28 November 2014

Real Estate Personalities

Are you efficient, organized, thorough, diligent and detail oriented? Then you’re a good candidate for a fixed-rate mortgage. Kerry Hyndman's illustration for the Wall Street Journal accompanies an article about the correlation between personalities and real-estate buying tendencies.

Kerry hyndman wall street journal

27 November 2014

The Baron

Chris Gilvan Cartwright recently had a solo show at the James Freeman Gallery in Islington. The opening night saw him embody the character of The Baron, welcoming visitors into his portrait studio. The result was a treasure trove of weird and wonderful portraits of guests and wellwishers, juxtaposed against his dramatic, yet dreamy landscape paintings.

Chris Gilvan Cartwright exhibition

26 November 2014

From Afar

Afar magazine run a regular feature where they spin a globe and pick a place at random and send a journalist there to document their trip. I like the idea of all the writers crossing fingers and toes hoping for the Carribean and getting dished out with Birmingham instead. Julene Harrison has illustrated each lucky dip trip in with intricate layered papercut scenes.

Julene Harrison afar

25 November 2014

The Melanoma Issue

If you're lucky enough to be getting away for some winter sun this year, don't forget your sunscreen. Susan Burghart has illustrated the cover of the latest issue of Nature Outlook, the issue focuses on the most deadly of all cancers; the melanoma. These foolish holiday makers could do with a read.

susan burghart melanoma

24 November 2014

50 Years of Illustration

We're pleased as punch here at CIA towers to have been so generously featured in a new book by Lawrence Zeegen and Caroline Roberts, '50 Years of Illustration'. Without blowing our own trumpet, it reminds us that our wonderful artists' contributions to the industry have been notably significant since our early days in the 80s up until the present day. To top it all off, the book features a cover design by our very own Jeff Fisher... Well done everyone, we think you're fab.

50 years of Illustration

21 November 2014

100% Silk

Chris Brown has had some of his classic woodblock print designs printed onto some rather luxurious silk scarves for The Scarf Gallery. The collection features a selection of 60s-esque designs in various colours, the hefty price tag reflective of the beautiful work by one of our most esteemed artists.

chris brown scarves

19 November 2014

A bad date

Stephen Collins was commissioned to illustrate an article in Square Meal Lifestyle magazine about the disappointments of a bad wine list. Oh the horror! The author makes the comparison between a poor wine list and a bad date. Stephen captures the awkard scene with simplicity and humor as can be expected and brings his own individual narrative to the piece.

collins squaremeal

18 November 2014


Mark Thomas has put his sublime vintage style illustration skills towards a superb piece of editorial work for the Telegraph. The article discusses the characters depicted in the film The Imitation game and their roles within the codebreaking team. A gripping story and an aptly gripping illustration that could be straight out of a spy novel from the 50's.

Mark Thomas Turing

17 November 2014

The Graduate

Matt Taylor has produced a new poster for Grey Matter of the iconic film 'The Graduate'. We think it's a match made in heaven; he's nailed the 60s film poster style and depicted the characters in his own dramatic textured style and striking contrasts of light and dark. The poster has been officially liscenced by StudioCanal.

Matt taylor graduate

14 November 2014

The Incubator Project

Simon Spilsbury has been drawing all over the walls again. When I was young I got told off for doing this, Simon seems to be making a career of it. This time he's been at the Incubator Project in Soho, his brief was to cover the wall in sketchbook-like visual ideas.

Simon Spilsbury Incubator