Cover by Jonathon Calugi
Rhythm is present in the way creatives work, our stance before the page or screen and the ebb and flow of a career as an illustrator. In this new issue AOI members discuss their thoughts on Career Rhythms and the tools and materials they use in Material Rhythms.
Interview with Jean-Philippe Delhomme
The wit and style of visual social commentator Jean-Philippe Delhomme is explored in a profile where he covers the demise of blogs, taking on photography and how Hockney liberated his use of colour.
Image by Jay Cover (featured in ‘The Innovators’)
Innovators across the fields of advertising, children’s books, street art and more are selected by our industry experts, including Luke Choice’s striking, swirling work for the Rugby World Cup and Anna Haifischm’s new graphic novel, The Artist.
Outstanding work from an international selection of Emerging Image Makers is showcased in this issue, from Norway to South Korea via the UK and Australia graduates also reveal their thoughts on what illustration means to them.
In The Commission, The Client, The Creative animator Stephen McNally, Iranian filmmaker Majid Adin and production company Blinkink reflect on the making of the new Rocket Man animation for Elton John’s classic song which draws on Adin’s experience as a refugee.
Image by Phoebe Halstead (featured in ‘Rhythm Roundtable’)
All this and an intriguing Rhythm Roundtable discussing how new technology is rapidly changing the rhythms of image-making, of collaboration, and how we manage the rhythm of everyday life.
- Image by Seunghan Choi (featured in ‘Emerging Image Makers’)
Full Varoom 36 contents:
Profile: Jean-Philippe Delhomme
Since the 1980s, the work of French illustrator, Jean-Philippe Delhomme has explored with visual wit and elegance the worlds of fashion and culture. Creator of the ‘Unknown Hipster’ character, Delhomme talks to Varoom editor John O’Reilly about the demise of blogs, taking on photography and how Hockney liberated his use of colour
Materials direct our work and our way of working, our stance before the page or screen. In this issue Brian Grimwood, Ged Palmer and Marguerite Carnec reflect on the tools and materials they use and the creative rhythm and expression they enable
15 Emerging Image Makers
Varoom showcases some of the most striking image-making from the crop of 2017 art school graduates, guided by the AOI’s global network of professional bodies and educational institutions. The images are a sample of outstanding work from Kristiana to Kingston to Seoul – from children’s stories to social observation to fashion and politics, there are new rhythms emerging. Follow these young image-makers as they take the pulse of changing time
The Commission, The Client, The Creative
In the professional relationship between client and image-maker, nailing the brief depends on everything from the client choosing the right creative for the job in the first place to the image-maker responding to feedback.
Animator and director Stephen McNally, Iranian filmmaker Majid Adin and production company Blinkink reflect on the making of the new Rocket Man animation. This reinterpretation of Elton John’s 1970s classic song tells the story of a refugee, drawing on Adin’s own experience of his journey across Europe during the 2015 refugee crisis, arriving in the Calais jungle camp before being granted asylum in the UK. The animation was launched at the Cannes Film Festival.
Innovators: the best work selected by Varoom’s experts
Children’s Books: Sarah McIntyre on
Lesley Barnes’ visually sumptuous, loopingly rhythmic Jill and Lion.
Graphic Novels: Martin Colyer on
the new six-panel per page book from Anna Haifischm, The Artist.
Advertising: Stuart Lang on Luke Choice’s striking, swirling work for the Rugby World Cup.
Design: Dan Witchell on Santtu Mustonen’s mesmerizing projection project for the New York Ballet, Cross Pollination.
Public Realm: Luise Vormittag on Anne Howeson’s Kings Cross St. Pancras Project which builds on the history of the central London area.
Street Art: Tristan Manco on the huge, stunning Floor Painting in Essaouira, Morocco by Run (Giacomo Bufarini)
Publications: John O’Reilly on Miguel Angel Valdivia and Guilia Grabin’s wordless magazine, Le Petit Neant
You know that feeling that flows from the high of unstoppable commissions to the imperceptible drift into anxiety about the next gig? Varoom asked illustrators and AOI members Jamie Coe, Liv Wan, Jay Cover and agent Nick Dawe from Folio Art agency about their professional and creative highs and lows and how they manage the career rhythm
Be-Bop-A-Lula, rhythm, and understanding how to work with it, is at the heart of all creativity. But new technology is rapidly changing the rhythms of image-making, of collaboration, and how we manage the rhythm of everyday life.
Ryan Belmont, Art Director of Nike Lab, Phoebe Halstead, Scriberia animator and a founder of reportage group First Hand along with choreographer and performer, Matthias Sperling discuss rhythm with Varoom editor John O’Reilly.
Varoom 36 – feel the rhythm
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Cover illustration by Jonathan Calugi