Published: 28 October 2020 at 09:51
Innovative work by Mariajosé Gajate Molina wins prestigious global prize
Work by an Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) student has won a prestigious World Illustration Award – beating off competition from more than 4,000 entries from all over the globe.
Mariajosé Gajate Molina, whose work is under the pseudonym of Mariajo Ilustrajo, won the New Talent overall award for her submission Flooded, which tells the story of a city getting flooded. The animals in it don't seem to mind at the beginning, they adapt, have fun or even take advantage of the situation. However they don't start to look for solutions until the level of water is unbearable.
Mariajosé, who is originally from Madrid, used a mixture of techniques, using black and white acrylic ink, and graphite. The touches of colour were added afterwards with Photoshop.
Mariajosé enrolled on the MA Children’s Book Illustration course at ARU after several years working as a freelance illustrator on a variety or projects including restaurant menus, magazines, books and murals.
Shelley Jackson, Course Leader for the MA Children’s Book Illustration course at ARU, said: