of the wooded area around Knucklas Castle mound
(Above) Poster by Grant announcing Jan Walmsley’s round Welsh coast walk to raise funds for the Knucklas Castle Community Land Project
(Above) Poster by Grant to promote talks aimed at highlighting three of the Project’s groups and to raise funds.
(Above) Diagram of original eight groups that made up the structure of the Project
(Above) Summary graphic by Grant to show Board of project how a fourth leaflet (far left) might sit alongside existing leaflets.
(Above) Knucklas Community Centre promotion of public meeting to discuss project
(Above) Design by Grant for Project’s first leaflet holder
(Above) Photo by Grant taken during one of the moth surveys at Knucklas Castle
(Above) Photo by Grant of sculpt (The Dragon’s Tooth by Rolf Hook) on top of Knucklas Castle mound
(Above) Photo by Grant of sculpt (Artichoke by Lottie O’Leary) taken at the side entrance of the Community Allotments (now removed)
(Above) Photo by Grant looking over Knucklas Castle Community Allotments
(Above) Photo by Grant taken during a sculpt trail over Knucklas Castle.
(Above) Font and colour discipline for signage, logo and promotional graphics for the Knucklas Castle Community Land Project. (UPDATE NOTE: A hand drawn version of lettering to be used just for “Knucklas Castle” wording has been produced by Will who is pictured below holding the Project’s first open air leaflet holder designed, built and presented as a gift to the Project by Traybo Wood Designs)

 

 

 

(Above) Will Oleary accepting gift of two external leaflet holders for the project – designed/crafted by Traybo Wood Products)
(Above) Painting by Grant of what Knucklas Castle keep might have looked like over 800 years ago but not including the outer wall recently imaged using liDAR which extends to the East of the keep – to right of frame.
(Above) One of a series of images produced by Grant for the first Knucklas Castle Community Land Project blog.
(Above) Prototype of one of the three designs for the KCCLP Leaflet Holder (produced for Project, for free, by Traybo Wood Products)
(Above) Proposed signage to commemorate the planting of the Knucklas Castle Community Land Project’s Community Orchard.

 

Around the Hill. Logo for year round monthly meetings

 

Original square format Logo
RGB and CMYK Logo colours defined as sampled from original logo competition winner’s entry
Revised lettering to be used for print (Drawn by Will O’Leary)
Grant’s layout and typesetting for KCCLP membership certificate
Richard Parry positions Marches Poets poems around the Castle site during his ‘Coleridge in Wales’ tour.