Varoom 26 out now

July 23rd, 2014 by Special Projects


‘Style’ – the ‘look’ that washes up in our daily digital newsletters, the ‘must-have’ for clients, the big question that haunts illustration. Varoom puts on its deerstalker, grabs its pipe and goes in search of ‘Style’.


Youth culture’s original ‘style bible’ of the 1980s and 1990s is tracked down by Lawrence Zeegen, who shows how illustration gave The Face magazine its visual compass.

Regular contributor, Marian Bantjes, delivers a moody, atmospheric take on Style, and columnist Paul Davis, with tongue firmly in cheek, proposes that as we all have an inherent style, ‘National Personal Total Stylish-Self Day’ should be declared.


Antonio Lopez, who’s style is regarded as the most influential within fashion illustration of the late 20th Century is recognised for his political act of being among the very first to introduce people of colour in to his work. And how Tom of Finland’s representations of gay men are regarded as precursors of the 1960s pride movements.


As fashions in advertising and marketing communications change faster than ever, Varoom asks three agencies about how clients view ‘Style’, and explore how attitudes to ‘Style’ have changed. Arena, Gas, and Illustration Ltd give us an overview of the marketplace, with some eclectic examples.

Varoom 26 is available here as a single issue or on subscription


Upcoming Summer Exhibitions 2014

July 11th, 2014 by Special Projects

William Edmonds, 'Stack'

William Edmonds, 'Stack'

NOUS VOUS ~ ‘A Watery Line’ Exhibition

The Tetley

The Exhibition will run from: 18th July – 31st August 2014

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

Nous Vous will be exhibiting drawings, painting, prints and objects as well as producing new artwork in an on-site open studio and working with a selection of other artists, to deliver a programme of performances and workshops for two weeks in July.

The exhibition/residency will respond to The Tetley’s history following its recent refurbishment; speculating about its future function and investigating the point where art interacts with everyday life through various forms of ‘making’

Workshops: Sunday 20th July— Peter & Sally Nencini,  Wednesday 23rd July — Joe Gilmore (Qubik),  Friday 25th July — Nous Vous,  Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th July — Kate Gibb,  Wednesday 30th July — Matthew Hodson

All events and workshops are free.

For more information on all events and workshops please check the Nous Vous Website

Headway Flyer

Headway Flyer

HEADWAY – A Group Exhibition

Joshua Brooks

The Exhibition will run from: 5th June – 4th September 2014

An Exhibition being co-curated by Generic Greeting Collective & Not Now

Headway is a showcase of the creative scope that Manchester holds, exhibited on the walls of Joshua Brooks.

The subject matter of the exhibition is featured around the quotation:

“It is a land that God, if he exists, has created in anger.

It’s the only land where creation is unfinished yet.”

- Werner Herzog “Burden of Dreams” (1982).

The exhibition will showcase work by local creatives.




Twenty Twenty Two

The Exhibition will run from: 10th July – 10th August 2014

Generic Greeting Collective’s first pop-up exhibition took place two years ago in Twenty Twenty Two. They are now back to exhibit their first full group exhibition in Manchester. The exhibition will feature new work by Generic Greeting designers, illustrators and artists, including artists such as: Emily Briselden-Waters, Will Berry, Kidmilk, Tim Hopgood, Tash Willcocks, Matt Rowlands, Dan Kimber, Eilis Healy, Harry Mckenzie. Alongside Generic Greeting’s artist’s work will be specially commissioned work by illustrator Tim Hopgood.

The opening night will also feature music by Generic Greeting’s own DJ’s: BIG WAR, SZAJNA, DJ CROWW

High Fives & Good Times by Stefan Glerum

High Fives & Good Times by Stefan Glerum

HIGH FIVES & GOOD TIMES ~ Five Years work by Stefan Glerum

Kemistry Gallery

The Exhibition will run from: 17th July – 16th August 2014, Monday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Stefan Glerum has selected his top works from five years of commissioned and independent work, the separation of which is relatively minute, with his ‘tongue in cheek’ humour present in almost all his artwork. His illustration style sits on the edge of illustration/graphic design history, with his inspirations coming from early 20th Century movements such as Art Deco, Bauhaus and Italian Futurism combined with popular themes. The exhibition will show the natural progressions and changes in his work throughout the five year period, displaying alterations within his colour palettes, the weight and fluidity of his line work and his use of typography through various projects such as poster designs, editorial illustrations and an animated music video.

