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Long Road Level 4 Foundation in Art & Design students win internship at top illustrative agency

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Darius Bristow (18) and Oraya Phuduang (19) have both won internships at The Artworks, the top London, New York and Japan-based illustrative agency

It all happened when Alex Hadlow, of the London office, came to talk to our students about the agency, which has supplied artists for clients including John Lewis, Pizza Express, British Airways, Aston Villa Football Club, Royal Mail, Disney and Tommy Hilfiger.

One of Alex’ artists is also responsible for the illustrations in the Harry Potter books, and Alex brought in examples of the prints to show and discuss.

Alex talked to students about the creative industry, showed nine portfolios of current artists they represent and helped judge the current project brief set for our students. This required students to design a book cover of their choice based on their specialism. Alex was planning to offer the winning student a summer internship but was so impressed by Darius’ and Oraya’s work that they both bagged an internship. Three runners-up, Emma Bowd, Elspeth Wilson and Olivia Richardson each won a print by an Artworks artist: Lucy Davey, Debbie Powell and Kate Forrester.

Gareth Roberts, Long Road Foundation in Art and Design Course Team Leader, says: “We were exceptionally lucky that Alex could give up some of her time to inspire the next generation of artists. For the day to end with two students gaining internships was the icing on the cake – what a fabulous opportunity! Well done to all our students for producing such a high standard of work for Alex to judge.”

Main photo clockwise from top left:

1) Alex Wilson third right with Darius on her left and Oraya on her right with runners-up holding their prize illustrations: Elspeth Wilson (first left), Emma Bowd (second left) and Olivia Richardson (first right);

2) Darius with his winning design for Little Red Riding Hood;

3) Darius and Oraya, with Oraya holding her winning entry (Peter Pan);

4) Alex examining our students’ work;

5) Part of The Artworks’ website;

6) Alex showing students examples of her illustrators’ work.