Archive for October, 2013

Science, Imagination, and the Illustration of Knowledge symposium 7/8 November

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Special ticket offers now available for next week’s conference! This should be a fascinating event, see the full programme here.

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Varoom at Illustration Awards

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The AOI Illustration Awards are proving a big draw at Somerset House, and to celebrate we are giving away a free back issue of Varoom to the first 20 people to visit the free exhibition each morning.

Varoom 21 available to first 20 this week!

Varoom 21 available to first 20 this week!

To get your copy, just turn up once the show has opened at 10am and ask the invigilator in the gallery for a free copy.

Illustration Awards exhibition
Somerset House, London, WC2R 1LA
Terrace Rooms, South Wing – Free admission
2–27 October 2013 Open daily 10.00-18.00, until 21.00 on Thursday 27 October

AOI Illustration Awards Evening 2013

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

An exciting evening was had by all on 8 October as guests from across the world joined the AOI to celebrate this years award winning illustration, which is currently on display in the Terrace Rooms at Somerset House until 27 October.

The award night coincided with the release of the new edition of Varoom Magazine which exclusively features the awards. This is now available to purchase at the Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House or directly through the AOI.

A huge congratulations to all of the award winners this year, who are pictured celebrating below. The judging panel had a tough job on their hands deciding upon the overall Professional and New Talent winners earlier that afternoon and we were holding out breath in anticipation as these winners were announced. This years overall winner of the Professional Award was Jonathan Burton for the Folio Society commission Odd Bods. The New Talent Award is shared by Mitch Miller for A Showman’s Yard in the East End and Jun Cen for his graphic novel Entrance/Exit.

The AOI Illustration Awards Winners 2013

Top row from left: Merav Salomon, Joe Caslin, Ceri Williams, Mitch Miller, Jane Reiseger, Victoria Turnbull and Edd Baldry Bottom row from left: Levi Pinfold, Lesley Barnes, Jonathan Burton, Nate Kitch, John Riordan and Anna Cattermole

AOI Illustration Awards Evening 2013

AOI Illustration Awards Evening 2013

AOI Illustration Awards 2013

Photography by Sara Thomas, insearchoflight.co.uk

The AOI Illustration Awards 2013 Professional Award goes to…

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

The Professional award was received by Jonathan Burton for Odd Bods, a promotional deck of playing cards commissioned by The Folio Society. The traditional royal portraiture and design were given a surreal and absurd twist by the illustrator.

Judge and Illustrator/Cartoonist, Stephen Collins, explained that the illustrator had delivered ‘an inventive and fresh take on traditional design.’

Upon receiving his reward Jonathan Burton said:

The Folio Society were hugely supportive by giving me an open brief on the Playing Cards and what proved to be an important decision early on was for me to choose a theme that left lots of playful possibility. I had a lot of fun putting all the ‘absurd character’ ideas together and it makes the award extra special knowing that the result of that playfulness has had such a positive response. It’s a huge honour to receive the Overall Professional Winner Award especially with all the great work that is featured in the exhibition.

Category winning and shortlisted work can be viewed at www.theaoi.com/awards

Jonathan Burton - Odd Bods

Jonathan Burton - Odd Bods

Jonathan Burton - King of Clubs

Jonathan Burton - King of Clubs

Jonathan Burton at the Awards Ceremony

Jonathan Burton at the Awards Ceremony

The AOI Illustration New Talent Award is jointly awarded

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

The New Talent award was jointly received by Mitch Miller for A Showman’s Yard in the East End and Jun Cen for Entrance/Exit.

Mitch Miller

A Showman’s Yard in the East End is a postgraduate research project that documents the social complexity and geographical detail of a yard used by a community of travelling showpeople in Glasgow, Scotland. The ‘dialectogram’ is a style of highly detailed illustration created through social engagement, ethnographic and documentary messages to show the complexity of life and cultures within various urban spaces – usually small, marginal or overlooked.

Mark Reddy, judge and Head of Art at Bartle Bogle Hegarty commented on the difficult decision to present the New Talent award to two finalists, ‘I love illustration for its personal vision. It’s hard to say one style is better than the other when they are so different. We need to celebrate diversity.’

Judge and Programme Director of BA Illustration at Swansea Metropolitan University, Derek Bainton noted that, ‘Mitch Miller is showing where illustration is heading.’

Upon receiving his award Mitch Miller said, ‘the other winners have produced some extraordinary work, so just to be counted among them is a real honour. I can go back to Glasgow and tell the Showpeople community that our joint efforts to record and celebrate their culture are valued and appreciated. I’d like to thank the judges, and AOI, for running such a high quality competition.’

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Mitch Miller - A Showman's Yard in the East End

Mitch Miller - A Showman's Yard in the East End

Mitch Miller - A Showman's Yard in the East End

Mitch Miller - A Showman's Yard in the East End

Mitch Miller - A Showman's Yard in the East End

Mitch Miller

Mitch Miller

Jun Cen

Entrance/Exit illustrates a couple’s journey between parallel worlds, raising questions about our perception of reality and the nature of time. Originally a graphic novel, the artist subsequently developed the book into an animation that further explores these concepts.

