Archive for March, 2017

AOI at Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Friday, March 31st, 2017


AOI MD, Ren Renwick and Projects Manager Derek Brazell are travelling to Bologna Children’s Book Fair from Monday 3rd to Wednesday 5th April where they will be meeting with representatives from the other European illustrators groups, telling attending illustrators about the AOI and delivering talks with the Italian organisation, Autori Immagini.

If you are attending come along to say hello and check out the talks.

Monday 3 April

5pm AOI literary agent member, Penny Holroyde, will be giving portfolios reviews at Autori Immagini / European Illustrators Forum stand B88 – H26

Tuesday 4 April

11-12pm Pricing and the value of Illustration with Derek Brazell, AOI and Paolo Rui, Autori Immagini at the Autori Immagini / European Illustrators Forum stand at B88 – H26

This talk will focus on the specifics of pricing illustration, the value of an illustrator’s work and the impact of regular/irregular work has on an illustrator’s life.

Wednesday 5 April

10-11am Masterclass: 10 Principles for Fair Contracts – discussing creator initiatives to protect our rights and business interests, with Derek Brazell, AOI and Paolo Rui, Autori Immagini at The Illustrators Survival Corner – Pad. 26

12-1pm Masterclass: Illustration Selfie – promoting yourself online and protecting your images, with Derek Brazell, AOI and Paolo Rui, Autori Immagini at The Illustrators Survival Corner – Pad. 26

This talk will focus on the self promotion, basic principles of copyright protection including protecting one’s own works, metadata and some of the copyright registration methods available.


Inspector Brunswick: The Case of the Missing Eyebrow – book review

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Written by Angela Keoghan and Chris Lam Sam Illustrated by Angela Keoghan

Published by Tate Publishing ISBN: 978-1-84976-444-5

Reviewed by Andy Robert Davies


This is a crime caper in the traditional sense; a charismatic inspector solves a seemingly impossible riddle, aided by his trusted friend and assistant. Inspector Brunswick (cat) and his assistant Nelson (dog), are enjoying a day of culture at an art museum, when they are presented with an irresistible case; the eyebrow from a famous painting has disappeared! By varying the amount of text on each page, Keoghan and Sam skillfully control the pace of the narrative.


The story owes much to Agatha Christie’s work and Inspector Brunswick does have something of Hercule Poirot and also Inspector Clouseau in his mannerisms. But to be fair to Brunswick, his dapper appearance and demeanour is closer to the Belgian detective. Keoghan uses an amalgamation of textures and selective line-work to create multilayered imagery that are full of entertaining details.


The inclusion of art deco letterforms and the choice of colour palette help this book achieve the desired look as it appears to be from the golden age of detective stories with a nod to Victorian era fashion. The book includes fold-out pages which allows Keoghan to explore layout and the different stages of the hunt.


Some of the compositions are challenging, but this can be a positive as it encourages the reader to search through the crowds of anthropomorphic art lovers and really engage with the story. A fox, crocodile, mouse and a mole are all dressed in their Sunday best whilst enjoying the paintings (which are mostly of people). There are little references to art history that perhaps adult readers will enjoy when reading this with a child. The crowd of animals (and paintings) grow more and more flustered as the search widens. The conclusion to this mystery is suitably surreal and introduces the themes of fame, recognition and the desire to share one’s artistry with others.

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Lost in the Shadows Exhibition

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

4th – 8th April 2017

Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

Monday til Friday 11am – 6pm

Progenitor (The Ada)

AOI Member Matthew Tate is a recent graduate of Norwich University of the Arts. He read for a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration and received a First-Class Honours in 2015. He has been Artist in Residence at King Edwards School Witley for the past two years. Lost in the Shadows is Matthew’s breakout solo exhibition, and showcases a complete collection of his work so far.

Lost in the Shadows as a theme explores the ideas of coding and symbolism within art. The symbolism within these images evokes an understanding to the audience of the unspoken dialogues that occur between people. Each of the collections of artwork explore the landscape of communication design through the three mediums of illustration, printmaking and photography.

Matthew Tate invites you to leave no stone unturned; to look behind the surface of these images and find where the true meanings exist, all lost within the shadows.

Find out more about the exhibition here and RSVP to the Private View here.

