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Scottish Independence – illustrated

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014


Reportage illustrator, Alex Nicholson, has captured the views of many Scots on the topic of independence from the UK. The drawings were made in Edinburgh, August 2014, where he spent a week interviewing people about the upcoming referendum.


Alex’s intention is to offer some insight into the wide variety of opinions, while also putting faces to the opinions expressed. See more on Alex website



Clare Mackie for Country Life

Monday, August 18th, 2014

7th – 12th September

At Lyon & Turnbull, 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3RR

Sunday 7th September (12noon to 4pm)

Monday 8th to Friday 12th September (10am to 5pm)

PV Monday 8th September from 6pm


This exhibition is a selection of 150 favourite original watercolours from Country Life magazine painted over the past 11 years.

The Real Draw – Contemporary Illustration exhibition

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

5 September 2014 – 11 October 2014 – Open evening 4 September 2014  7.30pm – 9pm

Marburae Gallery, Athey Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6QU

Monday – Saturday  9.30am – 5.00pm Admission Free


Chris Moore

20 top illustrators from across the UK are coming to Cheshire for ‘The Real Draw’. From the classic draftsmanship of book illustration to the modern digital form of illustration that is sweeping popular culture, the show has a complete cross section of illustration as an art -form.

Direct references to the origins of Illustration can be found in Talya Baldwins delicate animal depictions that would delight any book publisher. Artists such as Steph Coathupe and Carl Hoare reference the golden age of illustration (1880 – 1914) when illustration was used for public posters and notices.

AOI member, Chris Moore, who has produced illustrations for ‘Jaws’, Stephen King’s book covers and is renowned for his science fiction artwork, is showing work.

Laura Frame

Laura Frame

Interpretation guest speakers

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The VaroomLab Interpretation illustration conference 18-19 September at Arts University Bournemouth is hosting a great array of speakers covering a fascinating variety of topics. The Varoom website asked the presenters a couple of questions about illustration, the event and what they’ll be doing. Click on their names to see what illustrator Marcus Oakley, and animator Cyriak will be presenting and what they’re expecting from the event.

Marcus Oakley

London based illustrator and artist, Marcus Oakley is originally from a village in Norfolk. He is inspired by many things, including music such as the Beach Boys but also by the countryside and the animals that inhabit it.



Brighton based animator Cyriak uses photoshop and after effects for most of his animations. He has worked on a wide range of commercial projects from TV advertising to music videos.


Summer Exhibitions 2014 Continued…

Friday, August 1st, 2014
 Rae Smith, Cavalry Charge II, Pencil and charcoal on paper, 240 x 550mm, War Horse, written by Michael Morpurgo, published by Egmont Publishing, 2013

Rae Smith, Cavalry Charge II, Pencil and charcoal on paper, 240 x 550mm, War Horse, written by Michael Morpurgo, published by Egmont Publishing, 2013


Illustrationcupboard Gallery commemorates the centenary of World War I with a unique exhibition celebrating the dramatisation of Michael Morpurgo’s book War Horse. First published in 1982, this wartime tale has become an international phenomenon.

Featuring theatre designer Rae Smith whose original theatre, costume and scenic artwork were displayed on stage at the National Theatre and artist Victor Ambrus who was commissioned to produce the front cover of the first edition of War Horse in 1982 and will be showing artwork especially produced for this anniversary are among a few to be exhibited. Lastly, Olivia Lomenech Gill, whose previous collaboration with Michael Morpurgo on Where My Wellies Take Me has been short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Award 2014 and will be showing a selection of her War Horse inspired artwork

The Twits illustrated by Quentin Blake

The Twits illustrated by Quentin Blake

House Of Illustration

The House Of Illustrations doors are now permanently open to their inaugural exhibition Quentin Blake: Inside Stories which can be visited Tuesdays through Sundays until 2nd November and 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.

There is also the opportunity of a personal and informed insight in to the work of Quentin Blake come along on a Friday Lunchtime for a 20 minutes gallery tour of his current exhibition, free with the exhibition entry.

Quentin Blake & Friends

National Trust


The exhibition runs from 19th July – 14th September 2014 at Mottisfont, near Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LP

Visitors to Mottisfont will be able to see for the first time 21 new drawings by Quentin Blake for the hit West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, full of his usual wit and sharp-eyed observations.

