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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]


Adult Colouring Books – Evolution of an unexpected phenomenon

By Vicky Stylianides Dominating bestseller lists, the colouring book phenomenon shows no sign of letting up. With such a high demand, many illustrators are creating their own colouring books. No matter what the subject is or who the illustrator may be, they all offer a distraction – an antidote for the effects of modern day […]


Varoom 32 – New Formats New Stories

Article from Varoom 32: New Formats New Stories How do illustrators work with app developers to turn their wonderful print stories into credible digital experiences? Illustrator Ben Newman and Flying Eye Books new digital studio Minilabs reveal the do’s and don’ts in the transition to different formats.      Varoom: What is Minilab? Minilab Studio: […]


Varoom 32 – Teh Nw

Article from Varoom 32 by Rachel Gannon and Darryl Clifton Illustration as a practice, as an idea, as a tool, is so powerful, charming and winsome, seeing it differently as an object or practice feels impossible. When the world is wrapped and framed by illustration, from children’s books to the engraving on gravestones, how can […]


Varoom 31 – Jason Lamb cover artist

  For the cover of the Visionaries issue of Varoom, Jason Lamb‘s incredibly detailed illustrations from his Frackpool: The Legacy of Hydraulic Fracturing in Blackpool project felt like a perfect fit: imaginative, expansive, beautiful and examining alternative realities for this iconic seaside town. Over an 80 year time span, Lamb’s Frackpool project speculates the transformation of […]


Varoom 31 – Future Imperfect

In Future Imperfect, Zoe Taylor talks to Margot Bowman about her journey as an illustrator, the development of her distinctive style and what it’s like working across different media and disciplines. Zoe Taylor explores the highly original, fantastical work of illustrator Margot Bowman whose eclectic use of media, futuristic narratives and relationships with brands is […]