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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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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 […]

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V22 Noted: Reflections & Process

Comics: Extract from Varoom 22 by Martin Coyler – Comics Contributing Editor for Varoom Clifford Harper I first heard of Frans Masereel through Clifford Harper who I worked with a lot at one point. Cliff’s painstaking style was based on the look of woodcuts, although his were done by pen and ink (a technique, he […]

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V22: Alchemy in visual form

Alchemy: image and text in the late Renaissance  Modern scientific argument is primarily delivered in the written word – but that was not always the case.  In issue 22 of Varoom Adrian Holme explores the moment in history when visual argument, and the rich use of illustration in the field of ‘Alchemy’, disappeared from the […]

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Varoom Issue 22: Launch Event

Varoom 22 Experiment: Launch Event – Experimental Encounters with Illustration Tuesday 11th June 2013 6:30pm – 7:30pm The Gallery, 3rd Floor, Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London Varoom 22 tackles how we make Experiment part of our practice. The launch features distinguished panellists from three very different areas of the industry discussing their encounters with experimental image […]

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First Hand at Varoom Rules event

Live reportage drawing from the First Hand collective brought a special dimension to the Varoom issue 21 event, Rules, at Foyle’s Bookshop in London. At the sold out panel event on 11 April 2013, Graham Rawle, Viviane Schwarz and Phoebe Halstead discussed their illustration work and how it is exploring new areas and challenging rules. […]

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Podcast – Varoom issue 21 event – Rules!

Varoom held a launch panel event, Rules!, for issue 21 on 11 April 2013 at The Foyles Gallery, London. Illustration Rules?! As illustration becomes ever more varied and diverse in its output and working methods, does it follow any given ‘rules’ or launch itself off down the yellow brick road? To launch Varoom issue 21: Rules, at […]

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Brian Grimwood – People want joy!

Brian Grimwood, esteemed illustrator, Association of Illustrators Patron and illustration agency owner had his monograph, The Man who changed the Look of British Illustration, published in 2012, and a retrospective of his work backed it up at WORK Gallery in London. Here, Brian is interviewed by Varoom editor, John O’Reilly, on his past, his work and what […]