BA (hons) Illustration…
…challenges the position of the illustrator within commercial, social, political and cultural contexts, exploring illustration as a visual language, and it’s relationship with the text that it addresses, encouraging you to develop an ambition for your own practice founded on subject knowledge.
There is a focus on international collaboration and real-world experience, with industry links to major illustrators and publishers from around the world (such as Axel Scheffler), so you can be a part of the international illustration community from day one.
Develop your ideas and your portfolio and show them
off in public exhibitions.
KELLY AKERS / SYEDA FASHIA-BATOOL / WILLOW BUTLER / JAMIE CHEW / IONA CHRISTIAN / EMMA COOPER / LIAM FARMER / MEG HOLLOWAY / OLIVIA KELLETT / KAMILE KIEKSAITE / BRENDAN PARSONS / CHLOE PORTER / CLAUDIA SANTOS / EMILY SMITH / ZOSIA SWARBRICK / HAZEL TAYLOR / CHARLOTTE WALLER / RHEA WILSON-WRIGHT / BECKY WHITBY
We’re Going to Grandma and Grandpa’s House
This spread from my book portrays the mill at the end of the rural street that my grandparents live on – me and my brother would play there frequently as kids. I used watercolour and ink to convey a nostalgic feeling of warmth, peace among nature, and the innocence of youth.
EVERY BODY MATTERS
Working from a brief that focused on closing the female pleasure gap, I wanted to make sure I was not only creating informational, stigma-breaking pieces, but also pieces that took time to celebrate the different shapes, sizes, and colours of women across the globe.
SYEDA FASHIA BATOOL
Derwent art prize competition entry
A view of a beautiful landscape in Lalazar, Pakistan. The colours used to depict the juxtaposition between the tranquillity of nature and the busyness of industrial vehicles and manmade huts bring a sense of motion and life to this piece.
Showing Punjabi attire through Puppetry
A visual representation of Punjabi attire through puppetry. The traditional garments worn by the male and female differ in form, and the bold colours symbolise the lively spirit of Punjab.
The Thawing of Amaro Franklin
This project sought to explore queerness within 19th century cowboy culture through the medium of the graphic novel. I was also interested in the combination of two genres which typically do not go together – the Western and the Romance.
Lighthouse Keeper Print
This was from a series of preliminary prints on the subject of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’, a theme which I also used to create a silent graphic novel made exclusively with experimental printmaking techniques. This print was done using Tetrapak.
D&AD New Blood Awards
A campaign that marketed Durex as a sex and relationship wellbeing brand. Pastel, skin undertone colours with linocut illustration and strong typography defining the identity. The central idea was to empower disabled people through this new educational website.
Penguin Student Design Awards
The cover design is for – The Night Manager by John le Carré. The idea incorporates symbol and metaphor, to communicate the plot. Roper’s yacht is represented as AK47’s and Sophie – represented as a fluorescent boat trail, when photocopied she vanishes from the cover.
Howl’s Moving Castle
My entry for the Folio Society and House of Illustration, book competition. I loved exploring this story and creating narrative work to communicate the magical characters and plot line. I am delighted that my illustrations for Howl’s Moving Castlewere shortlisted.
Bringing the Scripture to Life
A children’s picture book communicating three parables of Jesus. This illustration is based on The Parable of the Sower. I explored ways that words, symbols and narrative images can be used to tell biblical stories to reinforce narratives of faith to children.
Fairy Tale Chapbooks
These two illustrations were created for one of three chapbooks based on Angela Carters fairy tales. These images are a pastiche to Mughal miniature paintings, as they illustrate the tale ‘The Chinese Princess’ which is originally a Mughal Fairy Tale.
Batsford Prize Entry ‘Earth’
This image was created to embody the theme ‘Our Planet’ The full illustration showcases different animals from around the globe, patterns from different cultures, mountain ranges, rivers and flora.
A lino-print from a set of three illustrations depicting the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, inspired by the poem ‘The Minotaur’ by Joel Ryan’
Impacts of Littering
Two posters out of a series of nine, created to raise awareness and protest the use of plastic, and the negative effects it has on marine/ocean life.
