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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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VaroomLab Journal Issue One

Download: VaroomLab_Journal_IssueOne Papers  for Boundaries: Making and breaking illustration’s frontiers Issue One contains papers submitted and peer reviewed from the above call for papers for the Plymouth University/VaroomLab Boundaries Illustration symposium held at Plymouth University on 14/15 September 2012. ISSN 2052-1820             Contents: Taste – Dr. John O’Reilly, editor of Varoom magazine, writer and […]

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Spatialising Illustration Symposium

SPATIALISING ILLUSTRATION a two day symposium Swansea Metropolitan University/VaroomLab 24-25th January 2013 at Swansea Metropolitan University How do we encounter space through illustration? Spatialising Illustration roams beyond illustration as a discipline and explores it as a medium inherent in many artistic activities; a medium that evokes ideas and narrative, and one that offers subtle messages about the spaces and […]

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Labnotes: Illustrating “Home”

Jonathan Ward reveals the thinking behind his Home project to Varoom. Fifty images from different illustrators on separate cards, creating an artist book on this ‘universal theme’. Home as Muse? What made you choose ‘Home’ as the theme for this project? I am fascinated by childhood memories and their resonances in my own work, which […]

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Podcast ‘A Question of Taste’ event

Varoom held a launch panel event, A Question of Taste?, for issue 19 on  7 November 2012 at The Foyles Gallery,  London, to discuss how illustration is expanding and defining Taste in all its manifestations. The event featured Michael Salu, Artistic Director of Granta magazine, fashion illustrator, Tara Dougans, who recently created animated imagery for London Men’s Fashion Week and cartoonist, Ben […]

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Varoom 18 Launch Event – Podcast

Varoom held a launch panel event, “Entertainment and the Age of Distraction“, for Issue 18 on June 14 2012 at The Foyles Gallery, London to discuss how social networking and smartphone culture is changing the way we access and consume entertainment. The debate featured Emma Hayley, the Director of independant publishing house SelfMadeHero , Illustrator Adam Simpson who […]

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Reportage: Richard Johnson

The Kandahar Journal. Richard Johnson is the Graphics Editor at Canada’s national newspaper – the National Post. With a background in illustration and journalism, Johnson has taken his data visualization and visual reportage skills around the globe. As a filmmaker and photographer with the United Nations, Johnson documented rape victim recovery programs in the Democratic […]

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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’ […]

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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 […]