WIA2021: New Talent Book Covers Longlist Highlights

Discover some fantastic New Talent highlights on the WIA2021 Book Covers longlist in this curated list. Featuring illustration for book covers in any genre there is some powerful and striking imagery designed to entice readers.

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 Book Covers Category Longlist Highlights – and if you’d like to learn more, click through to see the full project and contact information!

This work was inspired by Eileen Zhang’s book ‘Blockade’, which depicts a strange temporal and spatial illusion. This piece captures the nostalgia for the history of Shanghai.

Chenyue Yuan is a Chinese-born illustrator now based in London, studying Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art.

This piece was created as a university project to reimagine Rainbow Rowell’s book ‘Carry On’ which has been an inspiration for Emma’s practice as a queer artist. This illustration was made digitally with watercolour textures overlaid with vibrant colours and a magical feel.

Emma Beam, who often goes by the nickname Honey, is currently studying Illustration and Sequential Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art.

This project reimagines the cover of the Salt Path by Raynor Winn, conjuring up beautiful imagery of small towns scattered along the coastline. This work was made using gouache layered with coloured pencil and wax pastel, finished digitally in Procreate.

Kate Osmond is an Illustrator from Northumberland who is currently doing an MA at Edinburgh College of Art.

This book cover was commissioned by Berlin-based published Maro Verlag. It uses a combination of analogue and digital collage to show the different generations who make up the narrative of the book.

Eva Wünsch is a German Illustrator, living and working in Berlin.

Evie’s illustration was conceived as a book cover for a volume of self-published poetry. It is a recording of a voyage of her self-discovery.

Evie Zhu is a traveling illustrator and a recent graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2020.

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

13th July 2021

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