YCN student Awards 2015

A couple of months ago, I found out that I had been commended for my illustrations for Pan Macmillan’s brief for two new illustrations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:  https://theinfiniteidea.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/oh-ive-had-such-a-curious-dream/

I attended the evening with my tutors, uni friend who won the GAP brief and my best friend (as my plus one). The evening was in the beautiful and amazing Barbican Centre, a venue I will never forget.



The first half of the evening was in cinema room 1, and it was a sight. a luxury cinema full of creative people. Everyone recieved a certificate, however this year YCN decided for the sponsors to choose one entrant whose work really struck a chord with them. Unfortunately neither of us was awarded with this, but we were still picked out of thousands of entries.

The only let down of the evening was how our certificates were presented. The winners of the extra award, walked on to stage, shook the presenters hand, awarded with the prize, photograph and handed a bunch of flowers. The company must of spent majority of money on the venue, which was amazing. But I felt a little let down by how the certificates which highlighted our commendation were on a table in the venue, where we were informed we could meet the sponsors of the briefs but my table was empty. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it, I loved the evening and really chuffed to have been commended. Just for it to be handed to the commendees would have really put the cherry on top.


‘Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains’



The second part took us for drinks, nibbles, exhibition and exploring the Garden Room. It was strange and seemed very fitting for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


Gorgeous venue with a lovely sound of a harp echoing through. My tutor, friend and I came up with a backstory for the harpist. That she was trained in Graphic Design, she couldn’t quite make it as a designer so she became a musician to play at Graphic events.


Lighting made the entire place eerie, magical and mysterious. Really enjoyed strolling round with one of my closest friends.


My tutor and me, I think he just grabbed my arm and shoved it up in the air (hence why I look really confused).


Milan (commendee of GAP) and myself


One of my best friends and me enjoying our free drinks and frozen yoghurt



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