You can find more of Matthew’s work on his Website, Instagram and Twitter

Hatched! – illustration exhibition

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

An exhibition of recent publications by University of Worcester Illustration staff

28th March to  26th of April

Hive Library Worcester

The work of four artists currently teaching illustration at the University of Worcester will be shown in a public exhibition at the Hive Library in Worcester.

The exhibition consists of work by Piet Grobler, Daisy Hirst, Becky Palmer and Stephen Fowler taken from recently published picturebooks, comics and a visual guide to rubber stamping.

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Alongside images from these books, the exhibition also includes sketchbooks, dummies, tools and materials that were instrumental to the making of these illustrations, a rare opportunity to see the developmental stages of a book and its artwork before they are finally printed and bound.

The exhibition will open with a public event at the Hive on the 28th of March from 5.30pm to 8pm. At 6pm, the artists will give a talk about the pictures exhibited, the books they are taken from and the process of making them, with an introduction from acclaimed picturebook maker Petr Horáček.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception and book-signing in the Hive Café. All welcome.

Illustration in the USA – Workbook

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017


The AOI spoke to Workbook about what it takes for illustrators to reach art directors in the USA. As we know the markets are larger, projects are numerous, the budgets more generous and commissioners are searching for talent globally.

Workbook gave us their five essentials to get commissions from USA art directors:

1 Build a relationship by reaching out. Art Directors like discovering new talent. Make it easy for them by being on the right websites.

2 Establish your talent with visibility. Promoting yourself once is not enough. Let people know when you’ve updated your portfolio or created new artwork.

3 Customize your correspondences. Match your imagery with what the art director needs.

4 Work with local partners to help establish your brand in new territories.

5 Persevere! Always follow up.  Keep going! can help.

Workbook is one of the leading marketing portfolio sites in the USA.

AOI has negotiated great rates for illustrators – find out more by contacting Bob Pastore at [email protected]

Moving Kate – Exhibition

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

20th February – 20th April 2017

Show Studio 22D Ebury Street Belgravia, London, SW1W 0LU

Monday to Friday 10.30am – 6:00pm

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Kate Moss’ collaborations with Nick Knight and SHOWstudio are celebrated at this show. Films from SHOWstudio’s first year, 2000, are on display alongside more contemporary projects with Knight, showcasing Moss’ ability to surprise and transform before the camera. To celebrate her ‘magnetism on the runway’, as well as on the screen, thirty of the world’s best fashion illustrators rendered looks hand selected by Kate Moss as being the most iconic catwalk looks of her career.

Elephant On The Moon – book review

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Written and illustrated by Mikołaj Pasiński and Gosia Herba

Published by Centrala ISBN: 978-0-9933951-2-3

Review by Allie Oldfield


Limited colour palettes have become quite a favourable design quirk in children’s publishing over recent years, simple yet striking, choosing only a few colours can lead the eye around the page and bring certain elements to attention. Elephant On The Moon by Gosia Herba and Mikołaj Pasiński offers a bold, contemporary cover that uses a few colours to intrigue and catch the eye. The strange connection between a girl in red star-filled glasses and an elephant on the moon baited my curiosity, proving it’s effectiveness as a cover.


The story begins with an astronomer (specifically named a ‘lady astronomer’, which I found a tad unnecessary to differentiate) who has an intense fascination with the moon. This then leads her to discover an elephant that has made the moon its home, and her struggle to convince her peers of its existence proves nigh impossible until she devises a plan. The illustrations by Herba have a cubist influence to them that complements the limited colours, and the compositions of the illustrations themselves are well designed to lead the eye across the page. The design duo utilise negative space frequently to enhance the impact of the illustrations, and this in turn works well with the text which is always thoughtfully placed.


Herba also displays a skill at portraying diverse and intriguing characters, which make the busy crowd scenes in the book a lot more engaging. However there are elements of the story that are left unexplained and I think children will struggle with finding the intent or moral to this story, which is a shame as the illustrations are so carefully thought out.


Overall I think Elephant on the Moon is a charming story filled with striking, contemporary illustrations that will grab your attention but may leave some feeling puzzled by the content. Nevertheless I’m looking forward to seeing what this duo will come up with next.

