Archive for June, 2010

Varoom features in Creative Review Illustration annual

Friday, June 25th, 2010

We just got our copy through the post this morning and delighted to see the James Joyce cover featured as well as a blurb about us. Bring on the weekend.



Paul Davis talk tonight

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Dont forget Paul Davis will be talking about his new publications tonight at the Wapping Project Bookshop. A doddle to get to now that the east London tube line has reopened, just hop off at Wapping.
Paul’s an entertaining speaker, with some fascinating opinions, and truly unusual work. Talk starts at 7.30pm.


New portfolio book from AOI’s Fig Taylor

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

If you’ve ever availed yourself of a portfolio consultation with AOI’s resident Portfolio expert, Fig Taylor, you’ll know how invaluable they are. 

Fig has put her undoubted expertise into a book that is now published by Laurence King, entitled How to create a Portfolio & Get Hired: A Guide for Graphic Designers and Illustrators. It discusses what to include in you folio and how to organise and display the work, and also advises on presentation techniques and self-promotion. Both print and virtual portfolios are covered.

FigBookspreadTips are included from commissioners and practitioners working in magazine and book publishing, design, advertising, TV/film and beyond, as well as agents and educators. For more information go here


Pro-Action campaign now on Twitter & Facebook!

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010


Pro-Action has now joined Facebook & Twitter.

If you are an Illustrator and recently got a fair contract, then somehow these guys where responsible.

Show them your support and follow them:



Top Fashion Illustrators show

Monday, June 21st, 2010

fashionShow1A new fashion illustration show is opening this week at the Mayor Gallery in London’s Cork Street.

Featuring fashion’s top illustration names, including David Downton, Tanya Ling and Jean-Phillipe Delhomme, the show presents paintings and drawings on paper. Viewing is by appointment from 25 June to 24 July – go to for more details. Telephone is 020 7734 3558


the adventures of an AOI Ethical Advisor

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Our ethical advisor, Chris Haughton has been reading AOI Members contracts as far afield as India for the past few months. He’s even been keep a blog documenting his time/work there.


The View From Curtain Road #.4

Thursday, June 17th, 2010





LCC Live Screen Printing

Monday, June 14th, 2010


As part of the Lost Knowledge Print Exhibition at the London College of Communication at the end of October, there is a Live Screen Printing workshop running throughout the summer shows. The audience is encouraged to get involved in the workshops, allowing everyone a chance to take part in the whole screen printing experience.

In collaboration with Helyn Gulley, Coraline Chan, Anthony Chapman, Joe Waghorn and the LCC Printmaking Studio.

It’s here, it’s yellow, it’s Varoom 12

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

After a bit of a wait, Varoom 12 has been delivered to the AOI office and our mailing house – and it’s looking fantastic! An amazing cover created for us by James Dawe, great content, including the 21st Century Zodiac, and arresting images, it’s all you’d expect and more. Subscribers and AOI members copies will be mailed out by Friday, so look out for your copy soon.


They’re a great set. If you’ve missed any issues of Varoom, some are still available as back issues. We’ve got new content on the site which you can see here.


London Transport Museum/AOI competition judged

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Judging has taken place for the LTM/AOI Cycling in London competition this week. A whopping number of entries were received – over 1000, and these were whittled down to 50 for the exhibition at the Museum to be held 5 July to 22 August. 

The Judges from Transport for London, Serco, LTM and AOI were impressed with the quality of the entries, and have selected the top three, who will receive cash prizes totaling £3750! The winners are under wraps until the Awards evening in early July.

Many thanks to all who entered, and congratulations to all those selected.