The Book Illustration Competition is a unique partnership between House of Illustration and The Folio Society.

MA Illustration student Sooyeon Kim has been longlisted for the 2015 prize. She tells us about her work:

“Inspired by books, animation, my surroundings and childhood nostalgia, I like to create interesting, dreamy worlds, with mysterious creatures which invite the viewer in. Common ghost story illustration is dark with fully black colour, but I tried to be unique by using orange colour on the background and drew mysterious creatures and shapes to arouse audience’s interest.

There was 1 cover design and 3 ghost stories to illustrate, and I picked a sentence from each of the stories for my illustration.

1. ‘The Treasure of Abbot Thomas’ by M. R. James

“There were big blocks of stone bounded into the masonry, and leading down in a regular staircase round and round the inside of the well.”

2.  ‘The Upper Berth’ by F. Marion Crawford

“‘Your room-mate has disappeared,’ he said.”

3. ‘A Tale of an Empty House’ by E. F. Benson

“There stood a small square house built of brick, with a tall flagstaff set up in front of it.”

MA Illustration alumnus Sojung McCarthy also made the longlist. She is an illustrator and designer originally from South Korea. After majoring in Visual Communication Design, she worked as a design practitioner and educator before moving to the UK in 2010. She graduated with a distinction in her Masters degree from Arts University Bournemouth in 2012 with her research in human skin and body image in art. The Blue Boy, a picture book she wrote and illustrated during her MA, was selected as a ‘highly commended’ piece of work in 2013 by the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Books. Now based in Bournemouth, Sojung works as a freelance artist.