April 2020


Spotlight on Niki Groom

17th April 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with talented fashion and live event illustrator Niki Groom, a.k.a. Miss Magpie. Niki will be discussing her practice and her unique experience of the illustration industry to date. She will also be sharing her valuable advice on selling work through your website. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions you would…

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Spotlight on Genie Espinosa

22nd April 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with awesome illustrator Genie Espinosa. Genie will be discussing her practice and how she made the jump into full-time illustration. She will also be touching on how she manages her anxiety through her work. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions you would like to ask Genie, including…

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Virtual Glasgow Drink and Draw

23rd April 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Heads Up! Virtual Drink and Draw with AOI Glasgow coming to an internet terminal near you 7pm on 23rd April 2020! We'll be checking in through Zoom, and as ever offer a friendly welcoming space to chat and draw at a time when meeting other illustrators could be even more invaluable than usual. It would be fantastic to see old…

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AOI Webinar: Demystifying Instagram: How to really build your community

24th April 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Hannah Ray will share a 20 minute presentation of her top tips and advice for using Instagram more effectively, then take any questions in an open Q&A for 40 minutes.

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NORWICH AOI: EPISODE 6 ONLINE HANGOUT

28th April 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

Isolation doesn’t have to mean feeling isolated. During this confusing and disorientating time it’s more important than ever to stay connected, grounded, and communicating with likeminded folks. We invite you to join us for a group video chat to discuss everything and nothing! From a general check-in to see how everybody is faring, how we and The AOI can help,…

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Spotlight on Dapo Adeola

29th April 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with talented children’s book illustrator, Dapo Adeola. Dapo will be discussing his practice and his unique experience of the illustration industry to date. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions you would like to ask Dapo, including his experience of illustrating during this strange period…

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May 2020

Spotlight on Vic Lee

6th May 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with talented illustrator, mural designer, mapmaker and wordsmith, Vic Lee. Vic will be discussing his decisive approach to his career, and exploring the idea of 'Staying Scared, Keeping Fearless'. We will then have a Q&A discussion, so you can ask Vic any burning questions !   "I will talk…

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AOI Webinar: Communicating With Skill & Confidence

13th May 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This webinar will offer practical tips and techniques that will immediately enable the participants to communicate with skill and confidence.

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Spotlight on Claudine O’Sullivan

14th May 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

As part of our new 'Spotlight On' series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with award winning illustrator Claudine O'Sullivan. Claudine will be discussing her practice and her unique experience of the illustration industry to date. We will then have a Q&A for any questions you would like to ask Claudine, including her tips for illustrating during lockdown. We are…

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Psychological Stress and Wellbeing Workshop (on Zoom)

29th May 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

Dr Sally Easton is an attachment psychologist and psychotherapist. She manages a wellbeing college for a mental health organisation, works with young people with multiple complex needs, and delivers training in mental health and wellbeing. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology, post graduate degrees in teaching and research, a doctorate in psychology and is a certified Third Wave CBT…

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June 2020

Spotlight on Neal Layton

3rd June 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

As part of our new 'Spotlight On' series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with award winning author and illustrator, Neal Layton. Neal has the ability to delve into the science and interpret it in such a way that young children can understand, and he'll be discussing his recent picture books A Climate in Chaos and A Planet Full…

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ABZ illo meet up!

11th June 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual, 

Calling all North East (Scotland) illustrators! Join us for the first ever ABZillo lockdown-friendly digital meet up for an informal evening of doodling and a good old fashioned chin wag from the comfort of your home. BYOB. The meet up will be streamed via ZOOM. Registration is FREE but tickets are limited!

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AOI WEBINAR: TAKING CHARGE AND STARTING OUT AS AN ILLUSTRATOR

16th June 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Everywhere, 

A successful illustration career doesn’t happen from one day to another, and definitely not spontaneously. While creating a strong body of work is important, communication and consistency are also key. This webinar, especially designed for illustration students about to graduate, will cover the following: The importance of being proactive and investing in different avenues in order to grow. Key questions…

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Spotlight On: Stephen Collins

17th June 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

As part of our 'Spotlight On' series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with talented cartoonist, illustrator and graphic novelist Stephen Collins. Stephen will be discussing his experience 'writing with pictures', a creative process that has encapsulated his career. We will then have a Q&A for any questions you would like to ask Stephen, including on his graphic novel…

