Archive for May, 2015

Brighton Illustration Fair

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of May 2015, 10:00am – 6:00pm.

Brighton Illustration Fair, One Church Street, Gloucester Road, Brighton, BH1 4AA


The first Brighton Illustration Fair will take place in the last weekend in May, showcasing a program of exhibitors, screenings, workshops, talks and live art.

Guests include Modern Toss, Laura Callaghan, Jack Teagle, Donya Todd, Maria Herreros and more.

The full program will be released soon through the Brighton Illustration Fair website.

Hartlepool Festival of Illustration – talks

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The programme of talks at Hartlepool Festival of Illustration has now been released


Speakers include John O’Reilly – Editor of Varoom on Friday 5 June, plus many more over two days, including:

Made You Look – A Film Documentary exploring the landscape of commercial artists with Anthony Peters – Director, Paul O’Connor – Co-Director, David Waterstone – Producer plus Q&A

The good and the bad of working in comics: Hunt Emerson – Illustrator, Keith Robson – Illustrator, Tony Bennet – Publisher

Traditional vs Digital: Dan Mumford, Drew Millward, Tom Hovey, Tom J Newell – Illustrators

Booking here for free tickets

Drawing People – book review

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The Human Figure in Contemporary Art

By Roger Malbert

Published by Thames & Hudson ISBN 9780500291634

Review by Derek Brazell


We’re all drawn to images of other people – faces and bodies – whether those images are made up of watercolour splodges or intricately detailed pencil drawings. And Drawing People, Malbert’s intriguing compendium of contemporary approaches to the figure, contains a satisfyingly diverse range of views and media.


In his introduction, Malbert acknowledges the figurative work created by illustrators, and that the ‘the border between art and illustration has become increasingly permeable”. He includes work by artists such as Raymond Pettibon (featured in Varoom 29), Emma Talbot and Francesc Ruiz who “appropriate illustration’s language within a new conceptual frame”. Illustrators will find visual approaches familiar to them from their illustration peers’ artwork in Drawing People, and also much to admire, from the curious yet realistic scenarios of Jinju Lee (below) to Adam Dant’s figures in closely detailed cityscapes.


The book divides into several sections, Body, Self, Personal Lives, Social Reality and Fictions, each introduced by the author. With a short text on each artist and comment on the artworks for context, their images are reproduced at full page in the large format publication, allowing details to be perused and the choice of media to come through (the digital appears largely absent here). The human figure is explored through its relationship to other bodies, its position in space, interior life, mutation, sexuality and its relationship to film and print.


Drawing People rewards through its eclectic mix of artists using drawing as their base, and may inspire an expanding attitude towards the human figure from artistic readers.


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New Designers is 30

Monday, May 18th, 2015

New Designers – Discover emerging design
Part 1: 24 – 27 June / Part 2: 01 – 04 July
Business Design Centre, London N1

New Designers this year celebrates its 30th edition, welcoming over 3,000 of this year’s most creative and talented design graduates from across the nation to the Business Design Centre in London, the world’s capital of design. The diversity and calibre of the visitors that New Designers delivers is unrivalled by any other emerging design event.


Taking place over two weeks, the exhibition is divided into two Parts covering a host of creative disciplines including textiles, ceramics, product design, illustration and jewellery. Illustration is particularly well represented this year, with final year students from Falmouth, Birmingham City University, University of Cumbria and many more all exhibiting at the show. The AOI will be supporting the event in week 2 offering advice on professional practice and membership services. Sarah Gordon of the AOI will be giving a presentation called Making Your Mark, A Guide to Post Graduate Illustration, on Saturday 4th July at 13.30 -14.15.

An integral part of New Designers is One Year On, which specifically showcases a group of over 50 emerging designers in their first year of business, selected for their entrepreneurial flair and exceptional quality of work. This year’s curator, jewellery designer and photographer Rheanna Lingham (co-founder of Shoreditch boutique Luna and Curious), has selected emerging illustrators including Augusta Akerman, Cosmo Mulford and Claudia Torrigiani.

On the Wednesday of each week, the coveted New Designers awards are presented to the most innovative graduates in partnership with leading brands and organisations including John Lewis, Mars, Hallmark, Tigerprint, Harlequin and Sanderson. These awards recognise the design world’s rising stars, offering winners and runners-up vital support as they embark on professional careers.

Tickets for New Designers 2015 are on sale now. For more information visit:

AOI Illustration Awards 2014 exhibition on tour in Scarborough

Monday, May 18th, 2015


Opening times:
Monday 4th May – Saturday 13th June
9am – 5pm weekdays
10am – 4pm Saturdays

Woodend Creative, The Crescent, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2PW
contact:  01723 384 500

The AOI Illustration Awards 2014 touring exhibition has reached its final venue in Scarbourough at Woodend Creative and it’s looking spectacular. Don’t miss it if you are in the area.

The exhibition will feature a selection of the shortlist and award-winning work from eight competition catergories: Advertising, Books, Children’s Books, Design, Editorial & Social Comment, Public Realm, Research and Knowledge Communication and Self-initiated. It will also feature moving image work in addition to the still image.

Woodend 3

Woodend 3

Woodend 4

Woodend 4



Woodend 5

Woodend 5

all photos courtesy of Woodend Creative

‘A Boy and a Penguin’

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Ten Years of Lost & Found

Exhibition open until 6 June 2015

Illustrationcupboard Gallery, 22 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AL

t: (+44) 207 796 1727

Opening times:
Monday to Friday 9:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm

Oliver JeffersThe Illustrationcupboard Gallery presents an exhibition of original artwork by Oliver Jeffers celebrating 10 years since the release of Lost & Found. Viewers will have the opportunity to see and purchase the artwork, including a limited edition of screen prints created exclusively for the exhibition.

