Archive for January, 2015

Mapping The City

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Mapping the City

Mapping the City

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R

Until 15 January 2015

Opening times Monday to Sunday 10am – 6pm 02078454600

Somerset House, in association with collaborative arts organisation A(by)P, present Mapping the City. To complement the exhibition, Somerset House and A(by)P are hosting a series of events, including a series of film and music evenings, artists talks and interactive workshops.

The exhibition features works by 50 internationally recognised artists such as Shepard Fairey, Swoon and Aryz, alongside rising stars from Australia to Argentina, Sweden to Spain and France to Finland. Mapping the City will present a series of cartographic representations of the artists’ chosen cities.

Ranging from literal to highly abstract each map will be an individual response to the way these artists experience and interpret the places that they know so well.

The artists selected by A(by)P to take part in the exhibition use a wide variety of media in their practice, from digital technology to illustration, paintings to sculpture and video representations to performances. Over 40 of the works were specially commissioned by A(by)P, with artists using their individual aesthetic to share their knowledge of each city’s secrets and challenge visitors to look at their own urban environments in a new light.

Rise and Fall – MEGGS

Friday, January 30th, 2015
Meggs Rise & Fall


StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn Street, London, E1

Friday 6 February – Sunday 8 March 2015

Opening times Tuesday to Sunday 11am – 6pm 02072472684

StolenSpace Gallery presents ‘Rise & Fall’ a satirical solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist MEGGS. ‘Rise & Fall’ toys with current fractures in the social fabric of urban society, such as imploding over-indulgence, fallen idols, and the detriments of pop culture.

The exhibition will feature comic influences, natural elements, pop icon mash-ups, and abstract collaging on canvas, paper, wood panels, and comic book covers.

Orphan works licensing scheme

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Scheme enables the licensing of images which have become detached from their creator

A creative work (eg an illustration, a photograph, a text) can be classified as an orphan if its creator/rights holder cannot be identified, or if they are known, not traceable by someone who wished to use that work in some way. The work may still be under copyright and therefore requires permission from the creator or rights holder to reproduce it in any way.

Government launched their orphan works licensing scheme at the end of October 2014, see here. This scheme was introduced to enable the licensing of orphan works, in the UK for both commercial and non-commercial use.

Cultural organisations may be the primary users of this scheme to enable them to copy works into new formats for preservation (which requires permission of the copyright holder), but as the scheme also allows for commercial use of an orphan work, other entities may use it to licence works for any other purpose. A fee will be applicable to licence orphan works.

AOI participated on the Intellectual Property Organisation (IPO) Working Groups for consultation, technical review and development of guidance for the scheme.

To see if your work has been registered as a possible orphan work that an applicant wished to use, view the register of orphan works here. This is a list of artistic works with thumbnails of visual works which have had an application for use, and you can search through Still images and Moving image. AOI advise that illustrators check this list regularly to see if any of their works appear on the register.

Other links:

Apply for a licence If you wish to licence an orphan work for your use

Guidance for returning right holders Use this if you discover your work has been licensed through the orphan works scheme

Diligent search guidance and checklists What is required to be done when searching for the creator/rights holder of a work you wish to use

For additional info go to AOI Campaigning News

20 GOTO 10 – Walter Newton

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Walter Newton

Walter Newton

The Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London, W1T

Monday 19 January – Saturday 31 January 2015

Opening times Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm Saturday -Sunday appointment only


Walter Newton was born in 1981 in Glasgow. He remained there for the next 21 years, attending the Glasgow School of Art before moving to London to attend the Royal College of Art. Five years later, Walter lives and works in the Midlands, illustrating and animating.

20 GOTO 10 is an exhibition Walter’s pixel-based illustrations and animations from 2012 to present. The show comprises of both original creations and commercial work for the likes  of GQ, Maxim, Men’s Health, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, The Guardian and Edge Magazine.

Walter Newton

Walter Newton

Freedom of expression

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Jacqueline Bisset

Jacqueline Bisset

Cartoonist and illustrators from across the world, including AOI members, have been reacting visually to the attacks on French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, widely interpreted as an attempt to challenge freedom of expression. AOI, along with other European illustration organisations – members of the European Illustrators Forum – stand by the right of freedom of expression and against repression of this right. Below are some of the images from AOI members.