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Future Shock: 40 Years of 2000 AD – Exhibition

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Until 23 April 2017, 10:30am – 5:30pm

The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London, WC1A 2HH, Tel: 0207 580 8155


Strontium Dog Artwork by Carlos Ezquerra. Starlord No.1. - 13 May 1978 © REBELLION A/S, ALL RIGHTS

Launched in February 1977, few could have foreseen that the weekly science fiction comic 2000 AD would outlive its own title, but iconic characters such as futuristic lawman Judge Dredd, mutant bounty hunter Strontium Dog, infantryman Rogue Trooper and 50th-century everywoman Halo Jones have ensured ongoing critical and commercial success. Ostensibly produced by its extraterrestrial editor ‘Tharg’ and an army of script and art droids, 2000 AD was the brainchild of writers Pat Mills and John Wagner, who were eventually joined by fledgling writers Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Mark Millar and Grant Morrison, among many others, who provided shocking, surprising and satirical scripts for an ever-evolving stable of freelance artists.

Among the many artists featured in the exhibition are Dave Gibbons, Brian Bolland, Mike McMahon, Ian Gibson, Henry Flint, David Roach, award-winning fine artist Simon Davis, and the originator of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, Carlos Ezquerra. Alongside 2000 AD’s longer-lived characters, we have pages of gone but not forgotten strips such as Flesh, M.A.C.H.1, The Visible Man, and the 1970s reinvention of Dan Dare. More so than any other British comic, 2000 AD has been influential on the media world within and beyond these shores. Many of its artists and writers have also worked for the biggest comic publishers in the US.

There have been two blockbuster movies featuring Judge Dredd; big-budget fan-made films are viewable online; and parent company Rebellion produce best-selling computer games based on characters past and present. There is also a thriving market in the sale of original artwork, and this exhibition features pages generously loaned by artists and collectors, as well as material acquired by the Cartoon Museum’s Comic Creators Project with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

…VS David Bowie – Exhibition

Friday, March 17th, 2017

11th Feburary – 5th April

The Barnsley Civic Open Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm

Free Admission


Over recent years, what was once considered a passing trend, has now become a staple of bookstore shelves and giftshops up and down the country. Adult colouring books have been touted as both a stressed buster and a means to reach your inner creative. One of the artists that was credited as helping to kick-start the adult colouring book boom was Barnsley born artist, designer and illustrator Mel Elliott and her much loved brand I Love Mel.

Elliott’s book, Colour Me Good: Ryan Gosling, went viral at the height of the actor’s “Hey Girl” meme-phase and always on-trend, she has since published pop culture-inspired colouring books dedicated to Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Taylor Swift, iconic album covers, redheaded male celebrities, and ‘girl crushes’. Perhaps her most popular title is The David Bowie Colouring Book, which in the last year has been picked up and republished by Quercus Books.

…Vs David Bowie is an exhibition that deconstructs exactly what a colouring book is. Here, a long roll-call of local artists of varying disciplines, decorate, ink, collage, embroider and digitally manipulate their way through the pages of The David Bowie Colouring Book, while at the same time paying homage to one of the greatest icons of Music, Fashion and Pop Culture and the colourful career that he had.

As well as Mel Elliott, …Vs David Bowie features the work of Lynne Barker, Mark Evans, Fabric Lenny, Gallons of Ink, Roseanna Hanson, Rachel Hufton, Hannah Elizabeth Jones, Julie Newton, Painty Face, AW Parker, Gemma Raynor, Caroline Reed, Lisa V Robinson, Samantha Stewart, Jamie Walman and Louise Wright.

For more information and to book visit or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.

Marking Domains one-day illustration conference

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Friday 7th April 2017, 11.15 – 17.00.

Cinema 1, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

General admission tickets are £10 and are available through Eventbrite.

Marking Domains is a one-day conference that explores illustration and narrative art as domain. Examining the contrasting places they are encountered, from the traditional use and location of illustration in print to its new expanded developments beyond the page. Fast developing into a discipline capable of occupying positions once assumed the domain of other practices in art and design, illustration is rarely discussed as a visual form of cultural and social significance. In this conference we will specifically be contrasting illustration in the internal, domestic place of home with the external, public space of the street.


Speakers include Geoff Grandfield, Mireille Fauchon, Graham Rawle, Lotte Crawford, Olivia Ahmad, Paddy Molloy, Robert Sollis and Tom Kelly of the Bogside Artists will deliver a Keynote presentation.

This conference has been organised by the Department of Illustration Animation, Kingston University

For further information please contact Paddy Molloy at [email protected]