WIA2022 Longlist Highlights From The New Talent Exploration Category

Discover some fantastic highlights on the WIA2022 New Talent Exploration Longlist in this curated list. From innovative work to portfolio pieces, the exploration category encourages a huge range of illustration designed to explore the medium, techniques and ideas.

The World Illustration Awards 2022 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 Exploration Category New Talent Highlights – and if you’d like to learn more, click through to see the full project and contact information!

Jihye Seo : Life in Cornwall

While studying in UK, Jihye had several opportunities to visit Penzance in Cornwall, where they met lots of lovely people and visited beautiful places, which became some of their lasting memories.

After returning to South Korea, they decided to paint their life in Cornwall to share it with other people who love this part of the world.

This illustration was created as a personal project using gouache on paper.

Jihye Seo is a picture book maker and illustrator based in Seoul, South Korea.

Mara Ivan-Mohor : “Lights Out” Music Video Animation

For her graduation project, Mara collaborated with the Romanian artist Village to create a music video animation for his song, “Lights Out”.

The song is contemplative, the absence of lyrics leaving it open to interpretation. This challenged Mara to imaginatively reconstruct it through a visual narrative likely to tell a meaningful story across the fields of illustration, animation and electronic music.

The project was created digitally, using Procreate, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects software.

Mara Ivan Mohor is a freelance illustrator and a recent graduate of Anglia Ruskin University with a BA (Hons) in Illustration.

Sisi Kim : A Messy Day

Developed as a portfolio project to explore new ideas and image making tools, Sisi created this illustration to liken the global climate change issue to “a messy day”.

They portrayed this as a surreal landscape that included snowfall in the desert, a burning house, and animals with warning sign.

The illustration was created using 2D hand-drawings as a texture on 3D modeling to create a natural look and avoid an overly realistic effect.


Sisi Kim is an illustrator based in Seoul, Korea. She studied in Visual Communication Design at Hongik University and graduated in 2020.

Aditi Anand : Comfort

Inspired by post-lockdown cycle rides, which became her comfort, Aditi captured photos of people, animals, and birds, from elderly people playing cards to street dogs lying on construction sand, or people out for a stroll.

She used these photos as inspiration for the final illustrations which were created in Adobe Photoshop.

Aditi Anand is an Illustrator based in India, who is due to start an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art.

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Caitlin Du : Brain Removal Zipper

Inspired by furniture instruction manuals, airplane safety guides, and vintage comic covers Caitlin created this illustration as a comedic and absurdist invention idea.

Looking for a way to avoid negative emotions, of course the best solution is to remove your brain and thoughts directly!

The work was drawn digitally and the colours, grains, and especially the Ben-Day Dots, were inspired by vintage comic magazines she found in a nearby thrift shop.

Caitlin Du is a New York based illustrator originally from Beijing, China.

Meichen Lu : Opus Magnum For A Girl

This installation piece was inspired by Meichen’s experience of learning about menstruation as a young girl.

It was created with a focus on exploring new insights, applying the symbolic representation of female genitalia to characters in graphic narratives and challenging the erotic and taboo stereotypes of such graphic images.

It spans a range of different fields including fine art, graphic narratives and illustration.

Meichen Lu is an Illustrator currently enrolled in the third year of her PhD programme at the London College of Communication.

If you enjoyed these highlights, why not check out the full WIA2022 Longlist for the Exploration Category!


9th August 2022
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