WIA2020 Curated Highlights: Monochrome

We’ve curated this list of shortlisted projects that use a limited colour palette from the WIA shortlist for you to discover the creativity unleashed by working in monochrome!

The Bird Within Me – review

Writer and Artist Sara Lundberg’s story takes place on a farm in the spare landscape of rural Sweden in the 1920’s and is inspired by the paintings, letters and diaries of the artist Berta Hansson. It begins when Berta is young and standing at a crossroads in her life. Our hero has to decide whether to stay or go.

Thinking about a Studio?

As creatives are allowed to leave their WFH set-ups, many are cautiously returning to their studio spaces, or even looking for one. In a time when the right working space..

New Director at the BCC

The British Copyright Council is a not-for-profit organisation that provides an effective and authoritative voice for the copyright community. The AOI are proud members, and are delighted to be joining..

Spotlight On Tristan Manco

Street art expert Tristan Manco joined AOI members for a July ‘Spotlight On’ informal lunchtime talk. With graffiti everywhere as a form of protest, it was the right time for..

10 UK Illustration Graduates to Watch in 2020

Here at the AOI, we have been astounded by the versatility, resilience and undeniable talent of this years graduates. In this feature, we are celebrating 10 up-and-coming illustrators, who stand out in our minds. From paper-cuts to placards, these illustrators have demonstrated incredible creativity in the face of adversity, and we know they will take the industry by storm.

Portrait of an Artist: Georgia O’Keeffe – review

Georgia O’Keeffe is often labelled the ‘Mother of American Modernism’, and this portrait of one of the best known female artists of all time seeks to open children’s eyes to her achievements as a trailblazer.

Spotlight On Lucy Truman

Award winning illustrator Lucy Truman joined AOI members for our new ‘Spotlight On’ series of informal lunchtime talks. With a great use of line and a lightness of touch, Lucy..

Scruff – review

This charming tale from Alice Bowsher has her curly haired/bearded hero feeling the need for a canine companion. He’s not that fussed what it will look like, as he’s a scruffy kind of guy himself.

Varoom 40: Wei Shao – One Space

Wei Shao’s focus on urban spaces and their functions is explored through her interest in the rules people make up for their city that regulate, categorise and standardise inhabitants’ lives. In this excerpt from Varoom 40, Luise Vormittag talks to Wei about her ‘zine projects.

Spotlight On Frannerd

Watch our ‘Spotlight On’ talk with illustrator, author, YouTuber and Patreon expert, Fran Meneses a.k.a Frannerd who share fascinating insights into her life as a ‘content producer’.

New Talent Highlights from the WIA2020 Longlist!

We’ve rounded up some fantastic New Talent entries by either current students or recent graduates for you to discover, and see the next generation of illustrators who are pushing our industry forward.

Protest! A History of Social and Political Protest Graphics – review

This comprehensive book feels very contemporary, documenting as it does the imagery of protest from the social comment of the Reformation in the 1500’s to the civil rights movements. Also covering Women’s Liberation, AIDS, LGBTQ campaigns, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, Pussy Riot and more from recent decades.

Lights on Cotton Rock – review

David Litchfield’s Lights on Cotton Rock is a fantastic book, aimed at children between 4 and 7, but visually compelling and beautifully created – something lovely for anyone to read and admire.

Ways of Drawing – review

In Ways of Drawing we are able to glimpse the personal, reflective and in some cases passionate evocation of the compulsion to make sense of the world through mark-making.

Spotlight On Claudine O’Sullivan

Award winning illustrator Claudine O’Sullivan joined AOI members for our new ‘Spotlight On’ series of informal lunchtime talks. Claudine, who is well known for her Apple and Jameson whiskey commissions, discussed her practice and her unique experience of the illustration industry to date.