2014 Falmouth BA(Hons) Illustration graduate David Doran has won the prestigious ‘New Talent’ AOI Illustration Award in partnership with Directory of Illustration. The brief for the award was to create an illustration for an article reviewing Dennis Bock’s novel Going Home Again.
David describes his approach: “It was important to understand the themes and subject matter of the novel being reviewed, but I chose not to look too far beyond the article itself. I simply researched all the visual references in order to pictorially make sense of the text.”
He adds: “Winning the award has been a fantastic experience for me. It’s opened up many new doors and has been an encouraging start to the beginning of my career. It is a huge honour to have been recognised in editorial illustration by such an esteemed panel of judges. I had a lot of fun working on this illustration and am very thankful to Nicholas Blechman, Art Director at The New York Times Book Review, for entrusting me with the project.”
The AOI Illustration Awards are the most comprehensive and highest profile illustration awards based in the UK, promoting exceptional work by illustrators and presenting illustration as a major force in global visual culture. The awards are international and open to illustrator’s worldwide working across all sectors and in any medium.
Doran has a strong interest in traditional print techniques; his work explores textures and overlapping colour palettes. Often involving a sense of narrative with conceptual elements, he frequently employs figures and symbolism. He has worked with a wide range of international clients, including the New York Times, WIRED, Nobrow and the San Francisco Chronicle.
For more examples of Doran’s work, see his website: daviddoran.co.uk