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..

Created by Members – February

Discover and enjoy a fantastic variety of high quality illustration work. We proudly bring you a selection of great projects created by our members this month.

One of a Kind – review

‘One Of A Kind’, a picture book by Neil Packer is an excellent publication that allows you to stop, be still and take the time to think. Inside our protagonist is a youngster called Arvo, whose journey takes us from Linnaean nomenclature to the Dewey decimal system by way of aspects of time and space.

Thought Bubble Festival 2021

Thought Bubble, the UK’s largest comic art festival has announced this years’ event will take place between the 8th – 14th November 2021. Following a successful move to a digital event in 2020, the festival organisers hope to be able to return to a physical convention by Autumn 2021.

The Problem With Pierre – review

Living next to one another in a brick terrace, Alan and Bertram are friends and neighbours who have contrasting lifestyles. How will Pierre, Bertram’s new cat, react to his minimalist new home? Does Alan’s appear more cosy?

Longlist Announced for the 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize

The longlist for the 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize is announced today. Established in 2016, the Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. It honours Klaus Flugge, founder of publisher Andersen Press and an influential figure in picture books.

PAYBACK 2021 open

Payback is a scheme which pays artists annually when their artworks have been published in UK books, magazines or on TV.

Beneficial Shock – issue 5 review

The theme for this issue is SECRETS & LIES. The Features articles drill down into the conceits that are inherent in the very structure of film, and how classic and modern narratives are shaped by geo-political, cultural and societal upheavals.

I Am Not A Label – review

The biographies are diverse, from musicians and actors to athletes and scientists; each one a shining example of human excellence and ambition. Author Burnell’s awareness and thoughtfulness is always at the fore.

Tips and advice from our WIA2020 winners!

From practical to tips looking after yourself (and taking a break from social media), we asked our WIA2020 award winners what advice they would to give to other illustrators. Here are a few tips for success for entering WIA2021 and beyond.

The Illustrator’s Ninja Guide

Most illustrators are freelance professionals. And freelance creative artists are mini-companies. So this Guide has been created to help deal with the business situations illustrators face. Be ninja!

The Fundamentals of Illustration – review

By reading this, aspiring illustrators will feel far more confident in their subject knowledge and will have an idea of what they need to do in order to develop themselves into a creative professional, who has the required practical skills and aptitude for a successful career.

WIA2021 Call for Entries now open!

World Illustration Awards 2021: Celebrating Great Illustration!The World Illustration Awards showcase the great work being made by illustrators all over the world today.In 2021, we will especially celebrate the resilience..

Vic Lee’s Corona Diary

Lee’s Corona Diary is a reflection and reminder of what we’ve been through, via the lens of a visual artist who was compelled to take up his brush and document the worst global crisis of recent times.

The Impact of Covid 19 on Illustrators

In May 2020 we asked our membership about the impact of the pandemic on their lives, with a particular focus on the financial impact.  You can read the report here…

Bush Hollyhead

Illustrator and tutor Bush Holyhead recently died. Bush was a successful, influential illustrator from the late 1970s onwards, teaching many illustrators through the 1980s.

Supporting Us to Support You

Help us change our industry for good! We work to support the rights of illustrators in various ways.  We are passionate about this, and need your help to help us..

Winter self-employed support to double

From 5 November 2020 payments under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will increase from 40% to 80% of trading profits between 1 November 2020 and 31 January 2021

AOI X Tania Yakunova

The AOI are thrilled to introduce our new branding illustrations, created by award winning illustrator Tania Yakunova!  This year we set Tania the brief to create a series of empowering..