Saints & Sinners Group Show

Saints & Sinners Group Show

‘SAINTS & SINNERS’ Group Show 2014


The Exhibition will run from: 11th July – 3rd August 2014, Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Saints & Sinners is a group exhibition exploring vice and virtue within the StolenSpace gallery. Their annual Summer Group show features an array of new paintings, sculptures, & mixed-media works, by both our established artists and new emerging talent.

Featuring an eclectic range of illustrators and artists.

Leo Zero

Leo Zero

CUT STUFF UP Exhibition by Leo Zero

Twenty Twenty Two

The Exhibition will run from: 10th July – 9th August 2014, Tuesday – Thursday 4pm – 12am, Friday & Saturday 4pm – 3am

Leo Zero has been heavily involved in the British music scene, producing his own band and also remixing for many well known bands such as Madonna, Bombay Bicycle Club and Florence & The Machine. Leo has also designed for major and independent record labels.

‘Cut Up Stuff’ exhibits collage and graphic art for Heavenly Records, Faith Fanzine, Junior Boys Own, Time-Out, Dazed & Confused, Popular Peoples Front, Red Bull Academy, DJ History, A Mountain of One to name a few.

Illustrators Magazine

July 10th, 2014 by Special Projects

Illustrators Issue 64

David Bromley

From IllustratorsMagazine 1988

From Illustrators Magazine 1988

“Where in the world would a major national newspaper carry a full-page full-colour illustration on the front page? In Australia, that’s where. Top Sydney artist David Bromley plots the highs and lows for illustrators in Australia, and casts a glance at the UK climate.”

In issue 64 of Illustrators illustrator David Bromley discussed the future of illustration in the September/October issue, 1988. Since that day David Bromley has gone on to win several awards for Illustration, including the Gold award for Editorial Cartoon in the World Press Cartoon in Sintra, Portugal, 2005. Currently he is exhibiting in Adelaide Festival Centre in Australia.

David Bromley Exhibition Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre, Australia, 6 – 21st June 2014

Image taken from the Illustrators Magazine 1988.

Image taken from the Illustrators Magazine 1988.

The London Illustration Fair

July 2nd, 2014 by Special Projects

Saturday 5th July, 12 – 9pm and Sunday 6th July, 12 – 6pm

Hoxton Arches | Arch 402 | London | E2 8HD

This  Summer Festival showcases the best in illustration, print and graphic design.

With 10 exhibitor stands, the festival features the work of JSR Agency, Brothers of the Stripe, Hero of Switzerland, Hato Press, Campaign for Drawing and East London Printmakers amongst others. The Summer Festival brings together commercial agencies, independent start-ups and charities, celebrating the breadth of illustration and the graphic art practice and its dynamic relationship with contemporary culture.


Featured artist Ruby Taylor will create a tropicana-themed mural designed exclusively for the event, as well as providing some exclusive new prints for The London Illustration Fair Print Shop.

Alongside the exhibitor stands, throughout the weekend there will also be one-on-one ‘drop in’ portfolio tutorials with Handsome Frank Director Tom Robinson, ‘Print Your Own Ice Cream Monster’ with print studio Hello Print, live screening printing with urban illustration junkie Ashes 57 and ‘The Mad Man In A Box Experience’ with political cartoonist Simon Eaves.

Hoxton Arches’ two outside areas will play host to a live mural painting by David Shillinglaw, Brazilian BBQ from the Churasco Gang, live DJs and a summer-stocked bar.

