Popshot Quarterly: The Identity Issue – Review

This Spring issue of Popshot Quarterly Magazine has taken care not to present one unifying perspective. Instead, the writers seem to take part in a compassionate sharing exercise, the human voice in each text emboldened by the candidness of the one before it.

What should I earn?

Ren Renwick calls for all illustrators to change the conversation and take action!

Illustrator of the Month – April

The AOI is back in OFFSET this weekend delivering a range of events, and for this Illustrator of the Month we feature Dublin based member Ruan Van Vliet, who captivates audiences (and clients) with his simple, striking and humorous work.

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlist for 2019

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular and highly influential nineteenth century artist known..

What we’re doing at Bologna!

This year we are back at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, giving talks on publishing contracts, illustrators’ self promotion, and offering business advice at the European Illustrators Forum stand. There’s..

Six Things I’ve learnt, by Ben Tallon

Longstanding AOI Member Ben Tallon is celebrating 10 years working as a professional Freelance Illustrator, and in this article he shares six of the best lessons he’s learnt throughout his career so far.


Following the incredibly useful Agents Top Tips for Bologna, we asked for a publisher’s insight into how to use your time wisely. We approach our friends at Pan Macmillan for their tips for the Children’s Book Fair!

The statutory instrument for copyright and related rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit – which remains a possibility – was last week passed by both houses of parliament. It is expected to be signed into law shortly.

The People Awards – review + interview

Illustrated by Ana Albero, this book celebrates equality with a set of ‘Awards’. Peter Allen speaks to Ana about the project – “I learnt that I have the endurance to complete much more extensive projects than I thought”.

Talks on the EU Copyright Directive have completed with a compromise text and the European institutions now have to adopt the proposal. For the European Parliament, this is currently scheduled as a session on 27 March.

Varoom 38: War In The Neighborhood

The dramatic stories behind the housing activists of 80s New York revealed in Seth Tobocman’s powerful graphic novel. Varoom talks to Seth about the ideas behind the project.

Illustrator of the Month – March

In the run up to Bologna we find ourselves delighted by one application by Italian Illustrator Valeria Weerasinghe. Her website bustling with character driven personal projects, we found her the perfect candidate for our Italian take on Illustrator of the Month!

Your Mind Is Like The Sky – review

How can mindfulness be presented to a child? And what is the solution to visualising mental health? Subtitled A First Book of Mindfulness, this book explains the idea to children with soft, subtle images from Laura Carlin.