Varoom editor John O’Reilly reveals future trends in illustration

February 26th, 2015 by Special Projects

Kristjana S Williams

Kristjana S Williams

Creative Bloq features industry expert and Varoom editor, John O’Reilly and his article in Computer Arts issue 235 on emerging trends in illustration.

“The popularity of illustration among commissioners over the last decade has been driven by the digital age. While our contact via the internet with companies and people often feels remote, illustration signals something familiar, emotionally warm, and most of all tangible. For brands, it’s a signifier of provenance, made-by-hand and trustworthy.

This driver is accelerating and illustration is becoming divergent – both more digital and more animated. It’s becoming less like the illustration we are familiar with, as art directors and designers explore the boundaries of various editorial and advertising contexts. At the same time it’s becoming more three-dimensional and more about delivering a tangible experience through its physicality…”

A preview of the article can be read here. The full illustration report is available to read inside Computer Arts issue 235.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Panorama Pops – review

February 23rd, 2015 by Special Projects

By Lewis Carroll Illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith

Published by Walker Books ISBN: 9781406361728

Review by Derek Brazell

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As we’ve seen in the book Illustrating Alice, the famous character of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. Here, illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith, and based on his commemorative stamps for the 150th anniversary of the book’s publication commissioned by Royal Mail, Alice is an implacable girl even when falling down the rabbit hole. The concertina book is made up of ten extracts from the story, and serves as a taster for the full version of Carroll’s tale.

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Baker-Smith’s contemporary take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is made up of tightly composed square images (as befitting their stamp origins), and the paper engineering by Richard Ferguson lifts characters subtly from their backgrounds, most effectively as the ‘pack of cards’ go for Alice in a whirl. Baker-Smith adds a touch of intricate lace to Alice’s costume, hinting at an element of sophistication in her character as she dwells on the ‘Drink Me’ bottle or observes the Cheshire Cat. This snapshot of Alice’s adventures is an interesting addition to the cannon of Alice interpretations.

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The Book Illustration Competition Longlist

February 19th, 2015 by Special Projects
Francis Ives

Francis Ives

House of Illustration, 2 Granary square, King’s cross, London, N1C

Until Sunday 22 February 2015  Opening times 10am – 6pm

02036962020  www.houseofillustration.org.uk

The Folio Book of Ghost Stories is the subject of the annual Book Illustration Competition, run by House of Illustration in partnership with The Folio Society. This year’s winner will be awarded a prestigious commission to illustrate the title for release in Autumn 2015. The winning entry and five runners-up will be announced at an awards ceremony at House of Illustration on Thursday 19 February 2015.

The Folio Society’s ghost story collection is published later this year and will comprise tales by renowned raconteurs of the paranormal alongside lesser known gems. The stories embody all the best-loved hallmarks of the genre; dilapidated houses, dark secrets and hair raising sightings – rich subject matter for the illustrator.

olio Book of Ghost Stories is the subject of the fifth annual Book Illustration Competition, run by House of Illustration in partnership with The Folio Society. This year’s winner will be awarded a prestigious commission to illustrate the title for release in Autumn 2015. The winning entry and five runners-up will be announced at an awards ceremony at House of Illustration on Thursday 19 February 2015.
The Folio Society’s ghost story collection is published later this year and will comprise tales by renowned raconteurs of the paranormal alongside lesser-known gems. The stories embody all the best-loved hallmarks of the genre; dilapidated houses, dark secrets and hair-raising sightings – rich subject matter for the illustrator

Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition

February 19th, 2015 by Special Projects
Mark Cazalet

Mark Cazalet

The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset, BH12

Thursday 12 March – Wednesday 18 April 2015

Opening times Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm  Friday to Saturday 9am – 4pm

01202 363272  www.aub.ac.uk

TheGallery presents the Jerwood Drawing Prize, hosted at AUB for the third time.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, this year launching its 20th exhibition. It is a joint initiative, led by Drawing Projects UK and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through its London based visual arts programme, and now in association with Bath Spa University.

Selected from original drawings, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is a joint initiative, led by Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 was launched last September at the Jerwood Space, London and has toured to a numbers of venues across the UK, to include Cheltenham, Bideford, Bournemouth, with its final stop in Leeds.

The exhibition includes 51 drawings by 46 practitioners, selected from 3,234 submitted works.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, this year launching its 20th exhibition. It is a joint initiative, led by Drawing Projects UK and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through its London based visual arts programme, and now in association with Bath Spa University.
Selected from original drawings, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK.
The Jerwood Drawing Prize is a joint initiative, led by Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 was launched last September at the Jerwood Space, London and has toured to a numbers of venues across the UK, to include Cheltenham, Bideford, Bournemouth, with its final stop in Leeds.
The exhibition includes 51 drawings by 46 practitioners, selected from 3,234 submitted worksTheGallery presents the Jerwood Drawing Prize, hosted at AUB for the third time. In 2006 TheGallery was the first venue in the South West to host the exhibition.
The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, this year launching its 20th exhibition. It is a joint initiative, led by Drawing Projects UK and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through its London based visual arts programme, and now in association with Bath Spa University.
Selected from original drawings, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK.
The Jerwood Drawing Prize is a joint initiative, led by Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 was launched last September at the Jerwood Space, London and has toured to a numbers of venues across the UK, to include Cheltenham, Bideford, Bournemouth, with its final stop in Leeds.
The exhibition includes 51 drawings by 46 practitioners, selected from 3,234 submitted works.