The Festival will also see the launch of The London Illustration Fair’s Print Shop

DACS Payback 2014

July 2nd, 2014 by Special Projects

DACS launches Payback 2014 – over £4m of royalties for published artists, illustrators and photographers.

Payback is an annual scheme provided by DACS, which distributes millions of pounds of royalties to visual artists, illustrators and photographers whose work has been reproduced in UK books or magazines or on certain television channels.

16,000 artists benefitted from Payback in 2013 including photographers, illustrators, painters, cartoonists, craft-makers and sculptors, each receiving an average of £260 each with the highest individual payment of £4100. The total sum of over £4 million was paid to Payback claimants in 2013.

Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley said: “It’s pretty straightforward. You won’t regret doing it: they give you money!”
Marvel Comics cartoonist Kev F Sutherland said “The Payback royalties are perfectly timed for Christmas, which is also when freelance creative types often find a hole in their production (and earning) calendar. Thank DACS for remembering we don’t get paid holidays in our line of work.”

Payback royalties come from revenue generated through collective licensing schemes. Collective licensing is used in situations where it would be difficult or near impossible for visual artists to licence their rights on an individual basis, for example, when an individual wishes to photocopy a page of a book which features their work.
DACS’ Payback campaign runs from July to September each year when visual artists can make their claim. Each December DACS distributes Payback royalties to successful claimants just in time for Christmas.

This year’s Payback deadline is 30 September 2014.

Visual artists who will be claiming Payback for the first time in 2014 can register online at or by email For more information, please contact Joanne Milmoe, Communications Manager at DACS on 020 7553 9064 or

As Above So Below

June 30th, 2014 by Special Projects

64 Killigrew Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3PP
Saturday 28th June – Friday 11th July

Atlantic Press and Tiny Pencil join forces for a festival of graphite


Illustration Degree Shows 2014

June 30th, 2014 by Special Projects

By James Hurley from Cambridge School of Art

By James Hurley from Cambridge School of Art

Cambridge School of Art Degree Show 2014

Friday 13th June to Sunday 22nd June

Opening times: Weekdays: 10am to 8pm, Weekend: 10.00am to 4.30pm

Ruskin Gallery and surrounding studios, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT

The Arts University College, Bournemouth

19th – 27th June

For opening times and locations check the website.

AUB London Show High Noon 2nd – 5th July 2014, 10am – 6pm. Embassy Tea Gallery, 195-205 Union Street, London SE1 0LN Private view: 1st July, 6pm – 9pm.

Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

School of Art, Margaret Street

Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th June

Opening times: Weekdays” 10am – 6pm, Saturday: 9am – 4pm, Sunday: 10am -4pm

Camberwell Collage of Arts: Undergraduate and MA Conservation – Summer Show 2014

Monday 16th June to Saturday 21st June 2014

Opening times: (see website)

Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UF

In Place show at Copeland Park, Peckham, London

Central St Martins, University of the Arts London

Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London


Wednesday18th – Sunday 22nd June

Opening times: Wednesday – Friday: 12pm -8pm. Weekend: 12pm – 6pm

University of Derby

Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill

Saturday 24th May – Friday 13th June

Opening Times: Weekdays: 9am – 7pm, Saturdays: 10am – 5pm Sundays: 12pm – 4pm

The University of Northampton

Avenue Campus, St George’s Avenue, NN2 6JD

13th June – 4th July

Opening times: Weekdays: 10am – 5pm, Weekends: 10am – 4pm

Plymouth University Degree Show 2014

Saturday 14th – Thursday 26th June 2014

Opening times: Weekdays: 10:00am – 17:00pm, Saturdays 11.00 – 16.00

Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA, United Kingdom (see website for more details)

Falmouth University The Art and Design Degree Show 2014

Friday 13th June to Tuesday 17th June

Opening times: Weekdays/Weekends: 10.00am – 17.00pm

Falmouth and Penryn campuses:

Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4RH

Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE

University of Brighton Faculty of Arts Graduate Show 2014

Saturday 7th June to Sunday 15th June 2014

Opening times: (see website)

University of Brighton Faculty of Arts, Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY