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Spotlight On: Lucy Truman

24th June 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

As part of our 'Spotlight On' series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle illustrator Lucy Truman. Lucy will be discussing her career, personal work and recent mental health images. We will then have a Q&A for any questions you would like to ask Lucy, including on her children’s book work. We introduced our…

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Pro tips for editorial illustration from Charlotte Dumortier / PIP: a Bristol AOI meet-up

25th June 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Belgian-born and Antwerp-based illustrator Charlotte Dumortier joins us for our next AOI online Bristol meet-up. She'll be revealing her top tips for working in editorial illustration, how friendships can lead to work and her experience setting herself up as a business. Hosted by Dave Bain & David J McMillan, you'll be able to join in with your own questions for…

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July 2020

Spotlight On: Tristan Manco

1st July 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

As part of our new #SpotlightOn series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with art director and author Tristan Manco. Tristan will be discussing his new book Stencil Graffiti Handbook which is a a DIY guide to making stencil art and celebrating it as a creative and protest art form. We will then have a Q&A, for any questions…

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Somerset Illustration Virtual Meetup

8th July 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

Join Somerset Illustration Meetups for our first virtual meetup. There will just be 20 spaces up for grabs for this FREE (but ticketed) virtual session, just bring a sketchbook and some pens. This will just be an informal chat about how we're getting on whilst we have a drawing session. We want to know what you'd like from our meetups going forward…

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Working in the US – a session for Illustration Agents

9th July 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Virtual, 

Led by Sheridan's Associate Gabriella Playford, this session will look at the legalities of working in the states. It is aimed at AOI Agent Members.  In particular the session will look at; -Differences between US and UK contracts and the implications of this -Common pitfalls in US contracts and how to avoid them - IP considerations and the concept of…

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New Designers – AOI Mini Business Masterclass

9th July 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This year New Designers have been working hard behind the scenes to move their ND CONNECTS and ND EDUCATES programmes online. From portfolio feedback to live chats with experts, all events will be available on the New Designers website and Instagram channel between 1 – 11 July 2020. As part of this awesome programme of talks and workshops, the AOI will be running their…

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Glasgow Drink and Draw July

16th July 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Feeling low or feeling high, feel welcome along to our next Drink and Draw 7-9pm on the 16th of July. As ever, it will be a friendly connection for new faces and familiar ones.  Join us for some mutual support connecting through the mist ? We will be reaching out over Zoom - reserve your place here.

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Site Collective and NorwichAOI collaborative drink & draw via Zoom

17th July 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Virtual, 

Join Site Collective and NorwichAOI meet-ups as they collaborate on an evening of casual creative activities and chats; from character illustrating, to portraiture, to pictionary. Admission is free with no ticket required, just visit the Facebook events page for the Zoom link (to be posted soon!) and more info. See you there!

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Spotlight On: Viktorija Semjonova

22nd July 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

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AOI AGM 2020

27th July 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

The AOI's AGM will run from 6pm on Monday 27 July. It is expected to last for 30 minutes. The financial year 2018 - 2019 (October 2018 - September 2019) will be considered, with the Annual Report and Accounts presented. The meeting will be chaired by David Gilbert, and there will be a chance to ask questions. All Members are…

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AOI WEBINAR: TAKING CHARGE AND STARTING OUT AS AN ILLUSTRATOR

28th July 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Everywhere, 

Please note that this webinar is mainly for students, recent graduates and very new illustrators. Book now.   A successful illustration career doesn’t happen from one day to another, and definitely not spontaneously. While creating a strong body of work is important, communication and consistency are also key. This affordable webinar, especially designed for new illustrators entering the industry, will…

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Spotlight On Sam Taylor

29th July 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As part of our 'Spotlight On' series, join us for an informal lunchtime talk with animator Sam Taylor. Sam Taylor is a director, producer, and co-founder of The Line Animation Studio. He was nominated for a BAFTA for 'Everything I Can See From Here', a short film he wrote and directed with Bjorn-Erik Aschim, and for an ADC Young Guns…

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THE AOI’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO FREELANCE ILLUSTRATION

15th September 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 20th October 2020 @ 6:30 pm
Virtual, 

THE AOI’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO FREELANCE ILLUSTRATION Harnessing our experience as the world’s leading professional body for illustrators, The AOI have a designed this 6 week interactive online course to help illustrators take proactive steps to progress in their careers. Each week you will explore an essential aspect of freelance illustration, covering self-promotion, licensing, contracts, finances, agency representation and more…

