VAROOM 11
- Illustration, Culture, Society 
Winter 2009


Cover Art by James Joyce Purchase here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW WAVE OLD WAVE
 Eight legendary illustrators, with collectively over three hundred years of experience, reveal the lessons from a lifetime in the business. Featuring Seymour Chwast, Ralph Steadman, Shirley Hughes, Marshall Arisman and Judith Kerr.

AIMEE & THE ILLUSTRATORS
 How musician Aimee Mann used illustration to shape the creative direction of her career, putting imagery at the heart of her music. Illustrators Gary Taxali and Owen Smith demonstrate the power of sleeve art.

FROM FOLK CULTURE TO MODERN BRITISH
 The current generation of artists, inspired by Folk Art, are forging a new British vernacular in illustration. To them Folk Art means more than drawing owls or men with beards. Jonny Hannah and Chris Brown reveal how they are working within a trade.

JAPANISM: THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE
 2009’s wave of Japanese culture arriving on UK shores is a timely moment to explore the deeper connections between British illustration, Japan and consumer products. Takashi Murakami is featured as well as James Joyce, who created this issue’s cover.

THE HOOD LIFE
 An intimate portrait of illustrator Peter Arkle. Documenting the minutiae of his everyday life in his own newspaper gave Arkle a cult following, it was also a smart business move. Find out why.

THE HOUSE THAT QUENTIN BUILT
 Famous for his children’s illustration, Quentin Blake’s work is taking off in unexpected and ambitious new directions. Aside from discussing that, Quentin also reveals why he needs £6 million for an ambitious new project.

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL CHRISTMAS
 Illustrated Christmas Cards, from the very first in 1843, through John Lennon’s Big Yellow Budgie, to George W. Bush’s reassuring post-9/11 card. Also featuring Warhol and Soviet Christmas cards.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING DREW
 This issue we get a snapshot of work by Richard Kenworthy from animators Shynola. Kenworthy’s late collaborator Gideon Baws is included in his choices.

MANIFESTO
 Danish fashion illustrator and artist, Naja Conrad-Hansen, displays her striking work in Manifesto. Includes images she has created for a variety of fashion labels, magazines and books.

NOTEBOOK
 A jam-packed, all-you-can-eat hamper of illustration news, reviews and features. Lots of interesting stuff to dip into.

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