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Illustration triumph for Wolverhampton graduate


After winning the Penguin Design Awards as a final-year student, University of Wolverhampton graduate, Lucie Williams, has recently found herself being honoured again for her creative work.

Lucie, who graduated in 2015 with a first degree in Visual Communications, was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Folio Society/House of Illustration award – a unique partnership which aims to identify and promote new talent.

Launched in 2011, to date, the competition has received thousands of entries from over 44 countries worldwide, with Lucie being one of just 26 people to be nominated for their designs.

Participants were set the challenging task of illustrating a new edition of the modern classic ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo, with the winner receiving a commission worth £5,000.

Lucie Williams' Design for War Horse

The annual international competition is open to illustrators over the age of 18, both student and professional, who have not been previously published by the society.

Lucie said: “I really can’t believe that my design was shortlisted out of thousands of entrants. I really didn’t expect it to happen, I am so thrilled.

“Although I didn’t win, I am still so happy and so thankful for all of the support and praise my work has received. After winning the Penguin Design Awards as a student I gained so much confidence in myself and my work and I just want to continue to grow as an artist and keep on making myself and other people proud.

“I can’t wait to enter more competitions!”

Lucie’s War Horse work has also featured on the Guardian’s website alongside other entrants.

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Date Issued: 18.03.2016


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