Erik The Lone Wolf – review

This story is a coming of age drama. It explores the desire to push at the limits set by those in authority in order to find themselves a place in the world.

Varoom 38 – the Activism issue

Discover your inner Activist with the new Varoom! With an in-yer-face cover by BraulioAmado the Activism issue chucks a handful of protest bricks for your reading delight.

Mary and Frankenstein – Júlia Sardà interview + review

A combination of fantasy and remarkable real-life events, this book is an exciting and empowering true tale with the drama and tragedy of Gothic fiction. Illustrator Júlia Sarda discusses her inspiration and reseach for the book, and also her use of pattern and colour.

EU chance to make internet fair for all, says BCC

Today, MEPs have an historic opportunity to support copyright proposals in an EU Directive that would deliver a fair deal for European creators and assure the future of creativity in the digital age.

The Walkabout Orchestra – review

It is the reader’s task for this playful book to help Maestro travel the world and track down each member of the orchestra in time for the big concert.

Up The Mountain – Review

A beautifully sensitive story from Marianne Dubuc about Mrs Badger and her regular walks up the mountain. Joined by a new young friend, the story explores what will happen as Mrs Badger ages.

Edward Bawden at Dulwich

Bawden’s evocative images have shaped a visual identity for mid century Britain, but this exhibition shows a further side to his work.

Commissioning Illustration for Retail

Peter Cross, Customer Experience Director at John Lewis Partnership, commissioned Paul Thurlby’s World Illustration Award winning project National Treasures. Find out more about the commissioning process in this insightful interview.

The Empty Space – review

A meditation on loss and the space left behind when someone (in this case, the character’s cat) is no longer around, from Marianna Sztyma

Jacky Winter on Representation

In this industry insight we talked to Jeremy Wortsman of Jacky Winter about the Australian illustration scene, working globally, geographical trends and the secret to a long career, “Everyone needs to spin a lot of different plates to survive!”

Illustrator of the Month

From ‘Down Under’, AOI member Andrea Innocent lives and works as part of the Illustration scene in Melbourne. She describes her travelling years in Japan and how its historical art style influenced her own practice, plus the journey to finding satisfaction and grounding in teaching and leading workshops in Australia.

One House For All – review

A Latvian story of three friends, a horse, a raven and a crayfish setting up home together – a charming tale about friendship and compromise.

Varoom 37: Material Love – Article Excerpt

Illustrators develop a close connection with their materials. In Varoom 37 Poppy Chancellor, MaricorMaricar and Olimpia Zagnoli reveal what they love about what they work with.

Is Social Media Really That Important For An Illustrator?

10 years ago, the way we communicate and promote ourselves online changed dramatically with the arrival of social media platforms. Love it or hate it, these have now become an almost integral part of our daily professional routine. But how beneficial is it really for Illustrators? AOI Member Matthew Griffin shares his thoughts on the matter.

Varoom 37: A Quirky Campaign

Château Angélus wine-maker and one of France’s most celebrated illustrators worked together to deliver a series of adverts celebrating love.

Wild World – review

Illustration duo Hvass&Hannibal are paired with Angela McAllister’s poems, with the most succcessful images able to enter completely into an imagined space.

Lis Ribbans has recently taken the helm as Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the ‘invaluable’ British Copyright Council (BCC), of which AOI is a member – and we talk to her about her role, what the BCC has on its plate and how the AOI can play its part.