During the final stage of judging, Deirdre McDermott, picture book publisher at Walker Books, expressed that, ‘the animation has a shimmering and magical quality.’

Upon receiving his award Jun Cen said, ‘I am very honored to be one of the two New Talent Winners of the AOI Awards this year. As an emerging illustrator, I have always been encouraged to experiment with medium and storytelling strategies. I strongly believe what makes illustration so unique is the emotion and intelligence that can be conveyed through colour, texture and composition. Its close relationship with design and animation also triggered me to expand my illustration practice to various multidisciplinary practices’.

Category winning and shortlisted work can be viewed at www.theaoi.com/awards

Jun Cen - Entrance/Exit

Jun Cen - Entrance/Exit

Jun Cen - Entrance/Exit

Jun Cen - Entrance/Exit

Jun Cen

Jun Cen & spread from Entrance/Exit

‘London’ Painting for AOI

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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We were delighted to be given an original artwork from outgoing intern, Beth Walrond (above), as a leaving present. It’s based on her experiences of living in London for three months whilst doing her internship with AOI. We’ve got it displayed in the office – and enjoying it every day!

Beth is completing her illustration degree at Falmouth University. See more of her work here.

The AOI Illustration Awards Ceremony 2013

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

The Association of Illustrators was delighted to announce the overall winners of the AOI Illustration Awards 2013 at an awards celebration held at Somerset House on Wednesday 8th October 2013.

The competition consisted of entries from across 38 different countries. An exhibition featuring highlights from this year’s shortlist was on display at Somerset House throughout October and attracted over 12,000 visitors. The exhibition now tours across the UK, host venues include Swansea Metropolitan University, Blackpool & Fylde College, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery and Guildford Museum.

The panel of judges arrived in the afternoon, prior to the opening of the ceremony, to discuss and appoint the overall New Talent and Professional winners of 2013 from the following Category Winners work:

Advertising
Professional Winner          Lesley Barnes
New Talent Winner            Not awarded

Book
Professional Winner          Merav Salomon
New Talent Winner            Jun Cen

Children’s Book
Professional Winner          Levi Pinfold
New Talent Winner            Victoria Turnbull

Design
Professional Winner          Jonathan Burton
New Talent Winner            Ceri Williams

Editorial
Professional Winner          Edd Baldry
New Talent Winner            John Riordan

Public Realm
Professional Winner          Jane Reiseger
New Talent Winner            Joe Caslin

Research and Knowledge Communication
Professional Winner          Nicolle Fuller
New Talent Winner            Mitch Miller

Self Initiated
Professional Winner          Anna Cattermole
New Talent Winner            Nate Kitch

Many thanks are due to our 24 judges for providing such lively discussions and careful adjudication in each category.

Category Winners were awarded with certificates and the overall 2013 New Talent and Professional winners, Jun Cen, Mitch Miller and Jonathan Burton were announced.

For more image from the exhibition and the awards evening please visit the AOI’s facebook page.

A special Awards Edition of Varoom Magazine (Varoom 23, AfterWords) is out now.

Judging Panel at round 3 - 8 October 2013

Judging Panel at round 3 - 8 October 2013

Category Winners, clockwise from top left, Joe Caslin, Ceri Williams, Mitch Miller, Jane Reiseger, Victoria Turnbull, Edd Baldry, Anna Cattermole, John Riordan, Nate Kitch, Jonathan Burton, Lesley Barnes, Levi Pinfold and Merav Salomon

Category Winners, clockwise from top left, Joe Caslin, Ceri Williams, Mitch Miller, Jane Reiseger, Victoria Turnbull, Edd Baldry, Anna Cattermole, John Riordan, Nate Kitch, Jonathan Burton, Lesley Barnes, Levi Pinfold and Merav Salomon

Jonathan Burton receives his trophy from John O'Reilly

Jonathan Burton receives his trophy from John O'Reilly

Illustration Awards exhibition opens

Friday, October 4th, 2013

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The AOI Illustration Awards at Somerset House have opened to impressive crowds in it’s first few days.

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Covering a broad range of illustration applications, from apps to hand drawn artwork applied straight to the walls by Scriberia, the show is attracting those from illustration lovers, to those who didn’t know illustration could cover so many angles.

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Weekend talks from some of the Awards winners complement the artwork, giving an insight into how illustrations are created and the thinking behind their process. Anna Cattermole, Nate Kitch, Lesley Barnes and Ceri Williams will be giving talks on the Saturday’s across the exhibition period.

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Work includes on-the-move reportage from Steve Wilkin, who published his sketches of fellow commuters, above, and the intriging and beautiful insect life Morphopolis app from Ceri Williams, below.

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The new edition of Varoom magazine  – AfterWords: the Awards Issue – will feature all the section winners from the Awards.