Kingston University London – Undergraduate Degree Show 2014

Saturday 31st May to Friday 6th June 2014

Opening times: (see website)

Knights Park campus, Grange Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2QJ

UWE Bristol University – Creative Industries Degree Show 2014

Saturday 7th to Thursday 12th June 2014

Opening times: Saturday/Sunday: 10.00am – 18.00pm Weekdays: 10.00am – 20.00pm

Bower Ashton Campus
Kennel Lodge Road
off Clanage Road
Bower Ashton

Also at Free Range Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Nottingham Trent University Graphic DesignDegree show

Friday 30 May – Sunday 8 June

The Old Museum, Arkwright Building, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, Ng1 4BU

At D&AD New Blood 1 July – 3 July

At New Designers 2 July – 5 July

Norwich University of the Arts

Wednesday 2nd – Tuesday 8th July

For opening times and the address please check the website.

At D&AD New Blood 1 July – 3 July

At New Designers 25 June – 28 June

University Campus Suffolk

Waterfront galleries and Arts Building

Friday 6th – Sunday 15th June

Opening times: Weekdays: 10am – 6pm, Weekends: 11am – 3pm

Bath Spa University

University’s Sion Hill and Dartmouth Avenue Studios

Saturday 7th – 15th June

Opening times: 10am – 4pm

University of Central Lancashire

Hanover building, UCLan, Preston PR1 2HE

Monday 16th – Saturday 21st June, 2014

Opening times: 10am – 6pm

University of Wolverhampton

MK Building, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DT

Saturday 7th – Saturday 14th June

Opening times: Weekdays: 9am – 5pm, Saturdays: 10am – 4pm

UCA Canterbury Graduation Show

UCA Canterbury, Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 3AN

Saturday 31st May – Friday 13 June

Opening times: see website for more details.

UCA Maidstone

19th – 30 June Free Range

Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Stockport College University Centre

Stockport College, 4th Floor, Reuel Harrison, Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UQ

Monday 9th – Thursday 12th June

Opening times: 10am – 5pm

University of Worcester

Nomad show

Tuesday 24th – Monday 30th June

Red Gallery, 3 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DT

Illustration Book Review 2014

June 26th, 2014 by Special Projects

Illustration: Meeting the Brief

By Alan Male

Published by Bloomsbury ISBN: 978-1-4081-7377-0

Review by Zanna Allen

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The task of meeting a brief is a problem-solving process. When given a brief as part of a commission, illustrators face intellectual as well as creative challenges. In ‘Meeting the Brief’ Alan Male explores on both artistic and commercial levels these challenges and the questions illustrators should consider when creating artwork in response to the requirements specified in a brief. Male breaks down the whole process and analyses these aspects one by one, covering the importance of such points as the identification of the message, its target audience, the method of conveyance etc, and how an illustrator might go about addressing them.

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First, Male takes us on a journey through the history of illustration. He explores how this visual form of communication has evolved into what we know of it today, as well as its possibilities for the future. He then moves on to explore the breadth of ways contemporary illustration is used and where it is encountered. The reader gains a greater understanding of the influence and significance contemporary illustration holds within society today when put into this wider context.

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Male gives an overview of illustration as an industry and professional practice, covering such topics as the importance of self-promotion, the portfolio and acquisition of work. He highlights the advantages and disadvantages of using an illustrator’s agent or representative, recognising that these may vary depending on the individual illustrator’s needs.

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Male dispels the possible misconception that an illustrator’s task is merely that of ‘colouring-in’. Instead, he identifies the emergence of illustrators as ‘intellectual multi-taskers’ assuming a ‘polymath’ status and explores the exciting avenues open to illustrators today, be it specialisation, collaboration, self-authorship or research. He encourages the reader to adopt a professionally mobile approach and outlines the opportunities available within illustration and associated fields.

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Male’s arguments are underpinned by the use of a great variety of illustrations highlighting their application in such areas as education, advertising, packaging, editorial and literature. Information is presented clearly in chapters with sub-chapters and sub-categories, as lists, bullet points and in tables. A very useful glossary of terms is provided at the back.

