AOI AGM tonight

April 14th, 2014 by Special Projects

The 2014 Annual General Meeting is to be held this evening, and AOI warmly invites all members to attened. The meeting will be held at 6.30 pm at The Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street London W1T 4RJ and will last approximately an hour. The nearest tube is Goodge Street on the Northern Line, and Tottenham Street is a short walk from both Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street tube stations.

Come along and meet AOI staff and Board members, we’d be delighted to see you.


1  Present and apologies

2  Minutes and matters arising from last meeting

3  Adoption of Accounts

4  Election of the board

4.1 Retirement of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and other Director as per rotation under Clause 10 of Memorandum and Articles of Association
4.2  Re-Appointment of Directors

4.3  Election of New Directors (recommended by the Board)

5      Any other business

Atop a Hill in Frostville

April 11th, 2014 by Special Projects

Exhibition of the artwork of Daniel Frost’s children’s book

PV is on 17 April at Ti Pi Tin, 47 Stoke Newington High St, London, N16 8EL

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Daniel Frost has work from his new book on display at Ti Pi Tan. The wordless story starts with a boy and his dog waking up to a sunny morning in the imaginary town of Frostville. It’s too nice a day to stay indoors, but little do they know that an epic chase awaits them just outside the door.

Daniel draws inspiration from the strangeness of everyday life to conjure up exaggerated characters (be they elongated or stout, bespectacled or mustached) and inventive street scenes, all full of color and activity and detail.

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Atop a Hill in Frostville is published by Little Otsu

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In the Picture: Illustration in Times of War

April 10th, 2014 by Special Projects

Wednesday 16 April 2014, 7:00pm

Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London, W2 1QJ

Is there still room for illustration in hard-news stories?

We are flooded with images taken by cameras and phones which often struggle to have the impact that they did 50 years ago. In a society that has become so desensitised to photographs of war, can illustration be used to better encapsulate a situation and connect with the viewer?


In 2013 George Butler‘s drawings from war-damaged Syrian towns were used in The Guardian, The Times and on the BBC World News. He will be presenting his work and talking about how he produces it. George will be joined by Malik Meer, features editor for The Guardian and editor of the G2 supplement, to discuss the appeal of his illustrations.

Tickets available here

SCBWI Annual Illustrators Showcase

April 9th, 2014 by Special Projects

Until 2 May

TimberYard,  Seven Dials, 7 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2H 9DL

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OFF LIFE – Comic

April 7th, 2014 by Special Projects

Review by Nicola Manuel

OFF LIFE. A collaborative mix of the best indie talent formed to create the UK’s only street press comic magazine. Oh and it’s free!


This publication was created by Daniel Humphry; Editor, Steve Leard; Designer and Lucy Rice; Copy Editor. Their eighth issue has recently been printed and distributed, full of alternative visuals for your eyes. Forget about the Incredible Hulk, these characters certainly have their own unique stories.

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Meet some of the comic artists and their stories; they really do range in style and narrative…

A chattering woman on her phone on a train journey, that ditzy character that we all could relate to, in ‘Things that people do…’ by Ana Galvan. Why Earth seems to be giving the other planets headaches in ‘Space Noise’ by Lizz Lunney. A music record shared by a couple that sounds like no other in ‘This Record Will Save You From Yourself’ by Emix Regulus and a builder with that typical builders bottom on a brick wall, relating to the Nursery Rhyme we all know so well, ‘Humphrey Dumpty The Short Tale’ by Ryan Gillet. These are just a selection of the comics published in the magazine.


As a feature there is an interview with Great Beast, a publisher that works with artists to retain rights to their work, made up by comic artists Marc Ellerby and Adam Cadwell. It has a great insight into their own comic work and what pushed them to make the leap from artists to publisher. “The aim is that creators can self-publish to a professional standard, with our channels and audience available to them,” says Adam Cadwell.


For an inspirational look into contemporary comics and to support this beautifully printed magazine, make sure you get yourself a copy of Issue#8 out now, at one of their many stockists in London or Bristol. Don’t miss out on their main website as well, for full information about who, what, why and when as well as this talented online platform for comic artists.

“It’s a bleak new world, but somebody’s got to fill it with comics.” – Daniel Humphry.

More on Off Life

Artworks exhibition

April 7th, 2014 by Special Projects


The Artworks illustration agency are holding an exhibition at The London Book Fair from 8-10th April at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, UK, SW5 9TA.

The Artworks Gallery will be in the Children’s Centre opposite the seating area Earls court 1 A440. As well as the exhibition, the AOI member agency will be holding a series of talks featuring some of their illustrators and collaborative publishers that will be held over the course of the 3 day event. You can find out more and get tickets for the fair on The London Book fair website.

Illustration in India and the UK

April 3rd, 2014 by Special Projects

Report from Shalini Agrawal

While art and sculpture was always encouraged by most rulers of india, the practice of art was always considered more of a hobby than a profession.

