Tilly McKerrow : The Lonely Gannet


Un-commissioned | New Talent

‘The Lonely Gannet’ is an illustrated book designed for a gallery space. It was inspired by a news story about a gannet called ‘No mates Nigel’. To encourage gannets to the island of Mana, New Zealand, conservationists created a concrete colony of birds. This only attracted one gannet Nigel, who lived out his life on the island with one of the concrete birds as his mate and later died by its side.
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The format of the work explores sequential illustration, reminiscent of a map for an audience to explore. The images are created through traditional drawing and digital processes, then printed on a map printer. The concept of the map represents the migration of Nigel to the island and the journey of his life. The work is accompanied by a concrete gannet, taking the story out of two dimensions.

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Falmouth University
MA Illustration: Authorial Practice

I am currently both student and teacher, studying an MA in Authorial Illustration and lecturing on the Illustration BA at Falmouth University. My practice is informed by odd and strange observations of everyday life. I’m interested in environmental themes and the interplay of cause and effect between humans and their surroundings. I’m fascinated by the possibilities of visual language within sequential storytelling and make experimental comics in my studio in Penryn.