Archive for March, 2013

Industry Focus – Computer Arts

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

AOI Managing Director, Heng Khoo, writes on how changing rights, wider interests and diversifying markets are affecting illustrators in the Industry Focus section of the new Computer Arts Collection, Illustration edition.


The article starts: Imagery is essential to our culture and is visible across all areas of modern life. Illustrators contribute enormously to this, but they still face challenges, both economic and technological. As a subject, illustration has never been so popular, with nearly 80 universities and colleges in the UK offering courses in illustration and graphic design.

Compared to the late 70s, when illustrators promoted their work in a physical portfolio, the digital age also presents many new opportunities. The challenge nowadays is sustaining a lengthy career when fresh imagery is only a commissioner’s mouse click away.

For more see the magazine…


EurHope – Images from the Future

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Info and regulation in 6 languages on

Competition: Living in the world – Cities, architecture, human landscapes

Deadline 2 April 2013

Imagination and the future are the subjects of the competition, focused on ways of living the world. The competition, taking inspiration from Europe, its territory, its cultures, and its infinite forms, invites artists to take a leap into the future and picture the ideas, visions, sceneries, fears, and hopes for the future on these particular subjects. Representing, not only the buildings and cities, but if participants wish, the personal experiences of the people who live there.


Cities, architecture, buildings, and dwelt territories receive a man and provide him with the first indications of personal and collective “living know-how”. The houses and villages are a form of living the planet in the most varied forms and situations. 
To live, to build are one of the main moments in the mankind’s life, in the future sustainability challenge, in the human environment research, which would be suitable for liveability, social relations, cultural evolution, and a green living.
The first step towards building is to Imagine.


Information regarding the competition notice, the jury, the planned exhibitions for the selected participants, and publications can be found on the official website of the competition:

The award ceremony for the winners will take place at the opening of the first exhibition on May 4, 2013, at Genoa, Palazzo Ducale, Sala Liguria Spazio Aperto.

The winning and selected artworks will be exhibited in:
- Genoa – Palazzo Ducale 4 to 12 May 2013 
- Milan – WOW Spazio Fumetto – Museo del fumetto, dell’illustrazione e dell’immagine animata – other exhibitions to be defined.


For the best works there are three prizes:
 1° prize: 1.500,00 euros 
2° prize: 1.000,00 euros 
3° prize: 500,00 euros

Participation is free of charge.

Each author or a group of authors can submit up to three works in reproduction paper format 30 x 30 cm. One work of an author will be awarded.

Some of the selected works are going to be published in magazines: Scuola di Fumetto

The three winners will be hosted in a hotel on the night after the awards ceremony. They will also have a refund , to be agreed with the organization, for travel or visa costs up to 200 Euros each. 
The works selected are going to be displayed at one or more exhibitions, they are also to be complied in a catalogue.

EurHope supported by

. SMACK! Fiera del Fumetto di Genova

. Ordine degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori – Provincia di Genova

. Enrico Testino

Under the patronage of, amongst others:

. Associazione Illustratori

. European Illustrators Forum

Break a Lens

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

An exhibition of Photomontage work made by level 2 and level 3 Illustration students including work by leading practitioners of photomontage and collage.

F block Gallery, University of the West of England, Bower Ashton, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol BS3 2JT

Tuesday 26th March – Friday 5th April.

Private View and auction of signed limited edition work,  Thursday 28th March at 5.00pm – 8.00pm. Auction at 6.00pm.

Auction of signed limited edition prints including Graham Rawle, Tom Burns, Michelle Thompson, Martin O’Neil, Tonwen Jones, Joel lardner, Femke de jong, Alex Williamson, Phil Wrigglesworth and other photomontage and collage artists.


The proceeds of the auction will go towards the Level 3 Illustration shows in London at the Truman Brewery, Free Range  and D&AD.

