Archive for December, 2010


Thursday, December 16th, 2010

January is the best time of year to get in contact with new clients and introduce yourself and your folio. Our client directories provide a broad overview of commissioning clients who we have contacted and been assured that they want to see illustrators work. Each directory contains full contact details and descriptions of what each client is looking for as well as all the information on CD-ROM as excel spreadsheet and formatted into printer labels.

We have just updated out Advertising and Publishing directories (Editorial last updated Summer 2010) and are available in our online shop.

The Advertising Directory – 141 Contacts updated December 2010


The Publishing Directory – 201 contacts updated December 2010


The Editorial Directory – 281 contacts last updated Summer 2010


Advertising Directory now updated and ready to buy!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Alongside our Publishing Directory, the very popular Advertising Directory has been updated and is now ready for you to purchase. It contains up to 141 contact details of the UK’s leading Ad Men/Women who want to see your work. Now is the best time to prepare any printed mail-outs to approach new clients for January 2011. Get yours here.


Stone And Spear

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Concrete Hermit

Unit G4, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street. London W1

Friday 10th December  until January.

The gallery/shop is open Mon-Sat 11am-7pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm.

Concrete Hermit’s West End venue present Stone and Spear’s first solo exhibition.Featuring brand new works by ‘one of this years most promising graduates in visual communication’, this show is a journey into the mind of Stone and Spear creator Simon Cook and an insight into his enchanted world.



Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

AOI Portfolio user Robin Heighway-Bury was recently approached and commissioned through AOI PORTFOLIOS by Kings Place for their Mozart Unwrapped 2011 programme.


AOI Portfolios have been developed by The Association of Illustrators (AOI) to promote illustration to the creative industries.
Launched in 2003, we currently feature around 15,000 illustrations by over 600 artists covering a broad spectrum of styles, techniques and specialisms. The Portfolios are managed by the individual artists themselves so the content is regularly changing as new images are added to the site.


V&A Illustration Awards

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Deadline 13 December

The V&A Illustration Awards are held annually to highlight the best book and editorial illustration published in the UK in the previous year. Their aim is to encourage, recognise and celebrate high standards of creativity in the industry.

The awards are free to enter and offer some of the most substantial financial prizes for illustration in the UK.

Sponsored by the Enid Linder Foundation

Commons’ Culture Committee experiences satire first hand

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Renowned political satirist and author Martin Rowson captured the Culture Committee’s evidence session this week with Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey MP.  Rowson’s portrayal of the committee seeks to remind the Government of the importance of keeping creators central to discussions on the UK’s cultural and creative industries.

Rowson was working in support of a campaign by DACS to promote the value of artists’ rights, in particular the Artist’s Resale Right which is due to be fully implemented in 2012.

This important Right pays a modest royalty to artists when their works are resold through auction houses, galleries and dealer and gives artists an ongoing stake in the commercial success of their work.

Rowson’s contribution responds to recent moves by some fringe groups in Europe to delay the full implementation, a move which risks harming the future of the creative economy at a time when public funding is being cut.

Martin Rowson said: “It’s always a laugh for cartoonists to get out “into the field” and draw our victims from the life, particularly when they see the result and laugh in their turn, though usually through gritted teeth. But while Ed Vaizey’s performance in front of the Culture Select Committee was typically jovial and good-natured, ensuring the full implementation of Artist’s Resale Right is deadly serious for thousands of artists and their families.”

A spokesperson for DACS said: “As the Government reduces funding for the arts, it is more important than ever that the art community can support those that produce and restore the UK’s cultural heritage, providing a foundation for the UK’s creative economy.  Martin Rowson’s sketch captures the committee as it battles with these issues.”

“Inheriting an artist’s legacy brings with it a burden, including the need to store, preserve and restore original art works.  The Artist’s Resale Right provides a vital income stream for existing artists and full implementation will support the heirs and estates of deceased artists, preserving the UK’s creative heritage.”


Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

The process of updating our directories takes a lot of time and effort, and that is why we make such a fanfare in publishing the fully updated Publishing Directory just in time for the golden mail-out month of January. A big thanks to Fig Taylor and her many hours spent on this publication.

With a spiral bound book containing 201 contacts (also a CD-ROM with spreadsheet and label format) and commissioned cover by AOI Member Julene Harrison, our cost-effective (and not for profit) directories provide a broad overview of the publishing industres contact details of commissioners who have assured us that they want to see your work.

As we are about to stop for Christmas, it’s the best time of year to get one and prepare your mail-out for when your new potential clients are returning to their desks in January.

Watch this space for the Advertising Directory that will be out later this month (taking pre-orders now!)


Stamps For Charity

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

we save every stamp from the envelopes that you send your applications, renewals and general letters of ‘hello’ in. We then post them off to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research that is used as part of their fund raising.


If you would like to do the same, just post your stamps to  43 Great Ormond Street, London, WC1N 3JJ