Oliver Jeffers is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. His picture books include How to Catch a Star, This Moose Belongs to Me and Once Upon an Alphabet.

For more information visit the Illustrationcupboard Gallery website.

Winners announced for the Prize for Illustration 2015 – London Places and Spaces

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The winners of the Prize for Illustration 2015 were announced at an award ceremony at London Transport Museum on the evening of Wednesday 13 May 2015

The excited crowd at LTM private view event

The excited crowd at LTM private view event

The competition was open to illustrators throughout the world and artists were invited to reflect on the capital’s distinct personality and characteristics in a single illustration. Over 1,000 illustrations were submitted by professionals and students. The London Places and Spaces exhibition showcases 100 of the best, which take viewers on a visual journey across the Capital in many different styles.

The exhibition opens to the public with a Friday Late launch evening
 15 May – 18.45 to 22.00 (last admission 21.15) and continues until 6 September 2015.

Gold, Silver and Bronze winning images

Gold, Silver and Bronze winning images

The Gold Prize was awarded to Eleanor Taylor for The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
The Silver Prize was awarded to Carly Allen-Fletcher for Compound City
The Bronze Prize was awarded to Eliza Southwood for Parkour At The South Bank

Sam Mullins from LTM (left) and Andrew Coningsby, AOI, congratulate Eleanor Taylor

Sam Mullins, Director for London Transport Museum (left) and Andrew Coningsby, Chairman of the AOI (right), congratulate Eleanor Taylor

Eleanor Taylor’s winning image will appear on London Underground as a poster.

Andrew Coningsby, Chairman of AOI and Wendy Neville, Head of Marketing and Communications at LTM, congratulate the beaming Bronze Prize winner Eliza Southwood.

Andrew Coningsby, Chairman of AOI and Wendy Neville, Head of Marketing and Communications at LTM, congratulate the Bronze Prize Winner Eliza Southwood.

One hundred images of London life go on show from Friday 15 May

Exhibition Details:

Friday 15 May to 6 September 2015 at London Transport Museum
The Prize for Illustration: London Places and Spaces is at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. Tickets cost £16.00 (£13.50 concessions) and allow unlimited daytime entry to the Museum galleries and temporary exhibitions for a whole year.

AOI members get a special 2for1 deal when they show their membership card.

Friday Late launch evening
 15 May –18.45 to 22.00 (last admission 21.15)
See the exhibition after hours and enjoy the opening evening of London Places and Spaces at a Friday Late on the evening of 15 May 2015. Relax with a glass of Pimms in our indoor mini park, create a pop-out postcard featuring iconic London buildings and listen to talks about different places and spaces. There will also be film screenings, quizzes, music and bar, talks as well as a 2 for 1 special offer on glasses of Pimms. Adults only.

Tickets to the Friday Late are £12.00 (£10.00).

Tickets for the London Places and Spaces exhibition and Friday Late can be booked in advance at

Gold Prize Winner of the Prize for Illustration – London Places and Spaces

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Artist and title: Eleanor Taylor for The Royal Observatory, Greenwich


Medium: Mixed Media

Story: The Meridian laser marking the route of Greenwich Meridian beams out over the London skyline from the Royal Observatory

Artist’s background: Eleanor Taylor works as an illustrator from her home in Brighton, East Sussex. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Eleanor has worked for many different clients including The New York Times, Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal. She recently illustrated David Almond’s latest book ‘Half a Creature from the Sea’ which was published by Walker Books in 2014.  Eleanor is represented by Heart agency.

Judges’ comment: “A wonderful compositional use of curves, circles and lines. It’s unusual to have a night-time image, and one that evokes space so well. Also, one which taught me something about London I didn’t know – the Meridian laser. Captures the competition brief really well, the Observatory being a ‘Place’ to look at ‘Space’.

Prize: £2000

Silver Prize Winner of the Prize for Illustration – London Places and Spaces:

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Artist and title: Carly Allen-Fletcher for Compound City


Medium: Mixed media – digital

Story: Compound City, a place made of many different parts. Busy streets and quiet spaces, warm sunsets and cold skyscrapers.

Artist’s background: Carly Allen-Fletcher is a freelance illustrator living and working in the Midlands. She studied Illustration at Loughborough University. Her work explores the combination of digital painting and traditional media, creating images by layering graphic shapes with painted textures and handmade elements. She is inspired by nature and geometric forms.

Judges’ comment: The judges really appreciated the dynamic graphic approach to showing the different elements of the city with a rich and evocative use of colour: capturing warm light on the Thames and the cooler shadows of buildings.

An intriguing use of shapes to convey London spaces.

Prize: £1000

Bronze Prize Winner of the Prize for Illustration – London Places and Spaces:

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Artist and title: Eliza Southwood for Parkour At The South Bank


Medium: Digital – based on an original pencil drawing

Story: Inspired by the parkour kids who use the wonderful Brutalist backdrop of the South Bank as their stamping ground.

Artist’s background: Eliza Southwood practiced as an architect for ten years before deciding to take up a career as an artist and illustrator full-time in 2011. She specialises in making screen prints of cyclists but also enjoys drawing the built environment and is a big fan of Brutalist buildings like the South Bank complex.

Clients include Rapha, Laurence King Publishing, Magma, the V&A Museum, Brompton Bicycles, Boneshaker magazine, Cycling Active magazine, Sustrans, London Cycling Campaign, and the Orbital Bike Festival. She has also undertaken several artwork commissions for private clients.

Judges’ comment: Parkour is a strong contemporary theme to bring to the competition – it reflects how people use London places and spaces.

Prize: £750