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Illustrator Naomi C Robinson Exhibits at PG Live

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First time exhibitor Naomi C Robinson is excited to introduce her lovely new range of 60 greeting card designs, launching exclusively at Progressive Greeting Live, stand 818 in the Springboard section. Naomi has illustrated, designed and published cards which are suitable for both children’s and adult markets, featuring whimsical character-based illustrations all ready for international buyers at PG Live 2014. Ethnic inclusiveness is an essential part of Naomi’s designs, and all cards are hand drawn in a distinctive, colourful and bold style. The range includes birthday, occasion, blank and age cards. The show is open to shops big, small and international buyers and Naomi’s designs are licensing friendly and all cards are available at competitive prices.

External Link: Illustrator Naomi C Robinson Exhibits at PG Live


ICON8 The Illustration Conference – July 2014 – Portland


ICON8 The Illustration Conference takes place this July 9-12 in Portland,Oregon USA, with over 50 speakers including Keynote Paula Scher of Pentagram, as well as Workshops, two day Education Symposium & Roadshow marketplace and portfolio show

Our ICON8 presenters include over 50 illustrators, artists and creative professionals curated from the highest ranks in our industry who will take the main stage to inform, entertain and enlighten you. They include; Victo Ngai, Sam Arthur – Nobrow, Jon Klassen, Mac Barnett, Calef Brown, Carson, Ellis, Kate Bingaman-Burt, The Clayton Brothers, Jennifer Daniel, Jason Holley, Alexandra Zsigmond & many more!

The national Illustration Conference, ICON, is committed to providing a forum for an ongoing dialogue that serves the illustration, design, publishing, advertising, and academic communities. Its purpose is to provide a platform for the most influential illustrators and industry leaders to address, in a timely manner, the most pervasive issues facing the profession.

External Link: ICON8 The Illustration Conference – July 2014 – Portland, Oregon at Portland Art Museum


Pop Artoons


The works presented are from the Art Print Project called Pop Artoons and the Pop Artoons Exhibition that will take place in Mai at Gallery Olschinsky.

The main goal of the Project was to create a series of art prints, that will be attractive for adults as well as for children. The Project is divided in three bodies of works, Dead Wood, Skull Toons and the name giver Pop Artoons.

The Dead Wood and the Pop Artoons works are based on character drawings and are my characters and designs. For the Skull Toons artworks, I decided to use a kind of hybrid between, classic cartoon characters and my cartoon skull design.

External Link: Pop Artoons at Atelier Olschinsky Art Store, Vienna


The Illustrator’s Guide to Business

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The essential two-day course taught by specialists will give you the business skills to succeed as a professional illustrator.

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 a successful freelance career. 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.

Attendees of the course are eligible to receive 20% discount on full price day tickets to Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival at Somerset House taking place 24 April – 5 May 2014.

The speakers for the event are as follows:

Fig Taylor, AOI Portfolio Consultant
James Louis, Business Education & Support Team, HM Revenue and Customs
Derek Brazell, AOI Projects Manager and Illustrator
Matthew Shearer, AOI Membership Manager
Victoria Pearce, Senior Agent at Illustration Ltd
Alex Jenkins, Art and Interactive Content Director
Alex Mathers, Illustrator and Writer
Anna Steinberg, Lecturer and Illustrator

Students, AOI and SCBWI Members: £50 per day, £90 for both days
Non Members: £60 per day, £110 for both days

External Link: The Illustrator’s Guide to Business at The Courtauld Institute of Art


Get Seen By Legendary Illustrator Gerald Scarfe – NOISE Festival 2014


UK national arts charity NOISE Festival has announced Gerald Scarfe CBE as Illustration Curator. The acclaimed Sunday Times and New Yorker cartoonist, and animator behind Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” and Disney film “Hercules” will judge submissions made to NOISE Festival 2014. He will be selecting work to go forward to be showcased ilater this year to gain recognition and media exposure. For Scarfe’s top picks, the NOISE charity will also strive to help gain mentorship and work placements.

This is a unique opportunity to have art work looked over and endorsed by a true legend in the industry as well as a serious boost to the career of aspiring artists. NOISE Festival invites emerging illustrators to create a FREE online portfolio of their work and then submit this work to the 2014 Festival online.

