Cowabunga! Illustration graduate scoops collaboration with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

2 September 2021
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Illustration BA(Hons) graduate Lily Stock has won the Prospect 100 Global Design Competition 2021 in collaboration with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 

This year Prospect 100 teamed up with Nickelodean to invite young designers from around the world to reimagine the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with original digital artwork. 

Prospect 100 organise some of the world’s best youth design competitions, which award prestigious opportunities to young people at the start of their careers. 

The reward for young designers in this latest iteration? £5,000 cash and an official merchandise collaboration that featured their design.  

Unsurprisingly, the competition received enormous interest. In just one month over 850 entries from 33 countries were made, and a staggering 15,000 people nominated their favourite works in a public vote.  

Ultimately though, it was the panel of industry judges that entrants would need to impress, which included illustration royalty: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman.  

Kevin was blown away by the quality of entries. “There were so many talented people that made submissions”, Kevin said. “We had to boil it down to a top five and they were just fantastic. That made it even harder because they were all so good.” 

Despite numerous outstanding designs, Lily Stock’s work stood head and shoulders above her competitors. Commenting on the Illustration BA(Hons) graduate's design, Kevin said “I felt like I was looking at an animated movie. The characters were so bubbly and alive. The fluidity in her painting quality was just wonderful; it was smooth, it was unique and very special. I really enjoyed it. 

“It just made me smile. It made me feel warm and fuzzy. I just felt there was something unique and beautiful about it. It was undeniably my favourite.” 

Speaking directly to Lily on Instagram, Kevin told the Falmouth graduate that “your work is spectacular… you’ve got a bright future – welcome to the world of illustrators!” 

Lily was naturally thrilled with her victory. Speaking to Prospect 100, Lily said "this was is first big project out of university and this is such an amazing way to start off my career as a recent graduate!

"Having my work being well received by Kevin Eastman, one of the most influential comic book artists of all time, has given me so much confidence for my own future in the industry."

“I felt like I was looking at an animated movie. The characters were so bubbly and alive. The fluidity in her painting quality was just wonderful; it was smooth, it was unique and very special.