Tis the season for the Macmillan Prize, when many hopeful illustration students hand in their unpublished work to one of the UK’s biggest and well known publishing house for judgement.
The lucky winners of this competition not only get a prize money, but also the chance to get published. The judging panel will include leading contemporary children’s book illustrators, an experienced children’s bookseller, the Publishing Director for Illustrated Publishing at Macmillan Children’s Books and the Children’s Art Director. For me it is the third time taking part and I hope to be part of the exhibition which will take place from the 25th -30th of May at the Foyles Gallery, London. I don’t want to be too hopeful since the last two times it didn’t work out, but I have learned a lot in the last few months during my MA. I hope that I have applied my newly gained knowledge well and maybe have a bigger chance this time around. Whatever happens I am really happy with the book I created for this competition so I have already won something. Hand in is this week and the notification of the winners will be on the 10th of May.
Okay Max & Xam, behave well and make sure the judges like you!
Working on this year’s Macmillan submission which is due next week. All my stuff is covered now in pink, blue and yellow.
I made three dummies to show to publishers at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
I am now all done with my work for Bologna and all that is left for packing is my suitcase. See you after the fair!
and it’s so exciting and scary at the same time! Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!! :)
Yesterday we got our Bologna Catalogues which will be up for graps at our stand at the fair for publishers and anyone interested. They are so cool and full of amazing illustration, a real collectors item. And I am in it!! Yeah :)
The picture opposite mine is that of Ruchi Mhasane who graduated last year. What a coincident, since I met her just over a week ago. She is from India and an amazing artist. Her work is so delicate. I loved her showing our class her beautiful work. I hope my art will be of similar quality when I graduate, though colour wise I feel like we are speaking a similar language. Since she is from India and tried to illustrate stories set in India she struggled with the same issues I am facing right now… light and crowds to name a few. Ruchi solved them, now it’s my turn :) Please have a look at her work.