the macmillan prize for illustration has a long history of encouraging talent and passion for storytelling and the 2015 competition was no exception.

the lara jones award, now in its fourth year, was founded in the memory of poppy cat creator lara jones and is awarded to the entrant who shows the most promise as an illustrator for babies or very young children.

we’re delighted to say that this year's prize was awarded to mark nicholas, and he is here to tell us a little more about himself and the inspiration behind his winning entry, wellies has lost his boot.

i was born near york and i have always loved drawing and making things. in 2005, i graduated as a modelmaker from bournemouth arts institute and began a career in modelmaking.  i missed drawing though and it was during this time i developed a love for children’s books. in 2014 i began an ma in children’s book illustration at the cambridge school of art, and i’m now living out my dream creating children’s books!

wellies the dog is the real winner of the lara jones award though (so he keeps telling me), he’s super cute. he is inspired from a real dog called wellies who lives on a dairy farm in wales where he potters around looking after the cows, sheep and chickens.  he has little white spots on his feet and that’s where his name came from, he looks like he is wearing wellies.

his friend ducky is quite artistic, so he’s going to show you how i make wellies so you can have a go yourself at home. enjoy – it is lots of fun!

use the #welliescampbellblog on instagram and twitter to show us your potato cut creations!

here is mark with ella butler (art director for campbell), in front of a spread from 'wellies has lost his boot', june 2015.