Mental Health Guide for Creative Freelancers

The AOI, in partnership with Society of Authors and Association of Photographers have released an updated resource offering guidance for good mental health and creative freelancers. You can download it here: Mental health and Creative..

WIA2020 Curated Highlights: Animals

From quirky children’s book characters, to more realistic depictions, animals are a great source of inspiration for eye-catching illustration. This selection from across the WIA2020 shortlist categories shows the inventive..

WIA2020 Shortlist Highlights: Exploration Category

The Exploration Category celebrates all forms of self-initiated work, illustration made for portfolios, and experimental pieces that push the boundaries of illustration. This category includes unusual materials, cutting edge technology,..

WIA2020 Curated Highlights: Procreate

Editorial Category sponsors Procreate have curated their favourite illustration from across the whole shortlist that uses their software. The diversity and range of work is amazing, all facilitated by Procreate’s technology.

WIA2020 Curated Highlights: Printmaking and Collage

Printmaking and Collage offer exciting ways to play with shape, colour and surface. We’ve picked some of our favourite examples from the WIA shortlist for you to explore how illustrators can use these versatile techniques.

5 Illustration Degree Shows to (Virtually) Visit

Whether you are a commissioner looking to work with fresh talent, or just an illustration enthusiast, we recommend visiting a variety of this years online degree shows. Now is the time to celebrate, share and support the graduates of 2020. The AOI have compiled a shortlist of 5 illustration degree shows to get you started on your virtual tour (no petrol needed).

WIA2020 Curated Highlights: Autobiography

How do illustrators use their autobiography as inspiration for their work? We’ve selected entries from the WIA2020 shortlist of works that use personal stories, life experience, and family history as their starting point.

WIA2020 Curated Highlights: Monochrome

We’ve curated this list of shortlisted projects that use a limited colour palette from the WIA shortlist for you to discover the creativity unleashed by working in monochrome!

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.

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..