Hatfield student wins illustration competition and bags book deal

PUBLISHED: 13:55 04 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:55 04 May 2017

Hatfield student Isobel Evans illustration.

Hatfield student Isobel Evans illustration.


A University of Hertfordshire student has won a prestigious illustration competition which will see her artwork published on children’s picture books.

A student from the University of Hertfordshire has won the Hachette Children’s Group Carmelite Picture Book Prize 2017.

The Carmelite Picture Book Prize, which launched in 2015, is an award designed to recognise the most talented undergraduates with the aim of encouraging and inspiring the next generation of illustrators for picture books.

Isobel Evans, a third year illustration student at the University of Hertfordshire, outshone contenders from Central St Martins, Cambridge School of Art and Leeds College of Art to take away the first prize of £1,000 and the opportunity to publish a book with acclaimed author and artist Rachel Bright.

For this year’s competition Ms Bright wrote a picture book text called Free-range Freddy and the Hachette Children’s Group invited illustration and design students to submit illustrations for the book.

Entrants submitted four colour spreads and a visual plan and these were judged by a panel of industry professionals including the senior creative team at Hachette Children’s Group and Rachel Bright.

Isobel said: “Rachel’s text appealed to me because it’s about accepting who you are, and that it’s okay to be different. “That’s something that will always be relevant, particularly for children, as growing up can be really tough on those who don’t fit the mould.

“I really enjoyed illustrating Rachel’s text and it’s a huge privilege to be part of the 2017 Carmelite Prize.”

Sophie Stericker, group creative director at Hachette Children’s group added: “The standard of entries was extremely high.

“It was wonderful to see such stylistically diverse interpretations of Rachel’s text, by students from so many universities around the country.

“The finalists demonstrated tremendous competence and creativity in visual storytelling, their approaches unique and entertaining.

“Isobel delivered a story beyond the words, with subtle visual subplots and masterful characterisation.”

Cathie Felstead, senior lecturer of Illustration at the University of Hertfordshire, added: “Izzy has a great understanding of narrative, skilfully introducing audiences to imagined places and intriguing characters.

“Her illustrations are already attracting attention from industry and interest from agents.

“There’s no doubt that Izzy has a great future ahead of her and we are all incredibly proud.”

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