NUA Illustration Graduate Ellen Rockell

Ellen Rockell first started her creative education at Arts University Bournemouth before graduating from Norwich University of the Arts in Illustration a few months ago.

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‘Before I started university I knew I wanted to do something creative but wasn’t really sure which course to take, and so I began by doing a Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media and The Arts University Bournemouth. I then went on to do a degree in Illustration at Norwich University of the Arts, from which I have recently graduated from a couple of months ago. I really enjoyed the course and met some really inspiring people, and over the three years my work gradually moved towards design for publishing, focusing on book design.’

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‘In June this year I was lucky enough to win the Penguin Random House Design Award 2014, which is a competition that is briefed once a year, to design a book cover. I entered the Adult Prize, where the brief was to design a book cover for Jonathan Coe’s ‘What a Carve Up!’ This was also a project I did as part of my final year, and was the first time I had really worked with 3D elements, which is something that I think has inspired me to explore more experimental approaches to a subject.

One of the prizes was a four week work placement with Penguin Books, which I am currently half way through at the moment! It is a huge insight into how the publishing industry works, and I am really enjoying the experience so far. At the moment I am working on a book cover for ‘Lost Japan’ by Alex Kerr. I now have two weeks left of the placement, and afterwards am going to continue to search for more creative opportunities!’


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