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October 2020

Somerset Illustration Meetup with Emma Block

7th October 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

We look forward to welcoming you to our next meet up where we will talk to Emma Block and explore different streams of income. Emma Block is an illustrator based in London. Her work varies from editorial illustration, publishing, packaging and branding. Emma's first book, The Joy of Watercolour, was released in 2018. Most recently she has been teaching wildly…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... World Illustration Awards Celebration Programme

27th October 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 24th November 2020 @ 7:00 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

Awards Announcement 21 October from midday onwards We are delighted to announce the WIA2020 Award Winners on the AOI website and across our social channels. Tune in for the Awards Announcement, with contributions and insights from sponsors, judges and the winners! Be Ambitious: Commissioning Award-Winning Illustration 27 October, 6 – 7pm, £5 The Directory of Illustration’s Elizabeth Owen leads a…

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December 2020

Devon & Cornwall Illustrators Meet Up

8th December 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Exeter Illustration Meet-ups group has expanded into a wider group - Devon and Cornwall Illustrators. Join their first event on the 8th December.

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Christmas drink and draw: Somerset Illustration Meet-up

15th December 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Somerset Illustration's jolly virtual get together

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January 2021

‘Going Big’ Glasgow AOI discuss upscaling artwork with Amy Whiten & KMG

14th January 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Come enjoy a night with some of the most encouraging mural artist/illustrators you’ll meet in Scotland or beyond.

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Webinar – Tax for UK Illustrators

15th January 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

Make 2021 the year you finally master your books, starting with our invaluable 'Tax for UK Illustrators' webinar! 

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Confident Public Speaking for Illustrators

22nd January 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Virtual, 

This session is particularly aimed at illustrators who are underrepresented in public speaking contexts. As well as developing key skills the session will support confidence in proactively seeking opportunities and when speaking in public at schools, panels, festivals and beyond. Areas covered include; Develop a helpful mindset in pursuing speaking opportunities What makes a great speaker? Making the right first…

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February 2021

Drawing Architecture – An AOI London ILLO Meet-up with Elizabeth Lander

3rd February 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Bring your pens & pencils and take part online in AOI London’s ILLO Meet-up! Join Elizabeth Lander for a live architecture drawing session. You may have seen Elizabeth Lander’s #idrawchicken series – an archive of illustrated chicken restaurants around London on Instagram. Elizabeth, a Caribbean illustrator, is known for documenting a community’s culture reflected in its architecture, as seen in…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... The AOI’s Complete Guide to Freelance Illustration

9th February 2021 - 16th March 2021
Virtual, 

The AOI’s Complete Guide to Freelance Illustration   Back by popular demand - we are excited to introduce the second edition of The AOI's Complete Guide to Freelance Illustration.  Harnessing our experience as the world’s leading professional body for illustrators, The AOI have a designed this 6 week interactive online course to help illustrators take proactive steps to progress in…

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March 2021

Talk & Drawing workshop with Dan Woodger

4th March 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Our Manchester illustrator meet up, hosted by Small Fry, continues with a drawing workshop & talk from illustrator and animator Dan Woodger. Get your ticket. For our first Small Fry event of the year, we have the amazing Dan Woodger hosting a talk & drawing workshop. He’ll be taking us on a journey through his process and projects, including his…

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Diversity and Equality Roundtable: ‘Thinking Globally’

11th March 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Free
Virtual, 

The AOI are happy to announce the next set of roundtable talks focussing on Diversity and Equality in Illustration. The first session of 2021 will be themed ‘Thinking Globally’. Chaired by AOI Board member and Illustrator Montana Forbes, we will look at the impact the extraordinary global changes have had on our work and what it means for our practice.…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Bristol illustrators Drink & Draw

18th March 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual, 

Join in with drawing prompts set by Bristol illustrators: Molly Fairhurst, Harriet Lee-Merrion and Laurie Stansfield.

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... AOI Disability Resource Roundtable

24th March 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual, 

Building on feedback from previous sessions we have developed a resource intended to support the commissioning of disabled illustrators and generally open up the conversation. We would like to invite feedback on the resource, so we can ensure it is practical, relevant and useful. Jhinuk Sakar will lead a friendly, informal discussion focussing on the draft resource and we welcome…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Devon and Cornwall Illustrators – Finding Your Creative Voice

31st March 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual, 

Sue Gent chats with fellow illustrator Caroline Pedler about finding your creative voice & ways to make your work personal & distinctive. Book your ticket! As the world becomes a more fractured and challenging place, it’s more essential than ever that we, as illustrators, foster our individual creative voices so we can build trust, confidence and agency in being unique.…

