Students from Edinburgh College of Art’s BA (Hons) and MA (Hons) Illustration programmes have created illustrations for the first and second issues of Children in Scotland’s biannual publication, Insight, as part of a new collaboration.

Ross Richardson, Nazifa Khatun, Digby Lambert and Marc Gostelli from BA (Hons) Illustration, and Yunhan Yang, Yuan Wang, Gianna Morelli and Han Lin from the MA (Hons) Illustration created illustrations to be used across the pages of the publication, accompanying content such as news, features, and commentary, as well as some featuring on the front cover.

The collaboration with the publication, which is published every spring and autumn, acted as a live brief for the students and allowed them to create work that would enhance their professional practice as well as exploring the editorial process in a professional setting.

An illustration of a person with short, brown hair, surrounded by flowers
Image: Digby Lambert

"Collaborating with an organisation that are doing such valuable and engaging work is inspiring for the students alongside learning about the reality of the challenges of briefs, deadlines and negotiating contracts."

Harvey Dingwall, BA (Hons) Illustration Programme Director

Overseeing the work for the first issue, BA (Hons) Illustration Programme Director Harvey Dingwall commented on the project: 

“The collaboration with Children in Scotland proved a great opportunity for the students to focus on editorial in their final year of Undergraduate study. Their work will contribute to their professional practice portfolios as well as giving a rich experience and understanding of the editorial process with critical content that can inspire creative solutions. Collaborating with an organisation that are doing such valuable and engaging work is inspiring for the students alongside learning about the reality of the challenges of briefs, deadlines and negotiating contracts.”

A white image with different coloured panels with objects in them including a puzzle and a phone screen.
Image: Han Lin
An illustration of a person reading a magazine, with different coloured shapes popping out the magazine
Image: Yunhan Yang

Ross Richardson created an illustration of a paper plane, which was used on the cover of Insight’s first publication. Of the experience, he said: 

“When working with Children in Scotland I noticed two recurring ideas within their magazine. One was a call to action when faced with injustices and the other was the importance of listening to the next generation's voice. I wanted to convey these two ideas in a simple but visually engaging way when it came to designing the cover. I eventually settled on using the symbol of a paper plane as a way to convey the next generation standing up for what they believe in and sending their voice off into the world. In the distance the paper planes turn into doves, a universal symbol of peace, conveying that peace can only be achieved through listening to the world of tomorrow.” 

The students took inspiration from the issues raised in Insight offering them a chance to respond creatively to these. 

Nazifa Khatun, whose work was used on the 'Therapeutic Life Story Works' article in Insight, said: 

“I’m very happy to have my illustration featured in Children in Scotland’s magazine, I enjoyed reading the article and I imagined myself as the child who was going through therapy and how they would reflect on their experience. I chose to illustrate a page from a child’s journal to show from their perspective the challenges they faced and how they eventually came out on the other side.” 

After the success of the first two issues of Insight, it is hoped another collaboration with ECA students for the autumn issue will take place soon. 




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