Archive for April, 2012

FROSTVILLE! Daniel Frost exhibition

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

The Frontroom Gallery,
The Gatehouse,
23-25 Gwydir St,
CB 1 2LG.

4th May to 22nd June


The exhibition will be the first glimpse of Daniel’s fictional town of FROSTVILLE!

BD and Comics Passion festival at the Institut Français

Friday, April 27th, 2012


The second edition of the festival is even more ambitious this year, with thirty events during four days, including talks, live drawing sessions, films, workshops for kids and exhibitions. Guests include Guy Delisle (Jerusalem Chronicles, Pyongyang), Tom Gauld (Goliath, The Gigantic Robot), David B. (Black Paths, Best of Enemies), Jonathan Ross aka Wossy (Turf, America’s Got Powers), Grzegorz Rosinski (Thorgal), Kevin O’Neill (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Arleston & Mourier (Trolls de Troy), Pat Mills (Charley’s War), Karrie Fransman (The House That Groaned), Paul Gravett (1001 Comic Books You Must Read Before You Die) and Luke Pearson (Hilda).


Highlights of the festival include Kevin O’Neill and Pat Mills’ talk on “London and other realities”, featuring their fantasy and reality views of London in comics, a conversation between Jonathan Ross and Tom Gatti about Jonathan’s love for comics and bandes dessinées, a drawing jam between Guy Delisle and Tom Gauld, and David B.’s take on the challenge of “Drawing History.”


The weekender will also feature Rosinski’s first ever event in London, during which he will reveal the secrets of the legendary Thorgal series, the screening of Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Chicken with Plums, and a zany drawing encounter between Pearson and Mourier involving trolls! For those who enjoy a bit of music with their comics, there will be an exclusive show during which illustrators will draw to the tunes of French soul/pop/gospel singer Mesparrow, followed by a dress-up Victorians vs Decadents Party as an homage to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.


Places are limited so book online or by phone on: 020 7871 3515

The Festival runs form Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 May 2012.

The Institut Francais
17 Queensberry Place
London SW7 2DT

Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Bus: 14, 49, 70 74, 345, 360, 414, 430, Cl

The whole programme is online at

Please contact [email protected] for any enquirys.

Picture This… Illustration Open Exhibition at Orleans House Gallery

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Exhibitor Jim Kay

Through its annual open exhibition opportunities, Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham helps artists locally, nationally and internationally to showcase their work in group exhibitions across three gallery spaces: Orleans and Stables Galleries in Twickenham and the Riverside Gallery in Richmond.

In 2012, we have further opportunities for artists to submit artwork for an exhibition at the Riverside Gallery titled Picture This…


Exhibitor Jim Kay

This exhibition, which ties in with the popular Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival in November, celebrates contemporary book illustration for children. Picture This… is seeking original artwork or prints from UK-based illustrators in a range of media and styles from the vibrant, colourful and cartoon-like to the dark and surreal.

Deadline for submissions 10AM Fiday 7th September 2012

Click here for terms and conditions of how to enter: picture_this_submisison_form

Picture This… will run from 10th November 2012 – January 20th 2013

Mon 10AM – 6PM
Tues 10AM – 5PM
Wed 10AM – 6PM
Thurs 10AM – 5PM
Fri   10AM – 5PM
Sat 10AM – 1.30PM

Orleans House Gallery

Find out more here.

Drawn Underground Exhibition: Tim Ellis

Friday, April 27th, 2012


Tim is an illustrator and doodler who uses a cast of characters, symbols and hand-drawn type to communicate his lateral ideas and narratives. After graduating from Central Saint Martins and working and living in London, Tim now lives in South Surrey, where he works on illustrations and zine-making. Tim is interested in mythology, narrative, folk tales, nature, junk shops, popular culture, zines, comics and old children’s books.


Drawn Underground is an exhibition to celebrate the launch of Drawn Underground, an original doodle book for the tube – a collection of half illustrations and visual puns for doodlers to finish between stations. Draw your travel patterns, cross out kings, doodle crystal palaces and Way Out things. Original drawings and prints and doodle books will be on sale. The exhibition takes place at the Tracey Neuls Gallery, London.


Drawn Underground runs from Thursday 3rd May – Sunday 3rd June 2012

Friday – Monday 12 noon – 6pm
First Thursdays 12 noon – 8pm

Tracey Neuls Gallery
73 Redchurch Street
E2 7DJ

You can see more of Tim’s work here

Le Book Connections 2012

Friday, April 20th, 2012

AOI were invited to attended the Le Book Connections event in London this week. Held in the elegantly spaceous Royal Horticultural Halls, Connections is a trade show for creatives in the field of photography, illustration, fashion who come to network with artists representatives. The agencies have stands laden with portfolios of work (some are laden with cake too, which is obviously a draw for those with a sweet tooth), and computer display screens showing the work of all their artists.