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April 2021

Brighton illustrators Drink & Draw

9th April 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Virtual, 

Open to all illustrators – this is the very first Brighton illustrators Meetup! In association with the AOI. Get your ticket.     Join the Flock! Please join us for the the very first Brighton illustrators Meetup! In association with the AOI. This first event will be a FREE online Drink & Draw. An opportunity to meet new friends, catch…

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Finding Beauty In The Everyday – Drink Chat Draw

22nd April 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
Virtual, 

Join Devon and Cornwall Illustrators for an evening of drawing based on themes of the every day. In conjunction with RAMM Lates and The AOI. RSVP now! For many of us, it’s been a year of repetition. The same rooms, the same people, the same routine. But did you find unexpected beauty in elements of the everyday? Did the process of…

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In Conversation with Jon Klassen

29th April 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual, 

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT AND OUR WAITLIST IS FULL.  Internationally renowned Illustrator Jon Klassen is best known for his best-selling Hat Box trilogy (I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat, We Found a Hat), among many other loved titles. In celebration of the release of his highly anticipated The Rock From The Sky…

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May 2021

Drawing Inspiration – An evening with Pam Smy

4th May 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Join us for an evening with the inimitable Pam Smy as she talks us through her influences and working practice. Join us for our first AOI Children’s Picture books Meet-up event - an online quarterly meet up hosted by picture book illustrator Rachel Stubbs, and author-illustrator and educator Emily Haworth-Booth. Open to those at all stages of development – from…

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Happily Ever After – with Morag Hood and Helen Kellock

13th May 2021 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual, 

  Enter through a secret Zoom door to join a conversation with published children’s illustrators, Morag Hood and Helen Kellock. Book your ticket. Join host, Illo_G in exploring the professional and multifaceted world of children's publishing, from materials to the finished article. How does a children's illustrator create "happily ever after" in their artwork or career? Listen in as Morag…

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Blend Drink & Draw

18th May 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

Join us for our first drawing meet-up for Blend (a new name for the AOI London illustrators’ meet-up) : a Drink & Draw with special guests from The Good Ship Illustration : Katie Chappell, Helen Stephens, and Tania Willis. Get your tickets here. Bring your drawing materials — and a drink — and join us for a fun evening as…

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AOI AGM 2021

24th May 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

The AOI will hold the Annual General Meeting on Monday 24 May at 6pm. This will be held on Zoom and is open to all members to attend.  We’d love to see as many of you as possible and would like to spend some time listening to your experiences of the past year and  understanding how we can best emerge…

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Brew Drink & Draw / Leeds illustrator meet-up

27th May 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
Online, 

Join BREW - the first illustrators meet-up for Leeds. RSVP for free below or via Eventbrite. All illustrators are welcome and all you need to bring is a drink, yourself and drawing materials for various prompts and fun times. This event is run by The AOI and hosted by illustrator Hannah Lock. This event is FREE, simply RSVP. Follow Brew to…

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June 2021

Finding Healthy Creativity with Aki Schilz

3rd June 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Join us for discussion and activities surrounding healthy creativity and the ways we can reshape and rethink our creative processes. Book below or via our Eventbrite. “Productivity” is a word which has taken on pretty toxic meanings over the last few years. It’s resulted in an increased pressure on creative folks, especially those who run their own businesses or are…

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Blended Practice: Design x Illustration

10th June 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Small Fry bring together a panel of creatives to reveal their discoveries about the power of having a blend of practices. Small Fry bring together a panel of creatives to reveal their discoveries about the power of having a blend of practices. RSVP below or via our Eventbrite. Having a background in both illustration and graphic design is such a strength…

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An introduction to NFT’s

16th June 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Book your ticket below or via our Eventbrite. NFT’s (Non Fungible Tokens) have been increasingly in the news and offer potential new income streams to all artists, including illustrators – but many don’t know what they are. Alex Watt, Partner at Howard Kennedy LLP specialises in IP and has a growing expertise in NFT’s as this new commodity develops. This…

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Make your own print pals with Freymo – Virtual Drink & Print Workshop

16th June 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Join Blend and Freya Moses (AKA Freymo) and learn how to make your own foam stamps for creating your own, personal hand printed characters. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Virtual Drink & Print Workshop Join Blend and Freya Moses (AKA Freymo) and learn how to make your own foam stamps for creating your own, personal hand printed characters! If you…

