Archive for December, 2009

Tote Book: Call for Entries

Friday, December 18th, 2009

AOI member Jitesh Patel is a London based designer and runs a studio DesignBite, currently compiling and designing an exciting new book entitled Tote Bags: (working title) to be published worldwide by Laurence King Publishing in 2010. The tote bag book will present the best examples and most creative prints of tote bags from around the world on180 full-colour pages.

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The Book:

The graphic imagery and messages displayed upon tote bags are becoming increasingly sophisticated and imaginative. Talented designers are turning their hand to creating prints for tote bags. The tote bags are either self-initiated projects for promotion work or commissioned paid work for clients.

Plotting the journey of tote bags from their functional roots, to their manifestation today as a fashion statement. The artworks that, are most striking, inventive, ironic and original of print examples. This will form the basis of this book.

if interested then please click here


Ryding and Pudles

Friday, December 11th, 2009

AOI Membership Co-ordinator, Paul Ryding, and Images prize winner, Daniel Pudles, both had shows opening in London on Thursday 10. Daniel’s striking woodcut illustrations are on display at the Guardian building York Way, Kings Cross, and Paul’s new works at Old Shoreditch Station, Kingsland Road E1.

Daniel below, in front of some of  his prints, and visitors by the animations screen.


Paul with his large scale works and framed drawings.


ProAction petition on Creative Review site

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Your creativity is an asset, and ProAction wants to help you protect it. Sign up to the petition!
The ProAction advert is currently live on the Creative Review website


ANOTHER unbelievable commission

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

We have just seen another questionable job offer sent to us from a member who received it recently. $500 for 35 drawings! Do they work for $500 per month?

‘I’m the production manager at a virtual animation studio. We are currently looking for illustrators who work in Flash – for immediate work!
No animation experience necessary, we have the designs.
The project is for an 8-part webseries for the History Channel.  We’re asking illustrators to draw about 35 basic drawings – which will be either  be locations or characters for scenes in the movie .

The artist’s payment for the job is $500.
This is a small project, but we’ve got some big ones coming up shortly and are looking forward to putting together a strong team which we can grow with’

(keep them coming in!)

Facing Africa illustration auction

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Anna Currey is organising an auction of illustrations in aid of Facing Africa.

This is a charity that sends teams of surgeons out to Africa to do reconstructive surgery on children whose faces have been ravaged by the terrible Noma infection.

Contributions should be original artwork, etching, litho, woodblock or linocut prints would be great, as well as paintings and drawings, and as many as you like. If there were a corresponding book to go with it, that would be great.

The organisors are going to aim for collectors, and the charity is going to help with contacts and hopefully dig up some celebs. All artists of course are free to fix reserve prices. If you would like to take part please contact Anna on: [email protected]

This info is supplied by AOI, but we cannot take any enquires on the auction. Please contact Anna with any queries.

You’re kidding…

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

It’s come to our attention that American publishers, Porterlance Books, are contacting illustrators by email regarding their ‘publishing program for Children’s Book authors’. This offers just $450 for an entire 32 page picture book and the cover, plus handing over all rights! About £272 for 16 double page spreads and a cover…

It goes on, in a ‘could it be any more patronising way’ to say “I know $450 for 16 illustrations is not a lot for some of you…but in these harder economic times, it is still income, for what you love to do.”

At first we thought they must mean $450 for one double page spread…