industry insights for success
Thursday 6 June, 10.00-17.30
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN
This one-day event will provide illustrators with invaluable information and advice about applying and licensing illustration work across a range of products and surfaces.
A variety of industry insiders with significant licensing expertise will give presentations, including prolific paper cut artist Rob Ryan, Vicki Willden-Lebrecht of Bright Art Licensing Agency, creative designer Rachael Taylor, illustrator Helz Cuppleditch and lawyer Robert Lands.
This event, organised by the Association of Illustrators (AOI), is open to illustration students and working illustrators at different stages of their professional career as well as anyone with a lively curiosity about the industry.
Non Members £50
Students, AOI Members £40
Advanced booking is recommended as places are limited.
or call 020 7759 1015
Image by Rob Ryan Studio
Congratulations to all of the illustrators shortlisted for Round 2 of the AOI Illustration Awards. A list of the shortlisted work is available here and will be published as image galleries in due course.
Thank you to ALL of the entrants to the Illustration Awards. We received a very high number of entries and a wide range of excellent work, which made the work for our judges interesting and challenging. The first round judging was done anonymously with entries requiring two out of three votes from the three judges to get through to the category shortlist.
Round 2 of judging will take place at the end of May when the judges meet to consider the shortlisted work and select the 'NT' and 'P' winners for their category.
All entrants to the competition will receive a notification email of the results this week. We look forward to welcoming all entrants to the Awards Exhibition this Autumn at Somerset House.
AOI at Pick Me Up 2013
April at Somerset House saw the return of one of the most popular graphic arts festivals in the UK. The AOI were delighted to be part of this 11 day celebration of graphic art, design and illustration which featured original artworks and limited edition prints from both emerging and well known graphic artists, design galleries, collectives and publishers.
Each day of the festival featured an exciting and eclectic mix of family workshops, evening events and creative forums. Derek Brazell, Projects Manager and Matthew Shearer, Membership Coordinator for the AOI provided talks which explained the importance of copyright and accurately pricing and accepting commissions.
The AOI also delivered an event in partnership with Royal Mail which explored the commission of 30 stamps which celebrated the 2012 Olympic Games. Catharine Brandy, Design Manager, Stamps and Collectibles for Royal Mail, Art Director David Hillman and Illustrators Lara Harwood and Andrew Davidson provided an invaluable insight into the creative challenge of such a project. First Hand Collective were on hand to capture the event with live reportage drawing. You can find out more and see all of the fantastic imagery generated from the evening here.
Pick Me Up was a great opportunity for the AOI to raise awareness of what we do. It was great to meet both existing members and non members, provide advice, inspire and offer our expertise. Those lucky enough to attend were able to take advantage of discounts on publications like Varoom Magazine and each new member was treated to a copy of The Illustrators Guide to Law and Business Practise, the Holy Grail for any practising illustrator. For those members of who werent able to attend the event we will be posting a podcast of Matthews pricing talk in the members only section next month.
The Art of London 2012: Illustrating Royal Mails Sports Stamps
The AOI delivered an event at Pick Me Up graphic arts festival at Somerset House in partnership with Royal Mail, which explored the commission of 30 stamps that celebrated the 2012 Olympic Games. Catharine Brandy, Design Manager, Stamps and Collectibles for Royal Mail, Art Director David Hillman and Illustrators Lara Harwood and Andrew Davidson provided an invaluable insight into the creative challenge of such a project.
A range of topics were covered, including how illustrators were chosen for the commission, the challenges that both illustrators and the commissioners faced and how two illustrators with very different styles and techniques tackled such a challenging brief, discussing in detail the processes which allowed them to so successfully encapsulate a sport in such small scale.
First Hand Collective were on hand to capture the event with live reportage drawing. They generated some fantastic imagery and picked out just a few of the many gems of advice and thoughts that were shared that evening.
University of the Creative Arts is now hosting the AOI Images 36 exhibition
The winners of the prestigious Images 36 competition will be on show at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Maidstone this month. Following its London launch, the free exhibition will visit UCA Maidstone from 26 April to 24 May 2013 as part of its national tour.
Images 36: Best of British Illustratio presents the winning work of over 50 artists from the length and breadth of the UK who entered the AOI's annual flagship competition.
It features exciting new talent and established names such as Chris Haughton (Booktrust best new illustrator), Lizzie Mary Cullen (Design Week's 50 Hot people), Stephen Collins (Jonathan Cape/ Observer Graphic Short Story Prize, 2010), Steve May (shortlisted for British Animation Award, 2008) and Olaf Hajek (AA Directors Club, Europe Gold Award, 2003).
Jane Cradock-Watson, BA (Hons) Illustration course leader, said: "I am delighted that UCA is hosting the Association of Illustrators Images exhibition. It's a real opportunity for our students to be inspired by the best of British Illustration, as well as seeing an exciting variety of new and contemporary illustration work first-hand. For the course and the University, it's a great celebration of UCA Maidstone's long history and contribution to the development of British Illustration over the last 35 years."
UCA Maidstone has produced a string of famous artists and illustrators, including Tracey Emin, Tony Hart, Paul Blow, Geoff Grandfield, Russell Mills and Where's Wally? creator, Martin Handford.
Images 36 at UCA Maidstone runs from 26 April to 24 May 2013 and is open to the public weekdays 9.30am-5.30pm.
Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (ERR)
1 May 2013
The EER Bill completed its passage through parliament on 24 April 2013, and amongst a host of other new measures included within it the Government is pushing through ill thought out changes to copyright. This is information that all those making income from creative works should be aware of. The Government claimed that allowing use of Orphan Works and Extended Collective Licensing and the broadening of exceptions through this Bill would generate income to UK plc, even though their own assessments on the maximum benefits of the proposed changes have been reduced by up to 97% since the original - unsubstantiated claim of £26bn. A huge drop.
Copyright ownership of your work is the foundation on which illustrators base their income; it is the right to copy (reproduce) your artwork. Elements of this Bill will take this right and allow usage of certain works in certain situations. It doesnt mean a literal co-opting of your artworks, however it will mean that that works may be allowed to be used more broadly without your specific permission: