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Introducing Pablo Hurtado de Mendoza

We are delighted to announce that Debut Art now represents Madrid based illustrator Pablo Hurtado de Mendoza. Pablo has worked as a freelance illustrator since he graduated, developing changes and evolving his style whilst trying to express his own vision of the world through his art. While studying design, Pablo developed an interest in negative space and graphic elements, which ended up shaping his illustration style. His work can be distinguished by the use of visual metaphors and modern graphic language mixed with a more traditional sense of art. Thematically, he explores issues from urban spaces and contemporary life, in both a physical and psychological context.

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World Illustration Awards 2021 Shortlist

We are pleased to announce that a number of Début Art represented illustrators have had projects shortlisted for the 2021 World Illustration Awards. These artists include; Max Loeffler, Lisa Sheehan, Jim Tsinganos, Xinmei Liu, and Stephanie Von Reiswitz, Our warmest congratulations to all the artists who have been shortlisted. We are very proud to see the work of our illustrators being recognised by an award and organisation that is so important in the creative field.

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The Red Dress / Disney Anniversary Posters

The Red Dress were commissioned by Disney Pixar to create celebratory anniversary posters for several of their most-loved films. 'Finding Dory', 'Monsters Inc.' and 'Toy Story' reached their 5th, 20th and 25th anniversaries respectively in 2021, and Disney Pixar requested The Red Dress to create a poster for each following a particular art style. 'Finding Dory' and 'Toy Story' followed a film noir theme, whilst 'Monsters Inc.' was influenced by vintage 'Wish You Were Here' postcards. The resulting artworks were released on social media in conjunction with the production companies' celebrations of these landmarks. They demonstrate The Red Dress' adeptness at executing quintessential and well known eras of art in a contemporary fashion.

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Jordi Ros / Gorillas Campaign

Jordi Ros was commissioned by the ACE B.V for Gorillas, a grocery delivery service. Jordi created the key visual for their nationwide outdoor and digital campaign in the Netherlands, creating both a still and motion graphic to make the most of print and digital media platforms.

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BloodBros. / New Hokkaido Packaging

Emile aka. BloodBros. was commissioned via Sally Morrow Creative to create a suite of packaging designs for craft beer brand New Hokkaido. BloodBros. has now worked with New Hokkaido on several new designs, the latest being for their latest release Daruma IPA. Emile's knowledge of, fascination with and lived experience of Japanese culture has been a constant cornerstone of his work, and is utilised at its fullest fluency here. His appreciation of an understanding of the many creatures, characters and symbolic figures from Japanese folklore and fables are rendered in his signature clean and fresh style.

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Debut Art / Agents for Change

Début Art is extremely proud to be one of the founding member agencies of Agents for Change. It is widely recognised that there is a problem around representation in the creative fields, which given the reach and consumption of its outputs has harmful effects on society as well as missed opportunities for individual people and businesses. Agents for Change are taking action to demystify the industry and improve pathways into it. Agents for Change's current offerings include free portfolio reviews open exclusively to those belonging to typically under-represented groups, honest and open Q&A events, a series of published interviews with established creatives to share their journeys and inspire others, and a central directory of grants and other organisations that can help. We are currently also working on a school outreach plan, and a set of resources and guides about illustration and the surrounding creative industry to be released later this year. Enormous thanks are due to Grand ...

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Introducing Nicky Ackland-Snow

Inspired by stories imagined within found ephemera from the past, Nicky is passionate about creating new meanings from old contexts. Her work has a strong conceptual base and uses typography and metaphor to create layers of visual poetry. The technicolour utopianism of the 1950’s has inspired a feel-good approach to her illustration, projecting hopefulness and fun. Having actively engaged in editorial and publishing projects for the illustration industry over the last 30 years, Nicky has also been inspired by a range of opportunities in the commercial art world. Working in the arenas of festival branding, international product merchandising, illustrated commercial interiors and authorship, Nicky embraces all possible outlets for her work. Nicky has a BA in Graphic Design from Bath School of Art which helped to mould an illustrational approach with a strong base in design principles. She lives, works and lectures in the South West of the UK and continues to scour the flea markets, auc...

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Introducing Jordi Ros

We are delighted to announce that Debut Art now represents Jordi Ros. Jordi Ros is an illustrator, designer and academic currently based in Barcelona. Jordi has a BA in Product and Graphic Design, and an MA in Illustration from ELISAVA, Barcelona’s most prestigious and largest Design University. Commercially, Jor has a special focus on developing concepts which brands can use to launch new products, service or engage with their audience in new and interesting ways. He is especially interested in editorial work, such as covers for different publications and books, the music industry and advertising, as well as crossing the boundaries between product and illustration. Jordi’s commercial illustration is marked by his strong belief in developing his experimental and personal practice. He enjoys creating deep, personal narratives in what for him is a very intimate process of sharing his views and feelings on certain subjects. He is particularly influenced by the world of classic eastern...

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Introducing Xinmei Liu

We are delighted to announce that Debut Art now represents Xinmei Liu. Xinmei Liu was born in Shanghai, China, and now lives and works in New York. She has a BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, and an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Xinmei’s work has a clear visual identity, which belies her status as a recent graduate. Her images are rich in narrative, curiosity, nostalgia and fun, inspired by her cultural background, social issues, childhood experience and history. She cites vintage adverts, packaging, Asian calendars and propaganda posters as key influences on her style. You can see more of Xinmei Liu’s work here: https://www.debutart.com/artist/xinmei-liu

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Introducing Kanith Thailamthong

We are delighted to announce that Debut Art now represents Kanith Thailamathong. Kanith Thailamathong’s artwork draws from her personal experience of cross-cultural backgrounds, coming from a Chinese-Thai family and being born in Bangkok, Thailand. She likes to explore the behaviours, attitudes and inner lives of people and characters traversing these boundaries and different identities. She is especially drawn to depicting being a girl in Eastern culture, and what goes unsaid even though it is felt. Kanith notes Edward Hopper as one of her earliest influences. The simple and mysterious methods of storytelling in his paintings showed her how daily life could be poetic. You can see more of Kanith Thailamathong’s work here: https://www.debutart.com/artist/kanith-thailamthong

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Introducing Janelle Barone

We are now delighted to present internationally acclaimed illustrator Janelle Barone. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Janelle's style has grown from a mixture of influences including cinematography, comic book art, Art Nouveau and traditional Ukiyo-e woodblock printing. Recent clients include Apple, Disney, The Washington Post, Wired, Macmillan Books US, Buzzfeed and the Brisbane International Film Festival.

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Introducing Joe Webb

Début Art is delighted to have been appointed by Joe Webb, a world renowned collage and oil painting artist. Joe is a full time artist, working with hand made collage and oil painting. Joe has a BA Fine Art degree from the UCA - University Of Creative Arts. Joe repurposes found imagery to make thought provoking artworks. His work explores many issues including the environment, war and inequality. Webb's work has become an online sensation with hundreds of thousands of people sharing his images on the internet. As well as going viral in the virtual world, Joe has exhibited and sold work internationally. His paintings, original collages and prints can be found in the Saatchi Gallery, 45 Park Lane and in the private collections of Coldplay, Eric Cantona and The Madden Brothers. His artwork has been used on album covers for well known artists such as Tears For Fears and Janelle Monae, inspired a music video by Coldplay and been featured in advertising and on book covers. He supports, with...

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