Archive for May, 2011

Young Again!

Friday, May 27th, 2011

How To Be The Best Bubble Writer In The World Ever!
Written and Illustrated by Linda Scott
Laurence King Publishing
ISBN – 978 1 85669 761 3 £8.95

Being over 12 years of age, we were rather stumped with how best to review this book, so instead we passed a copy around the office and got everyone to try out a page. Here are the results.

Robot by Derek Brazell

Robot by Derek Brazell

Linda Scott, a London-based illustrator, has created 40 hand-drawn typefaces with the help of her nine and seven year old children and encourages the reader to try them out by drawing on the pages of her book. She then suggests uses for your newfound bubble-writing skills, such as writing your birthday list and creating hand drawn birthday invitations.


Faces by Robin Heighway-Bury

Light-hearted and fun, and, if nothing else, will deter the little ones from scribbling on walls, desks or anything else of value!

Writing by Holly Exley

Writing by Holly Exley


Writing by Dom del Torto

Robin Heighway-Bury, Holly Exley, Dom del Torto and Derek Brazell. Aged a bit over 12

AOI Intern Holly Exley exhibits 28/5/2011

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Yellowstone Art Boutique is a brand new project based in Trentham, Stoke On Trent, and brings together a wide range of artists, designers. This weekend marks the start of a month long exhibition at the gallery between painter Emily Nixon and AOI Intern Holly Exley. Holly is an illustrator based in London and works solely in water-colour, aiming to create contemporary and fresh looking images. Her latest work focuses on collectible objects and is a vast assortment of painted match boxes, cutlery and vintage mathematical equipment.


Opens Saturday 28th of May 2011

Open 10am – 6pm daily. Event is 7pm – 9pm

Yellowstone Art Boutique, Unit 205, The Trentham Retail Village, Stone Rd
Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent , ST4 8AX
United Kingdom

Ben Tallon wins April’s Flair competition

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Flair is an independently judged online competition, independently judged by the AOI and hosted by CreativeMatch,  that invites illustrators from all walks of life and stages in their careers to submit their work. April see’s winner Ben Tallon take the prize with his illustration for Quenched Music. You can read more about the winning entry here, and enter the competition yourself here.


Evgenia’s Go Girl gocco prints are now for sale!

Monday, May 16th, 2011

AOI Member and ex-intern Evgenia Barinova has produced Go Girl limited edition Gocco prints (fyi: Gocco is a Japanese variation of screenprinting) that are now available for sale.


30 prints in total, each signed, numbered and stamped by the illustrator. Each gocco print is an individual, no two are the same because of the technique the inks were applied, creating a unique marble pattern.
The prints are available for sale through Evgenia’s website – either Bigcartel or Etsy online shops.

Shirley Hughes – 30 years of ‘Alfie’ at The Illustration Cupboard 2nd-25th June 2011

Monday, May 16th, 2011


Illustrationcupboard is delighted to join the celebrations and present, with Shirley Hughes, a celebratory Alfie exhibition. This unique event will feature original Alfie artwork for visitors to see close up including working drawings, mock-ups drafts and sketches of her Alfie books, loaned from her own personal archive. As a special highlight Shirley is also offering a once-in life time opportunity for collectors to acquire original published Alfie artwork too, as well as very rare work for her much-loved personal favourite Dogger. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

22 Bury St, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6AL

Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 6.00pm Saturdays: 11.00am-5.00pm                              

AOI Member Julene Harrison’s time-lapse video

Friday, May 13th, 2011

When not illustratiing the AOI Publishing Directory‘s cover, Julene Harrison is being commissioned by Nivea to do one of her wonderfully complex paper cuts. See the time lapse video here.

Final Nivea Cut

AOI Members get discounted entry to this years LTM show!

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The River Thames – an exhibition of the best entries will open tomorrow at the London Transport Museum (10th May-3rd June 2011) and all AOI Members will receive a considerable discount for entry at £5 rather than the normal £13. For more info, go to

Please remember to bring your valid AOI Members Card with you!

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Anne Corless at the Animal Art Fair 5th-8th of May 2011

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

AOI Member Anne Coress as been invited to exhibit her artwork in support of ‘TUSK’, Prince William’s African Conservation Charity. Her artwork for sale will include watercolour and oil paintings of wildlife, horses and dogs.


“The Animal Art Fair celebrates the diversity of animal art and the uniqueness and variety of styles of the artists.  It shows us the beauty of some animals, the strength and power of others and the willingness of many to work with mankind.  In this, the Animal Art Fair reminds us to pledge our support to the charities who work so hard to protect animals and educate people around the world, about them.”

Preview Event on Thursday 5th May from 4.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
·         Friday 6th May from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
·         Saturday 7th May from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
·         Sunday 8th May from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Loose Limb’s Presents: BUDDHA HYPE! 19/05/2011

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011


Illustrator Gino Muscat will be hosting an exhibition this month. Here is what he had to say about the show:

Buddha Hype! is a series of illustrations based on the Buddhism culture twisted around concepts in society of today such as sex, drugs, and sweet things,
Quite like Buddhism vs pop culture.

In my series i will be opening up Cultures and giving them my own take.

MUSIC will be presented by Gonzi (Joel Gonsalves)

The Exhibition of BuddhaHype will be presented by Loose Limbs
At The Camp, in Old-Street (near the station opposite Sainsburys)
On 19th May 2011 Start time is 6pm till 9pm, the exhibition will run
for 2 weeks and ends 2nd of June

Free Entry

Facebook Group is BuddhaHype!