UWE Illustration graduate, Rosanna Tasker, will see her art adorn the front cover of the Bristol Short Story Award Anthology. The book is due to be published later in the year and will feature Rosanna’s beautiful design on every copy. “It’s going to be my first published piece of work” she said, “which is the best thing about it, really. It feels really good, I want to go into the bookshops and see it on the shelves, it’ll be really weird.”

Illustration Graduate Wins Book Cover Competition
The book with Rosanna’s cover will be published later this year. // Credit: Rosanna Tasker

The cover came about through a competition held by the publishers amongst 3rd year UWE Illustration students. Rosanna’s design was chosen as the winner after a lengthy decision period. When asked about her source of inspiration she gave a slightly surprising answer, “this is going to sound weird, but I was inspired by myself. I did a poster for a separate competition and that’s where I got the whole ‘people reading in the trees’ idea. So I redesigned that for the short story book.”

With her confidence and portfolio bolstered by the competition success, Rosanna has already picked up work following the end of her degree earlier this year. “I’ve got a temporary job at an architecture and building company called Moon. They emailed me about doing a kids activity book about building and architecture so that’s what I’m doing at the moment. I don’t know how long I’m going to be there but I’ve got a couple of other things through that as well.”

You can see the rest of Rosanna’s work or contact her through her website. Asked if she has any tips for the current Illustration students, and UWE students on the whole, she said “your course is what you make of it, if you don’t do any work you won’t get anything out of it. That is what I would suggest.”

By Ryan Davis