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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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Varoom 30 – Play: Fashion

Zoe Taylor highlights the ‘mesmerising’ fashion illustrations of Jiiakuann in Varoom 30, and Jiiakuann talks about her work for the menswear spring/summer 2015 collections of J.W.Anderson, Raf Simons, Thom Browne and the autumn/winter 2014 collection of Sankuanz. Below are extracts from The Dance, the full article, which can be seen in Varoom 30.  Raf Simons […]

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Varoom 30 – Play: Boards, Culture and Politics

  “The Kolejka game’s design recalls Poland’s gritty era when sub-perfect goods were difficult to obtain” The Strong – National Museum of Play in Rochester New York, is home to the world’s most extensive collections of toys, dolls, board games, video games, other electronic games. It is also a major archive for some of the most […]

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Visionaries conference 2015

  5 and 6 November 2015 Venue: Birmingham City University - Book here This two day VaroomLab/Birmingham City University symposium in November will be held in Birmingham, with talks presented by practitioners and academics on the illustrated map as a mode of communication, tracing the link between visionary J.G. Ballard and the cultural and virtual fabric […]

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Varoom 30 – Dramatic play

English National Opera (ENO) frequently use illustration in their promotional imagery with the aim to make opera open and accessible to anyone. For Varoom‘s Play issue we spoke to Claire Round, Director of Marketing and Brand at ENO, who says, “Appealing and engaging illustrations that capture people’s attention are certainly one of the methods that […]

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How Can Graphic Design / Communication Be Art? Symposium

Message 89, Research Symposium Friday 18 September 2015 Plymouth University Organised by the Message research group School of Art and Media / Plymouth University The symposium includes lunch and refreshments and costs £30 for the day. (Plymouth University staff / students – no charge) To book please go here Download more information here: MESSAGE 89 SYMPOSIUM INVITE 1   […]

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V29 – LOL! The changing formats of humour

In Varoom 29 Politics issue editor John O’Reilly conducts a series of interviews with Jen Sorensen, Liza Donnelly, Mark Fiore and Molly Crabapple about the evolution of political cartoons in the 21st century. In this extract, we give a glimpse of Mark Fiore and Molly Crabapple‘s approach on this subject within animation, showing how political cartooning can effectively transition to […]

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V29 – American Histories: Official and Unofficial

As part of Varoom 29 Politics issue Ann Field examines different uses of drawing by Guantanomo court artist Janet Hamlin and punk icon Raymond Pettibon,whose contrasting styles shine a light on American politics in the21st Century. Here visual journalist Janet Hamlin expands on her interview published in Varoom 29, discussing how she captures the courtroom […]

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Hartlepool Festival of Illustration

4 June – 4 July  Throughout June 2015 Hartlepool will become the home of world-renowned illustrators, cartoonists and comic artists for the Festival of Illustration, and the programme of talks at Hartlepool Festival of Illustration has now been released. Speakers include John O’Reilly – Editor of Varoom on Friday 5 June, and there are many more over two days, including: […]