It’s an interesting event, and clearly makes it easy to discuss your objectives with agency reps in a unhurried environment. AOI spoke with the illustration agencies who’d taken space at Connections, including Agency Rush, Dutch Uncle and Breed, most of whom have taken stands at several Connections events (it is also held in New York, Berlin and Paris), and they all had positive words to say on its benefits.


As well as the expected British representatives, agencies from around the world were present, with several from Sweden and USA. The event runs over two days and next takes place in New York over the summer.


Ex-AOI Intern Rebecca Abell: Window display for Browns Fashion London

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Ex-AOI Membership & Publications intern Rebecca Abell was recently commissioned by Browns to create a window display for their


Illustrator and former AOI intern Rebecca Abell has just completed this challenging project for Browns Fashion in London. She worked on designing and illustrating 7 backdrops for their Easter window displays.


Here is what Rebecca had to say about the project:

“Centred on the theme of ‘taking flight’, each studied drawing and sketch incorporates the themes, patterns and colours of the season. To give the windows more depth, I painted feathers and birds directly onto the glass. Painting the windows was a challenge, not only because I was uncomfortable with the medium and scale of the work but because I was exposed to the public on the most popular high street in London! It was very strange not to have the privacy of my home studio with my confined desk space, my a4 sheet of drawing paper and my pencils.”


More photos can be viewed on Rebecca’s Facebook illustration page.

See the windows for yourself at Browns flagship store: 24-27 South Molton Street, London, W1K 5RD. Nearest tube- Bond Street Station. Or at their Sloane Street store: 6C Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9LE. Nearest tube- Knightsbridge.

Follow recent updates @rebeccaabell
Click here for Rebecca’s website

Debra McFarlane

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Debra McFarlane and The Folio Society

Until 28th April 2012

22 Bury St, London,
St. James’s

The Folio Society has been synonymous with fine binding and beautifully illustrated books since its origins in 1947. Since then many of its classic editions have been illustrated by leading artists. As well as patronising those well-known The Folio Society has also given many younger talents their first opportunity for success. Such a one is Debra McFarlane who has now published eight books with The Folio Society, of which her impressive Peter Pan and Wendy and The Pink Fairy Book have been best-sellers.

The Folio Society has produced exquisite hardback editions of the world’s greatest books since 1947.

AOI at Pick Me Up

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012


Pick Me Up, the graphic arts fair at Somerset House in London, hosted an AOI stand on 28 March. With the event packed with illustrators and illustration students it was the perfect occasion to show what the AOI can do for visual creators.

Manned by AOI staff, Paul Ryding, Helen Thomas and Paul Smith, the stand gave fair attendees the chance to pick up special offer membership, bargain back issues of Varoom magazine and reduced price Illustrators Guide to Law and Business Practice, as well as chat with staff about membership benefits such as pricing and ethical advice. Pick Me Up was open late that evening with music and special events to compliment the artwork and artifacts created by illustrators for the fair.


Derek Brazell, illustrator and Projects Manager at the Association of Illustrators, gave a talk the same day – Illustration: What You Need To Know - on the first steps to starting a successful career in illustration covering self promotion, pricing, licensing, copyright and much more. The talk was sold out and received praise from those who’d been present.

Illustrator, Phillip j. Jones told Derek, ‘I was at Pick Me Up last week and as well as finding the show enjoyable, the highlight of my visit was going your talk in the afternoon on the Wednesday.  I found it to be very useful and indeed much more informative than the majority of lectures I attended at university. I would like to say Thank you for an excellent talk.’


Jonny Duddle Scoops Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2012

Thursday, April 5th, 2012


Jonny Duddle has won the most prestigious and valuable children’s book prize in the country for his picture book The Pirates Next Door (Templar). His book was crowned overall winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2012 which, champions new and emerging talent in children’s writing.

Announcing the award, Melissa Cox, Children’s Buyer at Waterstones, described the book as a thoroughly deserving winner: “The Pirates Next Door is full of the anarchic wit and invention children love in a picture book. It’s fresh and fun and has been a huge hit in Waterstones’ shops across the country, and had an incredible reception from booksellers, parents and, most importantly, children. Jonny is a huge new talent in the picture book field.


Jonny with Amanda Wood, Templar Creative Director

Jonny’s character designs were an integral part of the development work on Aardman’s feature length animation The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists.

Paul Bommer – Umbra Sumas (We Are But Shadows)

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Illustrator Paul Bommer has a solo show at 15 Wilkes Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QF.

The show will run from Saturday 28th April until Sunday 29th April, 11am-6pm.

There will be a private view on Friday 27th April 6-9pm.

Please RSVP to [email protected]

See more of Paul’s work here.