Students from both MA Illustration and BA (Hons) Illustration have been recognised in House of Illustration The Book Illustration Competition 2016.

Courtney Dyer and Katie Rewse responded to the brief of illustrating a new edition of  Michael Morpurgo’s popular modern classic War Horse.

Courtney tells us more about her designs, which made it to the shortlist of entries: “I wanted to do my first third year project based on an actual live brief and the competition based on the novel War Horse was perfect in illustrating an unforgettable topic from the past. World War One through the eyes of an animal.

“In the exploration of the harsh realities of a horse’s war experience, I wanted to vividly bring to life through light technologies, creating a  dramatic quality and contrast between light and shadows that project through my paper cuts.

“The ideas behind my entries came from wanting to portray horses in all my imagery, which are the main focus, then layering the scenery around them. The technique of paper cutting has become prominent in my self development as an illustrator.” 

Katie’s work was part of the longlist of entries, selected out of hundreds of illustrations from across the world. As well as studying MA Illustration, she lectures on Foundation Illustration and Graphic Design. Katie practises in diverse areas of illustration, ranging from children’s publishing and narrative to decorative designs for greetings cards, stationery and homeware for both licensing and her own range of products.

Katie tells us: “I find inspiration in the outdoors and whilst exploring. I aim to capture everyday moments in my illustrations, with a charming yet bold aesthetic.”

Courtney and Katie’s work has also been featured, alongside the other finalists, on The Guardian.

The Book Illustration Competition is a unique partnership between House of Illustration and The Folio Society that seeks to identify and promote new talent in illustration.

Their work is exhibiting at House of Illustration where the longlist of entries will be on display until 6 March.