This year’s World Il­lus­tra­tion Awards show­cased a di­verse range of out­stand­ing cre­ativ­ity

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With the in­ces­sant rum­blings that all tra­di­tional cre­ativ­ity will soon be es­chewed for multi-plat­form-primed dig­i­tal me­dia (cre­ated by AI turbo ro­bots pre­sum­ably), it’s great that the glob­ally lauded World Il­lus­tra­tion Awards re­tains at its very core its love for the idio­syn­cratic, of­ten tra­di­tional, al­ways hu­man.

Sure, there was plenty of soft­ware ma­nip­u­lated ma­te­rial on show this year, but walk­ing around the awards gallery in Som­er­set House, Lon­don, the drafts­man­ship, craft and hands-on cre­ativ­ity was the main at­trac­tion.

It must have been a time­con­sum­ing task for the panel of in­dus­try pro­fes­sional judges, whose

ranks in­cluded il­lus­tra­tors, ed­i­tors and agency heads. With a record 3,700 en­tries, and a wider global reach of entrants than ever be­fore, 2019's awards was as fiercely com­pet­i­tive as it was cre­ative.

There were eight cat­e­gories – Ad­ver­tis­ing, Books, Chil­dren's Books, De­sign, Ed­i­to­rial, Ex­per­i­men­tal, Re­search, and Site Spe­cific (mu­rals, in­stal­la­tions, graf­fiti, etc), with two win­ners from each cat­e­gory, Pro­fes­sional and New Tal­ent.

From the dense, car­toon dystopian city scenes of Anna Mill, to the hand­made mix of stop mo­tion and dig­i­tal char­ac­ter work of Pa­trick Dias, the skills and styles on show was broad. Anna and Pa­trick took the Over­all Win­ners tro­phy for Pro­fes­sional and New Tal­ent re­spec­tively (as well as win­ners in their cat­e­gory), but both highly com­mended and short­listed were in­cred­i­bly strong. Other high­lights were Marc Lehmann's Me-TimePost­cards, which were play­ful and poignant – a se­ries of post­card mes­sages to his fu­ture self, all brush-pen on pa­per – and the highly de­tailed, cross-sec­tion il­lus­tra­tions of Vir­ginie Kypri­o­tis that fo­cussed on nightlife, elec­tro mu­sic and queer cul­ture… a kind of Where's Wally for "out­siders, freaks and mu­sic lovers".

The ex­hi­bi­tion will soon be tour­ing around the UK. For fur­ther de­tails, head over to: http://bit.ly/ca-wia

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: © The AOI. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Cristina Schek

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