Archive for February, 2013

It’s London Fashion Week

Friday, February 15th, 2013

OMG! It’s London Fashion Week at Somerset House, and AOI staff are having to squeeze past the glamourous people to get to the office.


The sun was shining on the temporary structure put up in the courtyard, which is emblazoned with watercolour illustrations of people, trees and curiously, an aeroplane.


There was initial curiosity as to who had done the illustrations. With a wealth of amazing fashion illustrators around, who’d been chosen for this intriguing display?


Turns out it is shoe designer, Milano Blahnik, who has a big signature trailed across the building (it was hidden by the glamourous people). And talking of fashion illustration, we’re looking forward to seeing amazing work from this area entered to the AOI Illustration Awards this year – deadline end of February. Check out the details here.


Illustration Daily

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Illustration Daily is a visual Daily – an online platform where professional illustrators regularly share personal and editorial work that comments on the world today.  It is already showcasing illustrators from The Netherlands, Belgium, France, German, Italy and Poland – both young and established.

At Illustration Daily illustrators can share views by re-publishing existing illustrations and/or by making new work. All kinds of styles and opinions are encouraged – from a highly political worldview to more personal comments on things currently happening around us.


The aim is to promote the use of relevant, well-made and meaningful illustration in the digital, online and social media environments. At the same time creating an up-to-date overview of all the great editorial illustration that is being made all over the world.

To maintain quality, the platform is edited by a rotating group of illustration professionals, who decide what is published on the site.


Illustration Daily is a non-profit initiative of Pawel Pokutycki (interaction designer) and Babette Wagenvoort (illustrator & curator) and was launched at the Illustration Biennale in June 2012.

Saamna Karna

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

From 7 -28 February. Open Monday – Sunday 10am – 7pm

117 Commercial Street, 
London E1 6BG

Private View 6pm -9pm  Thursday 7 February

London based illustrator Claudine O’Sullivan presents a colourful collection of photographic and illustrative portraits inspired by her recent travels to India.


This collection is influenced by her personal experiences whilst travelling around North India and working at a Jaipur orphanage, as well as exploring aspects of Indian folklore and storytelling.

Barbara Nessim at the V&A Museum

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

V&A Museum in Seminar Room One, Sackler Centre

Friday, 22 February 6.30 PM

The internationally renowned American artist and illustrator, Barbara Nessim, will be giving a talk about her career at the V&A.


Barbara Nessim has been an enduring & pivotal figure in the industry since the 60’s in NYC, a pioneer artist and illustrator, and has donated a collection representing some of her most significant artworks to the V&A Museum in London.

Nessim’s distinctive line and style have graced the cover of nearly every major American magazine, including Time, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times.

Her work ranges from provocative drawings and paintings that represent her underlying feminist views, to advertising campaigns for companies including Levis and Ralph Lauren. She was also one of the first professional illustrators to use the computer as an artistic tool. In a career that spans more than 50 years, Nessim is still actively working on new projects.


A display of Barbara’s work: An Artful Life, will be shown at the V&A from 15 February to 19 May 2013. It will be the artist’s first solo show in London and will present around 80 works spanning her output from the 1960s to the 2000s. It will include sketchbooks, prints, drawings, photographs, computer graphics, ceramics, artist’s books and other printed publications.

The display runs from 15 February to 19 May 2013 in the V&A’s gallery 74 – Admission: FREE