Apr
28

Make Your Mark – The New Urban Artists

  Street Art Contributing Editor for Varoom, Tristan Manco’s just published book celebrates ‘the new’ in the expanding repertoire of urban artists.   Making your mark is about developing your ‘voice’ as an artist, as well as the practical application in the process of creation; through drawing, painting and various craft methods. While this idea of […]

Apr
27

Quentin Blake – The House that Quentin built

  Quentin Blake is arguably Britain’s best-known and most loved illustrator, feted for his iconic work for children, from Matilda’s Miss Trunchbull to Mr Magnolia his current work surprisingly illuminates life at the other end of the age spectrum. Jo Davies visited his studio for Varoom in 2009 and discovered Blake also had a new […]

Apr
18

The New Social: Sarah McIntyre

Career boosting, selling platform, discussion generating – social media for freelancer illustrators has much to offer. Derek Brazell was given expert insight from illustrators prominent on various social media platforms for The New issue of Varoom, asking questions on the pros and cons, benefits, interactions and audiences and contrasting takes on selfies. Sarah McIntyre writes and […]

Apr
7

Varoom 32 – The New Social extra

  Career boosting, selling platform, discussion generating – social media for freelancers has much to offer. Derek Brazell got expert insight from six illustrators prominent on various social media platforms for The New issue of Varoom, asking questions on the pros and cons, benefits, interactions and audiences, revealing the gains, the frustrations and contrasting takes on […]

Apr
6

The Varoom Report: Experiment V22

Experiment, Play, Adaptation  THE ILLUSTRATION REPORT Summer 2013 ISSUE 22 In “7 Thoughts on the Cult of the Sketchbook” Jane Stanton writes that the point of the sketchbook is it gives you permission not to come to conclusions. In “The New Wave Sci-Vi”, Bryony Quinn argues the power of the new scientific imagery is as […]

Apr
6

The Varoom Report: The Rules V21

The Report The Rules of the Rules THE ILLUSTRATION REPORT Spring 2013 ISSUE 21 There are Rules to be made and those to be broken. Illustrator Katherina Koall, on creating an image for children’s magazine The Loop, had one important rule – “remember that this was a piece of work for children – clients that […]

Apr
6

The Varoom Report: The Muse V20

The Muse THE ILLUSTRATION REPORT Winter 2012 ISSUE 20 While ‘inspiration’ often simply means context-free imitation of style, the true Muse has many sources. Varoom discovers that The Muse is a powerful mix of critical reflection, hard work and love. The magic of The Muse is in the strange power of focus given by a mug […]

Apr
6

The Varoom Report: Taste V19

Taste THE ILLUSTRATION REPORT Autumn 2012 ISSUE 19 Varoom 19 stretches the idea of Taste as visual sensation like a ball of strudel dough. The menu includes New Wave Food Mags, Literary and Aesthetic Taste, John Pasche’s Lips for The Rolling Stones, and the question that erupts, like raw chilli on the tongue – who are […]

Apr
6

The Varoom Report: Entertainment V18

Entertainment THE ILLUSTRATION REPORT Spring 2012 ISSUE 18 Issue 18 of Varoom celebrates the work of illustrators who entertain whilst asking questions about entertainment. From Moonbot Studios elagaic animation about books, to the BAFTA illustrators whose single images of movies act as illustrative film criticism, to cartoonist Huw Aaron who “performed” drawing at a cartooning festival. […]