Following on from my second review of New Blood comes my final write up. Lots of students illustrated the cover for Grimm’s Fairy Tales – at University of Central Lancashire the rough energy of this woodcut by Alex Young stood out.
At Norwich University College of the Arts Nicola Jones screenprinted the open market.
Stacey Knights worked in simple colourways to create illustrations of the market and for a brief to design for the cover of Little White Lies (another popular project which featured throughout the exhibition).
Gina Pape‘s Sympathetic Magic was inspired by the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.
Sophie Perryman created a collaged monster that was the antithesis of the Kawaii (cute) phenomenon.
At the University of West England Jack Cullis created a series of stunning illustrations for classic Penguin book covers.
Sami Al-Adawy‘s grid town appealed to my love of repetition in design.
This harbour by Jamie Jones would look great in a kid’s book.
The Great Barrier Reef in paper quilling by Rebecca Clemson at Staffordshire University was a huge hit with visitors – she’s also a potter who has secured funding to set up her own business in the potteries. I wish she had a website.
Melanie Milne had also dabbled in ceramics and had created this wonderful typographic textile design as an ode to the humble sprout.
At Plymouth University I loved beautiful character illustration of jazz monkeys by Elora Taylor.
At University of Cumbria Jenny Cox illustrated The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter.
Cute illustrations for a touchy feely children’s book called The Magic Sheep by Shorty Lee at Edinburgh College of Art.
Mother Worms by Nikki Wei Guo; illustrations to accompany self penned folk stories about desire for life and fear of death.
Creepy but beautifully realised imagery by Cara Holsgrove is part of a handmade book of poems about distorted reality.
Sophie Hargrave‘s recycle week and gender equality posters at Loughborough University.
I missed this year’s University of Westminster illustration exhibition at the Ambika P3 Gallery so Alia Gargum covered it. Here’s what I liked at New Blood: Above, super colourful portraits of David Bellamy and Jaques Costeau framed in wreaths for plate designs by Camilla Perkins.
Like Alia I picked up on the geometric work of Angelina Ioannides-Beer. And what a marvellous name!
Intrigued by overlaid monoprint work by Emma Black.
Narrative scenes by Holly Monger.
Cute character work by Olivia Henry.
Beautiful abstract patterns from Nina Jorgensen
Intricate patterned work by Josie Shenoy.
Collaged work by Rikki Hewitt.
Paul Hickey‘s work combining photographic imagery and a painterly blocks of colour.
It’s hard to pick out the finest graduates from such a busy exhibition which is why I always prefer to see individual college’s shows. I will always be most attracted to narrative illustration and typography over digital or advertising led work, and in those areas these three blogs should give a taster of the huge amount of creative talent heading out into the marketplace this summer. If you like what you see why not give them a job? I wish them all the best: whilst design becomes ever more important in our consumer led world it’s undeniably tough out there and only the very talented, motivated and lucky will end up doing exactly what they want to do.
- Best of D&AD New Blood Illustration Graduates 2011: part two
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- Best of D&AD New Blood Illustration & Graphic Design Graduates 2012: part two
- Best of D&AD New Blood Graphic Design Graduates 2011