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Jamie Bradford, The Raw And The Cooked #9, Graduates 2013

Punchy, heroic, cinematic, Jamie Bradford’s image-making combines ideas, narrative and playfulness with visual codes. Oh, and he’s one of the few graduate illustrators who is also a ‘Lord’ You could say that great ideas never go out of fashion. But then again you could equally say that great ideas are rarely in fashion – ‘good […]

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Rich De Courcy, The Raw And The Cooked #8, Graduates 2013

Skateboarders have evolved a different way of sensing space. Graduate Rich de Courcy shows us how this urban/suburban/uber-urban skateboard species sees the world, writes John O’Reilly In college, I had a friend who would occasionally turn up to our graduate philosophy seminar on a skateboard – he always had interesting angles. I get a similar […]

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Fung Yee Wai, The Raw and the Cooked #7, Graduates 2013

Paper sculpture from Fung Yee Wai that explores the visual and the tactile, surface and depth, transparency and camouflage With the resurgence of craft, the desire for a material counterbalance to digital culture, and the broader interest in folk culture, illustrators and artists have been making the most of paper as a material ‘in-between’. For […]

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Cynthia Merhej, The Raw and The Cooked, #4 Graduates 2013

An imaginary slice of Lebanese cinema, Cynthia Merhej combines fascinating research while conjuring up a world of glamour in her magical myth-making around 1960s Middle Eastern movie-making, writes John O’Reilly We’ve talked a lot on Varoom recently about fragmented storytelling, how in the age of mobile technology readers and viewers piece together our own stories […]

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Miranda Foxx, The Raw And The Cooked, #2 Graduates 2013

Next up in The Raw and The Cooked, Miranda Foxx is one of a new generation of graduates who are starting to set their own agendas for illustration, writes John O’Reilly. The most thrilling aspect of this years graduate shows is how young Illustration graduates are not only shaping their own agenda – for anyone […]

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Radio Times – decades of covers

  With the Museum of London celebrating the 90th anniversary of Radio Times in their exhibition, Cover Story: Radio Times at 90, Varoom’s Cartoon Editor Martin Colyer, gives his views on covers from the 1970s and 80s. Article from issue 17. Modern Magazines Are Rubbish? By Martin Colyer Late 2011 saw a firestorm of debate […]

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Serena Katt, The Raw And The Cooked, #1 Graduates 2013

In a work of compelling honesty, new RCA Graduate Serena Katt explores her Grandfather’s time in the Hitler Youth


Catrin Morgan On The Age of Wire And String

John O’Reilly on strange images for a strange book that challenge our assumptions of illustration The Age of Wire And String, written by Ben Marcus with images by Catrin Morgan, is a fabulously strange reading experience – it’s an ‘experience’ in the sense that the book’s use of language makes you very aware of your […]


Podcast ‘A Question of Taste’ event

Varoom held a launch panel event, A Question of Taste?, for issue 19 on  7 November 2012 at The Foyles Gallery,  London, to discuss how illustration is expanding and defining Taste in all its manifestations. The event featured Michael Salu, Artistic Director of Granta magazine, fashion illustrator, Tara Dougans, who recently created animated imagery for London Men’s Fashion Week and cartoonist, Ben […]