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Building Economies

Making business look beautiful, Gail Armstrong creates this paper sculpture for PM Network magazine.

Commissioned by Hugo Espinozo, senior art director at Imagination, the image is in the February issue of the monthly publication for the Project Management Institute (PMI). Gail's creation illustrates "6 Markets to Watch: Look for the next wave of project opportunity in one of these 6 climbing economies”. She says: "It discusses the business potential in these building economies and the many ways in which those countries are changing, developing and investing in themselves." Gail chose to focus on Nigeria - oil/energy industry, Panama - canal expansion, Indonesia - infrastructure through telecommunications, Chile - building infrastructure through information technology, Turkey – construction; in particular transport links and Vietnam - factory construction. After submitting several ideas to illustrate the article, the concept of using flowers to represent the growth of these 6 different countries was selected. Gail says "The flower heads have petals made from maps of the relevant countries. By choosing to use a fairly simple, non-specific flower shape and by carefully placing the petals, it is still possible to read the map and the country name. The flower centres and stamens, which echo the map colours, represent the country’s relevant investment area."


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
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your confidence and develop your strategy for the future.

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Ticket Per Class: AOI members: £35, Non-members: £40
To Book The Course (all 11 classes) 10% discounts available:
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If your college is an AOI member please contact the AOI office to book as you are eligible for
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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

James Taylor for The Financial Times

James Taylor has made this brilliant paper model for the 2011 predictions page in this weeks Financial Times. The image depicts the specialist’s predictions on what will happen in world of politics, economics, and business in 2011.

James Taylor is represented by Debut Art

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