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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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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: […]

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VaroomLab Journal issue three

Download Issue Three: VaroomLab Journal Issue 3 Interpretation VaroomLab Journal issue three Interpretation Issue Three contains papers submitted and peer reviewed for the Interpretation call for papers, and explores ways in which illustrators interpret, re-interpret and misinterpret information through illustration practice. Subjects include gender representation in illustration, creating ‘artefacts’ to illustrate The Prisoner of Zenda, interpretations of […]

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V29 – The Radicals from 1981

1981 was a year of riots in Brixton, Toxteth, Moss Side and other cities across the UK,  brought about by the destruction of manufacturing industry and mass unemployment that nearly doubled to 2.5 million. A group called “Women for Life on Earth” marched from Cardiff to RAF Greenham Common to protest against the newly installed Cruise […]

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6 Fashions in Children’s Books

As part of Varoom‘s Fashion issue we look at changes in children’s books. We all have deep attachments to the illustrated stories and characters of our childhood, but the fact is image-making fashions change. Bridget Strevens-Marzo’s Varoom 28 article gives a window on the different fashions in the UK and France, and reflects on some […]

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Future of Illustration

  Creative Bloq features industry expert and Varoom editor, John O’Reilly and his article in Computer Arts issue 235 on emerging trends in illustration. John selected Christoph Neimann, Andrew Davidson and Kristjana S Williams as examples in his article.  “The popularity of illustration among commissioners over the last decade has been driven by the digital […]

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V28 Fashion – Illustrating Prada

    “I’m kind of famous for introducing ugliness in fashion,” says Miuccia Prada. “But it’s not that I introduced ugliness in fashion, I want to introduce normal life and pure life, and what is around. I want to really try to understand what is beauty and what is a possible beauty today.” In 2014 […]

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Le Book Fashion Special

The striking Varoom 28 cover featuring artwork by Quentin Jones (Minnie the Mask – mixed media) has been selected by Le Book for inclusion in their Spring Fashion Special, coinciding with London Fashion Week. Le Book is an international reference for the creative community in regular contact with creatives around the world.