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Our Current Picture Hooks Mentors

At Picture Hooks we are tremendously lucky to work with exceptional illustrators who do a wonderful job mentoring our emerging illustrators. We can’t wait to see the work our pairs will produce together and individually before our next exhibition launches, and look forward to our events throughout 2019. Our mentors and mentees will have their […]

January 11, 2019

Picture Hooks 2018/19 Shortlistees

We’ll soon be announcing our fantastic mentors for the next round of our mentoring scheme, and you’ve already met our newest mentees. As we’ve mentioned, it was an incredibly strong year in terms of our applications and we are keen to let you know about the folk who were shortlisted during the process. So, here’s […]

December 7, 2018

Our Current Picture Hooks Mentees

First of all thank you to everyone who applied for a place on our mentoring scheme. The standard was incredibly high, we enjoyed looking at all the submissions we received, and it was a tough job to whittle it down to a shortlist.   Our panel thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the shortlisted illustrators and hearing more about their […]

November 20, 2018

An interview with Orange Beak

Speaking at our conference in May is the brilliant Orange Beak Studio, a collective comprised of Pam Smy, Maisie Paradise Shearring and Ness Wood,  award winning illustrators, designers and picture book makers. Based in Cambridge, Orange Beak offers workshops and one-to-one portfolio sessions, as well as other events aimed at creative development for illustrators. We […]

April 25, 2018

Vivian French, recipient of the Scottish Book Trust Outstanding Achievement Award

We are proud to announce that our very own co-founder and trustee Vivian French has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Scottish Book Trust Outstanding Achievement Award. Vivian is an Edinburgh-based author and educator, among her various other roles – she has been Children’s Writer-in-Residence at Edinburgh International Book Festival five times as well as a guest […]

March 7, 2018

The end of 2017’s mentoring scheme – what next?

Now that this year’s cohort of mentees are finishing their work, we look forward to exhibitions, a tour, and some workshops at the Scottish National Gallery.

January 31, 2018

How to get your art to a publisher – Tessa Strickland, Barefoot Books

We recap Tessa Strickland’s advice on getting your work in front of a publisher, which she gave at the Picture Hooks Conference 2017.

June 5, 2017

Innovating in illustration – Robert Frank Hunter and Zoë Aubugeau-Williams, Nobrow

How do you set yourself apart from other illustrators? Robert Frank Hunter and his publisher Zoë Aubugeau-Williams discuss drawing techniques and innovative marketing.

From pitch to picture book – Tiffany Leeson, Egmont Books

Tiffany Leeson, Creative Director of Egmont Books, spoke to the Picture Hooks Conference 2017 about the process of turning an illustration into a picture book.

Know Your Rights – AOI, Handsome Frank, Matthew the Horse, & Sonny Ross

The Association of Illustrators ended our conference with a panel discussion on knowing your rights, enforcing contracts, and getting paid.