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The accessibility of illustration as a career

17th June 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free
Online, 

The AOI are happy to announce the 2nd set of Roundtable Talks for 2021, focussing on Diversity and Equality in Illustration. Book your free spot below or via our Eventbrite. This 2nd session will be themed ‘the accessibility of illustration’. Chaired by AOI Board member and Illustrator Montana Forbes, we will look at the misconceptions of entry points into the…

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The AOI’s Complete Guide to Freelance Illustration

22nd June 2021 - 27th July 2021
Virtual, 

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED AND UNDERWAY.   The AOI’s Complete Guide to Freelance Illustration   Back by popular demand - we are excited to introduce the second edition of The AOI's Complete Guide to Freelance Illustration.  Harnessing our experience as the world’s leading professional body for illustrators, The AOI have a designed this 6 week interactive online…

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Writing great alt text to improve your SEO

24th June 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Alt text helps search engines to locate your image, getting you in the right place for the right searches! Book below or via our Eventbrite. Alt text are the words that you enter to describe a digital image. By increasing your visibility online, great alt text can help you reach a wider audience, leading to new clients and paid commissions.…

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July 2021

Drawing Diversity: Community based research

7th July 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online, 

Catalina Carvajal will share her experience of a recent commission building relationships with individuals within her community. Book your spot below or via our Eventbrite. In our recent Diversity and Equality roundtable we understood that some illustrators would value a space to explore how to increase the diversity depicted in their practice. This session is the first of a short…

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Drawing Diversity: Trans & Non-Binary Character Based Research

12th July 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online, 

Julian Gray will share an ongoing personal project of case studies on media representations of Trans communities and personalities. Book your ticket below or via our Eventbrite. In our recent Diversity and Equality roundtable we understood that some illustrators would value a space to explore how to increase the diversity depicted in their practice. This session is the second of…

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Yukai Du on making illustrations move

15th July 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Join us and host Dave Bain, as Yukai dives into her process of translating static illustrations into beautiful animations. Book your spot below or via our Eventbrite. Yukai Du is a Chinese-born illustrator and animation director based in the UK. She has created work for Adobe, Apple, WeTransfer, LUSH, the New Yorker, TED Talks, to name a few, and has…

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Sheffield AOI meet-up for Illustrators

22nd July 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
Online, 

Welcome to the very first meet-up for Sheffield and South Yorkshire-based Illustrators in conjunction with the AOI. RSVP below or via our Eventbrite. Open to everyone, this is your chance to get to know your working fellow illustration community better. During this introductory evening, we'll be chatting about what's happening in Sheffield, swapping advice learnt over the last (very unusual)…

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September 2021

In Conversation with Chris Haughton

2nd September 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online, 

The process of creating and publishing masterful picture books. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Chris Haughton is an internationally renowned Designer and Illustrator, best known for authoring award-winning children’s picture books such as A Bit Lost, Oh No George!, SHH! We have a plan, among other loved titles. In celebration of his new book, Maybe… (published by Walker Books),…

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Increase your confidence: a session for illustrators

8th September 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual, 

Being confident can make all the difference – from how you feel, to the jobs you get. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Confidence coach Sarah Cartwright will lead this friendly, practical session.  She will look at the building blocks of being confident – from emotional resilience and our mind set and self limiting beliefs.  She will explore how to confidently…

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What’s your RE_ ? Change to thrive as an Illustrator

15th September 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual, 

As we come out of an extremely challenging period for all of humanity, now may well be the perfect time to make some changes. Book below or via our Eventbrite. From tiny tweaks to major transformations, there may be a re_ or two that are perfect for you. So what is a re? reflect - reconnect - rekindle - realign…

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Improvisation and Performance in Drawing with Matthew Hodson

15th September 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Join BREW Leeds for a talk with illustrator Matthew Hodson on improvisation and performance in drawing, his new book & some drawing. Get your ticket below or via our Eventbrite. Matthew Hodson is an illustrator, graphic artist, poet, writer and senior lecturer at Leeds Arts University. He has previously created work for clients such as the New York Times, the…

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Birdwatching & Drawing with Matthew Cordell

22nd September 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, 

Join Blend (London AOI Meet-up) for a virtual bird watching & drawing session with author and illustrator Matthew Cordell. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Caldecott award-winning author/illustrator Matthew Cordell will “take” us along one of his birding adventures, show us how he spots and draws owls, and incorporates this process into his practice. We’ll also get to draw along…

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Getting Commissions: an Online Event

