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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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Great Sleeve Art and the Creative Fold of Sound and Image

For our Hermenauts issue, we asked illustrators Ellen Weinstein, Ian Wright and Olimpia Zagnoli, designers Mario Hugo and Silvia Sfligiotti and journalist and editor Mark Richardson to reflect on the interpretive power of great sleeve art. John O’Reilly reflects on the creative fold of sound and image Great album art sits between communication and the […]

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Varoom in dpi magazine

dpi magazine in Taiwan has featured Varoom in it’s 188 issue, showing covers from issue one onwards as well as spreads from recent issues. dpi is one of the most widely read design magazines in the Greater China region. The new issue covers some intriguing artwork, including illustration created with embroidery (see the two spreads […]

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Varoom digital issues

Early issues of Varoom are available online through visualMANIAC. As issues 01, 02, and 04 sold out of their physical versions a long time ago, this is a great opportunity to catch up on Varoom’s fascinating early days for only €2.99 per issue. Additional back issues will be available in digital form soon. Tasters for […]

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Varoom 27: Japanese comics tradition

    The experimental comic books of Seiichi Hayashai are being discovered by a new generation in the West. In Varoom 27, Zoe Taylor explains how his approach transformed a tradition of image-making, and discusses style, process and exploration in an interview with Hayashai himself. Read on for an extract of the interview.   ZT: […]

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Varoom 27: It’s Interpre-perpetual!

Illustrator and writer Paul Davis creates a regular column for Varoom, full of wit amusement and sometimes bile. Below is his contribution to Varoom 27 – The Hermenauts. It’s a headline, it’s a lifestyle, it’s a way of life – Davis on modern life’s endless circus of perpetual interpretation, the Interpre-petual from the art of the Resurrection to […]

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Marian Bantjes Centre Spreads

The Canadian Graphic Artist Marian Bantjes has been a regular contributor for Varoom Magazine for the past four years, creating an intriguing and visually complex double page spread for every issue since issue 14. She started contributing to the magazine after her book I Wonder, a beautifully decorative merging of graphic art and the written […]

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Interpretation event – who said what

The Interpretation symposium was held 18-19 September 2014, Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth. We present a short report on the content of the event: Interpretation was the theme of September 2014’s VaroomLab symposium on illustration, held in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth (AUB). Illustrators, students and academics all attended the event, which explored ways in which illustrators interpret, re-interpret and misinterpret information through illustration […]

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Interpretation: The Redheaded Man

The Redheaded Man is an accelerating journey downhill, where the main character is removed from all his features, until there is nothing left of him – or the story. Written by Soviet absurdist Danil Kharms, Minna Alanko’s study breaks down the tale into three visual/creative entrypoint elements to the story. The piece is a rich, methodical […]