Nate Kitch

Nate Kitch

The French Angoulême Comics festival are creating an area to show visual responses on their website, and have issued this comment:

‘In solidarity with Charlie Hebdo and the spirit of freedom it represents, we have created this space, open to all those who wish to express graphically what the tragic events in Paris on January 7 at Charlie Hebdo means to them.’ Contact them here: [email protected]

Laurindo Feliciano

Laurindo Feliciano

Anna Steinberg

Anna Steinberg

Penny Dann

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015


The children’s book illustrator Penny Dann has died from cancer at the age of fifty. She will perhaps be best remembered for the series of Secret Fairy Handbooks published by Orchard Books in the 1990s and early 2000’s achieving sales of over a million copies, however this was a small part of a highly successful thirty year career.

Studying illustration at Brighton art college in the mid 1980s, she was encouraged to develop her characters sketches found at the back of her sketch books by her tutor Raymond Briggs, creator of the Snowman. Her end of college project about the history of tea, called ‘One For The Pot’ was picked up by agent Allan Manham, and the Artworks Agency and became her first published book in 1985.


The Highline – personal work by Penny

Her illustration style originally consisted of unique character led ink drawings that were rendered and coloured in gouache and water colour. She had a strong line that defined her early illustrations which showed influences of Quentin Blake, one of her early heroes. Over time her technique developed into a more mixed media and collage approach. It was incredibly versatile and along with her talent for hand lettering covered a huge range of children’s book subjects. Anthologies, early readers, fairy tales, poetry collections, her books are published all over the world. Her wry sense of humour and enthusiasm was very much a part of her illustrations and a major ingredient in the success that she achieved. Her most recent book Polly Parrot Picks a Pirate, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, showcased a new and polished approach to her illustrations and suggested a wealth of new images that will sadly no longer be realised.

She was an avid fan of illustration and became a prominent member of the Brighton Illustration Group otherwise known as BIG. She is survived by her mother and father, sister and husband.”

Flim Flam Flum – Nous Vous

Friday, January 9th, 2015
Nous Vous

© Nous Vous

KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, London , N1

Until 31 January 2015

Opening times Saturday 12pm – 5pm Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm


Nous Vous are a London based collective made up of Jay Cover, Nicolas Burrows and William Edmonds. A group of artists and friends working together with gusto since 2007; across the realms of illustration, print design, animation, art direction and set design.

Commercial work aside, Nous Vous also work individually as artists. Jay recently released a book published by Hato press entitled Flat, Nicolas is currently working on a small body of small collages/paintings and William is continuing to develop his ceramics line ‘Somewow’.

The work on display is the product of their studio practice, and also includes some of the objects created as part of their residency and show A Watery Line, which took place during Summer 2014 in Leeds.

A book about the exhibition and other recent work will be available at KK Outlet. The launch event for this takes place on 31 January 2015 and will be accompanied by a live performance.

Ladybird by Design

Friday, January 9th, 2015
© Ladybird Books Ltd, 1963

© Ladybird Books Ltd, 1963

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex, TN40

Saturday 24 May – Sunday 10 May 2015  Opening times 10am – 5pm


The De La Warr Pavilion will display over 200 original illustrations that cover a selection of Ladybird books from the late 1950s to early 1970s. Focusing on those books which reflected the world in which the world in which the reader lived, the exhibition will feature selections from the People At Work series, Shopping With Mother, the Science and Nature series as well as the Well Loved Tales and Key Words series.

The exhibition takes its title from the new book Ladybird by Design, written by Professor of Illustration and Dean of the School of Design at the London College of Communication, Lawrence Zeegen. The book publishes on 5 March 2015 and will portray a unique slice of Britain’s social and design history, as seen through the eyes of Ladybird. Professor Zeegen has been closely involved in curating the exhibition that has been inspired by Ladybird by Design.

Varoom in ‘dpi’ magazine

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

dpi magazine in Taiwan has featured Varoom in it’s recent 188 issue, showing covers from Varoom issue one onwards, as well as spreads from recent issues. dpi is one of the most widely read design magazines in the Greater China region.


The new issue covers some intriguing artwork, including illustration created with embroidery (see the two spreads below).



dpi is certainly worth taking a look at (note text is in Taiwanese). Copies are available from their online shop.


dpi magazine


Society of Illustrators Comic and Cartoon Art Competition

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Chair: Steven Guarnaccia Co-Chair: R. Sikoryak

The Society of Illustrators in the USA has extended the deadline for their second annual Comic and Cartoon Art Competition to 9 January. Open to artists worldwide, entries are considered by a jury of professionals, including renowned cartoonists, illustrators, publishers, and editors. The competition will result in an exhibition that will showcase the most outstanding works created in this genre throughout each year.


The original works will be exhibited in the MoCCA Gallery at the Society of Illustrators from June 16 through August 15th, 2015.

For more info go here. Illustration by Bendik Kaltenborn