Penguin design award
My book cover for the Penguin Design Award is a representation of the circle of life, encompassing all the wonder and weirdness that surrounds us. After many, many…many attempts I am happy to be a fully obsessed collagraph printmaker.
A story about a mole
A concertina that takes us on a journey to meet death, grief and regrowth along with mole and his red watering can. A story very close to my heart and a healing process. Dedicated to my mum, Joanna Kellett.
Illustration as Therapy
This is one of the eight illustrations I made for this project. I wanted to put my fears on the paper and see if that helps as a way of therapy. I used dip pen and embroidery to create the images.
The Twelve Months
An illustration I made for Picture This! competition. It is an image of a famous story ‘The Twelve Months’ and I enjoyed working it, because it is from my childhood. For it I used digital process.
Jupiter and her Moons
This is a map from an imagined Victorian expedition to explore the outer reaches of space. It forms part of a rag-tag collection of documents from the expedition which I made to indulge my love of Victorian, Astronomy and Navigation.
A description of the project in less than 40 words. Some Woodland Characters from a series of rubber stamps I made. Much of my work, including these stamps, is inspired by the folklore, magic and landscapes of Dartmoor National Park.
This is one of the illustrations I produced for the project Inktober, where you have 31 days to make 31 drawings. The theme I followed was mixing 2 animals together. For example, this is a hen combined with a pelican.
As part of this project we needed to make promotional artwork to send out to potential clients. This is an illustration from the book ‘The Ugly Duckling’ which is included in my promotional package.
The Life Cycle of the Badger
This is a picture book exploring the circle of life through the perspective of a badger. For this I used a mixture of traditional and digital processes to create a range of spreads showing the final months of his life.
Unusual Food Packaging
These are a range of posters advertising unusual food packaging. I created these to try and brand things we would not normally see in shops while still making them appealing. These images show two posters out of a series of five.
Sever the Hand Album Artwork
The aim of this project was to explore the visual language of Heavy Metal. This is the album cover for an imaginary Heavy Metal band called Sever the Hand. The image is purely digital but uses traditional painting techniques to create the portrait.
This is an image from my concept development for a book I made all about fears and phobias and how we can take small steps to overcome them. The book is in a children’s book format however I have aimed it at adults.
Rockcliffe is a small coastal village in the south-west of Scotland, a beautiful place my family have been visiting since 1970. With so many fond memories, I wanted to create a reportage style project to document these experiences in watercolour.
Craigie Red Squirrel
I wrote and illustrated this rhyming children’s story, based around my favourite place – a little coastal village in Scotland. It’s about a young red squirrel who goes on an adventure, coming across various challenges and characters on his voyage.
Encapsulates my thoughts and feelings while rediscovering parts of ‘forgotten Liverpool’. Heavily inspired by the psychogeography movement I have visualised my experiences while retracing the history of buildings and structures in my home city.
A Wren’s Lure
A Wren’s Lure Is an artist book centred around the Origins of ‘Hunt The Wren Day’ in the Isle of Man. This book is made from a mix of collagraph and linocut print, later being manipulated digitally. As well as folding out to reveal a handprinted collagraph wren feather.
A watercolour study of a forest environment.
The first two pages of a three page comic depicting a condensed version of the children’s book “Laura’s Star” by Klaus Baumgart.
The Goddess Gudridr is my entry for 2019’s Inktober encapsulates my way of working, utilising both writing and image making to create a well-rounded character.
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My dissertation project focused on the illustrated novel, looking at how words and images can enhance one another and thus form the greatest possible outcome.
A Tale of Edgar Allan Poe
Inspired by the American Gothic Writer Edgar Allan Poe, this image is part of a series focusing on his poetry. I wanted to show a contrast of the two worlds he lived in, the imaginary and the real through his own words./p>
This is a parody newspaper inspired by the visual language of the medieval but with a contemporary twist! Created with the medieval audience in mind I have included pages such as what’s your love horoscope reading? and ask Dr Plague.
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