IMAGES 35 – launching tonight!

Images is the premier and longest running jury-selected illustration competition, annual and touring exhibition in the UK. It provides the leading showcase for the great variety of contemporary illustration commissioned in the UK today, published alongside self-initiated promotional artwork and up-and-coming new talent.
Tonight is the launch and award ceremony (by invitation only) where this year's winners will be announced

London exhibition:
Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London, SE1 9J
Open to the public: Friday 26 August – Friday 2 September 2011,
Monday to Sunday, 11.00 –18.00, entry free


The Illustrators guide to Business

The essential 11 week evening course taught by specialists that will give you the business skills to succeed as a professional illustrator  

Monday 12 September to Monday 21 November 2011 18.30-20.30   
The Rectory, St James Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL

This intensive course has been put together to help any illustrator acquire the knowledge and
critical skills crucial to building a successful career. Structured to be both comprehensive and
manageable, each session is tailored to provide an essential step-by-step guide to successful
self-employment. It is also an exciting opportunity to meet with peers and get indispensable
practical advice and support from industry experts. So stay ahead of the competition, increase
your confidence and develop your strategy for the future.

For more information and to book online visit

Places limited, advance booking essential
Ticket Per Class: AOI members: £35, Non-members: £40
To Book The Course (all 11 classes) 10% discounts available:
AOI Members £347 (£385 less 10%), Non Members £396 (£440 less 10%)

If your college is an AOI member please contact the AOI office to book as you are eligible for
member discount
All delegates will receive an email to confirm their booking.
For telephone bookings and more information please contact Helen Thomas on 02073247224.

A specialist within the respective field will present each session:
• How to turn a “good portfolio” into a “client-stopping portfolio”
• The art of self-promotion
• Know your rights
• Pricing work
• Managing your finances
• Understanding the market and your client
• How to merchandise work and maximise your income
• An illustrators guide to accepting a commission
• Illustrator’s agents: the lowdown
• Illustration for interactive spaces
• The future of Illustration

Speakers include:
Derek Brazell, AOI Project Manager and Illustrator
Gina Cross, Art buyer, Artist Representative and Curator
Helz Cuppleditch, AOI Board Member and Illustrator
Nigel Ginger & Sherman McLeod, Business Education & Support Team, HM Revenue and
Rod Hunt, AOI Chairman and Illustrator
Alex Jenkins, Digital Director
Roderick Mills, AOI Board Member and Illustrator
Paul Ryding, AOI Membership Manager and Illustrator
Anna Steinberg, Lecturer and Illustrator
Fig Taylor, AOI portfolio consultant, lecturer and author
Holly Wales, Illustrator and Educator

Illustrations by Tim Ellis

Terry Pratchett Covers

Now on his fifth cover, Tom Steyer gives the German Terry Pratchett editions some modernisation. Manhatten (Random House) commissioned Tom to illustrate bright, bold and memorable images, Tom says: "The technique I use enables them to apply the illustrations in various ways. For example the back covers and insides and tear-out bookmarks can have different versions i.e. different camera angles or lighting of the same subjects. All elements can be isolated and reorganized to form additional scenes. Furthermore all objects can be animated to promote the books on websites". Tom Steyer is represented by Illustration

Stonefly Sculptures

Gail Armstrong exceeds herself with these shoebox sculptures for Stonefly in Italy.
The brief was to create two different environments which appear to have developed and unfolded from the shoeboxes themselves, one summery and rural, the other youthful and active. Gail built the pieces keeping in mind that they may be animated in the future, she says of the commission; "The trick with the images was to use multiple layers of paper bonded together where the sculpture had to look convincing as a cardboard shoebox, and single layers of paper where the sculpture required depth and form."

Gail is represented by Illustration

Hilary Alexander

Nick Murray Willis works for the British Fashion Council to produce this tribute animation.
Filmed and produced by Crispy Duck Productions, Nick's expertise is put to fun use in this playful portrait of Hilary Alexander;  The Telegraph’s fashion writer for her retirement party.  Watch it here.

Nick Murray Willis is represented by Illustration.

For all Twilight fans

For all Twilight fans who can’t wait for the final film to be released, they can now enjoy Sarah McMenemy’s illustrations in ‘The Twilight Saga the Official illustrated Guide’. You can buy your own copy at

Sarah McMenemy is represented by the Artworks


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