The 18th annual V&A Illustration Awards 2010 saw Sarah Carr receive the overall prize for her cover for Victoria Moore’s How to Drink ‘cookbook for liquids’. The awards recognize the best book, newspaper and magazine illustration from the past year; previous winners include Quentin Blake and Ralph Steadman.

Working at Here Design studio in East London, the Carr’s describes her creative process as “stripping the ideas process to a bare minimum and generating designs with the simple tools of a Post-It note pad and a permanent marker.”. A graduate of Kingston University in 2003, Carr has since produced illustrations for the likes of Nigella Lawson, Green & Blacks and Fornum & Mason.

Carr also picked up the Best Illustrated Book gong. Other winners included Marion Deuchars in the Best Cover category for her take on George Orwell’s Burmese Days for Penguin Classics, with Matthew Richardson’s Phantom Space Storms illustration for New Scientist getting the Best Editorial prize.


Marion Deuchars


Matthew Richardson

Shortlisted artists included Tim Laing, Alice Tait and Sam Weber for Book Illustration; Adam Simpson and Noma Bar for Book Cover and Jacket Illustration; and Eda Akaltun, Quentin Jones and David Humphries for Editorial.


Adam Simpson


Alice Tait


David Humphries


Eda Akaltun


Noma Bar


Quentin Jones


Sam Weber


Tim Laing

The winning artworks and shortlisted works will be shown in the V&A’s Twentieth Century gallery until December 19.

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