Bob Gill Exhibition at Print Club Gallery

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Bob Gill has han finished 6 new prints for display at Print Club,  each one completely original and unique and on display from 29 March until 11 April.

After freelancing as designer/illustrator/teacher in New York, Gill emigrated to London on a whim and stayed 15 years. There, he founded Fletcher/Forbes/Gill later renamed Pentagram and he went on to be a co-founder of D&AD. Gill’s work has been exhibited in major museums around the world and his lectures on design are legendary. He has written eleven books on design and illustration, as well as many children’s books. Bob earned Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the London and New York Design and Art Directors’ Associations.

D&AD have also produced a film of illustrators Margot Bowman & Serge Seidlitz in conversation with Bob. You can watch it here.

Dalston’s favourite basement bar Ruby’s, will be opening up a container  and serving cocktails inspired by the prints for the opening evening.
If you would like to attend this private view please RSVP full names to [email protected]

Private View, Thursday 28 March, 6pm
Exhibition open 12pm – 6pm, Friday 29 March – Thursday 11 April 2013

Print Club Gallery
10-28 Millers Avenue
E8 2DS

Bologna Fair Illustrators Dinner

Friday, March 15th, 2013

You are invited to the ILLUSTRATORS ONLY DINNER PARTY (illustrators friends are welcome, too)

Tuesday 26 March 2013 from 7:30pm on


If you’re visiting the Bologna Children’s Book Fair AOI would like to pass on an invitation to meet up with fellow European illustrators at an informal dinner meet-up hosted by the Italian illustrators organisation, AI, along with other European Illustrators Forum (EIF) members.

As EIF are not meeting formally at the Fair, AOI will not be attending, but we encourage you to go along as in our experience it’s been an entertaining evening in previous years. Details are below.

Reservations are required, so if you’d like to attend, please reply to Paolo Rui – Associazione Illustratori, [email protected] with your full name.

Venue;  TRATTORIA FANTONI, Via del Pratello, 11/a Bologna – Tel. 051-236.358

Selected menu a’ la carte 20€ including water (wine and drinks excluded)



Pictoplasma Conference and Festival 2013

Monday, March 11th, 2013

10-14 April 2013

BABYLON am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz,

gauckler_Geneviève Gauckler

A five day festival and conference, exhibitions, animation festival performances and parties.

Speakers include many artists recently featured in Varoom 21 including Welsh artist Osian Efnisien, Mexican El Grand Chamaco, French cover artist Geneviève Gauckler, Canadian Andrea Wan and AOI member Jon Burgerman.

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The Character Walk guides international festival attendees, the general public and everyone interested in cutting edge character driven art through more than twenty galleries, project spaces and selected locations in Berlin-Mitte.

anna_hrachovec_Anna Hrachovec

For further information on the festival go here

Create your own comic book because BD & Comics Passion is back

Friday, March 8th, 2013


Calling all comics devotees: BD & Comics Passion is back at the Institut français in London from May 30th to June 2nd 2013! Workshops, live drawing, concerts and movies galore are on the agenda, with some of the greatest writers and illustrators. Get ready to meet Pénélope Bagieu, François Boucq, Etienne Davodeau, Virginie Despentes, Edika, Hunt Emerson, Regis Loisel, Posy Simmonds, Patrick Sobral, a cartoonist from the Peyo studios (the Smurfs) and many more…


Image by Edika from Clark Gaybeul - Petites lâchetés published by Fluide Glacial

And since you love comics, why not make one yourself? If you’re aged 7 to 17 and live in the UK, you can participate in our nationwide contest and stand a chance to win amazing prizes! Whether you make it on your own, as a class project, or with friends…

All you need to do is design a comic book full of creativity where the food you love – or hate – most is the centrepiece… Anything can happen: a crazy scientist invents a new smell for Brussels sprouts? We love it! The adventures of Super Cucumber? Go for it! The discovery of a chocolate planet? We’ve been dreaming about it! But careful now, the title and cover of your comic are important, as much as the story and drawing…

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Image by Posy Simmonds published by Jonathan Cape

The winners will be selected by a jury composed of the expert Paul Gravett (co-director of the Comica Festival), Patrick Sobral (author of the famous series Les Légendaires), Alex Spiro (editor at Nobrow), and the renowned chef Raymond Blanc. The members of the jury will attend the prize ceremony during the festival at the Institut français.

