Varoom 36 The Rhythm Issue: Contents


Profile: Jean-Philippe Delhomme

Since the 1980s, the work of French illustrator, Jean-Philippe Delhomme has explored with visual wit and elegance the worlds of fashion and culture. Creator of the highly amusing Unknown Hipster character, and well know for his fashion work, Delhomme talks to Varoom editor John O’Reilly about the demise of blogs, taking on photography and how Hockney liberated his use of colour.

15 Emerging Image Makers

Varoom showcases some of the most striking image-making from the crop of 2017 art school graduates, guided by the AOI’s global network of professional bodies and educational institutions. The images are a sample of outstanding work from Kristiana to Kingston to South Korea – from children’s stories to social observation to fashion and politics, there are new rhythms emerging. Follow these young image-makers as they take the pulse of changing time.

Material Rhythms

Materials direct our work and our way of working, our stance before the page or screen. In this issue Brian Grimwood, Ged Palmer and Marguerite Carnec reflect on the tools and materials they use and the creative rhythm and expression they enable.

The Commission, The Client, The Creative

Animator and director Stephen McNally, Iranian filmmaker Majid Adin and production company Blinkink reflect on the making of the new Rocket Man animation. This reinterpretation of Elton John’s 1970s classic song tells the story of a refugee, drawing on Adin’s own experience of his journey across Europe during the 2015 refugee crisis, arriving in the Calais jungle camp before being granted asylum in the UK. The animation was launched at the Cannes Film Festival.

Innovators: the best work selected by Varoom’s experts

Advertising Stuart Lang on Luke Choice’s striking, swirling work for the Rugby World Cup.

Children’s Books Sarah McIntyre on
 Lesley Barnes’ visually sumptuous, loopingly rhythmic Jill and Lion.

Graphic Novels Martin Colyer on
the new six-panel per page book from Anna Haifischm, The Artist.

Design Dan Witchell on Santtu Mustonen’s mesmerising projection project for the New York Ballet, Cross Pollination.

Public Realm Luise Vormittag on Anne Howeson’s Kings Cross St. Pancras Project which builds on the history of the central London area.

Street Art Tristan Manco on the huge, stunning Les Rives floor painting in Essaouira, Morocco by Run (Giacomo Bufarini)

Publications John O’Reilly on Miguel Angel Valdivia and Guilia Grabin’s wordless magazine, Le Petit Neant

Career Rhythms

You know that feeling that flows from the high of unstoppable commissions to the imperceptible drift into anxiety about the next gig? Varoom asked illustrators and AOI members Jamie Coe, Liv Wan, Jay Cover and agent Nick Dawe from Folio Art agency about their professional and creative highs and lows and how they manage the career rhythm

Storytelling Roundtable

Be-Bop-A-Lula, rhythm, and understanding how to work with it, is at the heart of all creativity. But new technology is rapidly changing the rhythms of image-making, of collaboration, and how we manage the rhythm of everyday life.

Ryan Belmont, Art Director of Nike Lab, Phoebe Halstead, Scriberia animator and a founder of reportage group First Hand along with choreographer and performer, Matthias Sperling discuss rhythm with Varoom editor John O’Reilly.

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