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Posted 30.06.16

Five stand out illustrators from our Graduate Shows 2016

By Sarah Packer

Our Illustrations showcase their work at the annual New Designers festival.

Discover cutting edge art by the next generation of creative illustrators at New Designers – open Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th July 2016…

Our end of year showcase, which ran from Saturday 11 June to Friday 24 June 2016, saw the college transform from a vibrant workshop and studio complex into a dynamic, public showcase for new work in art, craft, design and digital media.

Now our graduates are set to exhibit at shows like New Designers, D&AD and TENT London, inspiring you with work created by a community of global thinkers.

We’re proud to present five must-see BA (Hons) Illustration graduates final major projects – the culmination of their time spent studying, experimenting, growing and making – with a selection of them ready to set off to New Designers in London.


1. Ella Doherty - BA (Hons) Illustration

PushPull collection'

Known for her hand-drawn, stylistic illustrations, Ella’s work comes in many forms – on paper in the form of tour posters and art prints, on leather in the form of handmade bags and on boxes in the form of packaging – demonstrating her specialism in screen-printing.

Inspired by her Irish heritage, Ella creates contemporary, ethereal works, that stretch beyond the traditional mediums of 2D illustration. /

PushPull Collection, Ella Doherty – BA (Hons) Illustration graduate


2. Julia Hill - BA (Hons) Illustration

Alphabet Letters

Julia Hill’s decorative, intricate work draws on the natural environment for inspiration. Her remarkable body of work creates unique textures and patterns in pen and ink through use of a singly line, with a floral flourish that captures the beauty of the natural world.

Speaking of ‘Alphabet Letters’, Julia said, “The project came about through wanting to produce a body of work that combined my love for natural things with a twist.”

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Alphabet Letters, Julia Hill – BA (Hons) Illustration graduate


3. Pauline Reeves - BA (Hons) Illustration

Children's illustrations

Combining lino prints, pencils and painting, Pauline’s whimsical children’s illustrations plunge the viewer into weird and wonderful timeless worlds. With a focus on illustrated narratives for children and young people, Pauline’s work creates a magical place where fairytales come true and adventure lies around every corner.  /

Children's illustration, Pauline Reeves – BA (Hons) Illustration graduate


4. Lily Abdullina - BA (Hons) Illustration

Art of Sarasti

Lily’s bold fantasy and sci-fi concept art brings to mind British Fantasy Award winner Karla Ortiz and Wizards of the Coast artist Anna Steinbauer. With evocative fantasy backdrops and realistic characters, her concept art will go far in the worlds of games, film and comics.  /

Art of Sarasti, Lily Abdullina – BA (Hons) Illustration


5. Emma Baker - BA (Hons) Illustration


Emma’s visual narratives, expressed through the creation of a range of characters and concepts influenced by manga and western animation styles, are a joy to behold. Vibrant and feverish, Emma’s illustrations are unsettling but eyecatching. Through a combination of concept art, illustration and merchandising, Emma uses digital and social media to express a wide range of day-glow concept. /

PHOBIA, Emma Baker – BA (Hons) Illustration graduate

See all of the fantastic work from our Illustration students when a selection of them showcase at New Designers Part Two, taking place from Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th July at Business Design Centre, London. Find them at Stand VC26!

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