Archive for November, 2009


Monday, November 30th, 2009

We just our copies of the new issue of Varoom issue 11 through the door.

In this issue we have legends from the Pantheon of illustration, an illustrator who makes his own newspaper, and Christmas cards from the very first, to post-Santa post-Christmas post-Capitalist festive cards (don’t ask!). All this, and our cover feature on how Japanese picture-making has changed contemporary Western culture and society, make Varoom 11 our biggest and most comprehensive issue yet.


For this month only we are offering you issue 10 for only £8 if you sign up for one year’s subscription.

AOI Member Jacquie O’Neill uses our logo on her books

Friday, November 27th, 2009

I wanted to do something a little bit special for the SCBWI Conference in Winchester (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) as there were going to be a lot of commissioners in the delegation. In amongst all the other black portfolios I think it is essential to have something that stands out.

I see the AOI logo as the mark of a professional illustrator. Everyone in the industry holds the Association of Illustrators in high regard, so it was fantastic to be able to add the logo to the back cover of the portfolio book of all my children’s illustrations.


if you are an AOI member and want the logo, email us a blank email with “AOI MEMBERS LOGO” and your membership number in the Subject box to [email protected]


Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Just to say that the AOI has been inundated with pricing advice from illustrators over the past week. This can mean that either there is something in the water or perhaps, just maybe there are green shoots coming out of this recession. What do you think? Let us know [email protected]

Becca Thorne makes good use of the AOI Members Logo

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

We have been getting a lot of requests for the new AOI Members Logo. Here is a nice example of it in context with Becca Thorne’s blog spot. It is also available in most formats for print quality.


Interested? Then email [email protected] with a blank email and the subject as ‘AOI Members Logo’ followed by your membership number.

Also, if you have any more examples of it as letterhead or on your webpage then please email them in!

AOI Member Julene Harrison commission by Seattle Arts and Lectures

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Julene was commissioned in October to design the front cover for the Seattle Arts and Lectures, Writers in Schools 08/09 Anthology. ‘Since 1994, Writers in the Schools (WITS) has brought professional writers to public schools to inspire students’ understanding of the human experience through reading, writing, and performance.’

writers in schools flyer

14th Winter Exhibition at The Illustration Cupboard 19/11/09

Friday, November 13th, 2009

The Illustration Cupboard will be holding the 14th annual winter exhibition at it’s central London gallery. There will be previously unseen work by children’s laureate Anthony Brown and also some art work by Shirley Hughes from her Alfie books. Also on show will be Lauren Child, David McKee, Gary Blythe, Catherine Rayner and Dick Bruna among others.


AOI Member Michelle Thompson Penguin commission

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Book jacket for James Kelman’s “If It Is Your Life” was commissioned by John Hamilton at Penguin. Michelle has this to say:

“The brief was really open, I was given a list of words and asked to include bright colours, a pigeon (it’s on the back) and work the type into the illustration.”

IfItIsYourLife_jkt copy

Michelle’s new website was designed by APROPOS and can be seen here.

Head To Head at Cockpit Arts 5/11/09

Monday, November 9th, 2009

We hosted a Head to Head last Thursday night at Cockpit Arts as part of it’s Business Masterclass programme. We had presentations from both Zara Wood aka Woody and Chris Long followed by a discussion led by AOI Chairman Rod Hunt. Everybody that was there found it an invaluable, informative and inspiring experience to listen to 2 successful illustrators talk about their careers highs and lows! Thank you Zara and Chris.



AOI member Jonny Voss mural in Hoxton

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Commissioned to do “whatever you want”, Jonny Voss decided to cover the walls and signage of Amber Jacks restaurant in Hoxton Square.



Jonny studied illustration at Brighton Univerisity and later did his MA at The RCA. He has been working since 2000 and has currently been working with writer Alan McCormick on a series of short stories that can be seen here.

Best times of the year to do a mail out…

Thursday, November 5th, 2009


AOI Chairman and and very experienced illustrator Rod Hunt has passed on some very valuable advice as to when he does his promotions and mailers. This information will now be added into the introductions of all our Client Directories which have just been updated and ready to buy.

Best times of the year to do a mail out…

  • January to mid-JuneBeginning of January is good as people have just come back from their Christmas break and thinking about the New Year’s work.
  • End of March & beginning of April -  new budgets are being set for April (new tax year starts)

Worst times of the year to do a mail out..

  • July & August – Summer holidays! So lots of people are away and having time off. Less commissioned work around August
  • December – Christmas. Too much post and office parties to compete with.