Scottish art school student wins prestigious award

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A SCOTS art student has managed to win a coveted award for designing the cover of a class Scottish novel.

Leanne Daphne Goodall, of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, won the Kelpies book illustration award, scooping top prize for illustration at the Scottish Kelpies Illustrator Awards.

Four illustrators from across Scotland were shortlisted for the award which was announced at a virtual award’s ceremony streamed live on the Kelpies You Tube channel last week.

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Leanne Daphne Goodall grew up in Argyll and is now a student at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen

Leanne created five illustrations for a children’s book about ‘My Scotland’ which showed Scottish landscapes and depicted iconic Scottish myths and legends.

Final year of Communication’s Design Student, Leanne said: “I am over the moon with this award.

“My work is inspired by the wilderness, wildlife and mythology of Scotland and my love of exploring new places.

“This award means so much and I can’t wait to see my illustrations made into a book.”

The Kelpies Prize for Illustration was launched by Scotland’s children’s publisher, Floris Books, in 2014 as part of a drive to recognise new Scottish writing and illustration for children.

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Leanne created five illustrations for a children’s book about ‘My Scotland’ which showed Scottish landscapes and depicted iconic Scottish myths and legends(Photo by Crawford Jolly on Unsplash)

Leah MacDowell, Floris Art & Production Director said: “The quality of entries was extremely high making the task of judging difficult but enjoyable.

“We loved the sense of magic and wonder that Leanne conveyed in each illustration along with her atmospheric depictions of iconic Scottish myths and legends.”