28th September 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Join Devon & Cornwall Illustrators online as we discuss editorial commissions - how to get them & how to keep clients coming back for more. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Sue Gent chats to expert illustration commissioners Jess Hibbert (Art Director, Saga Magazine), Joe Eden (Art Editor, BBC Focus Magazine) and Hilary Clothier (Picture Editor, BBC Countryfile Magazine) about…

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Identity as a brand in Illustration

30th September 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online, 

The AOI are happy to announce the 3rd set of Roundtable Talks for 2021, focussing on Diversity and Equality in Illustration. Book below or via our Eventbrite. This 3rd session will be themed ‘Identity as a Brand in Illustration’. Chaired by AOI Board member and Illustrator Montana Forbes, we will look at the implications of identifying as a diverse illustrator…

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Longevity – FLOCK (Brighton Illustrators Meet-up)

30th September 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online, 

Please join us for our second Brighton illustrators Meetup where we’ll be talking all things longevity! Book below or via our Eventbrite. This next Brighton meet-up will be an online discussion between Brighton-based illustrators Ulrika Jarl and Steven Lenton. Together we will discuss how to create longevity within your career. Sharing in the twists and turns and ups and downs…

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October 2021

Working with Disabled Illustrators

6th October 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
Online, 

A friendly, honest conversation and important conversations for commissioners and illustrators alike. RSVP below or via our Eventbrite. To celebrate the launch of a new resource ‘Working with Disabled Illustrators’ the AOI have invited illustrators Megan Rhiannon, Hayley Wall and agent James Catchpole to join in conversation with Jhinuk Sarkar. We will consider why disability in illustration has so little…

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Illo G’s Drink n’ Draw n’ A Bit of Sharing

7th October 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
Online, 

Join fellow illustrators of Glasgow (and nearby) for some social drinking, exciting drawing and a bit of sharing. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Illo G host, Tita Berredo, invites you to a fun evening of drinking, drawing, and a bit of sharing. Grab a cuppa or a glass and your favourite medium for timed prompts based on mixed image…

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AOI Webinar: Understanding Contracts for Publishing

13th October 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online, 

AOI’s Membership Advisor, Sam Walker shares advice for illustrators on negotiating contracts with book publishers.   If you find contracts confusing and could do with a confidence-boosting session on negotiating with publishers, this session is for you.   AOI’s Sam Walker will break down the daunting business of contracts in to manageable chunks, clearly explaining the main clauses you’ll come…

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Blend – London Illustrators Virtual Drink & Draw Catch Up 2021

20th October 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Virtual, 

An open invite to all London based illustrators to this FREE community catch up. RSVP below or via our Eventbrite. It’s been an especially challenging year for many so Blend would like to invite all London based illustrators along to a FREE community catch up and a reminder of the support that is out there for you, whatever your experience.…

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Illo Grad Network 20/21 : Session 1 / Being a business

27th October 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Discover how to lay down the basic building blocks of your illustration business and set achievable goals for the future. Exclusively for graduates! Book below or via our Eventbrite.  Are you recent illustration graduate, leaving university in 2020 – 2021? The AOI have set up a new community events programme just for you! Leaving university and entering the illustration industry is…

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The Mixer – disabled illustrators meet-up

28th October 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Online, 

Welcome to the first AOI meet-up for disabled illustrators, in the widest possible definition. Book below or via our Eventbrite. The Mixer is the disabled illustrators AOI meet-up. Our meet-up is open to all disabled illustrators, in the widest possible definition, and anyone else who would like to help & support those with a disability and learn more. Our first…

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November 2021

What is your Brand Story?

4th November 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Join hosts Small Fry, as they explore with Nicola Mullen about what branding means and why it matters to you as an illustrator. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Event Info In this workshop, we’ll explore what branding means and why it matters. We’ll get under the skin of what you have to offer as an illustrator, so you can…

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Recycled Illustrations w/ Tom J Newell

11th November 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Picture House Social, 383 Abbeydale Road
Nether Edge, England S7 1FS United Kingdom
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Ay Up is delighted to be hosting a live workshop with Sheffield Artist and Illustrator Tom J Newell. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Ay Up - an AOI meet-up for Sheffield illustrators - hosts an in-person workshop with Sheffield artist and illustrator Tom J Newell. Tom J Newell is renowned for his intricate hand-drawn illustrations and recognisable bold monochromatic line-work.…

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AOI Webinar: How to Find New Clients