The creative industries and design enjoy a premier position in Britain, but it is a relatively new area of interest in India. New design universities are popping up, and jobs being created. Illustration, on the other hand, has been around for a very long time. Both art and ‘commercial art’ have a large audience in both India and UK. But art and design has only recently been accepted as a professional career, which used to be dismissed before as a hobby.

This acceptance was brought around by creatives in India striving to create awareness. Organisations like The Animation Society of India (TASI), and Katha (an NGO to further story-telling for children) regularly hold workshops, film festivals and other events to encourage and help creatives. Britain has a lot of avenues to get your work published; illustration magazines, forums, blogs and websites that cater exclusively to illustrators. But the 100% zine is India’s first visual art zine which showcases original work by contemporary artists, illustrators and visual artists. Whereas there are independent film magazines like Little White Lies, which uses a lot of illustration, India has yet to explore such areas.

Illustrators, who so far, were focused on children’s books, comics or graphic novels are beginning to expand their interests to the many lucrative branches of illustration. That said, the illustration scene in India is still based mostly on children’s books and mythology-based graphic novels. Also, while there is a resurgence of interest in traditional media in UK, such as print-making, collages and mixed media, digital art is quickly replacing traditional media in India. Be it animation or illustration, the demand in India is for the digital. Although, such works are indeed finding an audience elsewhere. For example, as Issue 17 of Varoom pointed out, the Bollywood hand-painted posters have now found a global audience.

As more and more projects are being outsourced to freelance illustrators in India from the UK, the scope of the illustration industry in India is all set to expand.


Shalini Agrawal was an AOI intern in 2013

European Illustrators Forum at Bologna

March 25th, 2014 by Special Projects

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Tuesday 25 March

14.00-16:00 EIF INFORMAL MEETING – Sala INTERMEZZO 2nd floor (near the bookfair gates)

This is our traditional appointment where EIF member associations can meet and get updates on activities, events and initiatives. Non EIF members are welcome to join us

Illustrators Cafe’

Tuesday 25 March

17:00 Presentation of Italian Illustrators Annual 2014

This new issue, published as usual by Fausto Lupetti, is dedicated to the internationally renown illustrator Beppe Giacobbe and his work.

Speakers: Ivo Milazzo – AI President, Valentina Russello – AI Vicepresident, Laura Salvadori – AI Strategic Manager, Maria Piatto – AI Board Secretary, Fausto Lupetti – Publisher  and Beppe Giacobbe – illustrator and President of the Jury.

Wednesday 26 March

9:00 The Author’s Job: Illustrator and/or Author? Are these terms compatible? What are the legal and economical implications? A public talk on this issue after AI has changed its name from Associazione Illustratori (Illustrators association) to Associazione Autori di Immagini (Image Authors’ Association). Illustrators/authors and the law on copyrights.

Speakers: Ivo Milazzo (AI President), Paolo Rui (EIF Vicepresident), Åsa Anesäter (Svenska Tecknare Legal Advisor)

17:00 Launch of EIF’s international campaign on illustrators’ rights: ‘Don’t work for free’ 2014 campaign.

On the 10th Anniversary since its foundation, EIF – European Illustrators Forum -  wants to celebrate with the launch of a European campaign in defense of illustrators’ right to get a fair remuneration for their work.

Speakers: Cathrine Louise Finstad (Grafill, EIF President), Paolo Rui (AI, EIF Vicepresident), Tyra von Zweigbergk (Svenska Tecknare, EIF Treasurer), Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi (Kuvittajat, EIF Board)

Thursday 28 March

10:00 The Author’s Job: Go solo! Potentials and risks of self publishing illustrators

A discussion with authors and creators.

Speakers: Dario Albini (ex AI President, teacher at IED – Milano and Designer), Anna Karina Birkenstock (IO, illustrator, author, designer and self-publisher)

AOI is a member of EIF

Still Obsessed!

March 24th, 2014 by Special Projects

Continuing the Obsession theme of Varoom 25, Pablo Soler-Jones examines our changing relationship with the image in the digital age, in an online review of the paperback release of Double: Storefront for Art and Architecture Manifesto Series 2 on the Varoom website.


Designed by Pentagram, featuring a variety of different thinkers and artists discussing Architecture, Images and notions of Authorialism, Soler-Jones extracts some future-facing questions around the role of the image-maker in the age of the digital copy and the emergent world of 3D printing.

Read more here

Marian Bantjes at Offset

March 24th, 2014 by Special Projects


Varoom contributor, Marian Bantjes, who creates the often intricate and fascinating centre spreads for each issue of Varoom, was a featured speaker at this year’s Offset festival in Dublin. Creative Review reviewd the event, ’Marian spoke about her need to “say something” with her work, showing examples of designs with embedded codes, concealed type and an installation for the Chicago Design Museum which spelled out the word sorrow in flowers, and died towards the end of the show.’

See more here