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Interpretation: Marcus Oakley

The Interpretation illustration conference 18-19 September at Arts University Bournemouth is hosting a great array of speakers covering a fascinating variety of topics. We’re asking the presenters a couple of questions about illustration, the event and what they’ll be doing. Next on our list is keynote speaker, illustrator Marcus Oakley.

Marcus Oakley

London based illustrator and artist, Marcus Oakley is originally from a village in Norfolk. He is inspired by many things, including music such as the Beach Boys but also by the countryside and the animals that inhabit it.

Tell us a bit about your presentation:

My presentation is about attempting to look at the fuzzy and foggy overlap of illustration in Art and Design.

What’s the best element of attending an illustration conference?

This will be the first time I have attended / talked at an illustration conference so I’m not sure what to expect.

I’m looking forward to hearing some interesting talks and meeting some interesting people.

Is illustration research important?


It is important to explore, look around the corners to question, deconstruct and resemble the use and function of the ever expanding world of illustration.

Spiral Man

Tell us one lesson you’ve learned about ‘interpretation’ as an idea and practice.

The Line is a constant in my work and I’m intrigued by the possibilities of a line.

Thick lines, thin lines, zig zag, curved, straight, fast, slow, wonky, abstract and pictorial they all have there own special mood and melody.

I’m continuously learning how a line has the potential to be anything and interpreted into anything.

18-19 September 2014, AUB, Bournemouth – Book Now

Interpretation is the theme of the latest VaroomLab symposium on illustration, this year held in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth. Illustrators, students and academics are all welcome.

Interpretation seeks to explore ways in which illustrators, interpret, re-interpret and misinterpret information through illustration practice.

This event will celebrate and investigate the potential exciting creative strategies and possibilities for practitioners to move minds, challenge norms and influence the ways in which we the see the world and connect with it.

You are invited to meet fellow illustration enthusiasts over a two day symposium in September in the seaside town of Bournemouth and enjoy the talks presented by practitioners and academics on illustrating the Prisoner of Zenda, Lucien Freud’s early illustration work, gender representation in illustration, interpretations of error, an exploration of how visual storytelling is vital in how we engage with the world, the role of exchange between artist and scientist in natural history illustration, panel discussions and more.

Speakers include Bill Prosser, Chris Campe, Joel Lardner & Paul Roberts, Paul Burgess,Mireille Fauchon & Four Corners books, Andrew Kulman, Gary Embury and Thomas Barwick. Guest speakers animator, Cyriak (‘a real renaissance man albeit with a trademark surrealist attitude, psychedelic influence and love of fractal geometry and orders of magnitude’, Varoom) and Marcus Oakley.

You can register for tickets here. Special offer accomodation can be sourced here.

Symposium times:

Thursday 18th September

11.30-12.30pm Registration. 12.30 VaroomLab – Welcome & Introduction to the Symposium

Lunch & Refreshments will be provided during the Symposium

Friday 19th September

9.30- 10.00am Coffee. First speaker 10.00am

3.30pm Finish

Tickets for Interpretation are now on sale, priced as follows:

  • £35 Students
  • £90 Standard Ticket
  • £75 Early Bird (Closes August — Limited availability)
  • £50 VaroomLab Members (Limited availability)
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