Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Big Announcement, folks!
I am delighted and truly thrilled to be invited to be part of the mighty Central Illustration Agency, based in London, who will now represent my illustration and lettering work exclusively in the UK and Europe. Good, eh?
There is a wealth of mega talent currently repped by the CIA and I will be joining the likes of Sir Peter Blake, my hero David Hughes, the wondrous Sarah Coleman (aka Inkymole), cool dude Paul Wearing (a stablemate at Friend + Johnson too), my friend and colleague Jonathan Gibbs, lovely Wendy Plovmand...oh, the list goes on and reads like an Oscars roll call of top illustrators!
This is good for my business too: my American reps, Friend + Johnson, have been so busy getting me great jobs from across the Pond that I have had less and less time to attend to marketing myself here...criminal! As I said to Ben Cox, MD of the CIA, it was getting to the point where I either needed two of me or the services of a decent UK rep, so I am very glad he contacted me a couple of weeks ago to pop the question :-)
As I say to my students when they ask about finding a rep - the relationship works both ways and is very like a marriage: you have to be prepared to put work and ideas into it and to listen to reap the benefits. So, I am very much looking forward to this new working relationship and seeing what lies around the next corner!
I am passionate about the business side of illustration: all the marketing, promotion and negotiating fees...but having two heavyweight agencies looking after my interests allows my business to grow and I can concentrate on being creative!
So, hello CIA and all who sail in her...let's get ready to roll!