WIA2021: New Talent Science & Technology Category Longlist Highlights

The Science & Technology Category offers up some incredible illustration that informs, surprises and educates across topics from architecture, ecology and medicine. See the next generation of illustrators approaching science and technology in exciting visual ways.

The World Illustration Awards 2021 Longlist features 500 projects by New Talent and Professional illustrators from all over the world across ten categories. This year, the awards celebrate great illustration! Read on to see our New Talent Science & Technology Category Highlights – and if you’d like to learn more, click through to see the full project and contact information!

This mixed media illustration was inspired by a trip the artist made in summer 2020 to Assateague Island on the Eastern shore of the United States. The varied species of animals found there are drawn and listed, giving a diagrammatic view of the island’s wildlife.

Book Karnjanakit is an illustrator/writer/comic artist originally from Bangkok, now living in Baltimore. She is a graduate student on the MFA Illustration Practice programme at Maryland Institute College of Art.

This work was commissioned by Foundation Save the Med, which works relentlessly to abolish single-use plastics, educate the population, and protect more marine areas in the artist’s homeland, Mallorca.

Carles García O’Dowd is a New York-based, Spanish-Irish artist originally from Mallorca. A Fulbright graduate from SVA, his career has been shaped by activism, counter-culture, pop music, and cartoons.

This scientific illustration was created as part of a brief during the artist’s studies at University of Hertfordshire for an exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London.

After exploring the world for 15 years as a flight attendant, Claire decided to go back to her first love and enrolled on a BA Illustration with the University of Hertfordshire. Growing up in Africa, Claire is involved with several wildlife foundations in Kenya.


‘Journey into light’ takes the spectacle of light in its many forms throughout nature and layers them through analogue and digital media to create beautiful sublime images.

Isabel Roos is an artist and illustrator based in Germany. She studied illustration at the HAW Hamburg, graduating in 2020. Her work is poetic and yet radiantly bold.

The “Golden Mount” (“Phu Khao Thong”, ภูเขาทอง) is a steep artificial hill topped with a gold pagoda inside the Wat Saket compound in Bangkok. It was built under the commission of King Nangklao of Siam but never completed. This illustration reimagines and reconstructs the original building.

Kidyang is a recent graduate of Kilpakorn University’s History of Architecture course.

This illustration is from FL_W, a graphic novel depicting the growth pattern of the broad bean which, in the context of the novel, also serves as a visual metaphor for personal growth and for artistic germination. It’s created using pencil, ink and paint.

Madeleine Burt lives and works in Nottingham, UK. She has over 20 years’ experience as a practicing artist and has an extensive exhibition history, including cities such as London, Berlin and New York.  She recently graduated with an MA from Nottingham Trent University.

This series of illustrations aim to raise awareness of the wave of extinction in the natural world by creating images of these vanishing animals and communicating these important environmental issues.

Sachiko Purser is a Cambridge-based illustrator and printmaker, born and raised in Kyushu, in the southwest of Japan.

This hand rendered illustration responds to Crystal Palace Park, where burnt colonial ruins sit adjacent to streaked seventies architecture and curious Victorian dinosaurs. The drawing showcases the proposal for the UK’s ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ as a means to ‘rebuild’ the palace, with cutting edge technologies such as mushroom facades and hydro power columns explored through folklore.

Sarmad Suhail is a multi-disciplinary artist and musician currently in his final year Architecture studies at the UCL Bartlett. His work has been previously shown at the John Soane Museum and the World Architecture festival in Amsterdam.

Stories involving biodiversity often include warnings of ecosystem destruction. These posters focus on the emotive relationship between storytelling and the parental desire to protect, highlighting the fact that children will bear the burden of climate change, through no fault of their own.

Tabitha Wall  is a 3rd year Illustration Student at the Cambridge School of Art; her work explores paper-cut and mark making. She takes inspiration from the natural world, and her work focuses on re-connecting people to their environment and taking responsibility for it.

This portfolio piece illustrates how the mind forms our identity, decision making, and unique personality. Created using Procreate, it forms a unique self portrait of the artist.

Wenjing Yang is an illustration major student in School of Visual Arts. Originally from China, they are currently based in New York.

If you enjoyed reading this curated list, why not explore the full WIA2021 Longlist for more inspiration!


15th June 2021
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