Contemporary Practice- ILTN

Updated: May 3


  • Inktober 2020 (October 2020)

  • The Batsford Prize (March 31st 2020)

  • Otter Barry Publishing Prize (Semester 2)

  • Picture This! (January 2021)

  • Penguin Design Awards (March 2020)

Inktober 2020

Official Prompt List:

I feel that this prompt list is great to work from so I will be creating illustrations from this official list.

I am very interested in combining fashion and illustration so I am currently thinking of drawing on patches of canvas as patches to go on jackets for people along with some sewn on elements.

These are the original idea for the patches I had in mind, I am still using the Ink part of 'Inktober' with the drawing but changing the concept in my own way so it's wearable art. I have decided to go for a simple continuous line approach with the illustrations because I'll be including sewing in thin lines to blend in with the illustration style.

Finished Inktober Illustrations:

Penguin Book Cover Award

Initial research:

Chosen Entry: Adult Non-Fiction Cover Award

Book: "The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story Of The Future" By David Wallace- Wells

  • Needs to reflect themes and message of the book

  • 198mm high- 129mm wide- spine 20mm

Explains how humanity's complacency and negligence have put this world on a course to soon be unlivable unless we each do our small part to improve how we care for this beautiful place we live on

  • Global nightmare closer than we think

  • Flooding and Droughts

  • Wake up call

"We think of climate change as slow, but it is unnervingly fast. We think of the technological change necessary to avert it as fast-arriving, but it is deceptively slow judged by how soon we need it."

Illustration Style Research

Artist Research


"Dolk (meaning dagger in Norwegian) (Dolk Lundgren),[1] is the pseudonym of Norway's most recognized stencil artist, Andreas Hamran Færø.[2] His motives are often pop-cultural references put into a humoristic or critical context. Dolk's works can be seen on walls in cities such as Bergen, Berlin, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Oslo, Lisbon, Stockholm, London, Prague and Melbourne."

I love the look of Dolk's work, it is very similar to the famous Banksy's work, it is mainly street art using stencils and limited colours to portray a certain piece of art as imagery. They all have significant meanings and shows a lot of symbolism hidden in them. For this brief, I would like to experiment with this illustration style of using stencils to help build up my portfolio of styles and add variety to my skill set.

Initial concepts

I think I will go ahead with the stencil making approach, I will create different stencils that I will spray over or use a sponge and paint to get the design right. I have used brush pens for these illustrations but the lines will be a lot cleaner by cutting out the shapes. I will experiment with different layouts on the cover but keeping it simple as I want the symbolism in the stencil art to be most effective on the cover.

From looking at Dolk's work as a stencil artist, I have created a few initial sketches based on his style of work and recreated the statue of liberty.

Final Concept

I have chosen to use the statue of liberty stencil and I created on on card that I sprayed black paint over to get the final stencil with the scuba diving mask on, I like this design as straight away people will realise that something is different about the statue and then they will realise that it is underwater. And once this is displayed with the title etc, it will tie it altogether. I had to add the mask on afterwards with a paintbrush and paint for intricate details as the knife couldn't get that small detail in. I will now move this digitally and recreate the stencil in a vector illustration.

Final Piece

For the final book cover design I have created a digital version of the stencil outcome and positioned it on the bottom half of the front cover filling most of the cover leaving space for the typography. I wanted to keep this cover very simple like how you would see a piece of stencil art in the street so it is straightforward and easy to understand the message. The colours emphasise this message of a climate disaster with the blue colour scheme impersonating the idea of being underwater along with the eroded effect that overlays the image and text.

I have left space along the bottom of the back cover for all the additional information needed to add by Penguin Books including barcodes, price and logos etc.

The Batsford Prize

Theme: Our Planet

"The theme for the Batsford Prize 2020–2021 is ‘Our Planet’. We are looking for entries that show innovative and well-crafted interpretations of the theme, in terms of subject or materials used, or a combination of the two. There is no restriction on the medium used, and we accept both entries that have been made as a part of coursework as well as personal work."

Entrants must have been a student at any time between September 2019 and March 2021.

Initial Ideas:

Inspiration for Our Planet

I want to focus on a positive illustration and possibly educational to people, I like the idea of people replanting and looking after the planet (TLC).

My main ideas are based on the idea of the planet being fragile and needs help rebuilding what we have done to it.

I have an idea of creating a sequence of illustrations showing the rebirth of a new planet by planting a broken Earth into the ground and it growing again. This would be very simple instructions showing people some hope.

Another idea is having the planet shattered and possibly painting this on a jacket so it can be wearable and shown to people on the streets.

Broken Planet Concepts