Archive for June, 2014

As Above So Below

Monday, June 30th, 2014

64 Killigrew Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3PP
Saturday 28th June – Friday 11th July

Atlantic Press and Tiny Pencil join forces for a festival of graphite


Illustration Degree Shows 2014

Monday, June 30th, 2014

By James Hurley from Cambridge School of Art

By James Hurley from Cambridge School of Art

Cambridge School of Art Degree Show 2014

Friday 13th June to Sunday 22nd June

Opening times: Weekdays: 10am to 8pm, Weekend: 10.00am to 4.30pm

Ruskin Gallery and surrounding studios, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT

The Arts University College, Bournemouth

19th – 27th June

For opening times and locations check the website.

AUB London Show High Noon 2nd – 5th July 2014, 10am – 6pm. Embassy Tea Gallery, 195-205 Union Street, London SE1 0LN Private view: 1st July, 6pm – 9pm.

Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

School of Art, Margaret Street

Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th June

Opening times: Weekdays” 10am – 6pm, Saturday: 9am – 4pm, Sunday: 10am -4pm

Camberwell Collage of Arts: Undergraduate and MA Conservation – Summer Show 2014

Monday 16th June to Saturday 21st June 2014

Opening times: (see website)

Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UF

In Place show at Copeland Park, Peckham, London

Central St Martins, University of the Arts London

Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London


Wednesday18th – Sunday 22nd June

Opening times: Wednesday – Friday: 12pm -8pm. Weekend: 12pm – 6pm

University of Derby

Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill

Saturday 24th May – Friday 13th June

Opening Times: Weekdays: 9am – 7pm, Saturdays: 10am – 5pm Sundays: 12pm – 4pm

The University of Northampton

Avenue Campus, St George’s Avenue, NN2 6JD

13th June – 4th July

Opening times: Weekdays: 10am – 5pm, Weekends: 10am – 4pm

Plymouth University Degree Show 2014

Saturday 14th – Thursday 26th June 2014

Opening times: Weekdays: 10:00am – 17:00pm, Saturdays 11.00 – 16.00

Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA, United Kingdom (see website for more details)

Falmouth University The Art and Design Degree Show 2014

Friday 13th June to Tuesday 17th June

Opening times: Weekdays/Weekends: 10.00am – 17.00pm

Falmouth and Penryn campuses:

Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4RH

Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE

University of Brighton Faculty of Arts Graduate Show 2014

Saturday 7th June to Sunday 15th June 2014

Opening times: (see website)

University of Brighton Faculty of Arts, Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY

Kingston University London – Undergraduate Degree Show 2014

Saturday 31st May to Friday 6th June 2014

Opening times: (see website)

Knights Park campus, Grange Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2QJ

UWE Bristol University – Creative Industries Degree Show 2014

Saturday 7th to Thursday 12th June 2014

Opening times: Saturday/Sunday: 10.00am – 18.00pm Weekdays: 10.00am – 20.00pm

Bower Ashton Campus
Kennel Lodge Road
off Clanage Road
Bower Ashton

Also at Free Range Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Nottingham Trent University Graphic DesignDegree show

Friday 30 May – Sunday 8 June

The Old Museum, Arkwright Building, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, Ng1 4BU

At D&AD New Blood 1 July – 3 July

At New Designers 2 July – 5 July

Norwich University of the Arts

Wednesday 2nd – Tuesday 8th July

For opening times and the address please check the website.

At D&AD New Blood 1 July – 3 July

At New Designers 25 June – 28 June

University Campus Suffolk

Waterfront galleries and Arts Building

Friday 6th – Sunday 15th June

Opening times: Weekdays: 10am – 6pm, Weekends: 11am – 3pm

Bath Spa University

University’s Sion Hill and Dartmouth Avenue Studios

Saturday 7th – 15th June

Opening times: 10am – 4pm

University of Central Lancashire

Hanover building, UCLan, Preston PR1 2HE

Monday 16th – Saturday 21st June, 2014

Opening times: 10am – 6pm

University of Wolverhampton

MK Building, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DT

Saturday 7th – Saturday 14th June

Opening times: Weekdays: 9am – 5pm, Saturdays: 10am – 4pm

UCA Canterbury Graduation Show

UCA Canterbury, Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 3AN

Saturday 31st May – Friday 13 June

Opening times: see website for more details.

