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Chris Riddell wins Kate Greenaway Medal

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Judges claim Laureate Chris Riddell is “at the height of his powers” as he wins for The Sleeper and the Spindle.

Chris Riddell becomes the first ever triple winner, winning the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrations of Neil Gaiman’s retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, The Sleeper and the Spindle. Riddell also becomes the first reigning Children’s Laureate to win either Medal.

The Sleeper

His previous Medal wins came in 2001 for Pirate Diary and 2004 for his adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver”. Speaking of his record third win, Riddell – for whom the support of libraries is a central theme of his Laureateship – said he was “honoured and humbled” to accept the award, going on to praise librarians as “pretty amazing people […] they love turning children into readers by teaching them one of the most important life skills you can acquire, which is reading for pleasure. Not SATs tests, or attainment levels, or league tables but the joy of losing yourself in the pages of a good book.” He said he was humbled that Neil Gaiman had chosen him to illustrate his “wonderful story…from all the talented…young…good- looking…fashionable illustrators he could have chosen.” He also thanked his publisher, Bloomsbury, for “giving me 96 pages and gold as a second colour.”



Punk London – AOI Colleges artwork

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

In the year of the 40th anniversary of Punk appearing in the UK, AOI has partnered with the Creative Team at the London Mayor’s office to involve our London college member students in a competition to create images to promote the events happening to celebrate Punk. These are being used to promote events over the year.


Punk London is a year long programme of gigs, exhibitions and films that will look back at the excitement and energy of the movement’s genesis, and at punk as an on-going catalyst that continues to inspire, refuse categorisation and spark creativity around the world.


Camberwell College of Art student and AOI member, Richard Manders‘ artwork was used in Time Out in June 2016 (above).

The finalists for the Punk London advert images were:

Henry Mata – BA Middlesex University; Richard Manders – MA Camberwell College of Art; Shazleen Khan – BA Middlesex University; Molly Howard-Foster – BA Middlesex University

Refugee Week – workshop by Olivier Kugler

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Great Court and galleries – Free

For Refugee Week (20–26 June 2016), the British Museum is collaborating with Counterpoints Arts, and illustrator Olivier Kugler is presenting a special workshop.


Friday Late event on 24 June is curated around this year’s Refugee Week theme of Welcome and the Museum’s collection of objects, stories and ideas.

Illustration workshop by Olivier Kugler

24 June 18.00-20.30, West Foyer

Over the last two and a half years illustrator Olivier Kugler has been commissioned by Médecins Sans Frontières to create drawings documenting the circumstances of Syrian refugees. Join Olivier in his ‘artists studio’ to explore his practice.

The images shown here will also be featured in the World Illustration Awards 2016.

Artworks by Olivier Kugler


Developing your ideas: from inspiration to publication

Friday, June 17th, 2016


Thursday 7 July

Seven Stories, Newcastle upon Tyne

Come to Seven Stories – the National Centre for Children’s Books — for a children’s publishing panel discussion with the illustrator Chris Chatterton and his agent from the Bright Agency, Arabella Stein in conversation with the author and artist, Niel Bushnell and his agent Juliet Mushens from the United Talent Agency.

Tintin by Chris Chatterton

Tintin by Chris Chatterton

Included in the ticket price is a tour of the new Michael Morpurgo exhibition, a white glove manuscript handling experience, lunch and refreshments.

£25 for members / £35 for non-members.

AOI members can quote the promotion code ‘AOI16’ when booking to qualify for the member rate!

There is also an optional cartoon drawing workshop on the day, £5 per person.

More information

Middlesex University degree show

Friday, June 17th, 2016

New Wave: School of Art and Design Degree Show 2016

F Block T1-T5, The Old Truman Brewery, 81 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June, 10am-7pm Monday 20th June, 10am-4pm


Illustration by BA degree student Nicole Cowan

Pictoplasma Academy Masterclass

Friday, June 17th, 2016


September 24 – October 2, 2016

The Pictoplasma Academy Masterclass in Berlin is suitable for all interested in expanding their practise in a specific field related to the creation of characters – whether as illustrators, animation filmmakers, fine artists, or graphic, fashion, and product designers. It invites a group of international graduate students and young professionals selected upon application to kick-start their careers as character designers in close collaboration with industry leading creators and producers. The 8-day intense masterclass challenges participants to explore their personal projects right across the media spectrum – from drawing and illustration to sculpture and visual storytelling – and find the right path for their further development.


