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Shortlist announced for the Book Illustration Competition 2014

The six finalists for the Book Illustration Competition 2014 revealed

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We are delighted to reveal the shortlist for this year's Book Illustration Competition, which saw hundreds of entries from over 30 countries. Six exceptional illustrators have been selected from the longlist of 25.

This is the fourth year of The Book Illustration Competition, which is a partnership between House of Illustration and The Folio Society designed to identify and promote new illustration talent. Entrants submitted three illustrations and a binding design for Joseph Conrad’s masterpiece about a life-changing journey, Heart of Darkness.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 24 September at House of Illustration in King’s Cross. The winning illustrator will receive a highly sought-after commission, worth £5,000, to complete a total of nine illustrations and a binding design for the book, which will be published by The Folio Society in September 2014. Five runners up will each receive £500 cash. Three prizes of the six are awarded to student entries.

A gallery of the shortlisted works can be seen below.

Reto Crameri - Geneva, Switzerland

Max Häring - Giengen, Germany

Sean McSorley – Camberwell College of Arts, UAL

Kit Russell – Chalfont St Giles, Bucks, UK

Magdalena Szymaniec – Ringling College of Art and Design, USA

Bethany White – Manchester Metropolitan University, UK


To find out more about the competition, and to sign up to future House of Illustration competitions, visit the Book Illustration Competition website.

Reto Crameri graduated in visual communication from Geneva University of Art and Design. In 2012 he was awarded with a grant for book illustration by the City of Geneva. He has also performed live drawing and worked on playful visual settings for exhibitions.

Max P. Häring studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste München in Munich, Germany, and has worked as an independent artist since 1983. He works in mixed media in pen, ink and acrylics then digitally adds shading.

Sean McSorley is a freelance illustrator, originally from Cumbria but now based in London. He graduated with a degree in English Literature at Queen Mary, University of London, in 2006, and in 2014 he completed an MA in Visual Arts: Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts. His clients have included Sony Television, Paramount and Universal Pictures. Sean’s work combines traditional ink drawing and printmaking with digital techniques, his subject matter often reflecting his interest in early- and mid-twentieth-century cinema and literature.

Kit Russell is a 23-year-old Scottish designer living in London. Having graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone college of Art & Design in 2013 with a First Class honours degree in Illustration, he has spent the last year offering freelance design services as well as interning at some of the top design agencies in London. Kit was runner up in last year’s Book Illustration Competition and also won ‘Best of Year’ in the D&AD student awards 2013.

Magdalena Szymaniec is a Polish illustrator currently residing in Richmond, VA. She will graduate from Ringling College of Art and Design, majoring in Illustration, in 2014. Her digital work is inspired by traditional media including watercolor painting and printmaking. She aims to create decorative and intellectually stimulating illustrations. Symbolism and literature are her main inspirations for narrative work. She likes cats and David Bowie.

Bethany White is a 22-year-old artist and illustrator from Manchester. Her work aims to lift the veil on the esoteric and arcane, delving into the vast subjects of occult philosophy and the pantheons of ancient mythology. This is explored through the combination of highly controlled dot work, ungoverned chance textures, and a range of different print mediums. Since graduating from Manchester School of Art, Bethany has participated in group exhibitions across the United Kingdom and produced work for occult musicians. Her latest artwork will be released via the Italian record label ‘I Voidhangar Records’ towards the end of 2014.