Speaking of illustration art, the high-priestess of design academies, the V&A has announced its shortlist for the 2012 Illustration Awards.

Chosen out of more than a 1,000 entries from across the UK, the shortlist that spans four categories, is a treat:

Book Illustrations

1. Cathy Maclennan: Bunny Bunny Catkin

2. Laetitia Devernay: The Conductor

3. Rob Ryan: A Sky Full of Kindness

Book Jacket and Cover Illustration

1. Matthew Richardson: The Outsider

2. Vicky White: Can We Save The Tiger

2. Petra Börner: Emma

Editorial Illustrations

1. Stefano Morris: Henry’s Demons

2. Luke Best: Chilvaric Fiasco

3. Nick Lowndes: Small Businesses


Clockwise from top left: Daniel Clarke: Heygate Memories; Faye Coral Johnson: Nonsensical Thoughts; Rachel Lillie: Born Fighting; Joe Lyward: Fear; Holly Mills: Hothouse

The results will be announced on the 11th of June, and the shortlisted entries will be available to view in exhibition at the V&A after that.

Do you have any favourites to win? I do! I’ll reveal my favourites in the comments section tomorrow.

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