Archive for April, 2013

Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2013

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Henry Boon

Call for Entries: Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2013 – Deadline 3 June 2013

Call for Entries for the 7th competition, Exhibition, Publication and Symposium.

Last year the Cheltenham Illustration Awards had contributions from 16 countries. Their aim is to provide a platform for illustrators to promote and exhibit their work as widely as possible.

This year’s theme is Tales of Mood and Memory, with memory also the theme to this year’s Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Artwork is invited in digital format, with an emphasis on narrative illustration.

Winners will be exhibited in October as part of the Times Cheltenham Literature Festival and in association with the Holst Birthplace Museum, and published in a full colour Annual.

Prizes of cash and an Apple computer will be awarded – for full details and application forms please visit here

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival runs from 4th-13th October 2013

Secret Garden

Friday, April 26th, 2013


We’re never adverse to a bit of artistic colouring in at the AOI, being very good at pencil control. But we can also break out of those lines and just go for it! Johanna Basford’s intricately drawn new book, Secret Garden, brings an element of sophistication to what can be an unusually therapeutic pastime.


Johanna’s line drawings look beautiful on their own, but are there for filling in and expanding on, so off we went. Above is Nicola Manuel’s autumnal coloured leaves, and below Derek Brazell’s watercolour efforts.


Secret Garden is published by Laurence King

Varoom 21 Rules event

Friday, April 12th, 2013

The evening of 11 April saw the latest in Varoom magazine’s events based on the theme of the most recent issue take place at Foyles in London. Issue 21’s theme is Rules. Members of First Hand reportage collective were drawing throughout the evening, and we’ll be showing their results on the Varoom website soon.


Graham Rawle, Phoebe Halstead and Viviane Schwarz

Produced by the AOI, the event was chaired by Varoom editor John O’Reilly, with three panelists discussing their work around the theme of Rules. First on was Phoebe Halstead, a freelance illustrator, animator and director of ‘pH Level Studio’ animation studio and founding member of the illustration collective First Hand whose members took part in the 24 hour Musicals event covered in Varoom 21.


Sophia O’Connor of First Hand drawing in background; John O'Reilly facing the panel in foreground

Maker of interactive children’s books and comics, Viviane Schwarz, spoke next about her new Welcome to your awesome robot book, featured in Varoom21 and also covered her well known title, There are Cats in this Book.

Author, artist and designer, Graham Rawle, spoke about his books including collaged novel Woman’s World, and new book The Card about ‘found’ playing cards.

AOI staff, Helen and Derek, were then very surprised to discover a ‘found’ playing card (7 of Hearts) lying on the pavement in Oxford Street on their way to the tube. Spooky!