AUB alumnus, Josh Bale, who graduated from the University in 2015, is delighted to have been shortlisted as one of six runners-up in the under-30s category of the 2015 Young Cartoonist of the Year award.

His entry shows two mean-looking seagulls on the beach; Bournemouth’s answer to a spoof sequel of World War II action film Where Eagles Dare, entitled ‘Where Seagulls Stare’.

The annual awards are run by the British Cartoonists’ Association and aim to find the UK’s best cartoon artwork produced by young cartoonists.

The competition offers aspiring cartoonists a chance to be judged by some of the best industry professionals working today and attracts hundreds of entries.

The award ceremony was held at the Cartoon Museum in December 2015. Josh’s artwork will now be displayed in the museum’s Young Artists’ Gallery for the next year, along with the winning and other shortlisted works.

Josh studied BA (Hons) Visual Communication at Arts University Bournemouth. Since graduating, he has worked for Creative Communications Agency, BWI, and Jersey-based art studio, The Kartoon Faktory.

Some of Josh’s most recent work is currently on display at Fort Regent in Jersey from 9th January – 8th February 2016, as part of an exhibition called Arcane. Josh’s illustrations included in the show are influenced by medieval drawings and contemporary references.

You can take a look at more of Josh’s work on his website:

One Piece of Advice

When asked for his One Piece of Advice, Josh said:

“It’s hard work to get where you want to be in any industry but the only ones who fail are the ones who give up.

“Just keep creating, make more personal projects and don’t be afraid to show the world your work.”