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..

WIA2020 Shortlist Highlights: Exploration Category

The Exploration Category celebrates all forms of self-initiated work, illustration made for portfolios, and experimental pieces that push the boundaries of illustration. This category includes unusual materials, cutting edge technology,..

The Klaus Flugge Prize 2020

The Klaus Flugge Prize for most exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration is awarded to Eva Eland for When Sadness Comes to Call


No matter how devastating this year may be, Pictoplasma refused to give up on 2020, and took the circumstances as an opportunity and an unforeseen starting point for something new: This September 18+19, the first ever digital ‘Pictoplasma in Isolation’ is set to take place as a free 2-day livestream broadcast.

WIA2020 Curated Highlights: Procreate

Editorial Category sponsors Procreate have curated their favourite illustration from across the whole shortlist that uses their software. The diversity and range of work is amazing, all facilitated by Procreate’s technology.

Taking the next step with illustration education (online!)

Art education has certainly had an interesting year, with many colleges having to switch to remote online teaching due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Falmouth Flexible has been already ahead of the curve since 2016, and in this article they interview their MA Illustration Students to find out more about the rewards and challenges of studying online.

This Book is Anti-Racist – review

Reviewer Karl Foster believes that This Book Is Anti-Racist will help children to help their elders to understand the inequities of racial prejudice and the work necessary to help them to ‘change their minds.’


Public Lending Rights (PLR) have released the Top 50 Illustrators whose work has been most borrowed from public libraries. Number 1 is AOI Patron Tony Ross! And the list also..

Varoom 41: Michelle Rial

A chart maker who previously worked as senior designer at BuzzFeed News and as a writer/illustrator for BuzzFeed, Michelle Rial’s new book Am I Overthinking This? is subtitled Over-answering life’s questions in 101 charts. With Varoom 41 themed on No Narrative, we talk to her about how her smart, witty charts are created and how her ‘real life charts’ evolved.

Calm Down Zebra

Calm Down Zebra is written by Lou Kuenzler and illustrated by Julia Woolf, and follows on from Not Yet Zebra, another fun rhyming book for early learners. To continue, the same enthusiastic zebra is back, says reviewer Louise Date, and helping Annie teach her little brother all about colours and how to use them, sometimes with a little too much zeal!

WIA2020 Curated Highlights: Printmaking and Collage

Printmaking and Collage offer exciting ways to play with shape, colour and surface. We’ve picked some of our favourite examples from the WIA shortlist for you to explore how illustrators can use these versatile techniques.

5 Illustration Degree Shows to (Virtually) Visit

Whether you are a commissioner looking to work with fresh talent, or just an illustration enthusiast, we recommend visiting a variety of this years online degree shows. Now is the time to celebrate, share and support the graduates of 2020. The AOI have compiled a shortlist of 5 illustration degree shows to get you started on your virtual tour (no petrol needed).

Lizzie Sanders

Agency Artist Partners have announced with sadness the passing of their friend and artist/illustrator Lizzie Sanders.

Reviewing Nine Years: AOI Ready to Meet the Future

After an extraordinary nine years, illustrator and educator, Roderick Mills has recently retired from the AOI Board. Over that time the AOI and the illustration industry has changed and developed,..

WIA2020 Curated Highlights: Autobiography

How do illustrators use their autobiography as inspiration for their work? We’ve selected entries from the WIA2020 shortlist of works that use personal stories, life experience, and family history as their starting point.