Archive for February, 2012

Social media?

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Holly Exley, AOI member and ex intern, has a few thoughts on artists using social media (Ten Reasons Why Artists Need Social Media) if you fancy seeing what the fuss might be about.

(Not necessarily AOI endorsed!)

Miranda Hart by Holly Exley

Miranda Hart by Holly Exley

Rumpole by Tony Healey

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Rumpole of the Bailey - Celebrating John Mortimer
20th February – 10th March 2012
22 Bury St, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6AL
Tel: 0207 976 1727
Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 6.00pm Saturdays: 11.00am-5.00pm

This show celbrates the work of John Mortimer, the well-missed City barrister and writer best-known for his much-loved literary legal creation Rumpole of the Bailey.

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Immortalised on television by the actor Leo McKern the accompanying series of books has been a best-seller for decades. In this unique exhibition Mortimer’s illustrator Tony Healey presents all the original watercolour artwork for this classic legal creation.

A renowned political and current affairs caricaturist Tony Healey has worked extensively for the The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and the BBC, and produced original artwork for the entire Rumpole series. Tony has also been an ethical advisor to the AOI for many years.

‘Mortimer’s own work will live on, both in the arts and in the law.’
The Guardian


Friday, February 17th, 2012

AOI got creative with the new Robots from Laurence King. There’s no messing with our all powerful ‘bots – two of whom have been hand painted by Izzy and Derek. They come flat in a box, with a few left blank to get artistic with.


There was a bit of arguing over which illustrator had designed which robot (they’re listed on the box, but we didn’t cheat by looking), and who would get to ‘build’ which robot, but we got there in the end. Hvass&Hannibal and David Shrigley were popular, but the ‘bespoke’ versions won out in the end!



Marian’s Valentine

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

We were thrilled to receive a bespoke Valentine from Marian Bantjes, Varoom columnist and graphic artist.


Marian has collected old cards and overprinted them with silver vector images  saying “From me wherever I am / To you wherever you are.”  Lovely…

Marian’s new image for Varoom 17 is a gorgeous meditation on Localism, and how our future society may unfold.


AOI welcomes new PR and Marketing Manager, Paul Smith

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012


Paul Smith became the new PR and Marketing Manager of the AOI in January 2012.

He has been working professionally in media and film PR for over 20 years with journalist and broadcast experience. Other previous positions included working on publicity campaigns for Tartan Films, The Associates, Edinburgh Film Festival, Brunel University and The BFI London Film Festival.

Varoom 17 discovers the world!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012


The new Varoom 17 investigates illustration in the emerging economies of the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – with interesting insights and a wealth of imagery.

With cover artwork by Cuban American, Edel Rodriquez, combining elements from these countries, Varoom 17 looks out across the world, commenting on Culture Vs Commerce in China, where Alan Male discovers the faultlines in Chinese commercial image-making as the economy booms. Will a new illustration community emerge? Brazil’s Eduardo Recife is interviewed his collaged illustrations that give the bright, upbeat and vintage, a twist of the modern, downbeat and alienated.

Contemporary Russian illustration is a rich mix of Soviet era modernism and pre-Soviet republic folk styles. Varoom talks to Russian illustrator Victor Melamed about irony, dialectics and Winnie the Pooh


All this and more. AOI members receive Varoom free, and you can purchase it as an individual issue or as part of a subscription here. Cover artist Edel Rodriguez reveals the process behind his collaged cover here

YO ILLO! 22nd of February 2012

Monday, February 13th, 2012


AOI Member Rob Barrett’s increasingly popular meet-up for London illustrator’s will be moving East this month to Curtain Road. Here is what Rob has to say:

Yo Illo, the group set up to provide monthly evenings for illustrators to get out from behind their desk and mingle in the real world, is back for February. Following its successful move to east London last month, the next meet up will be held at Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch on Wednesday, 22nd February from 7:30pm onwards.

If you haven’t been before, then you’re very welcome to come along – there’s no charge, and it’s a fun evening of conversation and drinks with your fellow illustrators, talking about projects, clients and whatever else comes to mind!

You can read the full details of the evening, and sign up for email announcements, at the Yo Illo website.”

If you have an upcoming networking event similar in the UK that you have organised, please get in touch with us and we can help promote it.

Collective Perspectives show

Friday, February 3rd, 2012


Editorial and Advertising (& Design!) Directory now updated and ready to order!

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012


After the countless hours of phone calls, emails and follow-up phone calls; our Editorial and Advertising Directories are now updated and ready to buy!

The Editorial Directory contains 212 contacts who want to commission illustration. Each entry contains the commissioners phone number, email, address and also a short description as to what work they are interested in seeing.

Our Advertising Directory as been extended to include Design agencies and now totals 208 art and creative directors interested in commissioning illustration!

Each directory is £25 for members and £33 for non-members and is available at the AOI SHOP.

Copyright Consultation

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Contribute your views to the Government’s consultation on copyright

The UK Government has launched an important consultation on copyright which proposes a number of significant changes to copyright in the UK and to the protection and remuneration visual artists currently enjoy.

Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) is keen to gather responses from you which will help them to shape their contribution to the consultation. DACS run the Payback scheme through which illustrators can claim money for photocopying.

Click here to complete the survey

It should take about 15 minutes to complete.

All responses are anonymous and will remain confidential and will only be used for the purposes of informing DACS’ response to the Government’s Consultation on Copyright. No personal data will be passed onto any 3rd party organisation.

This survey will close at 5pm on Friday 17 February.

You can find out more about this consultation here: