Accolades, Prizes and Achievements!

This is the part of the site that I like to dedicate to my proudest moments- some of the greatest achievements of my career to date, and the jewels in my CV as an artist and illustrator!

  • 2020:  Public engagement commission for the National Trust in February (a trail for Colby Woodland Garden in Pembrokeshire, which I talk about in greater detail here), and I was longlisted for the Templar Illustration Prize (Non-fiction category) in July! 
  • 2018: Longlisted for the Templar Illustration Prize with my wordless picture book concept, “The Island” around the theme of dragons.
  • 2014: Winner of the Dylan Thomas Student Art and Design Award for my piece – “A Multitude of Mixed Birds”
  • 2013: My work was first published in a book as part of the “Ghosts of Gone Birds” initiative!

For more information, please read on!


– In April 2018 I was longlisted with 9 other illustrators for the Templar Illustration Prize, for my wordless picture book concept, “The Island”. We were required to submit a cover design, example spread and full storyboard for a picture book themed around the subject of dragons, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Templar Books!

The Island Cover (LR, Image only) © 2018 Carina Roberts Illustration (Image Only) FV
Cover artwork- “The Island” © 2018 Carina Roberts Illustration. (A version with text can be found in my “Current Portfolio- Children’s Book Illustration” by clicking the headers above)
The Island - THE SNEEZE - Final © 2018 Carina Roberts Illustration
“The Sneeze” – Spread design, “The Island” © 2018 Carina Roberts Illustration
The Island Storyboard - FINAL (LR)
Storyboard- “The Island” © 2018 Carina Roberts Illustration


In 2014, the year of my graduation from Swansea Metropolitan University (now UWTSD),  I won the Dylan Thomas (Student) Art & Design Award, inspired by his own piece of prose, “Laugharne”, written about the small Welsh town where he spent the last twenty of his thirty-nine years.

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“A Multitude of Mixed Birds” – my winning entry for the Dylan Thomas (Student) Art & Design Awards 2014

During the course of my final year, I had studied Viking culture with the help of some Norwegian friends, and had put together a picture book concept telling the story of an accidental time traveller. (See “Erik the Viking” in the headers above for more on this!) I exhibited my cover composition, two full colour spread designs, and a sculpture I had worked on for the title character’s development at our class’ final degree exhibition and again at the New Designers show held in London.

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A view of my exhibition space at the 2014 Illustration BA (Hons) Graduate show, “Rise”.
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Detail of my graduate show, a snowglobe containing a sculpey model of Erik, the main character from my self-authored and illustrated storybook concept.
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Another detail of “Rise” 2014, (from left to right) my children’s storybook concept mockup, handmade leather sleeve second cover for book, snowglobe with 3D exploration of Erik.
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Detail from 2014 “Rise” Graduate exhibition, close-up of original artwork, “Welcome Home Erik”

New Designers in London, June/July 2014

New Designers Show contribution 2014
Representing my university at New Designers 2014 with my “Erik the Viking” picturebook project work.


In 2013, I produced a piece of work for the “Ghosts of Gone Birds” exhibition held in the Ragged School, Swansea. “Ghosts of Gone Birds” is a nationwide art and conservation project to keep the hearts and souls of the world’s extinct and endangered birds alive.

A book about the initiative and its artists was published later in 2013 by Chris Aldhous through Bloomsbury, featuring all of the work from each exhibition.

My project had centred around the Kosrae Crake, a bird from the swamps of Micronesia.  Kittlitz, a Russian naturalist, naval officer and explorer, was said to capture the only two known specimens in bell jars; tragically spelling the end for the species. By the end of the century, the Kosrae Crake was extinct.

Working out layout for the exhibition – the Kosrae Crake is the print at the bottom left.
“The Kosrae Crake” Final Artwork (Acrylic paint on board) © 2013 Carina Roberts Illustration

(More about the initiative can be found at :