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Five Things We Learned At The LCC Show

By John O’Reilly   1. Forget Soul. The Committed Creative Has To Put Guts Into It.      Sometimes putting your guts into your art, also means spilling them out on the floor.  Keep some Rennie handy D*DREG! (aka Daniel Ferst)     2. The Creative Law Is Cruel     Alex May Hughes plays […]

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Imagining Britain, Granta Magazine

Review By John O’Reilly Granta 119, Britain.  Under the Art Direction of Michael Salu, British literary magazine, Granta, is increasingly attracting the interest of those with a taste for the visual. With a mix of photography, art and illustration, the images in the issue Granta 119, Britain, were the subject of a recent debate at the […]

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Varoom Cass Art Strip

  Tom Gauld has created two Bird strips for Varoom so far as part of Varoom’s partnership with Cass Art ‘Let’s fill this town with artists’. Cass Art have five shops across London including their flagship store at 66-67 Colebrooke Row N1. Tom’s new book, Goliath, was recently published by Drawn & Quarterly. The Times said “Gauld’s Goliath is […]

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Review: Children’s Picturebooks

REVIEWED BY CLARE WALTERS Children’s Picturebooks, The art of visual storytelling by Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles. Laurence King Publishing, 2012 ISBN 978 1 85669 738 5 £22.50 From Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are to Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came To Tea children’s picturebooks make a profound impression on us in childhood. As co-author Morag Styles writes, […]

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Review: Bob Gill, So Far

REVIEWED: BY JOHN O’REILLY Bob Gill, so far Laurence King ISBN 978 1 85669 819 1 £29.95 “Bob Gill, so far.”  The name of an illustrator/designer so well known nothing more needs to be said, except for the creative bravado of the “so far”.   There’s no doubting creative ambition or creative ‘greed’, is an […]

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Rear View Mirror – Stephanie Black

In a fast-moving media world Stephanie Black’s Peer-Reviewed paper explores how forms of illustration provides a truly engaging sense of time. Black argues that developers of New Media may want to look to older forms of navigation in media, such as books which can engage readers in much richer ways, encouraging the dialogue and conversation […]

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LabNotes – Lume Sequel

Entertainment: Observations on recent projects: Lume by State of Play games is a hit independent game, hand made entirely out of paper and card. The second instalment of Lume is currently being created at their London studios. LabNotes asked State of Play’s Creative Director Luke Whittaker to shed some light on the creative process for Lume. […]

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The ‘Scribbler’, the Photographer and the Celtic Punk

At the end of the 1980s illustrator W. John Hewitt spent two years with photographer Steve Pyke tracking legendary folk-punk group The Pogues. Hewitt reveals how the deep faultlines between photography and reportage drawing actually resulted in unique documentary record.   On a rainy night in Soho, as the song goes, I was drinking in […]

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Brad Holland

Jo Davies interviews a major American talent “I established early on the kind of work I wanted to do. The effect has been that the people who call me now usually want the kind of work I’d be likely to do on my own.” The use of metaphor within illustration is now commonplace.  Many complex, […]