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.

Varoom 40: Ram Han – Digital Romance

In this excerpt from Varoom 40 Alix-Rose Cowie talks to Ram Han about her artwork, and what it means to her: “From time to time, I’m obsessed with the urge to observe myself from a distance,” Han says. She broaches adult themes; romance, sexuality and voyeurism. Her work seems at the intersection of innocence lost and complexity gained.

Varoom 40: Hail Herman Inclusus

‘No Lifestyle. No Pose. No Galleries. No Collaboration. No Commissions. No Art Direction. No Illustration. No Creative. No Social Network. No Fashion.’ It would hard to imagine more restrictive prohibitions on an illustrator than these Ten Commandments. Yet they are the credo strictly observed by Herman Inclusus, the anachronistic pseudonym of the Staffordshire-based artist formerly known as Stuart Kolakovic, interviewed in this extract from Varoom 40 by Paul Gravett.

Varoom 40: Victo Ngai – Cloak of Fantasy

In this excerpt from Varoom 40, Ritupriya Basu connects with Victo Ngai at her studio in LA, to talk about how fantasy plays into her work and why composing illustrations is akin to orchestrating stage plays.

Varoom 39: Gucci’s Daydream Nation

Rome-based illustrator Ignasi Monreal’s digital paintings mix art historical and pop culture references to sublime effect. In Varoom 39 Zoë Taylor explores his work for Gucci’s Utopian Fantasy campaign and asks whether fashion illustration can break from its past?

Varoom 39: Finding the Middle – Joy Miessi

Joy Miessi transforms personal experiences into visual memorabilia through mixed media work. Both an illustrator and painter, Joy’s work reveals a varying range of themes, from past moments and conversations to intimate thoughts. In this article from Varoom 39, Aisha Ayoade talks to Joy about the concept of nostalgia and how the past is made present in their work.

Varoom 39: Distant Memories

Joey Yu grew up in the UK, but as a child went to Hong Kong with her family most summers. In Varoom 39 she talks about her nostalgic feelings for these trips and her other travels.

Varoom 39: An A to Z of Alphaputt

Sennep Games’ Alphaputt is a mobile game that combines the studio’s passions for typography, crazy golf and pop culture from the 1980s and 90s. Shane Walter talks to creative director Matt Rice about how Sennep’s nostalgic fantasy world became a reality.

Varoom 39: Tracing History

Serena Katt talks to Paul Gravett for the Nostalgia issue about her graphic memoir of her grandfather, ‘Sunday’s Child’, which considers what we choose to remember and to forget.

Judith Kerr in Varoom

In a 2009 interview from Varoom magzine we celebrate Judith Kerr, who talks Mog, her then current work and of course, The Tiger Who Came To Tea – ‘We never thought of a Tiger as something ‘bitey’.’

Varoom 38: War In The Neighborhood

The dramatic stories behind the housing activists of 80s New York revealed in Seth Tobocman’s powerful graphic novel. Varoom talks to Seth about the ideas behind the project.

Varoom 38: Contested Space

As they transform urban sites, developers are employing strategies to engage with their existing surroundings. Increasingly, working with artists is one of them. We get two differing opinions on this strategy.

Varoom 38: Virtual Vandal

In Varoom Activism issue Seb Chaloner reveals his  project challenging ‘members only’ clubs – and chucks a brick through the window!

Varoom 38: Detaining undocumented migrants

Tings Chak was 2018’s artist in residence at Birkbeck’s School of Law, and in this extract from Varoom 38 Luise Vormittag went to hear her speak about her graphic novel..

Varoom 38: Book Building

Tara Books’ children’s titles, published in India, are progressive, political – and beautiful. Varoom talks to one of the founders, Gita Wolf, and artist Bhajju Shyam.

Varoom Activism: Manifesto for Illustrators

Paul Bowman’s ‘Educate Agitate Abdicate’ manifesto is a call to arms for illustrators. ‘Commercial work can exist beside work that exposes injustice, questions our lives, and helps understanding.’

Varoom 38: It’s Got To Be Real

Stuart Lang weighs up the potential for success and failure when brands support social movements – an excert from Varoom 38 – Activism

Varoom 38: Joseph Kai comic artist

Comic maker Joseph Kai is part of the Varoom 38 (Activism) feature on the new wave of Arab Comics, and here he talks to Paul Gravett about the group, the role of comics in Lebanese culture and issues for freelance artists in the country

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.