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Students’ artwork showcased by award-winning estate agents

Students’ artwork will be on show in branches of an award-winning estate agent after impressing judges in an illustration annual competition.

Students on the Art & Design Foundation Studies course at Coleg Llandrillo were commissioned by Williams Estates to produce bespoke poster designs on the theme ‘Home is where the Heart is’.

The students’ creations will be going on display in the estate agents’ branches in Rhyl, Denbigh and Prestatyn, where it will be seen by hundreds of home-movers - while there were also cash prizes for the most impressive designs.

Their artwork was also displayed at Coleg Llandrillo’s end-of-term creative arts exhibition. You can see more of the impressive work on show at the exhibition on TikTok and Instagram.

Elgan Jones of Denbigh won the top prize of £100 in the ‘Home is where the Heart is’ competition for the piece, 'My comfort window', depicting a cat relaxing by the window of a house with a ‘sold’ sign just outside.

Jason Williams, proprietor of Williams Estates, presented Elgan with the prize at the end-of-term art exhibition at Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhos campus.

Elgan said afterwards: "I'm thrilled to have won the 'Home is where the Heart is' competition with my piece, 'My comfort window'. I was inspired by old manor house windows, and my own pet cat Pwt."

There were also runners-up prizes of £50 each for Annélyse Boas, from Ruthin, and Lucy Morris, of Rhyl.

Lucy said: “As an aspiring illustrator, it was a really valuable opportunity to work with a local business to get a taste of industry work.

“The main focus of my illustration was to showcase brand identity through the colour scheme and other details. I wanted to depict a young couple moving into a newly sold house to send an aspirational but realistic message to the Williams Estates’ customer base. I attempted to create something fresh, modern and advertiser friendly.”

Annélyse said of her piece: “A home is a place where people grow, love, and nurture; a place that is held in the hearts of those who spent their happiest memories there. This is what I aimed to capture in my illustration; the beginning of many wonderful memories that will remain forever more.”

As part of an annual commercial illustration project in partnership with Williams Estates, students came up with a list of creative ideas, before utilising digital cameras and Apple iMac computers with Adobe creative digital software.

As well as working individually on their own digital manipulations, the students worked together as a group with the client, developing their team-working skills.

Jason Williams said: “We are delighted to be involved with Coleg Llandrillo's Art & Design Foundation Studies commercial illustration project, and I look forward each year to judging the finished illustrations. The standard of creative work is always very high.”

Tutor Dewi Owen Hughes said: “I support our link with industry, as I believe that realistic work projects enhance the experience and future employability of our Coleg Llandrillo Art & Design Foundation Studies students.”