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    Oct 2015

    Zac Retz

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    Zac Retz is a colour artist and character designer for games, film and animation. He had been working at games company Workinman Interactive since 2013, until recently deciding to become freelance. Part of the decision to freelance was so he could work on his own animated short. He has set up a Patreon to cover some of the costs. In return he shares the visual development process as well as tutorials.

    Retz’s artwork is stunning owing a lot of its appeal to his understanding of light and colour. Adjusting between realism to expressionism to better suit the story and mood. All of his portfolio is filled with charming illustrations, but his more romantic ones are especially alluring, as they do perfectly convey the emotions of the characters.

    You may perhaps already recognise his work from a previous Lounge feature, Gustavo Soares, who turned one of Retz’s images into 3D.

    You can find more of Zac Retz’s lush illustrations on his blog, ArtStation and Instagram.

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    Oct 2015

    Gabriella Barouch

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    Gabriella Barouch is a freelance illustrator based in Tel Aviv, Israel. She studied Visual Communication, majoring in Illustration, at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
    Awards. Since graduating her progression as a professional illustrator has rolled along organically. Working for clients to working on personal projects to creating and selling her own products.

    She has earned many accolades including American Society Of Illustration, YCN professional, 3×3 ProShow awards. Barouch has worked with publishers and companies, as well as exhibited her illustrations across the world.

    Barouch’s illustrations are delicately detailed. Not shying away from fur, wrinkles nor woodgrain, but somehow, that amount of intricacy never seems to overpower the image. Quite the contrary, Barouch’s work has a sense softness and a relaxing atmosphere. Often times her illustrations are dreamlike, as if they are accompanying surrealist poetry, but yet somehow achieve feeling more solemn than whimsical.

    You can find more of Gabriella Barouch’s work on her website, Facebook and Etsy.

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    Oct 2015

    Fashion Fridays ~ Svetlana Makarova

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    Svetlana Makarova is a fashion illustrator based in Kiev, Ukraine. Without any formal art training, Makarova quit her job as a manager and began to teach herself. She studied Corel DRAW and eventually got a job as a web designer, moving to three different design studios before feeling ready to begin freelancing and concentrate on her illustrations.

    With an interest in fashion from a young age, Makarova’s naturally veered in that direction. Her love of fashion and sensibilities for detail really bring personality to her characters. I particularly like her “New Old Tales” project in which she dressed familiar fairytale characters in the latest Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen collections. The juxtaposition actually works surprisingly well.

    Be sure to check out more of Svetlana Makarova’s work on her website and DeviantArt page.

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    Oct 2015

    Natalie Nourigat

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    You may recognise Natalie Nourigat’s name from our recent 28 Gumroad Creators You Really Should Know post, but undoubtably you would like to learn a little bit more about her. “Tally” is a cartoonist, storyboard artist, character designer, animator and writer. She attended University of Oregon and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese, in 2010.

    After graduating, Tally freelanced working on a variety of projects, creating storyboards and concept art for large brands. She also worked for top publishers like Marvel, Dark Horse, Image Comics, Oni Press, and Penguin Books. Some of her comic work includes A Boy & a Girl (Omi Press), It Girl & the Atomics (Image Comics) and the Eisner-nominated The Thrilling Adventure Hour Graphic Novel.

    Tally is currently working on a creator-owned serialised comic, Over the Surface. The 10-issue miniseries will be published in 2016 by Oni Press. She has started a Patreon for it, where patrons are privy to behind-the-scenes process and artwork.

    What is next for the multi-skilled and multi-disciplined Tally? Well, she recently moved to Los Angeles, California to begin her new role Story Apprentice at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Sounds about right. I will be looking forward to her future projects.

    You can find more of Natalie Nourigat’s work on her website, Tumblr and follow her on Twitter.

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    Sep 2015

    Olivia Huynh

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    Olivia Huynh is an animator and illustrator currently based in San Francisco. In 2013 She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Animation (with honors). Even before graduating Huynh freelanced at NASA and The Daily Beast. Her student film, Borrowed Light, was official selection in multiple festivals such as Animation Block Party, New Urbanism Film Festival, Beloit International Film Festival and went on to win the Dark Sky Defender Award (2013), Best 2D Animation & Audience Favorite at Jalloo Festival (2013) and Best Student Film at NW Animation Festival (2014).

    After graduating Huynh continued freelancing for the likes of FOX ADHD and New York University. She even taught an introductory 2D Animation course at MICA, one year after becoming alumna. Currently, Olivia Huynh’s official job title is “Doodler”. She is part of the Google Doodle team, providing us all those excellent animation on Google’s homepage.

    Huynh’s narrative-driven artwork are full of charm. Whether animated or not, you are absorbed into her scenes. She often uses flat fluid shapes to create her humorous characters. When working on backgrounds, however, they are full of details, depth and atmosphere. For someone who claims to be not very good with colour, she certainly hides it well. All of Huynh’s colour choices are rich, striking and enhance the mood perfectly.

    Check out Olivia Huynh’s website and Tumblr to see more of her work.

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