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David Lewis Illustration Agency

About Us

What we do - David Lewis Illustration Agency London works on behalf of illustrators and artists and has proudly provided illustrations for the world of published media since 1974 when the agency was founded. We have six talented illustrators who can cater for all your illustration needs.

Illustration & media- Illustration is a powerful visual tool by which to convey your message. It is an image intended for incorporation into any published media by which that message is conveyed. We can create illustrations for an array of media outlets including newspapers, magazines, adverts, greeting cards, posters, flyers, jigsaw puzzles, packaging, pamphlets, teaching materials, fabrics. television, film and internet. In fact, we can provide illustrations for any form of media. Just let us know what it is. Whether you are an established company or a private individual, choosing the right illustrator is key to getting your message and brand across to the right market.

Examples of Illustration - Illustration may take many forms. What immediately springs to mind is drawing and painting which may be conveyed by a broad church of materials such as pencil, pen, crayon, pastel, charcoal, watercolour, acrylic, gouache and oil. Fabric, film, paper, metal, glass may also provide the materials which which to create an illustration. In fact, anything may be utilised.

Ready to Hire - If you need an illustrator and have not used David Lewis Illustration Agency before, please contact us now. We are also able to visit you in person in order to make a presentation or, in the first instance, you can view our illustrators on our website which will be added to and up-dated regularly. If you have a particular project in mind, get in touch and we can suggest illustrators for all your illustration needs. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

More about Illustration

Creativity - As you can see, illustration is not just one thing or another, but the sum total of many parts. However, there are two more vital ingredients to illustration. The first is the illustrator who has the imagination and skill with which to utilise the medium by which he or she chooses to convey a message in a variety of styles. The second is the client with whom the illustrator works in tandem. It is very much a symbiotic relationship.

Present - Contemporary illustrators include Axel Scheffler who created the Gruffalo and Quentin Blake who created Mister Magnolia.

Past - Classic illustrators include Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), Walter Crain (1845-1915), Anne Anderson (1874-1952) and Beatrix Potter (1866-1943).

Origins - Illustration dates back thousands of years to early man with his cave paintings which were the foundations of both art and language. It would take many thousands of years for the transition from art to language to evolve as we know today, but the two remain inextricably entwinned. One cannot exist without the other even if text is not incuded within the illustration which intrinsically conveys language and thought. Early man's impressions may have been purely decorative and a reflection of the skill of someone intepreting the world around him in picture form. Equally, they could be regarded as the forerunners to our modern understanding of illustration as a means to convey a message. For example, the drawing of animals on cave walls may have been intended as a map for others to read and to know where such animals may be found for capture.

Literacy - For thousands of years, most people could not read or write until comparatively recent times. Without such skills, how did they learn? The church provides the answer. Walk into any old cathedral and you are likely to see towering windows of stained glass. These compositions very often depict scenes of biblical events. Therefore, the illiterate could feast their eyes on the magnificently illumuninated imagery. The written word may have been the preserve of the upper echelons of society, but stained glass windows were just as powerful at telling a story. Iliteracy was though no bar to opening a thumping great bible. Often, colourful illustrations and paintings were inserted between the pages of text to help convey the story and the first letter of a chapter may be embellished or illuminated for emphasise.

Influence - As societies have developed and become more sophisticated, illustration has evolved too. Whereas primitive man was proably acting on instinct when he draw on those cave walls, modern man is consiously and commercially using illustration as a means to influence. Such influence may be for good or for bad depending on which side of the fence you sit on. The former USSR, for example, produced posterised illustrations of stocky men and women of power designed to instill pride and motivation in their peoples.

 

Famous Quotes

1. 'For children in their most impressionable years, there is, in fantasy, the highest of stimulating and educational powers.'

Arthur Rackham

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2. 'We want a vernacular in art. No mere verbal or formal agreement, or dead level of uniformity but that comprehensive and harmonising unity with individual variety which can be developed among people politically and socially free.'

Walter Crane

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3. 'How different everything is when you are with the right people'.

Kate Greenaway

 

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4. 'A wasp in a wig is altogether beyond the appliance of art'.

John Tenniel

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5. 'My life will be the best illustration of all my work'.

Hans Christian Andersen

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6. 'There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you'.

Beatrix Potter

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7. 'I don't wait for inspiration. I'm not, in fact, quite sure what inspiration is, but I'm sure that if it is going to turn up, my having started work is the precondition of its arrival'.

Quentin Blake

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8. 'Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms. I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me. I don't have big anxieties. I wish I did. I'd be much more interesting'.

Roy Lichtenstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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