Graduate Dan lands V&A Illustration prize

Published: 10 June 2015 at 11:05

Dan Ungureanu (right) with Becky Garrill (Art Director) and Libby Hamilton (Editorial Director, Picture Books) of Andersen Press

Dan Ungureanu runner-up in Student Illustrator of the Year

Recent MA Children's Book Illustration graduate Dan Ungureanu has won £1,000 in an illustration competition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design.

Dan, who graduated in January from the course, was runner-up in the Student Illustrator of the Year category at the V&A Illustration Awards 2015.

His work, Nara and the Island, began as a student project and tells the story of young Nara, who is eager to escape her home and explore a nearby island.

Illustrated in pencil drawings and digitally coloured, Nara and the Island will be published by Andersen Press in 2016.

One of the judges of the prize, illustrator Yasmeen Ismail, said: "Ungureanu's composition is spot on, the colours are beautiful and the whole piece evokes a childlike curiosity. Gorgeous colour and use of scale."

Established in 1972, previous winners of the V&A Illustration Awards include Posy Simmonds, Raymond Briggs and Ralph Steadman.

This year's competition attracted over 800 submissions. A free exhibition of the original artwork by Dan and the other winners can be seen outside the Victoria and Albert Museum's National Art Library until 2 August.