Illustration Student Wins Major Animation Deal

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An illustration student at the University of Worcester has won a prestigious competition to illustrate an entire series of children’s characters.

Illustration Student Wins Major Animation DealMaria Gonzalez entered the competition on the advice of her lecturer and was delighted that her interpretation of a specific character was selected as the winner.

The competition, run by In the Picture, sought to find a talented undergraduate or postgraduate student from across the UK, with winning artist contracted to design and create a full character series that will be developed towards a range of children’s books, toys, platform game and animated series.

Participants were given the brief of a character named Sergeant Nutty, a militant, super organised, over energetic character who loved to create armies from inanimate objects.

Twenty-two-year-old Maria, who hails from the Basque Country in Spain, said: “I only had about a week from finding out about the competition until the deadline to design a character to fit the brief.

“I couldn’t believe it when my illustration was chosen as the winner. I have entered many competitions before but never won, so this is fantastic; such a wonderful opportunity for me.”

Maria is now working with the publishers on the illustrations for the series and said she was enjoying the chance to work on a live project.

“This is fantastic experience for me,” she said. “To get the chance to see my drawings actually being used in professional works is incredible. I am so pleased.”

Maria is hoping to complete a Masters degree after completing her undergraduate with the ultimate aim of becoming a full time illustrator.

Piet Grobler, Course Leader for Illustration, said: “Maria understands characterisation and she is a very skilled draughtsperson. Added to that, the fact that she also included Animation modules in her course and developed a very good understanding of sequence and movement – she has it all. I knew she could do it.”