The Pictoplasma Academy aims to bring the participants’ personal projects to the next level and help them find the strategic path to connect with key partners for their further development. This mentoring process continues after the course during the six months leading up to an exclusive group exhibition, in which participants of the Academy present their work to a professional, international audience as part of the Pictoplasma Festival 2017 in Berlin.

The staff includes illustrator and children books author Rilla Alexander; illustrator, toy designer, animation and game director Nathan Jurevicius; fine artist Mehdi Hercberg aka Shoboshobo; Benjamin van Oost, creative director, exceptionally gifted sculptor and founding member of Case Studyo; and Phil Hunt, director of multi-award winning, London-based animation Studio AKA.


Deadline for application is July 15 via Email to

The Academy’s tutors will review all applications during the last week of July.

The fee for participation is 1.390,- €

Further information

Ronald Searle’s America – book review

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Edited by Matt Jones

Published by Fantagraphics Books ISBN 978-1-60699-843-4


Observation – some people appear oblivious to what is around them. Others cast a keen eye across their surroundings and the people inhabiting them. Illustrator Ronald Searle (1920 -2011) was a master of the latter, injecting it both into his reportage work and successful cartoons such as St Trinian’s, and this superb book revisits his impressive output from across America (and Canada) on assignment for several magazines from the late 1950’s onwards.


Curated by Matt Jones, who runs the Perpetua: Ronald Searle Tribute website, this impressive coffee table sized publication breaks down Searle’s travels into various locations (and political campaigns by Kennedy and Nixon), showing work that has rarely been seen since original publication in the 1960’s, with fascinating on site drawing, rough sketches which reveal the workings behind a joke, plus the richly detailed final images in line and colour. Stylishly designed, it’s a treat for all who love drawing (and being entertained – several drawings had me laughing out loud), offering an insight into Searle’s modus operandi and the effort that went into these assignments. Drawing in blizzards, anyone, to capture life in Alaska? There’s not many of us with the tenacity to deal with ink freezing in our pens!


In the Foreward, Pete Docter calls Searle’s drawing “delicious to look at”, a fantastic way to describe the pleasure of observing the varied fluid line, the capturing of ‘place’, the recognisable people (much of this work could be published today – preening bodybuilders, rich elderly retirees, elaborately kitted out skiers…). How great to have dropped him into the hipster hang outs of our major cities lampooning the dress and rituals, or puncturing the self importance of many media stars, famous for, well, what?


One of the strengths of Searle’s humour is its grounding in real life situations, so although there are universal elements, the people (or animals) who are the subject of his visual joke inhabit an exaggerated but authentic environment, with enough detail to ground and enhance the humour.


Searle is well known for the sharpness of his wit, and no one escapes in these American drawings. It’s often an individual put upon by the ordinary/extraordinary environment around them, whether that’s a man scurrying down a dark New York street proliferating with aggressive street signs, or a tourist being snatched up in the air by a sharp taloned Native American carved bird seemingly detached from a totem pole. Jones supplies informative captions on what images are and where they were published, and articles and letters by Searle himself or others are interspersed throughout the book offering interesting background.


Searle discusses situations with the same focused observation he brought to drawing, and not just on magazine work. He had strong views on visual documenting, “Reportage has to have flesh, bones, and above all life in it. One is not illustrating, but pushing one’s nose into life. On top of that one must have something to say – however crass. Reportage is not reporting: it is opinion and comment that takes it away from journalism into (minor) art.”


From a man who appears to have had no end of talent (and application), this substantial book is true visual treat. A great addition to the published work of Ronald Searle.


Ronald Searle was a supportive Patron of the Association of Illustrators up to his death in 2011. Book preview here

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Varoom 33 – the Collaborators issue

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Quilts, Trainers, Comics, Shojo manga, Pottery and an Earthquake

Bringing together individuals, networks and global brands across multimedia projects, the Collaborators issue discovers the nuts and bolts of a successful children’s book collaboration between writer and illustrator; design studio ManvsMachine’s recent ambitious collaboration with Nike; the Fabulous Year 24 Group and how they brought the female sensibility to shōjo manga, and highlights the key networks through which illustrators generate creative and emotional support.


