Illustration student creates a challenging new children’s story

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Monday 23 April 2012

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'Dark Sweet Sorrow’ is a highly original end of year project from a Coventry University student that tells the tale of one child’s struggle with her parents.

Victoria Malin, 24, originally from Leamington Spa, has created bright and colourful illustrations for her final Degree Show project as part of her Illustration and Animation course.

Victoria wanted to demonstrate through her work the difficulties that can exist in families, and that children are not always the ones in the wrong – despite what their parents may think. Her story tells the tale of a controlling father who only wants the best for his daughter but makes unfortunate mistakes along the way.

Always keen to try new ideas, Victoria enjoys coming up with her own stories and has found that Illustrating and write children's book offers her a wide range of creativity.

Victoria said:

My final project gave me the chance to try something new and take my work in a different direction. Since being at Coventry University School of Art and Design, I have illustrated and written a number children's book which has helped to greatly improve my confidence and, hopefully, my future work.

Victoria’s illustrations will be on show in the art studio space in Graham Sutherland building, Gosford Street, Coventry. Entry is free and open to public from 1st - 10th June 2012.

For further information and images, please contact Sarah-Jane Dean, Communications Assistant, Coventry University, on +44 (0)24 7688 8245 or email