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    Varoom 35: Roundtable

      What are the changing forms of storytelling? Varoom sat at a table with three people who have a good idea about storytelling forms. The Roundtable was moderated by Varoom editor John O’Reilly. Here is an extract from the conversation discussing how storytelling increasingly interacts with daily life. The full piece can be seen in […]

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    Pictoplasma 2017 and Jack Sachs

    There’s the usual strong line up of speakers at this year’s Pictoplasma International Conference and Festival of Contemporary Character Design and Art in Berlin this week, and we are delighted to see Varoom 35′s cover artist, Jack Sachs is among them. Sachs created the eye-popping cover for our Storytelling issue, which strikingly captured our fascination […]

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    Varoom 35: Virtual Reality

      ‘I had always believed that my line was fairly regular, but to see the many gestures and marks created in front of me made me realise how diverse the lines are – that they’re only ‘regular’ when viewed from one direction.’ – Roderick Mills on the Google Tilt Brush. In these extracts from the Varoom […]

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    Storytelling: The Clearing

      As part of Varoom‘s latest Storytelling theme, we spoke to illustrator Mairead Dunne and Steve Braund of Atlantic Press about her illustrations for Luke Thompson’s book of poems, The Clearing, which won the prestigious Michael Marks Poetry Illustration Award at The British Library. The Illustration Award was judged by former Director of The National Gallery, Sir Nicholas […]

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    Varoom 35: Innovator Insight with Rob Davis

    In these extracts from the Varoom 35: Storytelling article, Sarah McIntyre talks to Rob Davis about his creative process involving his latest graphic novel ‘The Can Opener’s Daughter’, the full article of which can be purchased in the latest Varoom Magazine here.  Sarah McIntyre: The Can Opener’s Daughter is spiky, dark and completely bizarre, yet somehow Rob […]

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    Varoom 35: Tell Me a Story – Julian Glander

        In these extracts from the Varoom 35: Storytelling article, Varoom talks to 3D animator, illustrator and “art person”, Julian Glander. Celebrated for his dazzlingly coloured humourous gifs and illustrations, he recently created a dozen intriguing time-lapse plant growth videos, created in residency at the Folly Tree Arboretum (a collection of rare and unusual […]

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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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    Stack Magazines Awards

    On 29 November, the Stack Awards 2016 results were announced to a room full of magazine makers at our awards ceremony in London. Varoom’s Derek Brazell was co-judge with Cath Caldwell from Central St Martins for the Best Use of Illustration in an independent magazine, and they presented the award to their choice, Ladybeard, at […]

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    Varoom 34 – Wellbeing Approaches

      Framing the visual language of health and wellness can be tricky. Get it wrong and you’re doing the equivalent of ‘woman laughing alone with salad’. In 10 Visual Approaches to Well Being inVaroom 34 Sharon Bowes looks at work by illustrators who get it right and extracts some nutritious advice. Below are a couple […]

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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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ICON8 The Illustration Conference

The Illustration conference from 9th July till 12th July at Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, USA is a series of workshops, talks and presentations that will create an ongoing dialogue that serves the illustration, design, publishing, advertising and academic communities. Providing a platform for the most influential illustrators and industry leaders to address the most pervasive […]

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Facing Pages 2014

Independent Magazines Biennale This weekend: 28-29 March 2014 Exhibition: 28 March – 6 April 2014 Location: Showroom Arnhem – Kleine Oord 177 – Arnhem, the Netherlands This years Facing Pages symposium is about the power of print. With the theme ‘Make magazines not War’ a broad variety of international speakers will focus on the magazine […]

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Message journal

A new visual communication journal ‘Message,’ has just been published by Plymouth University Press. The Theme, Mapping Eclecticism Through Practice brings to the fore academic research on the following question; where, if any, do the mutual theoretical frameworks and methodologies lie within communication design, graphic design, illustration and visual communication? In this inaugural edition, the […]

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Varoom 24: Five Things We Learned About Obsession

With the release of the new issue of Varoom on the theme of Obsession, Varoom Editor John O’Reilly, reveals five things he learned about images, image-makers and Obsession

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Crowd Talks: 
Creating Spaces

Creating Space. As part of Into the Fold in Camberwell Space, Crowd Talks will be discussing how your environment affects what you make and how you make it. Why is it still important to work in a physical space when we are increasingly communicating online? How might new models for studios and university spaces facilitate […]

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Call for submissions – Interpretation

  Note: Abstracts deadline 3 February. Academic and professional submissions are invited for peer review for a VaroomLab/Partners symposium in Autumn 2014 and VaroomLab Journal. Venue to be confirmed. INTERPRETATION An open call is made for contributions that broaden the understanding of how Interpretation is manifested within the language of Illustration. We welcome a breadth of responses and are […]

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Journal of Illustration

Produced by the Illustration Research group, the newly published Journal of Illustration is now available from Intellect Books. Editor, Desdemonna McCannon, says “The journal exists to encourage new critical writing on illustration, associated visual communication and the role of the illustrator as visualizer and facilitator in a wide variety of disciplines and professional contexts.” Featuring articles on […]

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AWARDS ISSUE: Winners Part 2

  Varoom presents a selection from the many Awards winners from across the globe featured in issue 23 (available here) This extract reveals the thoughts behind the AOI Illustration Awards winning works by Joe Caslin (Public Realm) and Edd Baldry (Editorial). Joe Caslin Our Nation’s Sons New Talent: Public Realm Brief: The aim of the project is […]