Category: Character Design
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    Jun 2015

    Rafael Mayani

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    Illustrator from Mexico City, Rafael Mayani is currently a Vancouver resident. Specialising in editorial illustration and character design for animation, Mayani shares his talents with creative studio, Giant Ant.

    For the best part of 2014 Mayani occupied his time with a personal project called, Disney Challenge. After watching every Disney theatrical animated feature, he created an illustration for each movie. The challange of capturing the spirit of the characters and feelings of the movies in a single illustration allowed Mayani to grow, and you can see the progession in his work starting from the early features all the way to the most recent.

    Mayani also contributed to the charitable exhibition, Secret 7. Where he illustrated three record sleeves, one for Strange Creatures by Jake Bugg, Team by Lorde, and a cubist inspired cover for Grounds for Divorce by Elbow. Currently, Mayani is part of the One Thousand and One Knights anthology. A very exciting project “celebrating kickass ladies” and “people-positive knights”, already attached with lots of notable illustrators and artist. Many of the creators involved have been revealing sneak peeks of their work on twitter, which you find using the hashtag #1001knights.

    To see more of Rafael Mayani’s work head over to his website, society6 page and his Tumblr.

  2. 12

    May 2015

    Dave Valeza

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    A Savannah, Georgia local, Dave Valeza graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a masters in Sequential Art. He worked as a visual development and layouts artist on the touching graphic novel An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, written by Andrew Rostan and illustrated by Kate Kasenow. Valeza has also contributed to comics Love Machines and Anything That Loves Anthology.

    I was first attracted to his work via his Tumblr, where he posts up daily observational drawings. Usually sat in a coffee shop, Valeza produces quick brush pen sketches of people, capturing their personality and style with limited strokes. Then in turn includes his observations into his comics, adding the small details that bring his characters to life.

    You can find more of Dave Valeza’s work on his website.

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    Apr 2015

    Gustavo Soares

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    Gustavo Soares is a 3D artist based in Tatuí, Brazil. Using programmes ZBrush, 3ds Max and Photoshop he produces loveable caricatures and characters. Soares very recently joined Techno Image, a studio which seems to be collecting talent at the moment. Previously featured artist Pedro Conti and Victor Hugo are also part of the Techno Image team.

    Soares’s distinctive clay-like renders, which include meticulous details down to dried clay areas and fingerprint marks, are all part of his self-initiated Daily sketch project.

    To see more of Gustavo Soares’s work head over to his Behance and ArtStation pages.

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    Apr 2015

    Evon Freeman

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    Evon Freeman is a character designer and storyboard artist. Currently at Walt Disney Animation Studios she is working as a prop and effects designer on Daron Nefcy’s Star and the Forces of Evil. Prior to Disney, Freeman worked at Nickelodeon Animation Studios on the TV series The Legend of Korra and Monsters VS. Aliens. She was also the character designer and storyboard artist for the Korra prequel web series Republic City Hustle.

    Freeman’s journey into the world of art is actually rather unique. Her interest was bred out of boredom and circumstance. Spending quite a lot of time in Taiwan as a child and unable to play outside due to it extremely humid summers. Freeman bought some how-to-draw books and started doodling. In High School she took all the art classes she could, pottery, photography, art, and computer graphics. Then went on to study graphic design and multimedia at California State University-East Bay. After landing a job at Electronic Arts she applied for the Visual Development program at the Academy of Art. Freeman’s inspiring thirst to learn and grow is not slowing down either, she has also been taking storyboarding classes at the Concept Design Academy.

    The best place to see more of Evon Freeman is her regularly updated Tumblr, but you can also find more of her work on Blogger and DeviantArt.

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    Apr 2015

    Manga Mondays ~ Kyonghwan Kim

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    Kyonghwan Kim is a Korean digital concept artist. His work, which often includes reimagined medieval characters or anthropomorphic cats, is simply stunning. