Advocate / Commission
Commissioner: Advocate Art
Date of publication / release: 29.03.2012

Check out our new acquisition…


 


Here at the Vendetta offices we are the proud new owners of a cool but somewhat creepy Vendetta Mask.


From the original DC Comic called ‘V for Vendetta‘ Written by Alan Moore (we are all big fans) through to the feature film based on the same story through to recent protests where the Mask featured predominantly.


The mask has became synonymous with ideas of anarchy and rebellion.


Have a look at the BBC’s interview with Alan Moore to see his thoughts on the symbol he has created.


This is a symbol that resonates deeply with us here at Vendetta were we have purposely set out to resist the mundane, try to do thing differently with our own creative twists and choose to avoid the main stream studios.


So as you can see. We really love our mask!

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Advocate / Commission
Commissioner: Avocate Art
Date of publication / release: 29.03.2012

At Advocate we really love to hear when our illustrators and clients are working well together. So imagine how happy we were to hear about this message sent to our artist Christine Tappin. Have a look on the Advocate website to see more of Christine’s work.


We’re so pleased that you’ve enjoyed working on the project, and that it’s proven to be such a good learning experience for you! Also I have to say how impressed I am that even though you were in loads of pain with your neck and arm, you always met deadlines and never complained to us about it but found ways of improving the situation and helping it get better We work with some artists who are always asking for more time due to pretty minor issues so the fact that you dealt with something that really impacted your work, so well and professionally, is fantastic!


I’m really glad you’re almost back to normal now – I do a lot of pilates too, I love it


Thanks for being so lovely and easy to work with, you’ve made the project a pleasure to do – hopefully we can work together again soon, as your work is really loved by everyone here!

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Advocate / Commission
Commissioner: Advocate Art
Date of publication / release: 28.03.2012

We were very excited here at Advocate to see the work of one our artists Sarah Horne featured in the Sun.The clipping featured an interview with the author Timothy Knapman about the second book in the Uncle Foulpest series.


See the clipping below, visit amazon to purchase the book or see more of Sarah’s work on our website by clicking here.

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Advocate / Commission
Commissioner: Advocate Art
Date of publication / release: 28.03.2012

Here at Advocate Art we love to know when our illustrators are doing well. We received these lovely message about Marc Mones. Well done Marc!


It was really pleasure to work with Marc, and I hope he does as well.


Please tell him that I wish he has a great luck on his next project and look forward to working with him again soon.


Have a look at some of his work on the Advocate Art website by clicking here.

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Advocate / Self-promotion

Over the past three days, Advocate’s Ed, Kate, Lesley and Caroline have been at Bologna Children’s Book Fair meeting with clients and showing off our fabulous new book portfolios. With over 70 face-to-face meetings during the day, and entertaining clients in the evenings, they have been extremely busy! Below you can see some photos that they have sent us. Although they have been working hard it looks like they found time to enjoy themselves too!

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Advocate / Self-promotion

To make things run a bit smoother here at Advocate art, we have recently invested £40,000 in software updates for Cumulus and Filemaker (the two databases we use on a daily basis). We are all very excited about the new updates as there are many new benefits which will be useful to us, our artists and clients.


FileMaker Pro is powerful, easy-to-use database software that helps you and your team get any task done faster. Millions of people in business, government, and education use FileMaker Pro to effortlessly manage all their information on Windows, Mac, and the web. – Filemaker website


Filemaker Pro holds all of our contact information for clients and artists, and contains all sales and order details. The benefits of the new system will allow us to generate daily financial reports and make it easier for us to reconcile payments. We will be able to simplify tracking specific artist projects with the ‘project tracker’ and we will also have an ‘artwork due tracker’ which means we can chase any late artwork before it is actually due! The best part of Filemaker Pro 11 is the artist job histories section. This will have details of all projects artists are working on, and the artist the...

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Advocate / Self-promotion

Last week, we uploaded our latest trend boards to the Advocate art blog, these include ideas for everyday and christmas trends. Since then Advocate’s Hannah has done an insightful interview on trend spotting and our fantastic new mood boards, read on to find out more . . .



When you’re managing work from over 300 artists, supplying most major multiples through to boutique publishers of paper products, wall art, ceramics and melamine, you need to have a handle on not only what is on-trend, but also on future fashions. It is also important to understand what will only be an accent and which looks will have longevity, as well as which ones will have a mass-market appeal and which will remain niche. If you get it wrong, not only will you be sitting on artwork that remains unsold, you may also be selling designs through to retailers that trust your opinion and then end up with stock that won’t shift.


Over the last 20 years, Advocate have made a real effort to establish themselves as generators of trends. Here, Advocate’s Hannah explains how the process works.


How do you spot new trends?


Mostly by keeping our eyes and ears open! Some of our artists are great at spotting new ideas and ofte...

Advocate / Commission
Commissioner: Advocate Art
Date of publication / release: 23.03.2012

The other day Advocate illustrator Jo Parry tweeted that some of her artwork had been featured in Coronation Street! If you look closely at the TV still you can see two of Jo’s ‘waiter’ illustrations in the background – well done Jo! Check out more of Jo’s work on the Advocate art website by clicking here.

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Advocate / Self-promotion

At Advocate art, we strive to make all our clients happy, so we love it when we receive emails of appreciation! This week Natasha got a lovely email from one of our clients.


Thanks Natasha, you’ve been brilliant this week!

Advocate / Commission
Commissioner: Advocate Art
Date of publication / release: 23.03.2012

We are delighted to hear that one of Advocate art’s greeting cards, illustrated by Jim Mitchell is going to be used in a forthcoming TV programme on Sky One. The sitcom called Parents, is a six part series following a family of three generations all living under one roof. In this particular scene ‘Len’ give his wife this card. We are very excited abouth this and will be keeping our eyes peeled for Jim’s card! Read on to find out more about the new show.


When high-flying businesswoman Jenny Pope is fired for punching a colleague, and, on the same day discovers that her unemployed husband Nick has squandered their life savings on an ill-conceived business scheme, they, and their teenage children Sam and Becky, are forced to make a difficult decision. They have no choice but to move from London to the north and live with Jenny’s parents Len and Alma.


They see it as a temporary measure. But life won’t prove to be that simple…



Parents is a comedy about three generations of family living under one roof. Len and Alma, who thought they were free of children. Jenny and Nick, who thought they were free of parents. Sam and Becky, who now have to deal with two sets of parents with very differ...

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