Archive for February, 2014

Calling illustrators for European Copyright Consultation!

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Your views wanted for European Commission’s Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rule

Deadline is Wednesday 5 March 2014

The European Commission’s review on copyright in Europe closes soon, and we are advising that as many illustrators submit a response as possible. The review is focusing in particular on the digital area.

The Commission will be taking note of the number of responses (as well as what is said in them), and groups who want to reduce the power of copyright (the right which you derive your income from, as it controls how your work is reproduced by yourself or your clients) are encouraging those with the same beliefs to complete the form. We would like the creative community to impress upon the Commission the importance of copyright to creators. It’s important that creators, such as yourself, send a submission in to balance the ‘change copyright’ submissions.


An online form set up by PRS for Music is intended to simplify the completion of the EC’s Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules can be found here. The questions may appear complex, but there is no requirement to complete the whole form. If you’d like to answer some of the questions the AOI believe are the most important, please see those below. You can email [email protected] with queries.

The same form is accessible here. This site includes a petition for signing, and has been set up by the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance, but you don’t have to be a composer or songwriter to support it.

For your guidance when completing the form:

◦    Under ‘Type of respondent’ illustrators should select ‘Author/Performer or representative of authors/performers’

◦    ‘Right holder’ or ‘rightsholder’ refers to creators

◦    Questions which reference ‘musical works’ or musicians still apply to artistic works and visual artists

‘Collective management organisation’ refers to collecting societies such as DACS or PRS for Music

It’s not necessary to complete the entire form, so these are the question numbers we encourage illustrators to complete:

Identifiers: Q19

What should be the role of the EU in promoting the adoption of identifiers in the content sector, and in promoting the development and interoperability of rights ownership and permissions databases?

AOI explanation: Identifiers already exist for books and magazines in the form of ISBN’s and ISSN’s, and it would be beneficial for creatives and those using creative works such as images to be able to have a system which allows for easy identification. This would assist both creators and their clients, and help prevent or track unauthorised use of images.

Answer: Adoption of standard identifiers should be encouraged, and funding from the EU to support work in this area alongside education on identifiers would be good. Sanctions against those who remove metadata (metadata will include the identifier) should be effective.

Additional answer: You can comment on how you believe identifiers would help with illustration files/images.

Term of Protection: Q20

Are the current terms of copyright protection still appropriate in the digital environment?

AOI explanation: Yes – Copyright for artistic works is set at 70 years after the death of the author, and AOI consider it an appropriate term for artistic works in the digital environment. More term information here

Answer: Yes, the existing term of protection of 70 years after the death of the creator is as valid in the digital environment as in the physical. Copyright exists for the benefit of creators, promotes diversity, and being able to make income from your copyrighted works incentivises creativity.

Additional answer: You can comment on how you might expect copyright protection in the digital realm to be as beneficial as in the physical. This could be royalties from digital books, protecting your artworks on websites, your rights in games and animations/films etc.

Exceptions flexibility: Q24

Independently from the questions above, is there a need to provide for a greater degree of flexibility in the EU regulatory framework for limitations and exceptions?

AOI explanation: No – The current copyright framework allows for flexibility, and there is no need for more specific exceptions to copyright. More information on exceptions here

The UK Fair dealing exception for use of copyrighted works functions (When assessing whether or not the use of an exception is fair dealing, the question to be asked is: how would a fair-minded and honest person have dealt with the work?) More information on fair dealing here

Answer: No – The current copyright framework allows for flexibility, and there is no need for more specific exceptions to copyright.

Copyright infringement enforcement: Q75

Should the civil enforcement system in the EU be rendered more efficient for infringements of copyright committed with a commercial purpose?

AOI explanation: Yes. Creators would benefit from support and resources for tackling infringements. Getting them removed or compensated for can be difficult.

Illustrators have found their work being used without their permission on websites which generate income for the infringer, for example through advertising or subscription costs. AOI are aware of the use of illustrations sold on merchandising online without permission of the illustrator.

Answer: If you are aware of examples, you can comment on these as reasons for a more efficient civil enforcement system which could ensure take down of infringed works within an effective timescale and prevent providers of infringing content making money from such a service.

Illustration by Beth Walrond

Gold Prize Winner of The Serco Prize for Illustration: Gill Bradley

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Monkey Band at large in Notting Hill 1927 by Gill Bradley

Artist and title: Gill Bradley for Monkey Band at large in Notting Hill 1927

Medium: Digital

Story: In 1927 an escaped Monkey Jazz band embarked on days of high jinks and mayhem at Latimer Road station. Jumping aboard trains one reached as far as Rugby before capture.

