So Young Illustrator Competition Spring 2019: Sponsored by Us!

This year, we decided to support the spring edition of the renowned So Young Illustration Competition. Twice a year, the magazine goes on the hunt for the next brilliant illustrator to bring a fresh take on their content.

We are huge fans for the magazine and closely followed their previous competitions. So Young provide an amazing opportunity for artists to be able to showcase their work to an active, relevant audience. As part of the Foundation, we wanted to provide additional funds in the form of prize money to the winner so they can continue to grow as an illustrator.

The brief was to illustrate a song by, or members of, a band previously featured in So Young. These included artists such as King Krule, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Rolling Stone, Grace Jones, Tame Impala, Fleet Foxes, Foals and more. This could be in any style: digital, collage, pencil, anything.

After a fierce competition, the winner was finally announced in June… Naso Sasaki!

Illustrator and designer Naso created an incredible illustration of The Ramones, which you can see below. See more of Naso’s work on Instagram @who.lovesthesun 

The Ramones by Naso Sasaski

The Ramones by Naso Sasaski

There were many close contenders for the prize. Here are the rest of the top five entries:

2. Hotel Lux by Ian Moore @iam.ian.m

Hotel Lux by Ian Moore

Hotel Lux by Ian Moore

3. Dev Hynes by Joe Watson-Price @joewatsonprice

Dev Hynes by Joe Watson-Price

Dev Hynes by Joe Watson-Price

4. King Krule by Marta Guinipero

King Krule by Marta Guinipero

King Krule by Marta Guinipero

5. Girl Ray by Ryuta Endo @re_illust

Girl Ray by Ryuta Endo

Girl Ray by Ryuta Endo

Ten finalists were chosen by So Young and won the chance to have their entries posted on their popular Instagram page, as well as published in the online version of the magazine.

The top five entries won the chance to have their published work in print and online, as well as an interview/feature written about their work on the So Young site, a gallery post on Instagram and a year’s subscription to the magazine.

Then the winner, as well as all of this, won the opportunity to have their work featured in a So Young exhibition at the end of the year and of course, the £1000 prize courtesy of the Pistonhead Foundation!

There were some amazing entries this time around, we can’t wait to see which incredible artists crop up at the next one.

If you’re a creative looking for support, get in touch with us at www.pistonheadfoundationuk.com/support