Students Shortlisted for Illustration Prize

Three students at Gray’s School of Art have been shortlisted in a Scottish book cover design competition.

Becky Catterson Kelpies design competition 2015Communication Design students Lewis Copland (22), Kieren McDonald (20) and Becky Catterson (20) have all been shortlisted for the Kelpies Design and Illustration Prize 2015, which saw entrants tasked with designing the cover of The Hill of the Red Fox by award-winning Scottish children’s author Allan Campbell McLean.

The competition has seen 12 designs by students and professional designers from across Scotland shortlisted, with a winner being chosen by an expert judging panel to create the book’s final published cover and receive a cheque for £250.

There is also public vote which will see the winner of the most popular design win a £50 runner-up prize, to be presented at a special awards ceremony in April.

Lewis, who is in his second year at Gray’s, said: “I hadn’t heard of the book before, but the challenge of trying to design the cover for a Cold War spy thriller aimed at 9-12 year olds sounded too good to pass up.

Kieren Macdonald Kelpies design competition 2015“For my entry, I tried to take the more playful and child-like elements of Soviet Cold War propaganda and mid-century Russian graphic design trends, and use them to create an exciting and colourful design that will hopefully appeal to the target age bracket.”

First year student Becky said: “This is the first design competition I have entered, and the reasons I applied were that I wanted to challenge myself and actively learn more about the design process that takes place when designing book covers.

Lewis Copland Cover“It was a rewarding experience as I have learned many skills when designing and editing the cover, resulting in a great sense of achievement. I had never heard of The Hill of The Red Fox before so everything felt very new, that’s what made it so exciting. It has made me more proactive to look out for new opportunities.”

Kieren added: “I developed a taste for book cover design when I entered another competition last semester, so I was immediately interested when I heard about this one.

“As the book is set in Skye I chose to mimic the rough terrain by using torn and weathered textures. I included simple, hand drawn features to express the cold and barren landscape, and of course with the looming communist threat being the focal point, I had to incorporate a splash of red.”

All of the shortlisted entries will be on display in a special exhibition from Saturday, April 11 to Friday, April 17 at The Creative Exchange, 29 Constitution Street, Edinburgh.

The Hill of the Red Fox is a Cold War spy adventure set on Skye, aimed at children aged 9 to 12.

View all the shortlisted designs for the Kelpies Design and Illustration prize 2015

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Jenny Rush

Communications Officer | Design and Technology

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