Competition Winners

Quirky, expressive, fun, bold and bright designs by five young illustrators

At the London Illustration Fair, we ran a competition for aspiring illustrators, designers and creatives to have their artwork chosen as the cover design on a limited edition notebook. We were inundated with incredible artworks, both internationally and closer to home. Some familiar Editions faces, Claudine O’Sullivan, Rob Flowers and Marylou Faure, had the hard task of choosing the winners – and they certainly selected some illustrated treats.

Sophia Ward

Sophia Ward was our winner with a quirky, stand out artwork. Originally from Brighton, Sophia is a London based freelance illustrator and a recent graduate of Illustration and Animation from Kingston University. Sophia’s style is playful and vibrant. She owns the humble pen, layering colours and line with a painterly feel.

Hattie Clark is a freelance illustrator based in Leeds who graduated in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Communication from Bath School of Art and Design.  We’re really drawn to her use of characters in her work which are expressive and individual. Her drawings really translate to her fun, hand crafted ceramic works, which we’d love to have in the Bookblock office!

I aim to seek out nonsense and fun in everyday life with the aim of making people smile!

Hattie Clark

Hattie Clark
Joel Burden

Joel Burden studied Graphic Design at Leeds College of Art. After graduating, his passion quickly shifted into Art and Illustration as a way of better expressing himself. Since the transition, he was commended at D&AD New Blood last summer and recently completed his first published works for Les Echos and Refinery 29. With a real eye for colour and a humour to his work, we really enjoy Joel’s exploration of bold and confident composition, which sits somewhere between digital and analogue, like a digital age Hockney.

Sam Turff

Sam Turff is a current Fine Art student at UCA Canterbury. She drew us in with her vibrant, 90s feel designs which have a certain saved by the bell aesthetic. Exploring architectural and interior spaces, she takes us on a journey of layers and worlds within worlds.


Andreea Dobrin Dinu is a Romanian illustrator living in Hamburg where she opened her one-woman graphic studio, SUMMERKID, in 2016. She produces bright works inspired by everyday life, spontaneous sketches and a certain joie de vivre that only a kid knows in summer vacation.