A History of Pictures: for Children – Review

This Illustrated (by Rose Blake) book, previously published for adults, is directed at a new audience – taking young readers through a journey of Art History from 15,000 BCE cave drawings to present day in the company of David Hockney and Martin Gayford

Klaus Flugge Prize shortlist announced

There are six outstanding debut picture books celebrating children’s imagination and potential, family love, and freedom of expression on the shortlist for the 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize.

Ben Tallon on Mental Health

Illustrator and member Ben Tallon reflects on the topic of mental health, and shares some great insight and tips just in time for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Circle – review

Klassen uses light and dark brilliantly as a way to aid the narration and add contrast to the page spreads in this story of friends uniquely shaped playing a game of hide and seek.


Can you tell us a bit about yourself?  I’m Niki Groom (@miss_magpie_spy) and I’m an illustrator based in Bristol. I studied BA Fashion Design and was a designer for over..

Fanatical About Frogs – review

The book brings Owen Davey’s distinctive visual style to the frog world, revealing the (sometimes slightly yucky) attributes of frog species across the world.


Lizzy Stewart is an illustrator and children’s book author living in South London, most known for her books ‘There’s a Tiger in the Garden’, ‘Juniper Jupiter’ and ‘The Way to Treasure Island’. In this interview, Lizzie talks about her business, having an Agent and the importance of securing royalties.

Illustrator of the Month – May

From divine print products to striking murals Laura Callaghan is a celebrated Illustrator with a significant online following, and as guest speaker at Pictoplasma Festival she presented the perfect candidate for May’s Illustrator of the Month!


Tell us about yourself? I’m a freelance illustrator for nearly 25 years. I’m based in Manchester. I was repped by The Northern Art Collection from ‘95-‘97, then joined Central Illustration..

Stagdale – review

In the first part of Stagdale, nostalgia is as vivid as the swallows that dart about in the cauldron heat of the summer of 1975. The drawing style and character design of this credible world combines modulated lines with delicate textures and sumptuous colour with somber tones.

Business Insights: Frannerd

llustrator Frannerd talks productivity, research, and engaging audiences to build a following in her business.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2019 – what AOI did

What did AOI get up to at the Fair? Delivering several events (including on Publishing Contracts), offering advice at the EIF stand Helpdesk, and meeting members who were attending. We also hear from four illustrators who visited in 2019 – “It was such an invigorating experience”.

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.