Artist’s background: Gill is primarily a Director and Designer/Animator. Her career has covered making films for commercials and TV graphics, mixing live action, stop frame animation and drawing for clients including Saatchi & Saatchi, Debenhams, Virgin, Channel 4, BBC and Rai Uno, as well as music videos for Tom Jones, Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush amongst others. Gill also works as an Illustrator and Designer and has taught animation at The John Cass School, Kingston University and at Filmakademie Baden-Würtenberg, Stuttgart.

Judges’ comment: Gill’s image leapt out (like a mad monkey) straight away. The Monkey Jazz band was an excellent story with a lively narrative, which was so bizarre that it didn’t matter if it was real or not. We were drawn to the evident humour of the image, strong colour palette and the fact that it was a bit bonkers, and felt that commuters would find it very intriguing to look at during their travels. A fitting winner to bring a smile to people’s faces.

Prize: £2,000 plus a poster on Transport for London services.

Silver Prize Winner of The Serco Prize for Illustration: Nicholas Stevenson

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Fridat Fair by Nicholas Stevenson

Artist and title: Nicholas Stevenson for Frost Fair

Medium: Digital, Paint, Collage

Story: The River Thames froze solid 24 times between 1408 and 1814. Sometimes it lasted long enough to hold a fair on the ice, complete with rides, beers, roast ox, and even an Elephant!

Artist’s background: Nicholas Stevenson, the Silver award winner, is based in North London and got a BA in Illustration from Hereford College of Arts, graduating in 2010. He is currently represented worldwide by Folio and past clients include The New York Times, Warner/Chappell Music, Big Chill Festival and Anorak Magazine. He likes to produce images that are fun, lively, mysterious and occasionally a bit unsettling.

Judges’ comment: Packed with historical (and some crafty modern) references, the judges thought Nicholas’ Frost Fair image was a delightful image to dwell on. The colourful antics of the Fair participants allow for in depth viewing, and we liked the irreverent sneaking of a Tube station onto the ice and an Elizabethan Barclays bike user as well as the drama injected by people being saved from cracked ice.

Prize: £1,000

Bronze Prize Winner of the Serco Prize for Illustration: Eric Chow

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Lady Bridge by Eric Chow

Artist and title: Eric Chow for The Lady Bridge

Medium: Digital

Story: Waterloo Bridge was reconstructed mostly by women during the war in 1945 while men were doing national service. The bridge is often called The Lady Bridge.

Artist’s background: Eric Chow is a London-based illustrator from Hong Kong. After graduating from London College of Communication in 2012, he has been working as a graphic designer in London and building up his illustration portfolio at the same time. His illustrations are digitally made, surreal and often humorous. Some of his illustrations are featured on various creative blogs; Creative Boom, Shell Suit Zombie, What an Art and Whitesao.

Judges’ comment: A great London story of the women building Waterloo Bridge; illustrated by several entrants to the competition. The judges liked Eric’s modern/historical approach on either side of the bridge, and believed that his depiction of women actually being the support of the bridge was a strong metaphor for women’s roles during the war.

Prize: £750

The Serco Prize for Illustration: London Stories

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014


The winners of the Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 were announced at an award ceremony at London Transport Museum on the evening of Wednesday 12 February. The competition was open to illustrators throughout the world and artists were invited to capture a well-known or obscure story in a single illustration. Over 1,200 illustrations were submitted by professionals and students, and the London Stories exhibition showcases 50 of the best.

The Gold Prize was awarded to Gill Bradley for Monkey Band at large in Notting Hill 1927

The Silver Prize was awarded to Nicholas Stevenson for Frost Fair

The Bronze was awarded to Eric Chow for The Lady Bridge

Gill Bradley’s entry can now be seen on Transport for London services as a poster.

The Serco Prize Winners from right to left: Nicholas Stevenson, Gill Bradley and Eric Chow

The Serco Prize Winners from right to left: Nicholas Stevenson, Gill Bradley and Eric Chow

Bringing a wide variety of visual approaches to the London Stories theme, the illustrations on display at the exhibition reveal the wealth of real and fictional tales that London has formed and inspired. Embracing the quirky, amusing, bizarre and beautiful, the show runs from ghost bears (and ravens) in the Tower of London, sleeping giants and jazz monkeys running amok, to ghost buses, Sweeney Todd and nuns stealing pineapples.

The competition was organised by London Transport Museum in partnership with the Association of Illustrators. The exhibition continues Transport for London’s legacy of design that dates back over 100 years. The Museum’s collection of graphic art is one of the best in the world and includes over 5,000 posters and artworks by famous artists including Man Ray, Paul Nash and Edward McKnight Kauffer.

London Transport Museum's Friday Late Night

London Transport Museum's Friday Late Night

Live drawing by AOI Member Lizzie Mary Cullen

Live drawing by AOI Member Lizzie Mary Cullen

There was also a chance to explore the exhibition after hours and enjoy the opening evening of London Stories during the museum’s Friday Late on 14 February 2014. There evening featured a bar and DJ, story telling for adults on board some of the museum’s heritage vehicles; a chance to illustrate your a London Story with short illustration workshops, and to strike a pose in a photo-booth with a choice of props. There evening also included tours of the museum’s new Poster Parade – I Love London.

