Archive for September, 2009

Shirley Hughes interviewed

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Shirley Hughes, esteemed children’s book illustrator, with over 12 million sales of books such as the Alfie series, was interviewed by Derek Brazell recently for an article in the next issue of Varoom (due late November) on illustrators with life-long careers.

She will join an impressive list of interviewees such as Seymour Chwast, Ralph Steadman, Judith Kerr and Marshall Arisman. The article will also reveal who they think is carrying on their tradition or greatly admire. But you’ll have to wait to see who those might be…


Shirley at home in London

Varoom at Super Contemporary

Monday, September 7th, 2009

London’s Design Museum features the AOI’s Varoom magazine for the second time in two years! The Super Contemporary show celebrates the ‘fearlessly progressive spirit of London’s greatest minds’ and displays a defining magazine for each year of a 30 year round up.

Issue 05 of Varoom represents 2006 (though in fact that issue came out in 2007 – but who’s complaining?), and it’s great to see it there.

SuperCont09_1V05DesignMuseum09_3Also on at the Design Museum is a fantastic retrospective of the Spanish designer Javier Mariscal – well worth seeing. Colourful and playful, it puts a smile on your face

Business Master Class sell out

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Thursday evening’s Business Master Class – The Essentials of Self Promotion – was a sell out, with the delegates leaning secrets of successful self promotion from AOI Chairman, Rod Hunt, and creative consultant Alison Branagan.


The Master Class series of workshops and has nine more weeks to run, covering a fantastic range of the skills needed for freelance illustrators. Book now!


Ralph Steadman in converstation

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Ralph was recently interviewed by Derek at his studio in Kent. Fascinating stuff, some of which will be in the next issue of Varoom. Ralph talked about his inspiration, working process and his experiences working with Hunter Thompson. Check out his famous splatters across the drawing desk!

Ralph is a Patron of the AOI.


Photograph by Andrea Liggins