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.

Statement from the AOI

The AOI was founded in 1973 to support and sustain illustrators and the illustration industry. The staff team and the board are committed and proud to have illustrators interests at..

Spotlight On: Dapo Adeola

We bring you a recording of our latest chat with Dapo Adeola, part of Spotlight On: a new series of informal online lunch chats with inspiring Illustrators, freely available to all AOI members.

History of Illustration – review

History of Illustration is an achievement which the illustration community – and industry – can only benefit from; not only as a thorough reference resource, but as a laying down of the importance of our art-form, and what it has achieved over centuries (and more) in one publication.

Spotlight On: Genie Espinosa

We bring you a recording of our latest chat with Genie Espinosa, part of Spotlight On: a new series of informal online lunch chats with inspiring Illustrators, freely available to all AOI members.

Hoot and Howl Across the Desert – review

Informative text and bright, sometimes playful illustrations, make for a great book on deserts and the life they contain and support, that will delight many children.


The Garden of Inside-Outside – review

Written by Chiara Mezzalama Illustrated by Régis Lejonc Published by Book Island ISBN 978-1-911496-16-8 Reviewed by Karl Andy Foster This is a story that sets out its context carefully as..

V&A Illustration Awards 2020 Shortlist announced!

The V&A announces the shortlisted artists for the V&A Illustration Awards 2020, a celebration of excellence in student and published illustration over the last year. From imaginary worlds and fairy-tales..

The Golden Cage – review

The story of an obsessive Emperor’s daughter who demands extraordinary birds. She wants a talking bird to fill the golden cage.

Spotlight On: Montana Forbes

Last Friday we hosted our first Spotlight On Montana Forbes, a new series of informal online lunch chats with inspiring Illustrators, freely available to all AOI members! Clcik through to see the full recording of the session.


This book could be a key resource for you if you’re a lover of the outdoors and have thought about brushing up on your practical skills for when we’re able to once again freely roam the world. Click to read the full review!

Should Illustrators work for free?

We all know we are in extraordinary times. But there are some things that don’t change. We need to look after ourselves. We need to work. We need to be paid.


This year saw a record number of entries from across the UK and a very strong field and, after much deliberation, the judges have decided that two winners will share the prize – Jo Surman for Snow, the book she has written and illustrated, and Kael Tudor for the story he has written:One Goose, Two Moose.

Cancellation/Kill Fees and Coronavirus

We are aware that there may be an increase in the number of jobs that are cancelled due to the  unprecedented challenges businesses are facing at present. It is always..


    Here at the AOI we are always interested in how creatives grow their businesses and expand their practice into new and exciting areas. We were thrilled to catch..

Joseph Binder Award 2020 – Apply now!

This is the fifteenth time that designaustria organises the Joseph Binder Award, an international competition with a focus on graphic design & illustration. Designers, illustrators, agencies and students from all over..

Everybody Counts – review

This book from Norwegian illustrator and author Roskifte is built around contemplation, the times where we take a step back from the world and become a spectator, observing the appearance and actions of others and use this to build a mental narrative of that person’s life.

Working Spaces: Catarina Glam

Catarina Glam is a Portuguese street artist and sculptor who assembles geometric characters, in ways that make them stand out and be enjoyed by local communities on the public realm. Learn about her unique working process!

Illustrator of the Month: March

If you’re looking for imaginative, funny, colour packed, characterful illustrations (with a few cats too), look no further! Aurora Cacciapuoti does this and much more, and we’re very proud to be showcasing her as our Illustrator of the Month for March.

Membership Fees

AOI Membership fees, and consultation fees will increase from 1 May 2020. This will not affect current membership, but will mean that if members purchase from 1 May onwards, they will pay the new fee.

Greta and the Giants – review

Greta Thunberg, the 17-year-old, Swedish school child who has become famous through her stand to save the world, has been cast in a fictional tale to help children grasp the concept of activism.

John Piper’s Brighton Aquatints – review

You wouldn’t have to be a resident of this most well-know of British seaside towns to feel attached to this elegant resurrection of John Piper’s pre-war aquatint artworks of Brighton.

Varoom 41 – No Narrative is published

Varoom 41 – the No Narrative issue The practice of storytelling dominates our understanding of illustration, and for good reason – illustrators are brilliant at it. In the No Narrative..

Varoom 40: Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture game

In this extract from Varoom Fantasy issue, Creative Director Dan Pinchbeck of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, the BAFTA Award-winning non-linear game created by Brighton-based studio The Chinese Room tells us how the team created their ‘artful, painterly and almost seductive’, yet eerily real dystopian fantasy.