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..

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..

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!