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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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AWARDS ISSUE: Winners part 1

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 Merav  Salomon (Books) and Jonathan Burton (Design). Merav Salomon Frostbites Winner: Books Brief: I was very lucky to be invited to publish my […]

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Drawn to Obsession – Reportage

Topolski Studio’s reportage drawing programme, ‘The Chronicle Residency Programme’ By Gary Embury I first made contact with Andrea Marie the education and outreach officer at Topolski century at the end of 2011. I was at the beginning of a period of research leave from UWE working on a book proposal and developing the online Journal, Reportager.  I […]

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VaroomLab Journal issue two

      Download Issue Two: VaroomLab Journal IssueTwo VaroomLab Journal issue two Spatialising Illustration Issue Two contains papers submitted and peer reviewed from the above call for papers for the Swansea Metropolitan University/VaroomLab Spatialising Illustration symposium held at Swansea on 24/25 January 2013.  The symposium explored the ways in which we encounter space and place through illustration, roaming […]

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Science, Imagination, and the Illustration of Knowledge

4th International Illustration Symposium Tickets still available at reduced rates! Organised by Illustration Research, in collaboration with University of Oxford Museums and Collections Oxford, UK. Supported by Camberwell Press and VaroomLab 7 – 8 November 2013 The Science, Imagination and the Illustration of Knowledge symposium will consider the contemporary and historical role of illustration in […]

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Awards show free Varoom!

We are giving away a free back issue of Varoom to the first 20 people to visit the free AOI Illustration Awards exhibition each morning. The show is proving a big draw at Somerset House, and as the new issue of Varoom shows all the winners of the Awards, we wanted to celebrate by offering a number […]

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Varoom 23 AfterWords: the Awards Issue

VAROOM 23 – AfterWords: the Awards Issue Illustration, Culture, Society Autumn 2013 Cover illustration by Angela Barrett Purchase here Varoom 23: AfterWords: the Awards Issue spotlights a dramatic shift in our society and culture. In a world of Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook and YouTube our communication and interaction is shifting from words to images. This unique, […]

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Expanded Narrative Symposium

1 – 2 November Plymouth University The Expanded Narrative Symposium will explore the multidisciplinary fields of interactive narrative that reconfigure the form and expand the experience of storytelling. Saturday 2nd November 2013 Additional Events: Friday 1st November 2013 Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University, Plymouth PL4 8AA The reader, relocated, becomes a player, co-author or participant. How […]

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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 […]