For more information visit

The Graphic Novel – forum

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

8 March 9.30am – 4.30pm

Lecture Theatre, Falmouth Campus, Falmouth University, Woodlane, Falmouth TR11 4RH

MA Illustration: Authorial Practice presents its Annual Illustration Forum: this year, it is all about the Graphic Novel.


Graphic literature is enjoying wider audiences and is receiving greater recognition than ever before. Witty comic strips in the newspapers; original short stories, such as in the Observer Short Story prize; or dramatic retellings of classic tales… However you like to find it, there’s a flavour for everyone, and plenty to get under your skin.

Perhaps you like your graphic literature traditional, or maybe you are staunchly independent? As the medium grows and develops, there are ever-increasing ways of writing, drawing and reading graphic literature.

To discuss these questions, and to present their own work, Falmouth University welcome: Tom Gauld (, Catherine Anyango (, Barnaby Richards ( ), and Isabel Greenberg ( Roger Sabin chairs the event (Reader in Popular Culture at Central St. Martin’s).

The forum is the ideal place to meet with other illustrators, artists and writers; to hear insightful perspectives from creators in the midst of the medium; and to join in the day’s debate in the Q&A session.

Tickets are available from [email protected]

Varoom 21 – Rules

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013


Watch out, Varoom 21’s about! Cover artist, Genevieve Gauckler, has created a fantastic creature for us, ‘I like using texture to compose the bodies of my babies…’ she says.


Varoom 21 covers the evolution of character art, breaking rules in children’s magazines, the use of digital illustration in comics and asks what is the value attributed to an image of David Bowie.


Some of the talented illustrators featured in Varoom 21 are Andrea Wan, Jake Tilson, Graham Rawle, Andrew DeGraff and Sabine Pieper.

It is available to purchase this week, both in selected shops and online, with members and subscribers receiving theirs within the next few days.

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For more information on the latest Varoom, please see our digital press release.


Ilustrafic – Outside the Page

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

19-21 June 2013, Valencia, Spain

Ilustrafic is a biennial conference whose goal is to generate a space for reflection on visual culture and image in their different applications, stressing the proximity between diverse art disciplines and their relations.

To that purpose, the analysis of the graphic image will be approached from different perspectives and fields beyond illustration itself, such as design, photography, painting and animation. Speakers include Nate Williams, Gemma Correll and Bjorn Lie, and presentations will be translated Spanish/English.


Nowadays illustration is undergoing an undeniable expansion. This becomes evident through the growing number of illustrated books published every year, the books on the work of different authors and those compiling samples of emerging trends. Its presence in advertising and the audiovisual media has increased notably in the last decade.

Current trends such as signature design or handmade design propose more expressive and experimental scenarios. In them, illustrators can participate from a perspective that is more personal, and therefore, more idiosyncratic.

The links between illustration and design are tighter and more necessary every time, since companies and clients require not only concepts and communication keys in the graphic project, but they also demand that the very resources of formal creation to be an important factor as a differential strategy. In this first edition of the congress, under the title Outside the Page, Ilustrafic will tackle these questions.


The framework for reflection that Ilustrafic provides will be paired with other events such as the Enterprise Forum, which aims at putting the illustrator in touch with industry, along with a number of exhibitions, such as Abierto todo el día (Open all day) displaying notebooks by Isidro Ferrer and Pep Carrió, which will afford us first-hand knowledge of their creative process. There will also be practical workshops taught by renowned artists, widely respected in the field of illustration.