Archive for July, 2010

Business Masterclasse 2010 Booking Now Open

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

They’re back!

Book now for our short course in business skills tailored to illustrators. This eleven week course evening course covers self promotion, pricing, copyright, tax, expanding your markets ….. And more! Find out more here.


AOI Membership Co-ordinator completes the Dunwich Dynamo 2010

Monday, July 26th, 2010


Aside from dishing out ethical/pricing advice to our members, Membership Co-ordinator Paul Ryding completed the overnight 120 mile cycle from London Fields to Dunwich beach in the annual (and utterly mad/pointless) event called The Dunwich Dynamo. Alongside his team of 6 (and 1 and a bit thousand other cyclists) they suffered 12 sweet and savage hours of cycling, from 8:30 pm Saturday night arriving at the beach for 8:45 am on the Sunday.

Anyone wishing pricing advice this week, please be both gentle and patient with the membership desk.


the view down curtain road #.4

Friday, July 23rd, 2010





Camberwell MA Private View

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Wondered why the AOI has had an absentee and distracted exhibition and events co-ordinator of late? Our own Becky Brown finished her MA in illustration at Camberwell College of Art this week with the private view being on Tuesday. Intrepid people made it south of the river to look at her paper sculptures and pop up objects. You can go and see her and her classmates work until Sat 17th at the college or on their blog at Here are a couple of pictures taken by Derek of Becky’s work.





New Designers 2010

Thursday, July 15th, 2010


Just to assure members that was not all egg frying at the AOI last week. We were also melting in the heat at New Designers, the graduate fair held annually at the Business Design Centre in Islington. We were there to spread the word about the AOI, held portfolio consultations and our own Paul Ryding gave a talk with illustrator Emma Houlston about how to get started in the business. A big thank you to the agents from the Artworks, Illustration Ltd and Arena who gave their time and expertise and good luck to all the graduates exhibiting starting off their careers.


Concrete Hermit’s Sarai Vardi (ex-AOI intern) interviews Derek

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010


Our ex-publications intern, Sarai Vardi (and paid-up AOI member btw) has left our shores to work with Concrete Hermit. And in doing so has done a rather meaty interview with the AOI Special Projects manager and publisher of Varoom Magazine, Derek Brazell. Read it here.

AOI and Big Orange fry and egg on our roof

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Due to the 31 degree heat in London and the fact our roof is made of tar-paper, AOI neighbour Ghaz from Maek bet he could fry an egg up there.


Being a man of science, we trusted his instinct and the AOI and Big Orange took 5 minutes out of their day to see if he could pull it off.


After 5 minutes, it wasn’t looking good.


After 15 minutes, we remembered we all had jobs to get on with and gave up. Good attempt though.

Debut Art is hiring for their New York office

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Illustration agency Début Art is looking to recruit a new executive (to be based in New York) to market the 120 illustrators it represents. Début Art’s New York office is situated on Madison Square Park in Manhattan. Experienced illustrators (or other professionals) looking to re-balance their career towards representing other artists are invited to contact Andrew Coningsby in London at [email protected] or on 020 7636 1064 for further details. More info ca be found at Début Art

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Cycling in London LTM/AOI exhibition

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Exhibition presented by London Transport Museum/Association of Illustrators

6 July to 22 August 2010

London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, London

The Awards night for the exhibition on 5 July was a great evening with the selected illustrators and their guests mingling with London Transport Museum and Transport for London staff, and those from the sponsors, Serco.


The winners were top secret until the evening, and out of a fantastic top 50 images, chosen from over 1000 entries, we can now reveal the winners.

First prize of £2000 was awarded to Rachel Lillie, who will also have her winning image printed as a poster and displayed on London Underground. Her description of her work says ‘I wanted to communicate the environmental and health benefits of cycling and how the two work together, depicting the roads of London as the veins of a leaf. Illustrating a map-like London as a vast green area bustling with happy cyclists promotes cycling as an efficient and environmentally friendly way to travel around London. Cycling really can contribute to making our city greener.’


Second prize £1000 was awarded to Harry Sankey.


Third prize £750 was awarded to Mia Nilsson, ‘I wanted my illustration to show the joy and freedom of cycling. How you can explore London’s nooks and corners, parks and canals that might be missed if you travel by bus or tube.’


Photographs by Rod Hunt

For Valour: Extraordinary Heroes

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Calling all budding Illustrators, Animators and Graphic Artists:


BBC 21CC (the BBC’s digital learning centre) and the Imperial War Museum
have joined forces to offer a unique opportunity for young
Creative’s! If you are aged 15-19, and are available from August 23rd to
the 26th to attend a FREE workshop in London then we’d like to hear from

Participants will work on a live brief, re-telling the stories of 2
young soldiers who have been awarded the George cross and the Victoria
cross, through animation and graphic/comic art. You will be taught by
professional animators and graphic artists, who will teach ways of
combining traditional and digital image making and animation, as well
giving an insight into the Industry. The work will become part of a
permanent exhibition, “Extraordinary Heroes” at the Lord Ashcroft
Gallery, Imperial War Museum.

To find out more about this or to book a place on the workshop please
contact Patrick Vale at [email protected] or on 0208 7525285.