8th December 2000




A student at the Hull School of Art and Design has been commissioned to illustrate a children’s book for the Oxford University Press.


David Whittle (21), who is in the final year of his Illustration degree at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, is currently working on the artwork for ‘The Yo-Yo King’ by Vic Parker.


And he’s likely to get more work from the publishers after he graduates – the Oxford University Press already has first refusal on the next project he undertakes.


“My tutor, John Longworth, sent some students’ work to the Oxford University Press and I got a phone call asking if I would prepare some roughs for a children’s book,” said David, who lives on Beverley Road in Hull.


“I did the roughs for nothing but I’m being paid for the finished illustrations – they will probably pay for my university course fees!”


David describes his illustrations as “fairly simple characters bouncing around with lots of energy and bold colours”.


He added “If all goes well I’m hoping they’ll ask me to do some more work for them, so it’s great – it’s set me up for when I leave university.”


Students on the Illustration degree at the Hull School of Art and Design have scored some notable successes recently: last year Illustration students at ULH swept the board in a top art magazine competition taking first, second, third and all runners-up places.


And Louise Ellis and Alice Beasley followed up this success by winning commendations in the Macmillan Children’s Book Competition.


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For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042