The other artists in the Mottisfont exhibition comprise John Burningham, Emma Chichester Clark,
Rebecca Cobb, Paul Cox, Michael Foreman, Amanda Hall, Oliver Jeffers, Helen Oxenbury and Jane Pinkney.

Eduardo Garcia Benito (1891-1981)  Notre artillerie lourde... Allied flags fly on the forts of the Dardanelles  Woodcut with hand colouring through stencils. Publisher: Tolmer & Co. 1915. Given by Sophie Gurney 1994

Eduardo Garcia Benito (1891-1981) Notre artillerie lourde... Allied flags fly on the forts of the Dardanelles Woodcut with hand colouring through stencils. Publisher: Tolmer & Co. 1915. Given by Sophie Gurney 1994

The Fitzwilliam Museum

The first seven months of World War I will be dramatically illustrated at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge through 36 colour lithographs and woodcuts from the print series La Grande Guerre which will be on display until 28th September 2014 with free entry.

The prints will be shown in chronological order, so that visitors to the gallery can experience a retelling of events from the perspective of France, from the taking of the first flag during the Battle of Saint-Blaise La Roche (14 Aug 1914) to the Fall of Przemyśl (22 March 1915).

rob lowe 400

Beach London Gallery

Stupid Nature by artist Rob Lowe also known as Supermundane, will be exhibiting at Beach London Gallery from 8th August – 31st August 2014.

Stupid Nature continues to showcase Rob Lowes interest in pure line, optical effects and colour but with less acute precision, allowing the lines to drip and wobble. When speaking of his exhibition, Rob Lowe states:

“I think of stupid nature as meaning instinct or the unlearned. It seems more and more that the need for proof is used as a way of undermining hard-to-define natural responses. These drawings feel very natural – I have an automatic emotional response to them which is difficult to explain. Stupid Nature just seems to fit perfectly as an overall title – it alters the context in which the pieces are viewed.”

Topolski Studio’s ‘The Chronicle Residency Programme’

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Following the success of the pilot scheme last year, Topolski studio and Reportager are running the 2nd Chronicle Residency Programme.

Over the next few months Illustration graduates, Ed Burn, Luisa Crosbie, Pat Macdonald, Jack Miller, Jack Wheatley and Georgia Wilson will be drawing in and around London culminating in a printed Chronicle and exhibition at the Topolski Studio on the South bank on 3rd October 2014


Sixty years since Topolski launched his Chronicles, Topolski Studio’s Chronicle for the Twenty-First Century and accompanying reportage drawings of London will be exhibited alongside Feliks Topolski’s original Chronicles and drawings, contrasting what Topolski recorded 50 and 60 years ago with what the young artists’ record today.

Alumni from the first residency programme will also be exhibiting. Matt Booker, Laura Fitton, Josh Morris, Alex Nicholson, Chloë Parke and Louis Vinet, will be showing work one year on from their participation in the Programme.

Andrea Marie, the education officer at Topolski Studio, Gary Embury editor of, and other master class artists, including Lucinda Rogers, Anne Howeson, Julia Midgley and Chloe Regan will be working with the residents towards producing the hand-printed Chronicle, a broadsheet of reportage drawing, chronicling contemporary issues of the Twenty-First Century.


The residents were led on a Dérive last week by Gary Embury, starting from Topolski’s studio on the Southbank over the bridge, through Charing Cross, Trafalgar Square, Picadilly Circus, China Town, and eventually drawing back towards the Southbank. They then recorded through drawing the 70th birthday celebrations of renowned poet David Constantine as part of the South Bank Centre’s Poetry International event at the Royal festival hall.

As part of the Dérive, a Drawing Peloton was formed in homage to the Tour de France, winding its way through Trafalgar Square. Residents formed a moving reportage crocodile whereby each resident used the artists back in front to rest their sketchbook whilst walking and drawing the surroundings. The lead artist dictated the route, peeling off the front to join the rear when necessary. Drafting was encouraged and no accidents were reported, although many tourists were bemused by the spectacle.

Gary Embury


Varoom 26 out now

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014


‘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

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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