Last month I discovered that my entry for the Northern Illustration Prize had been shortlisted, which came as a lovely surprise. A great write-up of the award is available to read at this link here - Northern Illustration Prize 2019.
All winning and shortlisted entries are currently being exhibited at the biennial Northern Festival of Illustration, which runs until 15th September 2019.
The theme for the competition was 'monkey' and I responded with an illustration based on a true story from my family history: my great-grandfather used to keep a pet monkey, which must have seemed like an unusual thing at the time for a middle-class businessman. Unfortunately, the monkey caused a lot of chaos at home and stress for my great-grandmother, and in the end the animal had to go. There are no known photos of the monkey, but this is how I imagine their home might have looked...