My Collection of Collections – book review

Fun is what this My Collection of Collections is all about, and there is enough variation within to occupy even the most distracted of children. The book showcases Chakrabarti’s strong personal illustrated graphic language.

Have You Seen My Giraffe? – book review

Where would you keep a giraffe? Well, they don’t give away goldfish at the fair any more; they give away giraffes (of course!). This wonderfully silly premise is full of funny ideas right from the start.

Opportunity: Varoom Editor

AOI is seeking a new editor to take Varoom forward from issue 38. Deadline for applications 3 November.

Varoom 36: Career Rhythms

How do illustrators deal with the varied rhythms of a career? The latest issue of Varoom explores these ups and downs with AOI member illustrators and an agent.

ABC for Adults

For this 70’s style ABC book Toby Leigh wanted to create his own version, painted in the familiar innocent style, but with the childlike words – Apple, Dog, Queen etc. twisted into sinister adult themes.

Nu Dang and His Kite – book review

Ayer’s picture books set out to give a form to her countless pen and ink drawings made travelling along the canals, in and around the markets, workshops and streets of Bangkok.

Migrations project

Three hundred illustrations of birds are floating silently in the air. Three hundred postcards, each sent from very different parts of the world, simply by attaching a stamp. Each postcard has a written message in response to the theme of ‘Migration’.

The Paper-Flower Tree – book review

Unusually direct gazes at the reader from the characters on the opening spread introduce the story of Miss Moon, a girl from a countryside village whose inhabitants are depicted making their living in the surrounding rice fields.

Summer with Monika – book review

Chris Riddell, with his customary deftness, forms a synchronicity with McGough’s poem text, joining the experience of close physical passion with the whirling, fleeting thoughts which accompany the sensations of love

WIA2017 exhibition at Somerset House

The World Illustration Awards 2017 were showcased at Somerset House from 31 July – 28 August 2017, marking the 41st year of the Association of Illustrators’ annual juried illustration awards.

The Cranky Caterpillar – book review

Ezra hears a disturbing sound and goes to investigate. We actually see the sound as it enters the room. What she discovers leads her on an adventure to support her new insect friend

Gary Powell obituary

It is with sadness that we let you know that our longstanding AOI patron Gary Powell died in September following his battle with cancer

Whose Eyes Are These? – book review

A clever and effective book of animal verse and contemporary art. The illustrations are bold designs with strong patterns and carefully considered colour schemes.

AOI Interview with William Grill

William Grill’s debut picture book ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ won an incredible amount of accolades including the AOI Illustration Awards 2014 and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, making Grill the youngest winner of the medal in 50 years. We catch up with him to learn more about his latest book ‘The Wolves of Currumpaw’ and his future projects.

Arrest All Mimics interviews Eye Magazine

In a thriving indie magazine scene, Ben Tallon joins editor John Walters and art director Simon Esterson of Eye magazine as they release issue 94, with an astounding 8,000 unique cover designs

Hidden Museum: A Cabinet of Curiosities – book review

Hidden Museum: A Cabinet of Curiosities is a beautifully curated, intricately illustrated collection. The book itself is small enough to fit in a big pocket and has a dash of luxury in its silver foil details on the cover.

Varoom 36: the Rhythm issue

The new Varoom gets Rhythmic with Jean Phillipe Delhomme, an international selection of Emerging Image Makers, AOI members discussing their Career Rhythms and the tools and materials they use in Material Rhythms.