Friday, 22 May 2015

Congratulations Kate Ackley and Adam Beckett

The Orion Publishing Group and the leading illustration agency, Illustration Ltd, have announced that Kate Ackley from The University of Wolverhampton, visual communication department has won their inaugural Student Illustration Competition. 

The runner-up prize was awarded to visual communication student Adam Beckett. His highly original design for Graham Joyce’s novel, Some Kind of Fairy Tale was highly praised by the judges. 

Lucie Stericker, Creative Director, Orion Publishing Group commented "All the judges were extremely impressed by the calibre of entries. The winner considered the whole cover and presented very competent final artworks. Congratulations to Kate". 

Kate Ackley’s winning entry was a stunning new design for Jostein Gaarder’s phenomenal worldwide bestseller Sophie’s World. She has won the opportunity to work with the award-winning Art Department at Orion and to have her design appear on the book. Kate has also won a 12 month mentoring course from Illustration Ltd, who will provide support with her portfolio to prepare it for graduation, and she will also be able to visit the agency in London who will option her work for future representation.

Kate Ackley said: "I am extremely delighted to have won the competition and am very excited about the opportunity to work with two such well-established companies at the start of my career. I'm very grateful to have had the chance to illustrate a cover for such an interesting book. My idea was inspired by an intriguing metaphor that likens the universe to a rabbit being pulled from a hat, and references the humans that dwell inside the rabbit's fur".

Congratulations Kate and Adam

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