That awkward moment when you wake up and your enchanted baton has turned a grove of trees into a flock of birds. Ok, no us neither, but if your having trouble picturing what that might look like then let Laëtitia Devernay sort you out. Her illustrations for The Conductor last night took the top prize at the V&A illustration awards with the judges parsing her “utterly engaging” and “meticulously-executed” drawings.
Laëtitia’s entry beat off more than 1,000 others to take the prestigious award whose past winners have included Ralph Steadman and Quentin Blake. Elsewhere Matthew Richardson’s brilliant jacket for The Outsider won best book cover, Nick Lowndes’ smart and communicative piece on small businesses for The Financial Times was named best editorial illustration and in the student category Holly Mills’ Hothouse pipped Daniel Clarke’s Heygate Memories to the prize.
A showcase of the shortlisted artists (full list here) is now open at the muse and runs until December 31.
- Brooklyn-based Jyan Ku’s naive pastel works are oddly charming
- Jules de Balincourt’s vivid paintings of public spaces play with reality
- Harry Israelson photographs a renaissance fair in sunny California
- Pentagram’s Domenic Lippa designs the inaugural issue of YES & NO Magazine
- Introducing graphic designer Moonsick Gang
- “Non-league football is our punk rock” – Alex Brown’s work for Eastbourne Town FC
- Animator and director James Curran’s amusing 30-day Gifathon project in Tokyo
- Photographer Sophie Mayanne’s new personal project celebrates imperfection (NSFW)
- Animator Saiman Chow’s trippy idents for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty
- The daily grind: Louis Quail’s photographs of fascinatingly mundane offices
- "Before I was a graphic designer I had nearly no idea what one was": meet Austin Redman
- Matthew Raw: the east London artist making clay great again