V&A Illustration Awards 2012: Published Category - Editorial Illustration (Newspaper, Magazine and Comic)
Supported by the Enid Linder Foundation
Editorial Award Winner
Nick Lowndes illustration to ‘Mastering Growth’ in Financial Times
Published by FT Group, 1 July 2011
Nick Lowndes holds a degree in Illustration and Animation from the University of Manchester and has worked as a freelance illustrator for fourteen years. His conceptual work displays a bold, iconic and graphic style and he has an array of influences including Picasso, Patrick Caulfield, Andre Francois, Matisse and Jean-Michel Basquiat. He is represented by Eastwing illustration agency and has worked for a variety of UK and US clients including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Economist, Adobe and Barclays.
Lowndes’ winning illustration was for part three of a Financial Times special report on small and medium enterprises, called ‘Mastering Growth' about which he says, ‘I wanted to create a bold, graphic image based on a strong idea, so the illustration focuses on a small enterprise aspiring to grow and survive in the daunting world of business. The final artwork was produced digitally using a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator.’
The judges all agreed that this image delivered the story in a concise yet eye-catching way. Orla Kiely said, ‘This design is creative but clearly illustrates the article. Simple and cleverly designed. A strong idea.’ Moira Gemmill found the work, ‘Simple, punchy and to the point. Gets the message across in an instant.’
Nick Lowndes website: www.eastwing.co.uk/artist/nicklowndes
Editorial Shortlisted Entrants
Luke Best, Chivalric Fiasco (Harper’s Magazine)
‘I like the stylised flat perspective of this illustration and the colour is good.’ - Orla Kiely.
Stefano Morri, Henry’s Demons (BBC Radio Times)
‘A strong way of illustrating such a moving story. The message is very powerful.’ - Orla Kiely.