What is it to illustrate? What is it to be an illustrator? How does an illustrator experience the world? The practice of illustration folds and modulates. It fuses perception, memory and imagination with the world at large. Illustration is many things. It communicates, persuades and implores through the use of line, texture and colour. The pressure of a pencil on paper or a stylus on a screen confronts and implicates the personal and the political. The illustrator gathers, enlivens, softens or perturbs – drawing our surroundings, histories and desires together in a journey from eye to hand. To draw is to navigate thresholds of difference and representation, in order to stage an encounter between singular, subcultural and majoritarian ways of seeing. Escaping the page and crossing the frame, line and narrative become vectors. Wending, weaving and spreading, they seek new surfaces, and explore new contexts. By infiltrating disciplines and emerging technologies, they produce distinctive visions of the world, both of and for our time. Illustrators see differently. The works presented in this showcase - produced by students who were largely confined to their own homes during the 2020 lockdown – stand as a glowing testament to this.