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Student Illustration

V&A Illustration Awards 2017: Student Illustration

Student Illustrator of the Year 2017


Beatriz Lostalé Seijo

'The Odyssey'
MA Children’s Book Illustration, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art


Beatriz Lostalé Seijo’s illustrations of Homer’s well-known epic began as a student project to illustrate a classic tale for a young audience.

Her use of the concertina format creates a tactile, visually arresting set-piece that echoes the narrative’s ideas of voyage, movement, and the ebb and flow of the changing fortunes of Homer’s characters. She also exploits all the chromatic possibilities of screen printing, depicting Homer’s mythological world in just three colours and repackaging this classic text in accessible and dynamic form.

The judges singled out Lostalé Seijo’s technical approach for special commendation, praising her confident and distinctive use of colour, her bold design sense and the seemingly effortless control of her drawing technique in service to her ideas.

Beatriz Lostalé Seijo is a recent graduate of the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge School of Art).

Student Runner-Up

Tom Spooner

'Towards an Infinite Place'
MA Visual Communications, Royal College of Art


Tom Spooner’s suite of etchings demonstrates an ongoing shift among students of illustration, towards the use of manual printing techniques in contrast to software-aided graphic design.

Towards an Infinite Place grew out of the artist’s interest in what he termed ‘superficially unremarkable sites’ that nevertheless evoke sentiments of belonging and reverie. The etchings depict a series of deserted urbanscapes, initially photographed by the artist during evening walks in his native South-West London. They are the final stage of a 3-phase process involving photography, drawing and drypoint etching, and caught the attention of the judges, who praised his instinct for composition and his mastery of the print medium.

Tom Spooner graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Illustration and Visual Communication from the University of Westminster and is a recent graduate of the MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art.

The following student entrants were also Highly Commended

Supported by the Enid Linder Foundation and the Moira Gemmill Memorial Fund