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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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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 […]

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Interpretation: The Designer Toy Platform

DARWIN / The Designer Toy Platform as a M­eans of Academic Inquiry Justin Novak, Associate Pro­fessor, Ceramics, Illustration, Visual Art and Material Practice Director, Centre for Applied Art and Material Production (CAAMP) Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada Key Words: Designer Toys, Illustration, Ceramics, Artist Multiple, Slip Casting Abstract Collaboratively designed by students and […]

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Interpretation: Joel Lardner & Paul Roberts

Speaking under the Error strand of the Interpretation illustration conference 18-19 September at AUB, illustrators and educators, Joel Lardner and Paul Roberts answer a couple of questions about illustration, the event and what they’ll be doing.   Tell us a bit about your presentation Our presentation sets out to examine glitch, and the glitch-like, making reference to the resurgence of craft […]

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Interpretation: Chris Campe

  Interpretation illustration conference speaker, Chris Campe, tells us what she’ll be talking on and her thoughts on illustration conferences. Interpretation is on 18-19 September at Arts University Bournemouth, hosting a great array of speakers covering a compelling variety of topics. Tell us about your presentation I will talk about gender representation in commissioned illustration. What […]

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Interpretation: Andrew Kulman & Roderick Mills

The Interpretation illustration conference 18-19 September at Arts University Bournemouth is hosting a great array of speakers covering a compelling variety of topics. Here we ask illustrators and educators, Andrew Kulman and Roderick Mills a couple of questions about illustration, the event and what they’ll be doing. Andrew is talking under the Error strand of the symposium. Andrew Kulman Tell us […]

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Interpretation symposium

18-19 September 2014, AUB, Bournemouth – Book Now Interpretation is the theme of the latest VaroomLab symposium on illustration, this year held in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth. Illustrators, students and academics are all welcome. Interpretation seeks to explore ways in which illustrators, interpret, re-interpret and misinterpret information through illustration practice. This event will celebrate and investigate the potential exciting creative strategies […]

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Interpretation: Marcus Oakley

  The Interpretation illustration conference 18-19 September at Arts University Bournemouth is hosting a great array of speakers covering a fascinating variety of topics. We ‘re asking the presenters a couple of questions about illustration, the event and what they’ll be doing. Next on our list is keynote speaker, illustrator Marcus Oakley. Marcus Oakley London […]