Archive for November, 2013

Children’s Books Special in 1978

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

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We’ve unearthed more past publications of AOI newsletters. Another one from 1978, this is a special Children’s Books Issue, featuring artists like Nicola Bayley, John Lawrence, Brian Froud and Alan Lee!

Nicola Bayley

“…some zoo illustrations which show all the wit and charm that characterises her work now.” Nicola Bayley’s preferred medium is watercolour on cartridge paper.


John Lawrence’s wood engravings. “Much of the black linework he does, and has done for children’s stories evokes a powerful sense of atmosphere and period.”

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Faeries, a joint collaboration by Brian Froud and Alan Lee (pre-Tolkien era).

“In Faeries, the traditional relationship between text and illustration has been discarded. By the authors’ own choice, this is a visual book with text that is occasional and supportive…”

Composite notice artwork belongs to the artist

‘Artwork Belongs to the Artist’. Notice issued by the Association of Illustrators.

Unless otherwise agreed the original artwork belongs to the artist.

AOI Illustration Awards 2013 at Swansea Met

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The tour of The AOI Illustration Awards is well under way at its first stop, Swansea Metropolitan.

Swansea is one of the four locations to host the exhibition, it opened its doors on Monday 11th November and closes on Friday 13th December. The show is held at University’s Dynevor Centre for Art, Design and Media.

Photo by Matthew Otten

One of the judges for this year’s Awards was UWTSD Swansea General Illustration Programme Director, Derek Bainton.

Derek commented on the internationally open awards this year as reflecting ‘illustration’s growing contribution to global visual culture’, promising to ‘entertain, to educate, to enlighten, and demonstrate what illustration is and what it can be.’ and ’embracing both traditional and exciting new media to challenge conventional perceptions of this expanding discipline’.

Admission is free and open Monday – Friday 8:30am – 8:00pm, Saturday 9:00am- 1:00pm.

Photo by Matthew Otten

Photo by Matthew Otten

Photo by Matthew Otten

Further information can be found here.

photos by Matthew Otten

London Illustration Fair

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Hoxton Arches, Arch 402 Cremer Street ,London E2 8HD

Friday 29 & Saturday 30th November: 12 – 8pm, Sunday 1st December

Contemporary illustration, print and graphic design fair, bringing artists and buyers together. The London Illustration Fair launches with a showcase of over twenty young, emerging illustrators. AOI members, Linocut Boy and Sneaky Raccoon are among the exhibitors.

Sneaky Raccoon, Skulls

Sneaky Raccoon, Skulls

Also showing alongside the illustrators at the fair will be Jealous Gallery, a studio, gallery and publisher and Puck Collective, an ever-evolving group of emerging and established illustrators. Puck will announce their new collective members and exhibit the work of those who will be joining them in the coming year, they will also be running a live revolving drawing installation.

Jealous will present their range of unique editions and Linocut Boy will run a interactive work shop in printing your own anti-Christmas cards using lino designs and an Adana print press.

Noma Bar – Cut The Conflict

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Rook & Raven Gallery

7 Rathbone Place 

Until 21 December 2013

Tuesday – Friday 11.00am – 6.30pm 
Saturdays – 11am – 5pm

Cut the Conflict takes Noma Bar’s distinctive mixture of ‘double-take’ imagery and biting social commentary to a new level, by collecting different materials from countries in conflict, and exposing their current political and social situation.

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Noma will be hosting a talk and demonstration about the process and background to his iconic negative space imagery at the Rook & Raven Gallery on Saturday 30th November 12pm – 4pm
and Saturday 7th December 12pm – 4pm

Queer Zine Fest London

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013


Building One, 373 Kennington Road, London SE11 4PS

Sunday 1 December 2013

12 – 17.00

Queer Zine Fest London event takes place on December 1st at Space Station Sixty-Five and falls on World AIDS Day this year.

A day of screenings, talks and workshops will accompany the zine fair:

Talks & workshops

12:30 – 1:00pm Seb/Kirsty/Bethany

1:00 – 1:30pm For Books Sake: Queer Lit Heroes

1:30 – 2:00pm David Shenton

2:00 – 2:30pm’s AIDS/HIV Zine Show-and-Tell

3:00 – 3:30 pm Charlotte Copper’s How To Get Shit Done

3:30 – 4:00pm’s xZINECOREx metadata standard

4:00 – 4:30pm Amnesty Write For Rights greeting card workshop



Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

AOI staff were delighted to receive a delivery of scrumptious cupcakes from member, Lizzie Mary Cullen, as a thank you for helping her with some illustration issues. Thanks, Lizzie.