For more information please visit the London Transport Museum website.

EurHope competition

Monday, February 17th, 2014

EurHope: Images from the Future

Deadline: March 21st, 2014

This 3rd edition of EurHope is supported by the Associazione Illustratori Italiana and European Illustrators Forum.

Entry is allowed for illustrators/designers who were born after January 1st, 1979, individually or in groups. Each participant may submit up to three works.

Themes are:

Sea ports

Links of the planet

Lives, cultures, merchandise

Crossroads for the Future

Rewards for the three best works:

1st place: € 1.500,00, 2nd Prize: € 1.000,00, 3rd prize: € 500,00

More information here

Illustrators – The Women’s Issue 1983 – archive

Friday, February 14th, 2014

We continue to look through the archive of the AOI membership publications, discovering Illustrators magazine from 1983 – The Women’s Issue.  Full of Interviews and articles discussing the experiences of women in the industry.


Anne Howeson – Kings Cross Awayday Girls

In an exhibition with Robert Manson and Ian Pollock, Anne Howeson was then known for her illustrations of prostitutes, talking about her time as an illustrator and on her perceptions towards prostitutes and their lives, seeing it as ‘women doing an awkward job rather than as victims’


Donna Muir and Su Huntley

An evening with Donna Muir and Su Huntley, now AOI patrons, showed a glimpse into the life of these two illustrators, revealing in the slides they showed to their interviewers their adventures overseas, along with talking about their creative process and current projects they were working on at the time.

carek moisiewitch

Carel Moisiewitsch

Back to the time when this issue was published Alan Coren was the editor of ‘Punch’ and had recently made a remark claiming ‘there weren’t many women cartoonists about.’

However as seen in the Cartoon Special of this issue there were many women working in the cartoon industry ‘Some cartoonists here published their own books; some held exhibitions; some just got on with the business of joke making and meeting deadlines.’

For example the work of Christine Roche, ‘Published a great deal. Tackles sexual inequality, discrimination and all aspects of women’s lives.’


Caroline Holden – Sunday express, Merrily Harpur –  The Guardian and Christine Roche – Danger: Men at Work. MacDonalds


Evelyn Dunbar -Putting on Anti-Gas Protective Clothing

Women at War was an article which talks about Linda Kitson the first British woman war artist to be sent to the front. It talks about how her experience as a woman in the Falklands would translate into her work. ‘ The Decision to omit the sensational, the gory, the horrifying; her vision and the pre-conceptions of war that she to with her; her assessment of the actual reality of organized killing; her relationship, as the only woman, with the troops; her capacity for coping with the physical hardships (which she was vehemently determined to prove she could do) – all these things and more depend as much on the fact of her being a woman as an artist.’

The article also talked about the role of women in war and shows a selection of the woman war artists appointed in world war two, Evelyn Dunbar, Ethel Gabain and Doris Zinkeisen.

Varoom Fire Sale bargain!

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

You can’t have too much Varoom in your life. And so for a short time only, we’re making a bargain Fire Sale offer of ‘4 back issues’ bundles of Varoom for just £10 (+55p VAT). That includes postage. A snip!


From issue 16 up to last year’s issue 22, you can select 4 issues (or 8, or 12…) to make up a bundle in the AOI shop and we will mail them out to you.

For a taster of each issue go to the Varoom site Back Issues section here


Sanctuaries: Temporary Dwellings of the Real or Imagined

Friday, February 7th, 2014


Sanctuaries: Temporary Dwellings of the Real or Imagined looks to re-establish drawing as an essential mode of communication, through the exploration of improvised experimental music collaborating with live drawing on stage – an Illustrated concert.


Tim Vyner drawing on Ipad to the music of Illi Adato and Yoni Sliver being sketched from the balcony

Curated by Live Harzard co-founders Valerie Pezeron and Guy Harries, the event held at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, London, was concerned less with drawing making particular use of materials or in music being one activity of a specific discipline, and more in this multidisciplinary collaboration being an approach in itself. AOI attended, and it was fascinating watching the artworks unfold across the screen, projected from the illustrators’ work space, and the use of acetates and transparent papers moved by the artists became like animations. Materials ranged from felt tips and an Action Man, to the iPad and graphite pencil.


Tim Vyner drawing on Ipad to the music of Illi Adato and Yoni Sliver

The music and drawing complimented each other so that the concert felt like a whole combined experience with the music affecting the audience’s feelings and thoughts on the created drawing as they unfolded.