Varoom also talks with those behind the Reflections project which highlights the effects of the 2015 Nepal earthquake through illustration and photography, and introduces Brian Stelfreeze as he tells us about working with Ta-Nehisi Coates on Marvel’s new Black Panther comic

Regulars Paul Davis and Marian Bantjes create a unique collaboration, commenting on swapped pictures as real life events influence startling interpretations of the works.

Our cover is by a group of illustration students who worked together to create a commemorative quilt as a respite from the pressures of their final degree show.

See more on Varoom 33 here. Purchase here. See sampler here


Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

The Association of Illustrators (AOI), in partnership with Directory of Illustration released the complete shortlist of selected entries to the World Illustration Awards May 2016.

Works from professional and new talent within eight categories, including Advertising, Design, Children’s Books and Self Initiated among others. All 210 shortlisted entries are now showcased online and will permanently be available to view in the Awards archive.

The World Illustration Awards features work from a global range of artists and reflects the diversity in illustration within technique and medium, including animation, three-dimensional work, digital design, and traditional painting.

The diversity of illustration emulates that of people and the World Illustration Awards celebrates that tremendously.

Works include:

Paul Sanz Caballero’s (Spain) work “Loom n.2” uses a mixture of media, by merging pencil drawings mixed with different fabrics in Photoshop to provide the final images with a unique texture and finish.

CABALLERO_PS_AD_71165-661Paula Sanz Caballero “Loom n.2” Professional Design

Alternatively Fraser Shiers (Australia) from Forge & Marrow uses a completely digital approach to his illustrations “Medicine Grown From Science”. Using 3DS MAX, V-Ray, and Photoshop his work marries the natural form of plants with its scientific molecular structures.

SHIERS_F_AD_77126-2028Forge & Marrow “Medicine Grown From Science” Professional Advertising

Rob Gray (United Kingdom) credits his journals and sketchbooks as the main platform to create his children’s book “Beneath The Big Smoke”. His rough and sketchy style brilliantly captures the busy atmosphere of London.

GRAY_R_CB_78379-2200Rob Gray “Beneath The Big Smoke” New Talent Children’s Book

Using mixed media and a thoughtful chaos of colour, Patrick Widmer (Germany) created a theatre poster for Lucerne School of Art and Design. His poster titles “Wirrwarr” translates to ‘confusion’ which is expressed using a mustached character.

WIDMER_P_AD_27464-2131Patrick Widmer “Wirrwarr (Confusion)” Professional Advertising

Vibrant colours are also used effectively in Rick Berkelmans (Netherlands) illustrations provided for Native Shoes FW16 Kids Catalogue.

BERKELMANS_R_DE_74171-1436Rick Berkelmans “Native Shoes FW16 Kids Catalogue” Professional Design

Deviating from explosive colour and digital processes, Jimin Kim’s (South Korea) artist book “Hyde & Seek” made up of black and white etchings is beautifully hand bound and portrays the concept of ‘alter egos’. This theme is executed through the imagery and intensified by the books interactive quality where the reader is able to create different compositions using the cut out sections.

KIM_J_BK_73686-114Jimin Kim “Hyde & Seek” New Talent Books

View the full shortlist online:

Punk London – AOI college member students create artworks

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

In the year of the 40th anniversary of Punk appearing in the UK, AOI partnered with the Creative Team at the London Mayor’s office to involve our London college member students in an initiative to create images to promote the events happening to celebrate Punk.

Molly Howard-FosterPUNK LONDON FINAL COLOUR updated events_550

As the Punk London website says: “A year long programme of gigs, exhibitions and films will look back at the excitement and energy of the movement’s genesis, and at punk as an on-going catalyst that continues to inspire, refuse categorisation and spark creativity around the world.” Molly Howard-Foster’s image above is the first to be used in Time Out in June 2016.

The finalists for the Punk London advert images were:

Henry Mata – BA Middlesex University

Shazleen Khan – BA Middlesex University

Richard Manders – MA Camberwell College of Art

Molly Howard-Foster – BA Middlesex University