Offset Creative Conference

February 19th, 2015 by Special Projects
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Offset

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

Friday 6 March – Sunday 8 March 2015

01 4426541  www.iloveoffset.com

Offset is a 3 day creative conference held annually in Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Every year Irish and International creative professionals come together for a weekend of presentations, lectures, interviews and discussions. Offset takes a multi-disciplinary approach to curating Offset and feature industry leaders from the worlds of graphic design, animation, illustration, advertising, film, fashion and more.

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Snask

Previous speakers feature practitioners such as Massimo & Lella Vignelli, Milton Glaser, Sir Peter Blake, Paula Scher, Louise Fili, Neville Brody, Vaughan Oliver, Dave McKean, Stefan Sagmeister & Jessica Walsh, droga5, David Carson, Erik Kessels/Kesselkrammer, Shepard Fairey/Obey, Oliver Jeffers, Jon Burgerman, Mother, JR, Tara McPherson, , HORT, Maser, Marian Bantjes, PONY, James Jean, Seymour Chwast, Emily Forgot, Sarah Illenberger and many more.

Originally set up by Bren Byrne, Richard Seabrooke and Peter O’Dwyer, Offset is now run by Ways & Means under the creative direction of Bren Byrne and Lisa Haran.

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2015 Longlist

February 19th, 2015 by Special Projects

Former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne leads the longlist for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2015, alongside books from well-loved illustrators, including previous Kate Greenaway winners Mini Grey, Jim Kay, Catherine Rayner and Chris Riddell, who has two nominated titles on this year’s longlist. AOI members Sara Ogilvie and Chris Haughton are also nominated for Meet the Parents, and Shh, We Have A Plan, as are AOI Patrons Tony Ross and Oliver Jeffers.

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Agnès Guyon, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel, said:

“It has been a daunting but hugely enjoyable privilege to take on the mantle of chairing the judging panel for this year’s Medals. It is fitting that having just cheered on the nation’s libraries through National Libraries Day, we then celebrate the huge expertise of the nation’s librarians with the announcement of the magnificent longlists for the 2015 awards. It is this expertise that I believe leads authors and illustrators to refer to the Medals as the awards that they ‘most want to win’.

The shortlists for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2015 will be announced on Tuesday 17th March, with the winners being announced on Monday 22nd June. The winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library and a specially commissioned golden medal.

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PLR Most Borrowed Children’s Authors

February 18th, 2015 by Special Projects

Public Lending Right have released figures for most borrowed authors from UK libraries, and we’d like to congratulate AOI Patrons for their inclusion: Mick Inkpen is at number 7, and Tony Ross is in the top 20 at number 17.

1.      Daisy Meadows

2.     Julia Donaldson

3.     Francesca Simon

4.     Adam Blade

5.      Jacqueline Wilson

6.     Roald Dahl

7.     Mick Inkpen

8.     Fiona Watt

9.     Michael Morpurgo

10.    Enid Blyton

Hidden Agenda

February 18th, 2015 by Special Projects

Illustration Forum 20 February 2015 Falmouth University

Falmouth

This year’s forum has an underlying literary theme; all the speakers have been involved in the interpretation and production of classic works of literature, including explorations of the formal properties of Haiku, Ted Hughes’ Crow, the poetry of Emily Dickinson, The Bagvad Gita, Anthony Hope’s The Prisoner of Zenda and Finnegan’s Wake.

Speakers this year are high profile practitioners from both illustration and publishing: Dan Fern (Professor Emeritus Royal College of Art), illustrators Anna Bhushan and Mireille Fauchon, John Vernon Lord (Professor of Illustration at Brighton) and Max Porter (Senior Editor at Granta Books).

The Land That Faces Away From The Sun:

February 18th, 2015 by Special Projects

An exhibition about changing lives on Baffin Island by Jhinuk Sarkar

Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery

Riversley Park, Coton Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5TU

Until 29th March 2015

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This exhibition is a result of the ‘Tales of the Tundra’ illustration residency Jhinuk Sarkar was selected for. Her task was to research and interpret Nuneaton Museum’s Inuit collection using illustration. Six of her illustrations are shown alongside Inuit cultural artefacts.

Friday 13th March: Jhinuk will be speaking at one of the museum’s ‘Lunchtime Talks’ to show some of her research and residency experiences.

MA Children’s Book Illustration show

February 12th, 2015 by Special Projects
ANNA CHERNYSHOVA

ANNA CHERNYSHOVA

Candid Arts, 5 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ

Private View 12th February  (18.00 – 21.00)

Exhibition Open until Saturday 14th February (10.00 – 18.00)

Anglia Ruskin’s graduation show is on over two venues in February.

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LI-WEN CHU

Also at

Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT

Private View 26th February  (17.00)

Exhibition Open Thursday 26th February – Saturday 14th March (10.00 – 16.30)