17th November 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online, 

AOI’s Publications and Membership Manager, Derek Brazell shares advice for illustrators on finding new clients Consistently sourcing clients is an essential ongoing area of illustration business, requiring an investment in research and the creation of artwork that will appeal to your commissioning audience. Derek will cover the important areas that will ensure you are sourcing and targeting the right clients…

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PIP – Bristol illustrators meet up

24th November 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free
Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street
Bristol, England BS1 5AR United Kingdom
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We're back (finally!) with our first in-person meet-up for Bristol illustrators in quite some time... Come and meet fellow Bristol-based illustrators in the lovely surroundings of LOAF, downstairs at Bristol Beacon. We're delighted to return with an in-person Pip meet-up, after our online series of talks throughout the various lockdowns. To welcome you back we're keeping it simple with a…

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Words and Pictures – Children’s Picture Books Meet-up

29th November 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Come and join us for an informal chat about the highs and lows of working within the picture book format. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Hosted by Emily Haworth-Booth and Rachel Stubbs This event welcomes illustrators at all stages of development – from those just starting out, graduates early in their career, more established illustrators and authors or anyone…

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December 2021

Negotiating With Confidence

1st December 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This is an online event, hosted by Demio, 

A comprehensive look at how illustrators can negotiate with clients more effectively, boosting your confidence and potential earnings. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Love the excitement of a new commission but feel awkward about the negotiations? The aim of this webinar is to give you the tools you need to negotiate with confidence! Join us for the next instalment…

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Illustrating for People and Planet

1st December 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online, 

Sam Pierpoint, illustrator and AOI member will share her journey towards being a sustainable (ish) illustrator. Sam brings a practical approach – recognising that we can only do what is possible in our own situations to keep things green. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Sam will pass on some resources that have really helped her and afterwards we’ll open up…

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How to Make Mistakes on Purpose: Workshop and Q&A with Laurie Rosenwald

2nd December 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online, 

A creative workshop celebrating the launch of Laurie Rosenwald's new book 'How to Make Mistakes on Purpose'. Join us for an interactive evening with Illustrator Laurie Rosenwald, as we celebrate her new title How to Make Mistakes on Purpose, a practical guide to being creative, productive, and innovative. This event will include an interactive workshop, to help illustrators experiment in…

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Illo Grad Network 20/21: Session 2 / Looking after yourself and your career

7th December 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Receive guidance on how to take control of your career while taking care of your own health. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Are you recent illustration graduate, leaving university in 2020 – 2021? The AOI have set up a new community events programme just for you! Leaving university and entering the illustration industry is an exciting and challenging time.…

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January 2022

Tax for UK Illustrators

January 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual, 

It’s that time of year again! Learn and re-learn the basics to get your tax return ready. Book your ticket below or via our Eventbrite. Self Assessment tax returns are due in the UK on 31st January. Claire Bullen and Laura Branch from accountancy firm Alexandra Anthony will be going over the basics so you feel confident submitting your return –…

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Play as Process w/ Al Rodin (AOI Children’s Picture books Meet-up)

January 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE   Join us for an evening with illustrator and writer Al Rodin as he talks to us about his process, working intuitively and the making of his first picture book, Little Echo, (Puffin 2021). After the talk there will be plenty of time for Q&A.   Al is a writer and illustrator from London. He studied…

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February 2022

Illo Grad Network 20/21 : Session 3 / Portfolio guidance

February 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn how to maximise value from your portfolio projects and how to present them to clients in an online world. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Are you recent illustration graduate, leaving university in 2020 – 2021? The AOI have set up a new community events programme just for you! Leaving university and entering the illustration industry is an exciting and…

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ONE FOR THE DIARY... Keep Your Copyright: Licensing and Negotiation 101

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online Event, 

Calling all illustrators! Join us for a FREE event to learn how to licence your work, protect your copyright and negotiate with confidence.

