1. Becky Dreistadt

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    Becky Dreistadt is a painter and comic artist working in Los Angeles. She the artist of comics Tiny Kitten Teeth, and Capture Creatures.

    Growing up in Virginia, and raised on cartoons, Dreistadt dreamt big. “Wanting to be the very best, like no one ever was.” At just 15 years old, she began working as a caricature artist at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. Her quest then led her to Georgia, where she studied at Savannah College of Art & Design.

    Her path crossed with fellow adventurer, glory seeker and writer, Frank Gibson. The two packed up and headed to picturesque New Zealand. There, they worked on Tiny Kitten Teeth and Tigerbuttah together. In 2011, the couple set sail again, back to their homeland, but this time settled in the city of Angels, Los Angeles.

    Dreistadt has worked in comics, children’s literature and animation. Her clients include Disney TV, Nick Jr, Cartoon Network, Mondo, Oni Press, and Boom! Studios, among many others.

    You may already be familiar with Tiny Kitten Teeth, or it may just sound familiar. The lush hand painted webcomic was featured on our list, 15 Webcomics You Really Should Read. The comic has since been compiled and published in a glorious Deluxe Hardcover Edition, whose canvas and textured cover is sure to ignites your nostalgic receptors.

    Dreistadt’s and Gibson’s other series Capture Creatures, which also started life on the web, was picked up for an ongoing series by Boom! Studios. Issue one was released September 2014. Currently there have been four issues released with fans eagerly awaiting the fifth instalment.

    Dreistadt works traditionally, painting with gouache and ink. Yet you would be forgiven for thinking that it may have been created digitally. Her outstanding control of the brush means her lines are always crisp and defined. Her presision and care is perticularly beautiful in the tiny details of fur and natural textures. Dreistadt’s hard work has definitely set her apart, with a style and skill that is quite rare. I would say that her childhood dream has been realised.

    You can see much more of her work on her website and Tumblr. You should also watch a timelapse of her painting for SoulPancake’s Art Attack!