UCA Maidstone

19th – 30 June Free Range

Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Stockport College University Centre

Stockport College, 4th Floor, Reuel Harrison, Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UQ

Monday 9th – Thursday 12th June

Opening times: 10am – 5pm

University of Worcester

Nomad show

Tuesday 24th – Monday 30th June

Red Gallery, 3 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DT

Illustration: Meeting the Brief – book review

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

By Alan Male

Published by Bloomsbury ISBN: 978-1-4081-7377-0

Review by Zanna Allen

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The task of meeting a brief is a problem-solving process. When given a brief as part of a commission, illustrators face intellectual as well as creative challenges. In ‘Meeting the Brief’ Alan Male explores on both artistic and commercial levels these challenges and the questions illustrators should consider when creating artwork in response to the requirements specified in a brief. Male breaks down the whole process and analyses these aspects one by one, covering the importance of such points as the identification of the message, its target audience, the method of conveyance etc, and how an illustrator might go about addressing them.

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First, Male takes us on a journey through the history of illustration. He explores how this visual form of communication has evolved into what we know of it today, as well as its possibilities for the future. He then moves on to explore the breadth of ways contemporary illustration is used and where it is encountered. The reader gains a greater understanding of the influence and significance contemporary illustration holds within society today when put into this wider context.

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Male gives an overview of illustration as an industry and professional practice, covering such topics as the importance of self-promotion, the portfolio and acquisition of work. He highlights the advantages and disadvantages of using an illustrator’s agent or representative, recognising that these may vary depending on the individual illustrator’s needs.

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Male dispels the possible misconception that an illustrator’s task is merely that of ‘colouring-in’. Instead, he identifies the emergence of illustrators as ‘intellectual multi-taskers’ assuming a ‘polymath’ status and explores the exciting avenues open to illustrators today, be it specialisation, collaboration, self-authorship or research. He encourages the reader to adopt a professionally mobile approach and outlines the opportunities available within illustration and associated fields.

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Male’s arguments are underpinned by the use of a great variety of illustrations highlighting their application in such areas as education, advertising, packaging, editorial and literature. Information is presented clearly in chapters with sub-chapters and sub-categories, as lists, bullet points and in tables. A very useful glossary of terms is provided at the back.

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In all, Male offers a highly methodical and detailed approach to exploring the theory behind the practice. Along with his step-by-step analysis of how to approach and respond to a brief, Male provides the reader with a rounded view of Illustration as a profession, covering areas very easily over-looked, and generating much food for thought. As a recent graduate of illustration, I believe this is an essential guide for every aspiring illustrator, through to those in the early stages of their career. I particularly think this book would make a perfect accompaniment to any illustration student’s study, as a preparation for a life in the profession.

AOI Patron Quentin Blake in FT

Friday, June 20th, 2014
Quinten Blake at the Royal Festival Hall, 2014

Quinten Blake at the Royal Festival Hall, 2014

Quentin Blake shows Simon Scharma around the new House of Illustration and talks about his work and a new exhibition in this interview in the Financial Times.

It was in 2009, that Varoom (Issue 11) spoke with one of Britain’s best known illustrators Quentin Blake about his part as “visual architect” for the “world’s first centre dedicated to illustration”. It was in 2002 that Quentin Blake laid the foundations for The House of Illustration, a place where ‘ exhibition will look at what has happened in the past, what is happening in other countries at the moment, and what might happen next.” – Blake.

The House of Illustration hosts Quentin Blake’s landmark exhibition ‘Inside Stories’ which will feature original works from 9 of his books. Including titles such as, Roald Dahl’s The Twits and Danny the Champion of the World as well as his own Clown and The Boy in The Dress by David Walliams. Other authors include John Yeoman, Russell Hoban and Michael Rosen with the corresponding illustrations.

The exhibition will include original roughs and storyboards, many of which have never been exhibited before. These illustrations will coincide with the finished artwork to show the evolution of the works. The exhibition will also display Blake’s wide range of techniques, medias and subject matters.

Quentin’s ‘Inside Stories’ exhibition runs from July 2 to November 2 at the House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross London N1C 4BH.

Opening times: 10am-6pm. Entry: £7.70/£5.50/£4.40 adults/concessions/children

AOI will be present at the House of Illustration’s Illustrators’ Fair this Sunday.

Varoom! CatchUp

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Genevieve Gauckler

Images taken from the Colette website.

Images taken from the Colette website.

Varoom Issue 10 2009, mentions illustrator and character designer, Genevieve Gauckler in a discussion about the evolution of the illustrated character. Issue 10 discusses the “defining illustration of the decade” and explores how the illustrated character bridges a humours gap between self-awareness and stupidity, while also combining expression and commentary in a way that is unique to illustration… and most of all they make us laugh.