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Illo-G Drink ‘n’ Draw / Glasgow illustrators meet-up

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Virtual, 

While we're almost ready to return to in-person meet-ups for Glasgow illustrators, let's get together online, for an amazing drawing time. Book below or via our Eventbrite.   Grab a cuppa or a glass and your favourite medium for timed prompts, illustration challenges, and technique tips.   Let your imagination flow in your drawings while we have a fun chat…

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March 2022

The Mixer – disabled illustrators meet-up – Self Love workshop

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Virtual, 

Join our second meet-up for disabled illustrators, to unpick the importance of SELF LOVE and the big impact it has on creatives. Book below or via our Eventbrite. The Mixer is the disabled illustrators AOI meet-up. Our meet-up is open to all disabled illustrators, in the widest possible definition.In this meet-up, we will share our best recipes for staying full of…

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CRISSCROSS Illustrator Meet-up – Doodlin’ & Chattin’ in Norwich

March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Free
St Andrews Brew House, 41 Saint Andrews Street
Norwich, England NR2 4TP United Kingdom
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An evening perfect for students, aspiring creators, professionals and anybody else with a love for illustration & visual creativity. Book below or via our Eventbrite. We’ve missed you, Norwich! We want to carry on building the wonderful creative community we started gathering in 2019 and see all your glorious faces, and we think it’s time to try doing that in-person…

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An insight into Children’s Publishing with Wonderbly

March 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Art Director Paul Coomey and Illustrator Adam Hancher from Wonderbly will provide a personal and comprehensive look into the behind-the-scenes of children’s books. Limited spaces! Book your ticket here.   They will share their journeys to work and publication, the process and people within Wonderbly, their experiences working with traditional publishers as author-illustrators, and the things they didn’t expect before…

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Blend ‘TYPE TALK’ w/ Kristle Marshall & Zuzanna Rogatty

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual, 

Graphic designers Kristle Marshall and Zuzanna Rogatty discuss how their work influences us with their expressive and dynamic typography. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Blend is pleased to present : Type Talk, featuring the powerful work of graphic designers Kristle Marshall and Zuzanna Rogatty. You will not want to miss our virtual presentation as they share their work and…

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Drawing Diversity: Gender Representation

March 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Practical insights into gender-based observations as a route to depicting diverse characters. Book below or via our Eventbrite.   From our recent Diversity and Equality roundtable talks we understood that some illustrators would value a space to explore how to increase the diversity depicted in their illustration practice. This session is the third of a short series to explore that.…

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Illo Grad Network 20/21: Session 4: Keeping Connected Through Collaboration

March 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online, 

Find out about the benefits of building a network and how to form collaborative connections with a wider community. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Are you recent illustration graduate, leaving university in 2020 – 2021? The AOI have set up a new community events programme just for you! Leaving university and entering the illustration industry is an exciting and challenging…

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April 2022

‘Springing’ Forward with A Studio Called Jane

April 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
SEESAW, 86 Princess Street
Manchester, England M1 6NG United Kingdom
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Small Fry host the Manchester AOI meet-up and invite A Studio Called Jane to talk about getting involved (again) in a post-pandemic world. Join Jane and Small Fry Collective for an evening of conversation and creativity followed by a studio tour with A Studio Called Jane around her shared space at SEESAW. Have lockdowns left you in low power mode?…

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Brighton illustrators Meetup

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
The West Hill Tavern, 67 Buckingham Place
Brighton, England BN1 3PQ United Kingdom
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Please join us for our very first in person, in real life, Brighton illustrators Meetup! Book below or via our Eventbrite. Come and join the Flock! Please join us for our very first in person, in real life, Brighton illustrators Meetup! In association with the AOI This first ‘in person’ event will be a FREE Drink & Draw at the…

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Shapeshifting as a Storyteller w/ Charlotte Ager

April 11 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Virtual, 

Join us for an evening online with illustrator and writer Charlotte Ager as she talks to us about her approach to making books. Book your ticket via Eventbrite here. This Children's Picture Book meet-up welcomes illustrators at all stages of development – from those just starting out, graduates early in their career, more established illustrators and authors or anyone with…

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AYUP Meet-up: Calligraphy & Illustration w/ Enso

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
£3.50 - £5.00
Picture House Social, 383 Abbeydale Road
Nether Edge, England S7 1FS United Kingdom
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Expand your understanding of calligraphy and its place in the world of illustration while learning lettering skills from local artist Enso. Book your spot below or via our Eventbrite. Whether you are interested in expanding your understanding of calligraphy and its place in the world of illustration, developing line control for drawing and painting or would like to put your…

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May 2022

PIP – Bristol illustrators meet up

May 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free
Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street
Bristol, England BS1 5AR United Kingdom
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Meet other Bristol illustrators to chat all things illustration, share sketchbooks, ongoing projects and join in with some drawing. Book below or via our Eventbrite. Come and meet fellow Bristol-based illustrators in the lovely surroundings of LOAF, downstairs at Bristol Beacon. We're keeping it relaxed with different areas you pick and choose from throughout the evening. Editorial illustration chat -…

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