VAROOM 03
 the journal of illustration and made images April 2007


Cover from Jardiland, by Sophie Rusniok, 2005-2007.


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CONTENT:


WOLVES, LOGIC AND HAPPY MISTAKES:
 AN INTERVIEW WITH SARA FANELLI
 BY STEVEN HELLER
 Celebrated book illustrator Sara Fanelli draws from a rich gene pool of mythology, literature, art and playfulness. Her philosophically inclined imagination has created a body of work that challenges and delights in equal measure.

MAPPING THE TERRAIN
 3D ILLUSTRATORS 
Interviews with four radically different image-makers who use advanced 3D software to create their own distinctive ‘silicon wizard worlds’.

SOULFUL SIMPLICITY: 
THE WORK OF DAVID FOLDVARI 
BY ANNA GERBER
 David Foldvari was born in Hungary, but spent his adolescence in suburban England. His striking and confident black and white drawings, full of poise and inner stillness, only partly conceal an inner restlessness.

EUPHORIC ENVIRONMENTS:
 THE WORK OF TOD HANSON 
BY JODY BOENHART 
Tod Hanson is an artist who works in installation, architecture, sculpture, design and illustration. He creates comic book environments with household gloss paint. As graphic designer Jody Boenhart discovers, Hanson is a practitioner of public art.

HEATED DEBATE:
 THE IMAGE THAT EXPLODED 
BY LEWIS BLACKWELL 
In a new platform for debate, Lewis Blackwell, former editor of Creative Review argues that whilst every medium has become aggressively more visual, the making, distributing and usage of images has moved from being an expensive custom-business, to an increasingly commoditized one. Blackwell argues that for illustration, there is the potential to see a new golden age, but only if the opportunity seized.

THE COMPELLING IMAGE
 CHOSEN BY DAVID HUGHES
 Illustrator David Hughes makes a surprising choice and gives compelling and deeply personal reasons for his choice. For those who know his images, Hughes’ unstoppable flow will strike familiar creative chords.

YOU CAN STILL DO A LOT WITH QUITE A SMALL BRAIN
: A VISUAL ESSAY BY ROBERT RYAN
 The grand wizard of the paper-cut reveals the internal bracing of his imagination in an autobiographical meditation on childhood, work, war and forbidden body parts. Ryan walks in the quiet footsteps of Bawden, Ravilious and the other deities of English narrative illustration. Not bad for someone born in Cyprus to Irish parents.

STEWART MACKINNON:
 LOST ILLUSTRATOR 
BY RICK POYNOR
 Stewart Mackinnon was a powerful force in early 70s image-making. In constant demand by the hip publications of the time – Oz, Nova, Time Out – a glittering career lay ahead of him. But when a lucrative offer from Playboy ran against the grain of his radical political sensibilities, he abandoned illustration in favour of filmmaking. Mackinnon’s work has rarely been seen since its first appearance.

REVIEWS:



THE PICTURE BOOK
 Edited by Angus Hyland 
Book reviewed by Ian Massey

MARGARET TAIT: SELECTED FILMS 1952-1976
 LUX/Scottish Screen
DVD and book reviewed by Mitch Miller

ANDY WARHOL 1948-1960
 Timothy Taylor Gallery
 Exhibition reviewed by William Alderwick

THREE MAGAZINE: MENTAL HEALTH
 Edited by Peter Lewis, Omar Karim and Jamie Craven.
 Magazine reviewed by Paul Belford

 
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