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..

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..

Don’t Buy This Book – review

Although aimed at a broad range of creative entrepreneurs, illustrators will recognise much of what is proposed and the ‘can-do’ attitude of the writing may well give the impetus to take the suggested actions. It examines what the ‘Why’ of your project/aims is; setting goals; the customer journey, competitors and what your USP is.

AOI Mentorship 2021 is open!

AOI’s 2021 mentorship scheme is open for applications! We are delighted to introduce 15 mentors who are generously sharing their time and expertise with our community. The scheme is designed..

WIA2020 Awards Announcement: Cross-Category Awards

We’re excited to announce the winners of our Cross Category Awards! Announced by Derek Brazell and Rachel Hill from The AOI, Elizabeth Owen of the Directory of Illustration, Alice Ball of the Society of Artists Agents, and Jyni Ong of It’s Nice That!

WIA2020 Awards Announcement: Advertising category!

The AOI’s CEO Ren Renwick welcomes everyone to our awards announcement today, followed by WIA Judge Melissa Charland of Publicis Canada, who announces the highly commended and winning projects in the WIA Advertising Category!

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..