Spotlight On Tristan Manco

Street art expert Tristan Manco joined AOI members for a July ‘Spotlight On’ informal lunchtime talk. With graffiti everywhere as a form of protest, it was the right time for..

10 UK Illustration Graduates to Watch in 2020

Here at the AOI, we have been astounded by the versatility, resilience and undeniable talent of this years graduates. In this feature, we are celebrating 10 up-and-coming illustrators, who stand out in our minds. From paper-cuts to placards, these illustrators have demonstrated incredible creativity in the face of adversity, and we know they will take the industry by storm.

Portrait of an Artist: Georgia O’Keeffe – review

Georgia O’Keeffe is often labelled the ‘Mother of American Modernism’, and this portrait of one of the best known female artists of all time seeks to open children’s eyes to her achievements as a trailblazer.

Spotlight On Lucy Truman

Award winning illustrator Lucy Truman joined AOI members for our new ‘Spotlight On’ series of informal lunchtime talks. With a great use of line and a lightness of touch, Lucy..

Scruff – review

This charming tale from Alice Bowsher has her curly haired/bearded hero feeling the need for a canine companion. He’s not that fussed what it will look like, as he’s a scruffy kind of guy himself.

Varoom 40: Wei Shao – One Space

Wei Shao’s focus on urban spaces and their functions is explored through her interest in the rules people make up for their city that regulate, categorise and standardise inhabitants’ lives. In this excerpt from Varoom 40, Luise Vormittag talks to Wei about her ‘zine projects.

Spotlight On Frannerd

Watch our ‘Spotlight On’ talk with illustrator, author, YouTuber and Patreon expert, Fran Meneses a.k.a Frannerd who share fascinating insights into her life as a ‘content producer’.

New Talent Highlights from the WIA2020 Longlist!

We’ve rounded up some fantastic New Talent entries by either current students or recent graduates for you to discover, and see the next generation of illustrators who are pushing our industry forward.

Protest! A History of Social and Political Protest Graphics – review

This comprehensive book feels very contemporary, documenting as it does the imagery of protest from the social comment of the Reformation in the 1500’s to the civil rights movements. Also covering Women’s Liberation, AIDS, LGBTQ campaigns, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, Pussy Riot and more from recent decades.

Lights on Cotton Rock – review

David Litchfield’s Lights on Cotton Rock is a fantastic book, aimed at children between 4 and 7, but visually compelling and beautifully created – something lovely for anyone to read and admire.

Ways of Drawing – review

In Ways of Drawing we are able to glimpse the personal, reflective and in some cases passionate evocation of the compulsion to make sense of the world through mark-making.

Spotlight On Claudine O’Sullivan

Award winning illustrator Claudine O’Sullivan joined AOI members for our new ‘Spotlight On’ series of informal lunchtime talks. Claudine, who is well known for her Apple and Jameson whiskey commissions, discussed her practice and her unique experience of the illustration industry to date.

Klaus Flugge Shortlist Announced

The strength and vibrancy of contemporary illustration for children is brilliantly demonstrated by the shortlist for the 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize The shortlist for the Klaus Flugge Prize is announced today (Tuesday 19 May)…

Spotlight On: Vic Lee

Spotlight On is our series of informal online lunch chats with inspiring Illustrators. This week Illustrator, mural artist, wordsmith and map-maker Vic Lee.

Introducing the AOI Mentees 2020

Introducing- the AOI mentees 2020! This year we are delighted to run our inaugural pilot mentorship scheme. With the generosity of Willa Gebbie, Cat O Neil, Dan Woodger and Laura..

Supporting Mental Health for Creative Freelancers

The AOI, in partnership with Society of Authors and Association of Photographers have released a resource around mental health and creative freelancers. At least one in six workers experience mental health..

Queer Heroes – review

Sarah Tanat-Jones’ vibrant portraits in Queer Heroes use colour and pattern to add dynamism to the characters and page layout, making the publication a lively introduction to the many achievements of LGBTQ people.