Archive for August, 2010

Images 35 DEADLINE EXTENSION to 15th of September!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010


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You now have an extra 15 days to submit it to the Images 35 competition.

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Blow Up: Shimizu, Weber and Hanuka

Friday, August 20th, 2010

September 01 – October 16 2010

at The Society of Illustrators

128 East 63rd Street?(between Park and Lexington Avenues)?New York, NY 10065 USA

If you happen to be in New York, here’s a show worth checking out. It features Sam Weber, who did the first ever Varoom cover, and Yuko Shimizu, who is currently creating what will be a fantastic cover for Varoom 13!

Three illustrators from vastly different backgrounds; Canada, Japan and Israel; meeting at the crossroads of a distinct American esthetic to examine their new found artistic voices through personal mythologies, broken narratives and remixed identities. An open window into the visual melting pot of contemporary image making. ??

Weber’s monumental and moody figures draw on the western idea of the portrait, re-imagined for the modern age, where anxiety and wonder mix into a seamless dramatic whole imbued with a sense of unsolved mystery. ??

Shimizu’s playful imagery ties the surface of Japanese wood cut prints with contemporary issues, creating sophisticated and symbolic psychological scenes of internal worlds, broken by geometric contraption that seem to pull away and reconnect the disparate elements. ??


Hanuka’s visuals were developed as research for an upcoming graphic novel titled The Divine to be published by First Second. The images explore ideas of eternal childhood, drawing from sources like 8bit video games, Rambo and hard news.

Patrick Procktor

Friday, August 20th, 2010

9 September  6.30pm

City Library Becker Room, First Floor

Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3Wd


Known with his great friend David Hockney as “ The dandy twins of the art world”, Patrick Procktor was the darling of the 1960s art scene. An outstanding portraitist, the 60s icons he painted were also his friends - Jagger, Hendrix and the playwright Joe Orton, whose portrait by Procktor now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.

Ian Massey has written a “handsome, copiously illustrated, well researched and sensitive appraisal of the art and artist” (The Spectator) and will give a talk about this fascinating and complex man.


Images 34 Volunteers Needed

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Want to help the AOI? We are busy preparing our annual Images exhibition and we
need help both hanging and invigilating, also help on our private view night at
the LCC in London If you have some free time and either want to gain some
experience with the AOI or want to lend your existing expertise please do. We
are grateful for all help so if you are interested please contact
[email protected] for some more information.


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AOI Member Peter Mac chews gum!

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Peter Mac has just completed an illustration and hand rendered lettering for a
National advertising campaign for agency Bray Leino.
Their Client The Chewing Gum Action Group wanted an image
to advertise the possible fine for throwing chewing gum on the floor.
The image is being used in many formats including 48 sheet posters,
Bus stop posters, digital media etc.


Toy Tales – talk on 1 September

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Making Things: An Evening with Peter Firmin

1 September

6.30 – 7.30 pm
Tickets £5, £4, £3

Firmin talks about his creations, Bagpuss, the Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog
Booking essential.

Cartoon Museum 35 Little Russell Street London WC1A 2HH

Noggin the Nog s
© Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin

CLangers soup D and froglet s

What Happens Is Good – Paul Davis book launch 19/08/2010 @ 7pm

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010



Our Ethical Advisor in India

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

The AOI take ethical advising very seriously. Images 34 award-winning advisor Chris Haughton, who is India amidst the heat, peacocks and transcendental meditation, and still finds the time (and inexplicably.. a decent Wifi connection!) to read over your contracts and email us excellent feedback. This is the kind of dedication to the job we like to see.

“as you can see in clause 3.2…. ommmmmm”


Paul Slater’s butter

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Top illustrator, and AOI Patron, Paul Slater, has just created images for an extensive campaign for Anchor Butter recently launched on billboards (Always good to see BIG illustration). And who doesn’t like seeing a tractor in the urban sprawl, especially with cows in control? Paul is creator of an excellent book published by Atlantic Press, Fried Eggs in Brine, which is strange and also very funny. Click on picture below for details.


AOI Member Simon Spilsbury on Design Week cover!

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010