The Year in Review
BA (Hons) Illustration
Words by Gill Sampson, Course Leader
Welcome to Illustration and the excellent work and achievements of our graduating students this year. The creativity and individuality of all our students is reflected in the diversity of their achievements and portfolios of work, produced despite the new challenges this year.
Work on show presents a diverse range of possibilities and applications for illustration research and practice. Portfolio shows varied platforms for contemporary illustration through design, self-publishing and new media platforms, working with collage, typography, print making and mixed media approaches.
This year all our students have been encouraged to engage with international industry competitions including the Carmelite Prize, Penguin Book Cover Illustration Award, Silent Book and The MacMillan Prize, The Batsford Prize, D&AD New Blood Awards.
Lorna Hill won the Carmelite Picture Book Prize 2021 for her unique illustrations for the picture book ‘Moon Mouse’ by Corrinne Averiss, creating a visual journey in a story about friendship, determination and courage.
Lisa Taylor was awarded highly commended for her accomplished entry to The Macmillan Prize 2021, the competition recognising excellence in children’s book illustration. Written and illustrated by Lisa, ‘So He Flew’ children’s picture book communicates complex ideas surrounding loss and friendship, helping children to understand difficult feelings.
As well as our staff team, our students have been able to interact with a diverse range of national and international visiting lecturers, including Aleesha Nandra, King Owusu, Charlene Mann, Monique Jackson, Vic Lee, Gaurab Thakali, Erin Aniker, Adam Stower, The AOI and Owen Gildersleeve.
Our students have engaged directly with a diverse range of real work experiences and collaborative projects including the plant and microbial science research institute The John Innes Centre, Storehouse magazine and a wide range of freelance commissions.
This year a great range of our graduating student portfolios can also be found at D&AD New Blood Digital Festival 2021 connecting students with the creative industries, including:
– Yas Noonan whose work showcases a bold visual language in collaborative zines, editorial and design contexts.
– Tabitha Blomfield whose work explores symmetry between light, model making and narrative, for application to film, set and prop design.
– Abi Skilling whose practice and research focuses on post-human and dystopian themes, informing ideas, concepts and narrative for zine, publication and book cover design.