Gary Embury drawing accompanied with music from Ben Bowdler

The exhibition presented a range of prints, drawings and collages exploring the theme of sanctuary. With the live drawing event in which illustrators from the First Hand reportage collective and Topolski residency illustrators were recording the events of the evening through sketching.


Illustrator Rachel Gannon drawing to the electronic music of Jo Thomas.


Valrie Pezeron illustrator and lecturer at the University of East London drawing on iPad to the music of Masol, singing right

First Hand reportage collective and Topolski residency illustrators pinned their artwork to the walls of the exhibition as the evening progressed. Examples below, and at top.


The exhibition is supported by Rich Mix, Diversity Art Forum, Reportager, Association of Illustrators and University of East London.



Ken Sequin’s Polish Adventure

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PD

Thursday 20th February –  Saturday 22nd 2014

Opening Times Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm

Admission Free

+44 (0)20 7729 3636

A unique collection of Polish film posters from the early 1960’s (remnants of a once larger accumulation, depleted after a theft and a fire) brought back from the UK in 1964 by Ken Sequin, at the time a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art.


Iconic posters, including examples by Lenica, Ciesiewich and Swierzy will be exhibited alongside rare posters by the only two women designers of the period, Baceewska and Huskowska.

‘Back To Black’ By C215

StolenSpace Gallery
17 Osborn Street,London E1 6TD,United Kingdom

Friday 7th February – Sunday 2nd February 2014

Opening Times Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 7pm

+44 (0) 207 247 2684


Stolen Space presents an exhibition, which refocuses on the grounding principles of street art: the stark simple yet effective power of the black stenciled image which had come to inspire a movement worldwide.

Being There by Rachael Gannon

The Gallery Space, campus Centre University of Bedfordshire, Luton, LUI 3JU

Tuesday 11th Febuary – Friday 7th March 2014

+44 (0)1234 400 400


Rachel Gannon graduated from Royal College of Art in 2007. Her research is routed in drawing as reportage, the reflective sketch and the role
of the sketch within contemporary illustrative practice. She has work on permanent display at the Victoria and Albert museum and the Royal London Hospital. It is within these bodies
of work that she has explored her interests
in anthropology, fieldwork notebooks and
oral histories. Rachel is a Senior Lecturer in Illustration at the University of Bedfordshire.

Spitting Image: From Start to Finish

The Cartoon Museum, 
35 Little Russell Street,

Wednesday 26th February – Sunday 8th June 2014

Opening Times Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm

Sunday 12pm to 5.30pm

0207 580 8155


The Cartoon Museum will be showing a selection of drawings, prints and other material from the award-winning British satirical TV show Spitting Image. The exhibition celebrates the success and humour of the programme created by Roger Law, Peter Fluck, John Lloyd and the Spitting Image workshop team. Visitors will be able to see how Maggie Thatcher, John Major, Richard Branson, Michael Jackson, the Royals and a host of other celebrities and politicians were reborn as their satirical puppets.

Wizard Exhibition

Beach London, 20 Cheshire St, London, E2 6EH

Thursday 6th February – Sunday 23rd February 2014

Opening times Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm

(+44) (0)207 0334111


A group of mainly illustration graduates are putting on a multi- disciplinary show for the new year, and the theme is Wizards.

WIZARD is compiled of varied mediums including sculpture, costumery, printmaking, woodcut, paper collage, painting and photography.

Pong Ping Exhibition

Twenty Twenty Two, The Basement, 20 Dale Street (entrance on Little Lever Street),Manchester,M1 1EZ

Thursday 6th February – Wednesday 5th March 2014

Opening Times Tuesday to Thursday 4pm to 12am Friday to Saturday 4pm to 3am

0161 237 9360


Pong Ping is an exhibition of Ping Pong themed design, art and illustration from a hand picked selection of international and local creatives showing Ping Pong related paraphernalia being used in everyday life.

The list of artists include Manchester based illustrator Si Scott, London’s Jenny Theolin, Foreign Policy Design from Singapore, Design by Atlas from Spain, Sneaky Raccoon from London, Manchester design collective Empire, typographer & illustrator Daren Newman, London’s Studio Opposite, Liam Hopkins aka Lazerian and Twenty Twenty Two designer Dave Sedgwick.

Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition

Plymouth Arts Centre, 38 Looe Street, Plymouth,PL4 0EB

Thursday 13th February – Sunday 9th March 2014

Opening times Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 8.30pm Sunday 4pm to 8.30pm

01752 206114

Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AT ,Devon, England

Monday 10th February – Saturday 8th March 2014

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

+441752 203434


The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. The aim is to explore and celebrate the diversity, excellence and range of current drawing practice. The exhibition this year reflects a broad range of approaches to drawing from pencil on paper to video work. The 76 artists were selected from over 3,000 entries by a panel that included Kate Brindley, Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), Michael Craig-Martin RA, artist, Charlotte Mullins, art critic, writer, broadcaster and editor of Art Quarterly.