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Varoom 35 – Storytelling

Varoom 35 – the Storytelling issue Winter 2017  Cover image by Jack Sachs Purchase here   Packed with rich imagery and insightful comment, Varoom the illustration magazine re-launches in February 2017 with a fresh new design in magazine format from award winning new designers James Lunn and Joe Hales. John O’Reilly’s considered editorship ensures the same great content […]

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V29 – The Radicals from 1981

1981 was a year of riots in Brixton, Toxteth, Moss Side and other cities across the UK,  brought about by the destruction of manufacturing industry and mass unemployment that nearly doubled to 2.5 million. A group called “Women for Life on Earth” marched from Cardiff to RAF Greenham Common to protest against the newly installed Cruise […]

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Varoom 27: Japanese comics tradition

    The experimental comic books of Seiichi Hayashai are being discovered by a new generation in the West. In Varoom 27, Zoe Taylor explains how his approach transformed a tradition of image-making, and discusses style, process and exploration in an interview with Hayashai himself. Read on for an extract of the interview.   ZT: […]


Varoom event – A Question of Taste?

A Question of Taste? (A podcast of this event is here) Wednesday 7 November 6.30pm The Foyles Gallery, Third Floor, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EB To launch Varoom magazine’s Taste issue, panelists from across the industry discuss how illustration is expanding and defining Taste in all its manifestations. Literary and aesthetic taste in addressing ‘Medicine’ […]


Top Tips for Food Packaging

To accompany our next issue of Varoom, themed on Taste, we decided to ask a few illustrators/designers their thoughts and suggestions on the design of food and drink packaging. Here are their top tips; Mind Design is a design consultancy that specialises in the development of visual identities. Holger, cofounder of the studio suggested: ‘less […]


Noted: Reflections and Process – Publishing. The Ride Journal

In each issue of the magazine, Varoom features a selection of work chosen by experts in a variety of fields. In issue 18, Jeremy Leslie of Magculture, highlighted The Ride Journal. You could call it just a magazine about cycling, in the same way that would say The New Yorker is just a magazine about […]


Varoom 18: Children’s Books

Noted: Reflections & Process Quetzal Léon Calixto, Art Director at Ediciones SM Mexico, was one of three judges for the Fundación SM International Award for Illustration at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Along with Antonio Faeti, Italian expert in children’s Literature and internationally renowned illustrator Kitty Crowther, he selected the 2012 winner of this annual […]


Varoom 20 – Latest issue

VAROOM 20 – the illustration report Illustration, Culture, Society Winter 2012 Cover illustration created for Varoom by Aude Van Ryn Purchase here 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 […]