why join?

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) was set up as the trade association for illustration to be a voice for illustrators, protecting their rights and interests. We campaign for the professional and ethical standards within the illustration industry with an aim to promote and improve the standing of illustration as a profession.

With over 1,800 members, that include freelance illustrators of every kind, agents, students, colleges and commissioners, the AOI provides support, advice and education to the illustration industry from all over the world and at every stage of their career.

As an AOI Member, you would benefit from the following:

Dedicated Advice and Support

AOI Members can contact our dedicated Membership Department directly (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm) to seek specifically tailored advice on pricing, ethics, contracts, agreements, licences and negotiating.

Member Area

AOI members have exclusive Access to the Members Area of our website. Here you will find advice, documents, interviews, insights and submission forms for Pricing, Ethics, Rights, Professional Practice, Agents and Publications. It also includes the AOI Pricing Survey and now you can also submit Pricing Enquiries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via our online Pricing Enquiry Form.

Pricing Survey

The online AOI Pricing Survey gives members access to invaluable information on fees across the entire spectrum of illustration commissions.

The survey is comprehensive and clear. The example below shows just 3 sections of the 19 new sections in the advertising category alone. (remove if no image used) Each section has been overhauled in a similar way and we have added new sections for Animation, Apps, Site Specific, Visualisation and Character Development.

Finally, the survey offers extensive breakdowns based on the size of the client, the duration of the licence required and the size/appearance of the illustration.

Portfolios

AOI Members receive a substantial discount when adding a Portfolio to their Membership. Usually a Portfolio is £100, however for AOI Members this is discounted to £40.

Our brand new Portfolios website with new enhanced services includes:

  • Bi-Monthly Promotion to over 2000 commissioners in Publishing, Advertising and Editorial
  • Daily Promotion of our members Portfolios across our social media of over 30,000 followers
  • Greater Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Google ranking
  • Highest resolution compatible with Retina display
  • Easy 'drag and drop' uploading functionality
  • Digital print enabled
  • The new tagging and image search facility will allow your work to be displayed in a similar style to Google images
  • Unlimited keywords
  • Adding your own images and display a short biography to your profile page
  • Optimisation for smartphone and tablets

Varoom Magazine

AOI Members will also receive a free subscription to Varoom Magazine for the length of your Membership. Varoom – the illustration report, is a unique large format publication commenting and discussing the contemporary illustrated image in depth, and features interviews with illustrators, image-makers and designers as well as featuring critical articles on different aspects of contemporary illustration by leading commentators.

Portfolio Consultations

AOI members can book a consultation with Fig Taylor, who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on basic fee negotiation and the pros and cons of representation, as well as how to find the right agent for your needs. Established illustrators seeking to explore new avenues for their skills or fresh ways of working are also welcomed, as are fine artists, designers or craftspeople wishing to explore an additional or parallel career in illustration. Consultations take place at the AOI Offices at Somerset House on Monday afternoons. Members are entitled to one hour portfolio consultation at the exclusive rate of £25 per session.

Discount

AOI Members receive a discount on all AOI Publications and Events as well as discounts on Art Materials in stores across the UK. AOI Members also receive 10% discount on Bikini Lists, giving AOI members access to the most accurate, up-to-date database of Creative Buyers in the World

Members News

We are also making it easier for Members to promote their work, exhibitions and commissions by using our social network channels to showcase work of AOI members exclusively to over 30,000 of our followers. To keep up to day with us and our members follow us on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK & TWITTER

By supporting the AOI you are helping yourself and others in the illustration industry to protect their rights and promote ethical standards.

Join

As an AOI Member + Portfolio, you would benefit from the following:

Dedicated Advice and Support

AOI Members can contact our dedicated Membership Department directly (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm) to seek specifically tailored advice on pricing, ethics, contracts, agreements, licences and negotiating.

Member Area

AOI members have exclusive Access to the Members Area of our website. Here you will find advice, documents, interviews, insights and submission forms for Pricing, Ethics, Rights, Professional Practice, Agents and Publications. It also includes the AOI Pricing Survey and now you can also submit Pricing Enquiries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via our online Pricing Enquiry Form.

Pricing Survey

The online AOI Pricing Survey gives members access to invaluable information on fees across the entire spectrum of illustration commissions.

The survey is comprehensive and clear. The example below shows just 3 sections of the 19 new sections in the advertising category alone. (remove if no image used) Each section has been overhauled in a similar way and we have added new sections for Animation, Apps, Site Specific, Visualisation and Character Development.

Finally, the survey offers extensive breakdowns based on the size of the client, the duration of the licence required and the size/appearance of the illustration.

Portfolios

AOI Members receive a substantial discount when adding a Portfolio to their Membership. Usually a Portfolio is £100, however for AOI Members this is discounted to £40.

Our brand new Portfolios website with new enhanced services includes:

  • Bi-Monthly Promotion to over 2000 commissioners in Publishing, Advertising and Editorial
  • Daily Promotion of our members Portfolios across our social media of over 30,000 followers
  • Greater Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Google ranking
  • Highest resolution compatible with Retina display
  • Easy 'drag and drop' uploading functionality
  • Digital print enabled
  • The new tagging and image search facility will allow your work to be displayed in a similar style to Google images
  • Unlimited keywords
  • Adding your own images and display a short biography to your profile page
  • Optimisation for smartphone and tablets

Varoom Magazine

AOI Members will also receive a free subscription to Varoom Magazine for the length of your Membership. Varoom – the illustration report, is a unique large format publication commenting and discussing the contemporary illustrated image in depth, and features interviews with illustrators, image-makers and designers as well as featuring critical articles on different aspects of contemporary illustration by leading commentators.

Portfolio Consultations

AOI members can book a consultation with Fig Taylor, who will provide guidance on targeting, methods of marketing, self-promotion and gives pointers on basic fee negotiation and the pros and cons of representation, as well as how to find the right agent for your needs. Established illustrators seeking to explore new avenues for their skills or fresh ways of working are also welcomed, as are fine artists, designers or craftspeople wishing to explore an additional or parallel career in illustration. Consultations take place at the AOI Offices at Somerset House on Monday afternoons. Members are entitled to one hour portfolio consultation at the exclusive rate of £25 per session.

Discount

AOI Members receive a discount on all AOI Publications and Events as well as discounts on Art Materials in stores across the UK. AOI Members also receive 10% discount on Bikini Lists, giving AOI members access to the most accurate, up-to-date database of Creative Buyers in the World.

Members News

We are also making it easier for Members to promote their work, exhibitions and commissions by using our social network channels to showcase work of AOI members exclusively to over 30,000 of our followers. To keep up to day with us and our members follow us on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK & TWITTER

By supporting the AOI you are helping yourself and others in the illustration industry to protect their rights and promote ethical standards.

Join

Portfolio Only

AOI Members receive a substantial discount when adding a Portfolio to their Membership. Usually a Portfolio is £100, however for AOI Members this is discounted to £40.

Our brand new Portfolios website with new enhanced services includes:

  • Bi-Monthly Promotion to over 2000 commissioners in Publishing, Advertising and Editorial
  • Daily Promotion of our members Portfolios across our social media of over 30,000 followers
  • Greater Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Google ranking
  • Highest resolution compatible with Retina display
  • Easy 'drag and drop' uploading functionality
  • Digital print enabled
  • The new tagging and image search facility will allow your work to be displayed in a similar style to Google images
  • Unlimited keywords
  • Adding your own images and display a short biography to your profile page
  • Optimisation for smartphone and tablets

Join