Genevieve Gauckler has designed a set of four postcards for the World Cup in Brazil for the Colette store in France, see here

Varoom Issue 10 2009 available to purchase here

Genevieve Gauckler also illustrated the cover of Varoom Issue 21 available here

Allan Deas

Photographs taken from the victionary website.
Photographs taken from the victionary website.

Illustrator and Designer Allan Deas was featured in the Marketing Report in Varoom Issue 20, 2012.

Allan Deas splits his time between the UK and France; he works mainly in pen, ink and Adobe illustrator. He has recently worked on a map of Paris for a travel guide series by viction:ary(the publishing brand of  the publisher viction workshop ltd) which are available to purchase now.

To see more from Allan Deas and much more, check out Varoom Issue 20 2012The Work of The Muse here

Radio Co. Ltd.

Images taken from Radio Co. Ltd. website

Images taken from Radio Co. Ltd. website

The Cover illustration of Varoom Issue 19 2012, was created by Radio Co. Ltd. Originally a collaboration between Bryon Meiring and Gert Schoeman, which grew in to a multi-disciplinary creative studio in 2011. The studio is based in Cape Town, South Africa but they have worked with advertising agencies around the world. They have recently designed a poster for the final season of Mad Men, prints available soon…

Purchase Varoom Issue 19 2012, Still Life With…Taste… here

The AOI Illustration Awards 2014: Category Winners Announced

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Category Winners

The AOI is delighted to announce this year’s Category Winners for the AOI Illustration Awards 2014.

The AOI Illustration Awards competition (formally known as ‘Images’) is now in its 38th year and it is the most comprehensive and significant awards competition for illustration in the UK. The awards programme accepts submissions internationally and recognises illustration from across the world making an outstanding contribution to global visual culture.

Judges appointed two category winners from each category: New Talent Category Winner and Professional Category winner.

A selection of this year’s judges included, It’s Nice That Editor Rob Alderson, Art Director of Wired magazine and Ride Journal Andrew Diprose, one of the founders and CEO of Nobrow Sam Arthur, Publishing and Creative Director at HarperCollins Children’s Books Rachel Denwood and many more.

The Category Winners are as follows:

Advertising and Design

New Talent Category Winner: Jasu Hu

Professional Category Winner: Andy Ward


New Talent Category Winner: Katie Ponder

Professional Category Winner: Geoff Grandfield

Children’s Books

New Talent Category Winner: William Grill

Professional Category Winner: Chris Haughton


New Talent Category Winner: David Doran

Professional Category Winner: Laurindo Feliciano

Research and Knowledge Communication

New Talent Category Winner: Johanna Roehr

Professional Category Winner: Harriet Russell

Self Initiated

New Talent Category Winner: Thoka Maer

Professional Category Winner: Aaron Meshon

Drawing the Line: An exhibition of Reportage and Documentary Drawing 2014

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Bethan Mure

Bethan Mure

Drawing the Line: An exhibition of Reportage and Documentary Drawing, in Collaboration with Bristol City Council Scrutiny Team.

The Foyer, Bristol City Council house, College Green. Until 20th June 2014.

A team of Reportage and Documentary Illustration students from The University of the West of England Illustration Degree sketched and illustrated for two scrutiny reviews: Developing a Vision for Bristol’s Night Time Economy and A Review of Bristol Youth Links as well as the last Full Council meeting of the year, where topics included freckling and residents parking.

The aim of the collaboration was both to provide practice opportunities for students while also creating a different and more expressive kind of event record. A further area of interest was displayed with regards to how the involvement of the artist enhanced the work and the output of the day.

Scrutiny participants expressed that the student’s presence added considerably to the creative process of the working groups. With the images vividly portraying the intent, atmosphere and interactivity of a scrutiny inquiry day like no photo or written report could. The sketches captured the richness, variety of human experience and activity that is embedded in the Council’s day-to-day work and history, which is often invisible to the general public.

Reportage artists have to be capable of making rapid, descriptive drawings on location. Their illustrations must be executed with the instinct and intuition of a journalist, so that they know what to put in and what to leave out.

Exhibiting Artists: Harry Morgan, Bethan Mure, Imogen Clowes, Sophia Jowett, Shauna Summers, Jacob Merrick-Wolf, Robbie Cathro, Joe Munroe, Gwion Christmas.