Check out the website for loads more info on what NOISE Festival is about and how to set up your online portfolio! Have a look at Gerald Scarfe’s interview to learn about his amazing career in illustration and animation, and to see what he will be looking for in NOISE Festival 2014 entries!

External Link: Get Seen By Legendary Illustrator Gerald Scarfe – NOISE Festival 2014


Amelia Bowman Presents… Amelia Bowman, Ella Goodwin, Gavin Robbie and Janet Bowman


An exhibition showcasing printmaker and pattern designer Amelia Bowman’s work alongside sculptor Janet Bowman, illustrator Ella Goodwin and photographer Gavin Robbie.

Amelia Bowman works with a combination of collagraph printmaking and digital pattern design. Describing her work as ‘fun with a hint of vintage’, Amelia’s inspiration comes from the landscape and artifacts of the world around her.

Ella’s background is in Animation and Design, concentrating on narrative for children and development. Her passion is for visual storytelling and whimsical illustration often highly detailed using a mix of traditional and digital mediums.

Janet Bowman is a sculptor who works with clay and wax to produce original pieces that are then cast in bronze resin. Her work focuses primarily on life-size animal studies inspired by many trips abroad.

Gavin Robbie is a local photographer whose passions are landscape, long exposure and low light techniques. By capturing several moments in time, Gavin’s describes his photographs as depicting reality, but not as we see it.

Colourful, fun and nostalgic – an exhibition designed to make you smile!

External Link: Amelia Bowman Presents… Amelia Bowman, Ella Goodwin, Gavin Robbie and Janet Bowman at Wymondham Arts Centre




Soho Arthouse presents another wonderful group show. Come in like a lion with your bold colors and vision with our international roster of digital and conventional emerging artists. Cutting edge digital art and photography take center stage at the The Soho Arthouse to embrace all the beauty and wonder of first signs (and much deserved) signs of Spring?

External Link: SPRUNG at Soho Arthouse


This Is Not A Toy


The exhibition explores the conceptual toy as an art and design object as well as a contemporary cultural signifier. On view until May 19, “This Is Not A Toy” transforms the museum into a candy-colored dream world, displaying both forms such as quirky tiny figures and massive freestanding sculptures. Guest curated by Pharrell Williams, which includes works by Takashi Murakami & KAWS, amongst others.

External Link: This Is Not A Toy at Design Exchange


The 25th Annual Children’s Book Illustrators Exhibition


2014 will mark the 25th year of the Annual Children’s Book Illustrators Exhibit held at the Sun Gallery, Hayward California. This year, along with traditional media and alternative press, the exhibition will also include ‘zines and comic books as examples of work that tie images closely with literature. Also featured, for the first time, will be a book that as been illustrated by children so that visitors can see how participation in reading and the visual arts is a collaborative exploration as children grow up around an increasingly diverse environment of language and visual arts.

A book signing by the artists in the exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Reception for the Artists, on March 16th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm. This is always a fun event with the artists present to answer questions and sign copies of their books, available for sale throughout the course of the exhibition.

Artists on exhibit include:
Constance Anderson, Angela Dominguez, Sara Palacios, Lauren Gallegos, Allyn Lee, Charlotte Cheng, Ashley Wolff, Catherine Bowman, Annette Frei, Susan Pace Koch, Tina Banda, Spenser Arias, Crystal Gonzalez, Patrick Lugo (PLUGO), Emily Foster, Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, Chris Harper Triplett,
Lauren Marie Taylor

External Link: The 25th Annual Children’s Book Illustrators Exhibition at SUN Gallery


Prelude – Solo Exhibition – Charmagne Coe


Shade Projects (of monOrchid Gallery) announces its partnership with the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel with the exhibition “Prelude” by Flagstaff artist Charmagne Coe. This celebrates the opening of the West Wing Gallery to host Arizona artists and other talents. Don’t forget to stop by the bar to enjoy some fantastic cocktails! IF you can’t make it to the reception, the exhibition of Coe’s work runs through the end of February 2014.

External Link: Prelude – Solo Exhibition – Charmagne Coe at At Renaissance Hotel Downtown Phoenix, a Shade Projects event by monOrchid Gallery