AOI Illustration Awards 2014

There's some wonderful work on show at Somerset House this month as part of the AOI Illustration Awards 2014. Here are some the winning images and other highlights from the shortlisted work...

The Awards are open to illustrators around the world, working in any medium, and are assessed by judges from the industry, including commissioners, publishers and artists. Overall Professional and New Talent winners are selected from a shortlist of winning work across eight categories - Books, Children's Books, Self Initiated, Advertising & Design, Editorial, Public Realm, Research & Knowledge Communication, and Research & Knowledge Communication.

We love the elusive, smug little bird (above) in Chris Haughton's SHH We have a plan, which won the Children's Books Category (Professional).


Charlotte Halsey created a 3D piece called Wandering in Circles (Part Two) from 3000 individually hand cut paper curls (New Talent, Self-Initiated). The delicate detail in her work is mesmerising. (Pictured above)

Also shortlisted in Self Initiated, was Michael Parkin's screenprint Where There's A Will There's A Whale. (Pictured below)

And Aaron Meshon's pen and ink Brooklyn! map won the Self Initiated category (Professional). (Pictured below)

Jasu Hu was the New Talent winner in the Advertising and Design category with this series for World's End Clothes, inspired by the architecture of Louis Kahn. (Pictured above)

Andy Ward's series of posters for a mental health campaign for the University of California's Santa Cruz campus, was the Professional winner this category. It certainly answers the client's request for a "no holds barred assult on the eye with a 100% artificial colouring approach"). (Pictured above)

What's not to love about an owl in 3D glasses... as seen in Jonathan Burton's poster for the Athens Open Air Film Festival (shortlisted for Advertising & Design, Professional). (Pictured above)

Also from Burton, a series of surreal illustrations for Douglas Adams' Life, the Universe and Everything, commissioned by The Folio Society, which was shortlisted for the Books category (Professional). (Pictured above)

And winning in the Books category for New Talent was Katie Ponder for her dark collage series The Rite of Spring, inspired by Stravinsky's music of the same name. (Pictured below)

Winning the overall Professional Award and in the Books category, was Geoff Grandfield's illustrations for Mary Renault's set of historical novels The Alexander Trilogy, created using chalk pastel on printmaking paper. (Pictured below)

And winning the overall New Talent award, and in the Children's Books category (New Talent), was William Grill for his beautiful colour pencil illustrations for Shakleton's Journey, reinterpreting a historical expedition for a younger audience. (Pictured below)

Prosopagnosia by Johanna Roehr won the New Talent Award in the Research & Knowledge Communication category, illustrating a condition also understood as 'face blindness', where the ability to recognise faces is impaired. This is part of an on-going project by Roehr, called dis•order: A Visual Dictionary of Curious Neurological Phenomena. (Pictured below)

David Doran, won in the Editorial category, for New Talent, for his commission for The New York Times Book Review, which accompanied a review of Dennis Bock's novel, Going Home Again. (Pictured above).

And Fabricating Art, by Laurindo Feliciano, for Flaunt magazine won in this category for Professional. (Pictured below)

The shortlist for this category also included this political illustration called Cameron's Cuntry, by Paolo Fiore (New Talent), complete with Fiore's take on Cameron's campaign poster. (Pictured below)

It's well worth checking out all the shortlisted work on the AOI website, and there's also an exhibtion of selected work on at Somerset House in London, until November 2.

This includes some great work from the shortlist for the Children's Books category, including Yeji Yun's fishy characters for the ancient Korean folk tale The Rabbit and the Dragon King, Zoom Zoom Zoom by Katherina Manolessou, and some awesome infographics in Grundini: Body Book by Peter Grundy. (All shortlisted for the Professional award, pictured below, top-bottom).