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In all, Male offers a highly methodical and detailed approach to exploring the theory behind the practice. Along with his step-by-step analysis of how to approach and respond to a brief, Male provides the reader with a rounded view of Illustration as a profession, covering areas very easily over-looked, and generating much food for thought. As a recent graduate of illustration, I believe this is an essential guide for every aspiring illustrator, through to those in the early stages of their career. I particularly think this book would make a perfect accompaniment to any illustration student’s study, as a preparation for a life in the profession.

AOI Patron Quentin Blake in FT

June 20th, 2014 by Special Projects
Quinten Blake at the Royal Festival Hall, 2014

Quinten Blake at the Royal Festival Hall, 2014

Quentin Blake shows Simon Scharma around the new House of Illustration and talks about his work and a new exhibition in this interview in the Financial Times.

It was in 2009, that Varoom (Issue 11) spoke with one of Britain’s best known illustrators Quentin Blake about his part as “visual architect” for the “world’s first centre dedicated to illustration”. It was in 2002 that Quentin Blake laid the foundations for The House of Illustration, a place where ‘ exhibition will look at what has happened in the past, what is happening in other countries at the moment, and what might happen next.” – Blake.

The House of Illustration hosts Quentin Blake’s landmark exhibition ‘Inside Stories’ which will feature original works from 9 of his books. Including titles such as, Roald Dahl’s The Twits and Danny the Champion of the World as well as his own Clown and The Boy in The Dress by David Walliams. Other authors include John Yeoman, Russell Hoban and Michael Rosen with the corresponding illustrations.

The exhibition will include original roughs and storyboards, many of which have never been exhibited before. These illustrations will coincide with the finished artwork to show the evolution of the works. The exhibition will also display Blake’s wide range of techniques, medias and subject matters.

Quentin’s ‘Inside Stories’ exhibition runs from July 2 to November 2 at the House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross London N1C 4BH.

Opening times: 10am-6pm. Entry: £7.70/£5.50/£4.40 adults/concessions/children

AOI will be present at the House of Illustration’s Illustrators’ Fair this Sunday.

Varoom! CatchUp

June 19th, 2014 by Special Projects

Genevieve Gauckler

Images taken from the Colette website.

Images taken from the Colette website.

Varoom Issue 10 2009, mentions illustrator and character designer, Genevieve Gauckler in a discussion about the evolution of the illustrated character. Issue 10 discusses the “defining illustration of the decade” and explores how the illustrated character bridges a humours gap between self-awareness and stupidity, while also combining expression and commentary in a way that is unique to illustration… and most of all they make us laugh.

Genevieve Gauckler has designed a set of four postcards for the World Cup in Brazil for the Colette store in France, see here

Varoom Issue 10 2009 available to purchase here

Genevieve Gauckler also illustrated the cover of Varoom Issue 21 available here

Allan Deas

Photographs taken from the victionary website.
Photographs taken from the victionary website.

Illustrator and Designer Allan Deas was featured in the Marketing Report in Varoom Issue 20, 2012.

Allan Deas splits his time between the UK and France; he works mainly in pen, ink and Adobe illustrator. He has recently worked on a map of Paris for a travel guide series by viction:ary(the publishing brand of  the publisher viction workshop ltd) which are available to purchase now.

To see more from Allan Deas and much more, check out Varoom Issue 20 2012The Work of The Muse here

Radio Co. Ltd.

Images taken from Radio Co. Ltd. website

Images taken from Radio Co. Ltd. website

The Cover illustration of Varoom Issue 19 2012, was created by Radio Co. Ltd. Originally a collaboration between Bryon Meiring and Gert Schoeman, which grew in to a multi-disciplinary creative studio in 2011. The studio is based in Cape Town, South Africa but they have worked with advertising agencies around the world. They have recently designed a poster for the final season of Mad Men, prints available soon…

Purchase Varoom Issue 19 2012, Still Life With…Taste… here