Archive for April, 2010

Sneaker Colouring Book

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

We got a copy of the Sneaker Colouring Book from Laurence King publishing. At a loss on how to review it, we all set about colouring them in. The full AOI collection can be seen in our reviews section. In the meantime, here is the contribution from Paul Davis.


London Book Fair

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

AOI attended the London Book Fair on 20 April, helping to swell the numbers unfortunately reduced by volcanic activity. The vast Earls Court halls were full of stands, with a large variety of publishers present, and there appeared to be a fair amount of business going on.



AOI Board member, Annabel Hudson was one of the ten winners of this year’s London Book Fair Children’s Illustration Competition 2010. The judges for the competition included Chris Riddell, illustrator, author and political cartoonist, Bruce Ingman, author and illustrator, and Deirdre McDermott, picture book publisher at Walker Books.

For the first time this year, and as part of a new initiative to promote illustration, the London Book Fair teamed up with children’ to present a dedicated “Illustrators Corner” at this year’s fair, and the winning entries were displayed on large panels in this area. Winners were also invited to a new networking event with art directors and publishers. ‘Brilliant fun, ‘said Annabel, ‘and an amazing opportunity for the individual illustrators to promote their work.’


Annabel at the Illustrators Corner beneath her winning entry. Her artwork is below.


Pick Me Up @ Sommerset House 22/4/2010

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

We attended the private view (or “special glug evening”) of Pick Me Up at Sommerset House last night. A fantastic who’s who in graphic art & illustration from the mischevious Le Gun‘s massive “Le Bum”, Rob Ryan’s in-gallery workshop, AOI regulars NoBrow shop and the Dalston Print Club doing some live screen-printing. 6




Also pleasantly suprised to see AOI Members Paul Bommer and Nishant Choksi in attendance as well as Varoom covers making an appearance from contributors Alex Trochut and James Joyce.



AOI on the LCS y’all

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The Little Chimp Society where nice enough to post the new about our new directories on their feed. Will also be getting featured in the Editors Choice newsletter. Better get binding those pre-orders then!

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Fig Taylor – Portfolio Consultant

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Every second Monday, Fig Taylor holds portfolio consultations in the AOI Offices. For a full hour, she will (without mercy) edit and advise on how to best promote and present your portfolio. If you are an AOI member and would like to book, please call us on 020-7613-4328


The Magic Theatre

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Ali Hutchinson is showing silkscreens and illustrations at Chiki Chic, featuring wolves, their prey and their mountainous nests. Underlying themes of death and survival run throught the work. Until 30 April. For more see her blog.


A Pick Me Up: Somerset House’s Graphic Art Fair

Monday, April 19th, 2010


Embankment Galleries, South Wing
£5, concessions £4
Open daily 10.00-19.00, until 20.00
Fri 23 April and Thur 29 April
Special Glug evening Wed 28 April, 19.00-22.30, £7.50

Somerset House presents Pick Me Up, the first contemporary graphic art fair in the UK. Bringing together the most exciting graphic artists working today, the fair gives you the opportunity to buy limited edition, affordable graphic art, illustration and design.

Pick Me Up will be presented alongside a lively programme of events and activities including an open studio from legendary paper artist Rob Ryan.


Friday, April 16th, 2010

O.K.Festival opens 3 days of magazines today – it’s a new event in Arnhem, Holland, and Varoom is taking part along with a host of other funky magazines. A packed programme features discussions, lectures, meetings, workshops, and exhibitions about the Independent Magazine. See for more info.

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Friday, April 16th, 2010

Just a big thank you to everyone who had pre-ordered their new AOI Directories and for their patience while our flummoxed intern, Sarai spiral binds them all BY HAND!!!! (spare a thought when you get yours through the post next week)


not got yours yet?

get your here

AOI make-shift gallery

Monday, April 12th, 2010


a big thanks to all who send in their postcards & samples.

our make-shift gallery has been growing slowly and blocking out the grim brick building across from the membership desk with your lovely work.

please send us in any samples to Association Of Illustrators, 2nd Floor, Back Building, 150 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AT