For over 40 years, the Association of Illustrators have held an annual illustration competition to celebrate and promote ‘exceptional work by illustrators currently making an outstanding contribution to visual culture.’ Illustration has come a long way in the past four decades and no longer has to take a back seat to photography.
Showcasing a diverse range of projects chosen from a phenomenal 2,300 entries, this year’s World Illustration Awards Exhibition demonstrates how illustration can be used to tackle social topics, critique political regimes and raise awareness of environmental issues.
From A. Richard Allen’s cover image for the Sunday Telegraph Money section, Wave that interprets the US President’s infamous haircut as a Hokusai-inspired tide, to student Hengguang Li’s college project which sought to understand the process of submitting illustration for editorial use, this year’s exhibition presents highlights from an outstanding shortlist.
Advancements in computer software programmes such as Photoshop and Illustrator have meant illustrators are able to adapt and cater to the demands of the digital media world. Claudine O’Sullivan‘s winning project in the Professional Advertising category for her Apple Pencil Campaign is the perfect example of this as the digital illustrations were created on an iPad Pro, actually using the Apple Pencil.
In addition to the exhibition, the awards have teamed up with leading children’s books publisher Walker Books to offer a series of free family workshops that include an interactive illustration workshop with Elissa Elwick and one with award-winning author-illustrator Gary Northfield of The Beano fame, where he will introduce his latest creation Julius Zebra.
World Illustration Awards is at Somerset House, Embankment Galleries, South Wing, London WC2R 1LA from July 31, 2017 to August 28, 2017.
Want to see more art in London? Enjoy Free Art this Summer in Regent’s Park with Frieze Sculpture.