Edinburgh College student to be featured in BBC History Magazine

An Edinburgh College student’s work will be featured in BBC History Magazine after wowing judges in a creative competition to produce a double-page spread to highlight the best books of 2020.

HND Illustration student Evonne Summers has been chosen to have her work featured in the Christmas edition of BBC History Magazine to introduce the ‘Books of the Year 2020’ section after beating off competition from her classmates to take the prize.

BBC History Magazine set all of the College’s HND Illustration year 2 students with a brief to design a striking double page image to open their section ‘Books of the Year’ section, where historians choose their favourite books of 2020. As part of the brief, students were required to convey the concept of ‘books’ and ‘reading’ but also the feature a historical angle. 

The project gave these students with real-world experience of working on a live brief, the excitement of potentially getting their work published and the opportunity to each receive valuable feedback on their work from the client. 

In addition, HND Illustration students Beatriz Trujillo, Juliet Storey, Michael Latorre, Penny Bremner and Susan Branigan will all have their designs featured on BBC History Magazine’s social media channels in recognition of the quality of work they produced.

Evonne said: “I was amazed to be selected by the BBC History magazine art team, the quality of my classmates’ work was extremely high so it was a real surprise.

“The illustration I created shows readers escaping their isolated bubbles through reading to capture their imagination. After almost a year stuck in our own 2020 bubbles, it felt pretty cathartic to illustrate it. The image brings together a lot of my favourite elements from my design work, inky textures, overprinting, and odd colour palettes – it was great fun to bring all of these elements together.

“Having my work selected for this article and reading the kind words from the team is a real confidence boost during such a strange time and a wonderful incentive to continue working on a creative career path.”

Edinburgh College Illustration lecturer Glen McBeth said: “I would like to congratulate Evonne and all of the students who took part in this project – the standard of work they produced was outstanding and they should be very proud of themselves. Starting out as a freelance illustrator is a hard task, so to have the opportunity to work on a brief developing images for a national magazine is a valuable and important experience for the students.”

Susanne Frank, group art editor at Immediate Media, which produces BBC History Magazine, said: “There was such a range of ideas and styles submitted. It was fantastic to see the skills and attention to detail that went into creating the images. We are grateful to the students for all their hard work, and to their tutor and long-standing contributor to the magazine, Glen McBeth, for supporting the whole process and guiding them to such a level”.

To see more of Evonne’s work, visit her website, YouTube channel or Instagram page. You can also view all of the students designs on the College’sIllustration Facebook page.