Illustration graduate Sophie Kent highly commended in Carmelite Prize 2020

Illustration graduate Sophie Kent highly commended in Carmelite Prize 2020

The Carmelite Prize, created by Hachette Childrens Group, is an award that recognises excellence in children’s book illustration.

The Carmelite Prize aims to encourage the next generation of illustrators for children’s stories.

BA Illustration graduate Sophie Kent's highly commended entry into the Carmelite Prize. A digital illustration of a bird of paradise, coloured with blue and white feathers, sat on a deep red tree branch. The bird is surrounded by tropical green leaves. There is an orangey yellow hue in the sky, signalling early morning. Text on the right hand side says 'In a dreamy, steamy forest, in a nest that smelt of spice, there lived a one and only lonely bird of paradise. Where he lived was heavenly, it should have made him glad. But he had no friend to share it, no-one special, which was sad'
BA Illustration graduate Sophie Kent's highly commended entry into the Carmelite Prize. A digital illustration of a bird of paradise, coloured with blue and white feathers, is nestled inside a hole in a dark red tree trunk. The bird is leaning out, singing a song. Along the bottom of the image are green tropical leaves, under a pale orange and blue sky. Text on the right says 'No one came and so he sang a cheerful welcome song that ended with a whistle which was very loud and...'
BA Illustration graduate Sophie Kent's highly commended entry into the Carmelite Prize. A mockup of a cardboard-style children's book, is open on an illustrated spread. The digital illustration shows a lonely bird of paradise with blue and purple feathers on the right hand page He standing on green grass, surrounded by foliage. The bird's head is bowed in sadness.

BA (Hons) Illustration graduate Sophie Kent has been highly commended in the annual Carmelite Prize, ran by Hachette Childrens Group.

The brief tasked students across the country to create illustrations for children’s book ‘One and Only’, written by author Jeanne Willis.

‘One and Only’ is a story about a lonely bird of paradise, who longed for friends of his own, but struggled to make any. However, one day a little bird came along and changed his luck.

Sophie, who graduated in 2020, particularly enjoys illustrating for important causes such as mental health and environmental issues.

She has a keen interest in producing work aimed towards children and social media campaigns.

You can keep up-to-date with her work on her Instagram.