Currently exhibiting her work at D&AD’s new blood, Illustration student Lorna Scobie has recently won the Digital award at the Macmillan prize and scooped 2nd place at the Penguin Design Awards 2012. Below is Lorna’s account of her prize winning:
In May I was awarded the Digital award at the Macmillan pize. (http://www.panmacmillan.com/macmillanprize)
It’s an award which celebrates the best new talent in the field of Children’s picture books, and this year was the first time they awarded the ‘Digital Award’. This is really exciting because it signifies that the children’s publishing industry truly is opening it’s doors to digital books, apps and the like, and also shows that they value the importance of digital books alongside traditional books.
I won £1000 for this award, they took me and my tutor Jane out for dinner (!) and my work was exhibited at Foyles bookshop in London for a while.
My book, ‘Bradley’, explored the theme of concealed and unrecognised talents. Bradley’s literal glow in the dark qualities go unnoticed until a darker threat begins to emerge. The story has been designed to work as both a traditional printed book with pages that glow when held under the covers, and as a digital book. The concept for the digital version is to utilise the ability of an iPad to sense light levels, and to respond accordingly to help reveal Bradley’s secret.
In June I came 2nd in the Penguin Design Awards 2012. I entered the Puffin Prize, and designed the book cover for Grimm’s Fairy Tales ( http://www.penguin.co.uk/static/cs/uk/0/minisites/penguindesignaward/pda2012_lscobie.php )
This is a very prestigious award in the design industry, and it is open to students on any art & design course. For this I won £350.
The wolf is a recurring and prominent character within the tales of the Brothers Grimm, and so he became the focus of my cover. I wanted the wolf to interact with the book and so he is wrapped around it, grasping the cover with his claws, tempting children to read it if they dare.
I used woodcut to create my design, harking back to traditional methods of book illustration, and also referencing the iconic setting of many of Grimm’s Fairy Tales – the deep dark woods . . .
After hearing that I was shortlisted, and receiving feedback from Anna Billson, art director of Penguin Children’s, I enhanced my woodcut design by taking it through further print process. I used the facilities at uni to screenprint the cover in fluorescent red, and then embossed the wolf so he literally jumps out from the cover. Anna made a point of telling me that it was these processes that made me do well!