Archive for April, 2011

Silly King Vol.1 – by AOI Member Iain Cox

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

we just got a copy of ex-AOI intern and current AOI Member, Iain Cox’s rather hilarious new mini comic. A limited edition of 100 to start with, it’s a must if you have a thing for hernia, helium filled bankers and Knights in the throws of passion.


yo illo – the illustration hook up – 11th May 2011

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011


After looking for a way to keep up with his fellow illustrators, and to easily meet more, Rob Barrett recently set up Yo Illo, a website for arranging meet ups and promoting events for illustration.
Yo Illo meet ups are a fun, informal way to meet and get to know other local illustrators. Taking place every month or two, a pub is chosen that’s easy for plenty of people to get to, and creatives from all stages of their career can get together and talk over a beer or two. No protocol, pressure or pretentiousness!

The next meet up is taking place on Wednesday 11th May from 7pm, at The Yorkshire Grey in Fitzrovia, a few minutes’ walk north of Oxford Circus in central London.
The last one, back in March, was a huge success, with plenty of new faces, lots of connections made, and plenty of people staying and chatting until kicking out time, and everyone keen to know the date of the next evening.

Head over to the website for the full details and map,  and make sure to sign up to the mailing list (on the right hand side) for email updates about this and future meet ups.

You Can’t Escape!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

AOI member, Katherine Baxter, has been busy creating maps for that wedding…


‘I was approached by the BBC and the ITV, who have publications coming out as souvenir issues,’ she says, ‘so I did two maps, two different projections, then I was approached by big supermarket chain, Waitrose, they wanted to have a map for their souvenir issue!… then the big Celebrity magazine OK wanted a map for their souvenir issue, I was inundated, and didn’t turn any away, so lots of variations on the theme’

tweets about Varoom 15

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Varoom 15 is now hurtling its way across the globe to all our subscribers and members. And the Twitosphere has been going crazy this morning with excited Varoom readers tweeting their heads off!

  • @theaoi just received my #varoom! Best one so far. Very very nice articles.

  • and with clatter and a bang, my copy of @theaoi ‘s Varoom comes crashing through the letter box

  • Hey @theaoi Think the cover for the Spring issue of #Varoom is genius.

  • @theaoi Love the cover illustration for the new varoom!

  • Whoop! It’s Varoom! morning, gonna read it in the sun, thanks @theaoi

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Ronald Searle draws for Pro-Action

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Ronald Searle, influential illustrator and AOI Patron, has created a new image to help the Pro-Action campaigning committee promote its aims. It is part of our new ‘Being Squeezed?’ advert.


Searle has been illustrating since the 1940’s and has an incredible body of work, including drawings from World War II refugee camps, travelogue work, the Molesworth books, and a certain girls school full of wicked creatures.

Pro-Action – Visual Artists in Business is made up of the AOI, the Association of Photographers, the Society of Artists Agents and Professional Cartoonists Organisation.

The Pro-Action committee deals with the problems visual artists encounter in today’s market place. These include:
• Fee erosion
• Copyright grabs
• The issuing of retrospective contracts from commissioners.

You can support our work by signing our petition here.


To see more Searle work go here

Stuart Whitton – Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

AOI Member Stuart Whitton’s illustration titled, ‘Brother’ has been selected from 1,000 entries to appear alongside some of Britain’s leading portrait artists in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition, an event that rivals the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Award. The exhibition is open to the public from May 5th – 20th 2011. Well done to Stuart.

Varoom 15 arrives in the office!

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Varoom 15: The Knowledge Issue just came back from the printers. All AOI Members and subscribers can expect theirs delivered to their front door in the next few days. Want a copy? Then click here.


Peepo! The Picture Books of Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Monday, April 4th, 2011

2- 12 April 2011
22 Bury St, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6AL
0207 976 1727
9.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday, 11.00am to 5.00pm Saturdays
Celebrating 30 years since this publication of this iconic picture book, Illustrationcupboard presents a loan exhibit of the artwork of Janet Ahlberg. This exhibition, comprising of forty pieces of original artwork, has been put together by author Allan Ahlberg and is the first such significant exhibition of Janet Ahlberg’s work. Drawing and watercolours from her early book right through to her last years are represented.

Signed copies of Allan and Janet ‘s books will be available including the new anniversary special slipcase edition of Peepo!


Friday, April 1st, 2011

After countless hours of phone-calls, spell-checking and binding, our fabulous intern Evgenia Barinova has completed the (much anticipated) Editorial Directory!
The newly revised edition contains up to 232 clients who want to see your work. We will be posting out all pre-orders next week but in the meantime, you can buy your copy here


ancient AOI blueprints found under floorboards!

Friday, April 1st, 2011

while doing a spot of Spring cleaning, we unearthed old blueprints from under the floorboards dated 1973 for the “AOI Information Cloud System: FIG-5000”. We have absolutely no idea what it was meant for but it seems the AOI were the first people to accurately predict the internet!