Extended Collective Licensing (ECL) survey

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Extended Collective Licensing (ECL) is a type of licensing that allows an authorised collecting society (such as DACS) to extend an existing collective licence (such as Payback) so that it can license on behalf of all rights holders in the sector (all illustrators), except those who opt out. While traditional collective licensing relies on rights holders opting in by giving the collecting society express permission to license their works, ECL assumes that rights holders want their works to be licensed, unless they opt out. This does potentially mean that certain artworks could be included in a collective licence without the artist being aware of the situation.

ECL allows for the licensing of works in certain categories if a licensing body can get the support of its own members to approve such a scheme – and these members must represent the type of rights holders (eg illustrators) whose works would be included in an Extended Collective Licence. Primary licensing is not involved with ECL, so it would not prevent illustrators from being commissioned directly as they currently are.

AOI’s response the Governments consultation on ECL is in the AOI site’s Campaigning section here

AOI encourage illustrators to spend 5 minutes completing this survey. The aim is to establish what creators want with regards to ECL,  what opt out of any licence which is set up means in practice  and how ECL might impact on creators work.

Deadline is noon 17 June 2014

House of Illustration: The Illustrators Fair 2014

Monday, June 9th, 2014

22nd June, 11am – 6pm at 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH

The Association Of Illustrators will be having a stall at this years first ever House of Illustration Illustrators Fair, which opens on the 22nd June as part of a continued celebration of their opening.

The fair will be filled with illustration pop up shows, work shops, games and stalls. All illustrators are welcome both emerging and established.

You can also keep updated with the progress of the fair by following the House of Illustration on Twitter, Facebook or by checking their website.

We hope to see you there.

Other events coming soon from The House of Illustration include a series of Illustration Talks.

On 10th June, 7:30pm, illustrator Richard Kilroy discusses the evolving trends in fashion illustration. Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for concessions and are available to purchase now from their website.

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On 17th June 7:30pm, Lauren Child, best known for her Charlie and Lola picture books, discusses her influences as an illustrator. She will also be performing a demonstration go her techniques and skills in a projected, live draw session. Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for concessions and are available to purchase now from their website

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On 19th June 7:30pm, illustrator Christopher Brown discusses his own work and career as an illustrator as well as exploring his concept of illustration as a design discipline. Tickets as above, see here

All talks will be held at The House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH.

V&A Illustration Awards

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Two AOI Members Win the V&A Illustration Awards 2014


Photograph from V&A website

The Association Of Illustrators is proud to announce that two of our members have won the latest V&A Illustration Awards.

Editorial Illustration Award & Overall Winner

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Helen Musselwhite, AOI member, Illustrations for ‘Ten Myths of Creativity’

Author Audrey Niffenegger, In Dance Gazette, Published by Royal Academy of Dance, February 2013

Helen Musselwhite is a paper sculptor based in Manchester. For her editorial piece she illustrates the two opposing and extreme outcomes of the “light bulb” moment. Depicting the incredible highs and the crashing lows surrounding the creative process for Audrey Niffengger’s article on the Ten Myths of Creativity.

“The judges admired the light, deft way in which this unusual technique had been used, and the skilful, professional execution of the work.”

Helen Musselwhite’s illustrations were created using different weights and types of paper.

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Book Illustration Award Winner

Yasmeen Ismail, AOI Member, Illustrations for Time for Bed, Fred!, Author Yasmeen Ismail

Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books, London, 2013

Yasmeen Ismail is a London based illustrator and animator who originally studied at art school in Dublin.

Her watercolour illustrations are full of movement and colour.

The judges felt her “work perfectly expresses the playful nature of her subject matter.”

Yasmeen’s illustrations are created freehand in watercolour and then they are digitally touched up in Photoshop.

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Book Cover Illustration Award Winner

Anne-Marie Jones, Cover for Sons and Lovers, Author D.H. Lawrence, Published by The Folio Society, London, 2013

Anne-Marie Jones studied Illustration at University College Falmouth.

Her figurative illustration conveys a sense of physical and emotional attachment, which is a recurring theme within the book.

“The judges felt that the cover image was very moving, conveying a sense of vulnerability.”

Anne-Marie Jones creates her work though a mixture of painting and digital collage.


Student Illustrator of the Year

Grace Russell, ‘The Wild Places’, University of Westminster

Grace Russell’s abstract collages are based on selected scenes from Robert MacFarlane’s book The Wild Places. Her inspiration came from the philosophy that an environment is created from many different aspects both physical and psychological.

The judge’s felt “her illustrations show a strong compositional sense, willingness to experiment and a unique visual language.”

Grace Russell used collage, charcoal and paint to create her illustrations.


The winning work will be displayed outside the National Art Library from 3rd June until 2nd July 2014. All entries can be viewed from the V&A website.