AOI Events


Doodle Jam! Come and party with the AOI at the Doodle Bar Thursday 24 November

Come down to our first ever Doodle Jam!

An evening of music, friends, doodling and cocktails.
Come and draw on the walls at the brilliant new Doodle Bar in London bridge.

We'll have live music from Owen and the Eyeballs and Verner, a newly created Illustrators Cocktail, and some hands on making FUN.

Come and draw, dance and drink with illustrators and friends. This event is free entry and open to all!


Animation by Marianna Madriz

AOI Contracts Masterclass in London Bridge, Tuesday 22 November

Are contracts giving you a headache? Do you want to understand what you are signing? Then our Contracts Masterclass is for you.

Providing an accessible insight into contracts, this master class will offer a general overview of contracts before focusing on motion contracts more specifically. AOI advisor, Robert Lands will take a look at illustration contracts in depth. Areas covered will include the clauses that most often trip people up, the essential clauses that should be included to ensure the contract is fair and he will also touch on recent trends.

Matthew Dench will then take a closer look at media contracts. With illustration increasingly becoming a cross-industry discipline, Matthew will cover the ins and outs of these often weighty and financially heavy contracts.

Lastly, we will have a word from long standing AOI member Miss Led who will give the illustrator’s perspective on negotiating and standing fast using examples from her past.

Practical examples will be drawn from publishing, TV, film and editorial and there will be ample time for Q&A with the speakers. This session would suit agents and illustrators who are currently, or are hoping to work across a range of commissioning areas, providing concrete skills as well as building confidence.

Find our more information about our speakers and purchase your ticket here.

Tuesday 22nd November

2pm – 5pm

Tickets £25 Members (£40 non Members)

Howard Kennedy, 1 London Bridge, London, SE1

Illustration by Marianna Madriz

AOI Discusses: Making more money at Bermondsey Arts Club Tuesday 18 October

Join AOI Membership Manager Lou Bones with Members and Illustrators Rod Hunt and Claudine O'Sullivan discussing the challenges around pricing illustration and how to move your career forward financially. 

Drawing on real examples speakers will share their experiences of how they have overcome the challenges and awkwardness of pricing their work, as well as sharing practical tips before opening up a Q&A session.

We are delighted to be partnering with the fantastic Bermondsey Arts Club who are generously offering a glass of bubbly to all on arrival.

Tuesday 18th October
6.30 – 8.30pm
Panel discussion & Q&A 6.30 – 7.30pm
Tickets £7 (Please note capacity is limited so booking is required!) Get them here!
Bermondsey Arts Club, Former Public Conveniences, 102A Tower Bridge Road London SE1 4TP
For more information contact us: [email protected] or 020 7759 1010

Get your ticket now and keep updated on our facebook event!

Illustration by Marianna Madriz

Online Meet and Critique Sessions

We are delighted to introduce our new group portfolio crits: Online Meet and Critique Sessions. As many artists working outside of a shared studio environment discover freelancing can be a lonely business at times. A peer support network is not only encouraging, it’s vital – providing creative, professional and moral support. 

That’s why we’ve decided to launch a new kind of portfolio consultation (alongside our tried and trusted one-to-ones).

Each 90 minute session will be held on google hangouts. The groups will be small – no more than four delegates – with each one presenting a PDF of10 representative images for discussion. For sessions focusing on particular areas of employment, there’ll also be guests from industry joining our portfolio expert Fig Taylor for feedback and advice.

Visit the website here to check out the programme and sign up now to secure your spot! If you're not familiar with google hangouts - don’t worry - we’ll give you step by step instructions on how to use it. All you need is broadband and a computer with a camera and microphone.

Cost: £20 for members / £40 for non-members

Booking via the membership desk: 020 7759 1010 or [email protected]

    Starting Out                                                               

This session is primarily aimed at industry newcomers wondering how best to establish their niche, present their work and bring it to the attention of potential commissioners. Put together a PDF of 10 representative samples of work, have your questions ready for Fig Taylor, and prepare for lift off.

