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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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    Collectives: The Future

      There are many different attitudes towards collectives, to get a more accurate idea of how they function and succeed, Allie Oldfield talks to UK based and overseas collectives asking them what they think the future holds for illustration collectives.  Self-publishing, festival workshops, printmaking, ceramics, group exhibitions, professional design studios – there are so many […]

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    Collectives: The Key to Success

        There are many different attitudes towards collectives, to get a more accurate idea of how they function and succeed, Allie Oldfield talks to UK based and overseas collectives asking what they think are the key elements that make a collective successful. Forming a collective can be the easy part, but how do you make […]

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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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Lindsay Lombard, The Raw and The Cooked #5 Graduates 2013

  Camberwell graduate Lindsay Lombard turns an iconic work by a philosopher into a visual Handbook to California – John O’Reilly totally gets it. Reading America by Jean Baudrillard as a young post-grad almost a lifetime ago, it felt contemporary and urgent, it’s references topical – “Boy George, Michael Jackson,  David Bowie. . . Whereas the […]

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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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Miguel Valdivia, The Raw And The Cooked, #3 Graduates 2013

  A mash-up of Sci-Fi, Francis Bacon and a flying saint, RCA Graduate  Miguel Valdivia’s wordless book is a whole new genre in itself writes John O’Reilly I first came across Miguel Valdivia’s work in a magazine call Le Petit Neant (The Little Nothingness), he edited in his first year the the RCA.  It was […]

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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

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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 […]

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V22 Noted: Children’s Books

  Katherina Manolessou, one of Varoom’s Contributing editors of Children’s Books, selected three books from the 2013 Bologna Book Fair, two of which are featured in Varoom 22. The third is featured here. The books chosen push the boundaries between a commercial children’s book and what (at least in the UK) would be considered an artist’s […]