Wake Up To 1978

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Jan/Feb Cover by Mickey Finn

Jan/Feb Cover by Mickey Finn

On our continued explorations of the past publications of AOI newsletters, we found a few more gems we’d like to share from he Jan’Feb issue of 1978.

But first, here’s an image of AOI members from back in 1978, illustrated by Steve Pickard from that issue.

Illustrated by Steve Pickard

Illustrated by Steve Pickard

“Shelfanger is a small straggly village just north of Diss on the Suffolk Norfolk border. It contains in two houses, two hundred yards apart, two working illustrators who have never met, at least until a reporter went to see them both one Sunday to write them up for Illustrators.” goes the opening paragraph of the article that features John Ireland and Josh Kirby.

John Ireland

John Ireland

Another article features Eric Parker, who was born in Stoke Newington in London on 7th September 1898. Back in 1922, he started contributing regularly to the weekly, Union Jack. He did most of the covers and illustrations for the stories.

Eric R Parker

Eric R Parker

The Union Jack was 28 pages of newsprint with a two-colour cover. The second colour changed from issue to issue. The two covers shown above both use a pale orange, in quite different ways.

Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 – the selection

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013


Congratulations to everyone who has been selected to feature in the Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 exhibition at the London Transport Museum.

The jury has now finished the tough job of selecting 50 artworks to be on display at the museum out of the many hundreds of illustrations we received. Winners will be announced at the private view night in February 2014.

Emails with details have been sent out to sucessful artists on the list below. If you are on the list but have not received your loan agreement email please get in touch with Sabine on: [email protected] .

Many thanks to everyone who entered their work to London Stories. There were lots of great illustrations, and a really high standard, but unfortunately we can only display 50 images at LTM this year. Try again next year for another chance to win the top prize or be part of the exhibition.

Maria Alliaud
Mia Borstrand
Ilaria Bozzini
Gill Bradley
Hayley Chan
Bridie Cheeseman
Eric Chow
Fabio Corazza
Esther Cox
Elisa Cunningham
Paul Davis
Carina Dewhurst
Melvyn Evans
Jessie Ford (Sugar Snap Studio)
Paul Garland
David Humphries
Rachel Hunt
Lucy Irving
Shinsaku Iwatachi
Veronique Joffre
Samuel Kerwin
Heather Lewis
Miguel Lima
robert littleford
Helen lLord
David McConochie
Dominic McKenzie
Shaun Michel
Juan Molinet
Faye Moorhouse
Aleesha Nandhra
Evgenia Nikolova
David Oku
Ian Penney
Sonia Poli
Nicola Pontin
Sue Prince
Nathan Reed
Sarah Rossignol
Clair Rossiter
Kate Sampson
Eliza Southwood
Anna Steinberg
Nicholas Stevenson
Erica Sturla
Andrew Tudor
Bill Walsh
Sinead Waugh
Ian Whadcock
Richard Williams

Image by Anne Wilson, winner Serco Prize for Illustration 2011

VaroomLab Journal issue two now available

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Looking for more in-depth writing on illustration? With texts on Control of Time and Space in Graphic Narratives, Illustrated Worlds, and Illustration for the Internet Space, amongst others, the new downloadable issue is a fascinating read on a variety of illustration subjects.


Issue Two contains papers submitted and peer reviewed from the call for papers for the Swansea Metropolitan University/VaroomLab Spatialising Illustration symposium held at Swansea on 24/25 January 2013.


The symposium explored the ways in which we encounter space and place through illustration, roaming beyond seeing illustration solely as a commercial discipline and exploring it as a visual language inherent in many artistic activities: a medium that evokes ideas and narrative, and one that offers subtle messages about worlds we encounter.


Contributors include Mitch Miller, Nick Dodds, Sharon Beeden, Roderick Mills, Bella Kerr, Rachel Gannon, Richard Levesley & Marc Bosward, Chloé Regan, Geoff Grandfield and Allan Ward. Download here

Tvisker by Kristjana S Williams

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Outline Editions, 90 The Avenue
London NW6 7NN

Until 5 December, 2013

Opening Times Monday to Friday 10am until 6pm

Outline Editions

020 8451 3400


Outline Artists is showcasing new work by Icelandic artist Kristjana S Williams alongside prints by fellow artists from it’s roster including Mr Bingo, Hvass&Hannibal, Rob Bailey, Andreas Neophytou, Ed Carvalho-Monaghan and Jessica Das.