Monday 26 September 4.30pm

    Fashion Illustration                                                   

Whether you’re completely new to the area or wanting to explore the use of fashion illustration styles in a wider context, join Fig Taylor and established professional Jaqueline Bissett for pointers and feedback.

Monday 10 October 4.30pm

    Children’s Illustration                                                                                   

Join Fig Taylor and Mark Mills at Plum Pudding Illustration to discuss what to include in your children’s book portfolio, which are most appropriate targets areas for your skills and how to break into the market sooner rather than later.

Monday 24 October 4.30pm

    Concept Art and Character Development                             

Wondering who commissions this type of work and how best to showcase your skills? Join Fig Taylor and for industry pointers and feedback.

Monday 7 November 4.30pm

    Change Of Direction                                                              

Stuck in a creative or style rut? Want to explore fresh avenues for that experimental work you haven’t quite got around to showing clients yet? You’re almost certainly not alone. Why not get some individual direction from Fig Taylor and check out where some of your contemporaries might be headed while you’re about it?

Monday 21 November 4.30pm

    Feminine Lifestyle                                                     

Are you happier drawing places and things rather than sentient beings? Do you favour the decorative over the conceptual? If so this might be the commissioning sphere for you. This session will suggest ways you can put together a killer portfolio while learning from the examples of some of your contemporaries.

Monday 5 December 4.30pm


The Prize for Illustration 2017 - Sounds of the City - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 10 OCTOBER

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with London Transport Museum (LTM), is delighted to announce that submissions are now open for The Prize for Illustration 2017.

This year the theme is Sounds of the City - an illustrated interpretationof urban sound. 

Head over to our dedicated page for more information and to submit your work.


The AOI at New Designers 2016

Part 1: 29 June – 02 July (Awards Preview 29 June)
Part 2: 06 – 09 July (Awards Preview 06 July)
Business Design Centre, Islington, N1

The AOI is very happy to be back at New Designers 2016. We look forward to meeting this year’s graduates and to spend a fantastic three days sharing our insight with them. 

New Designers 2016 showcases the fresh-thinking of over 3,000 innovative design graduates, providing an essential pipeline of new talent into the UK’s creative industries. It’s a must-visit if you want to see new trends and innovation, recruit new talent for your business, commission works or just feel inspired.

Part 2 is where you will find the AOI and all things illustration, graphics and motion arts along with furniture and product design. 

The Savvy Illo: The AOI's guide to your illustration business practice! Talk and Q & A Fri 8th 3.45pm

Get ahead of the game with all your business and industry essentials including self promotion, copyright, licensing and the all important skill of negotiating with clients, straight from the Association of Illustrators. Lou Bones, Membership Coordinator at the AOI, gives the advice and you can even tweet your questions in ahead of time to @theaoi #thesavvyillo 





AOI at D&AD Festival - Portfolio surgeries

Fiday 22 April 2016 

11am - 1.30

Looking to move forward or change direction in the illustration industry? Wondering how it works, which commissioning areas your work is best suited to, or simply how to get started? 

Get some crucial professional feedback to set you on the right path at the AOI’s Portfolio Sessions as part of the D&AD Festival 2016. We've hand picked some of illustration industry's finest to advise you!

Timba Smits, Creative Director - Little White Lies/TCOLondon
Victoria Pearce, Senior Agent - Illustration Limited
Fig Taylor, Portfolio Consultant - Association of Illustrators
Jon Cockly, Co-Founder - Handsome Frank
Caroline Thomson, Senior Agent - Arena Illustration

To book you simply buy a Festival Pass, download the app where you can book into the AOI Portfolio Sessions and many other great talks and workshops etc detailed below! Sessions will run 11am-1.30pm. 

The Association of Illustrators is also very happy to offer you a special 15% discount!!! Enter code FESTIVAL15.

D&AD Festival 
You can expect an Exhibition of Pencil Winners, Workshops, Installations, Parties, Fringe Events & Curated Screenings.Plus, over 150 speakers, including AOI Patron Ralph Steadman, Sir Martin Sorrell, The White House’s Creative Director - Ashleigh Axios, The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Annie Atkins, Sir Paul Smith and Adam Buxton. 

For Festival Passes, Line up and Schedule please check it out here: