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Posted 04.07.19

Animation student Sky Griffiths shortlisted for national design competition

By Phillip Buchan

BA (Hons) Animation student Sky Griffiths has been named as a finalist in a UK-wide art and design competition run by National Express.

Sky is up against seven other finalists to win the chance of seeing her work come to life across the side of an iconic 14-metre-long National Express coach, which will transport passengers around the country for a year.

Chris Hardy, Managing Director at National Express, said: “I am extremely pleased with the high standard of entries we have had in for this competition. Shortlisting them down to just eight was a tricky task.

“The online public vote is open until 15 July so we would encourage people to choose a favourite. This competition heavily supports our Youth Promise, which we feel very passionately about. We are a big brand with a national reach, and we want to use this to give young talent a platform that they can be proud of.”

Sky's shortlisted design

19-year-old Sky said she was delighted to have been shortlisted in this competition by the UK’s largest coach operator: “I travel by coach to my home city of Bristol all the time so the possibility of seeing my work on one is very exciting.” 

Artists were given free rein to showcase their individual styles in their entries, which were then whittled down to a final eight. The final designs are now open to a public vote on the National Express website which will close at midday on Monday 15 July.  

Speaking of her design, Sky said: “I love the combination of ocean blues, greens and purples and thought this colour scheme would look striking on a National Express coach.

“I had planned for the entire design to be patterned fish scales, but the design naturally developed into a school of fish. I liked the idea of seeing them travel in the direction of the coach, journeying along with its passengers.”

Working towards a career in the animation industry, Sky said of her work: “I have a fairly cartoony style. I use strong shapes and lines in my work and would like to focus on designing characters for animations in the future. 

“I am heavily influenced by Tom Moore, the director of Song of the Sea. I love the designs of the characters in the film and the strong focus on folklore in the designs.”

Along with the main prize, the artist with the most votes will also receive a free 12-month coach pass, £500, two tickets to Hampshire's Boomtown Fair in August featuring artists including Lauryn Hill, The Streets, and Chase & Status, and a one-to-one development day with an established artist resulting in their work being showcased at this year’s High Vis Festival in Birmingham in September. 

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