V&A Illustration Awards 2018

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s annual Illustration awards is this week and we are so excited to hear the results. The shortlisted entries have been drawn from the four following categories; Best Illustrated Book, Book Cover Design, Editorial Illustration and the prize for Student Illustrator.

The winner of each category wins £3,000 and the overall winner will take home a further £5,000.   With just over 24 hours until the finalists are announced and awarded, we thought it would be fun to showcase some of our members who are shortlisted and highlight the eye grabbing work selected top of their categories.

Student Illustrator of the Year Shortlists

AOI Member Alva Skog

In these three posters I explore representations of femininity and identity positions. Each poster is based on a stereotypically male identity position that is not usually associated with or accessible for women. How can such positions represent women without sexualising them? I have considered the characters physical positions and I am very conscious of not sexualising the characters. The Thinker is inspired by Degas ‘The Thinker’ and the Explorer have one leg on a rock, pointing in a direction to show the way or point to land being conquered. The Leader is inspired by the Abraham Lincoln statue, where my character sits on a throne-like chair and is seen from below looking up. This gives the character a powerful appearance. 

“I am extremely honoured, happy and proud to have been shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Awards, student category.”


AOI Member Sinae Park

Orlando was my response to a brief that asked us to create a visual treatment for the re-publication of a classic by illustrating a poster exploring colour, more precise technique for the sentiments, and typography.

“I am absolutely excited to be shortlisted!” 

Book Illustration Award Shortlist

AOI Members Bright: Benji Davies

Benji Davies’ first rhyming picture book explores the things that go bump in the night, peeping into the dark shadows of a Victorian town and finding that not everything is as it first appears. An ultimately joyful and uplifting picture book about freedom and the power of the imagination.

“It’s particularly satisfying that The Grotlyn should be shortlisted for the V&A Awards. The story is set in the soot-lined alleyways and rooftops and chambers of a Victorian city, which is in no small part due to the fact that the V&A Museums and their collections are some of my most favourite and inspiring places to visit in London.”

We’ll be cheering hard for all of the illustrators involved in the awards tomorrow. Best of luck to this trio!

Full V&A Shortlist can be seen here

14th May 2018

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