V&A Illustration Awards 2011
Supported by the Enid Linder Foundation
The V&A Illustration Awards celebrate the best illustration published over the last year. Original artwork from the best illustrated book, book cover, editorial illustration and student illustrator of the year are recognised.
The 2011 Published Category judges were Bel Mooney, author and columnist; Rob Ryan, artist; Francesca Gavin, author and editor; Robin Allison-Smith, photographer and company director, and Moira Gemmill, V&A Director of Design.
Editorial Illustration Award and Overall Winner
Olivier Kugler, ‘A Tea In Tehran’
Illustrated journal published in XXI – Vingt et Un, Rollin Publications, Autumn 2010.
‘I love to draw the people I meet and the places I visit. Last year I went travelling in Iran. In Tehran I met Massih, a truck driver, who invited me to join him on a four day journey carrying bottled water down to the south of the country … I created a 30-page illustrated journal of the time I spent with Massih.’
Book Illustration Award
Laura Carlin, illustrations to ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes
Published by Walker Books, London, 2010
‘Illustrating The Iron Man was a dream commission. Some of my favourite writers, including Ted Hughes, deal with huge environmental and emotional themes and yet manage to sprinkle the heaviness with wit and observation.’
Book Cover Illustration Award
Lorenzo Petrantoni, cover to ‘Boxer Beetle’ by Ned Beauman
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, London, 2010
The judges felt that the strong graphic image on the front and back cover of Boxer Beetle packed a powerful punch making it stand out on the shelf, ‘…like Kafka seen through the eyes of Dashiell Hammett’.
The 2011 Student Category judges were 2010's overall winner Sarah Carr, and Frazer Hudson, academic and a previous winner of the Editorial Award.
Student Illustrator Award Winner
Mike Redmond, ‘Awkward People In Funny Situations’
Royal College of Art, London
'What inspires me the most is space and time and how they affect everyone so differently. I've been trying to show these situations and stories visually, exploring relationships in time and space. The end of the world is not the end it just goes on to the next end of the world.’
Student Illustrator Award Runner-Up
Hannah Simpson, ‘Bacteria’
Kingston University, London
‘I made the Bacteria series of etchings on three hand cut zinc plates. Each plate, reminiscent of a Petri dish, is a portrait of a species of bacteria. Using microscopic images for reference, I drew human bodies in place of the bacteria cells. The prints are made with coloured ink, echoing the way bacteria are stained to become visible.’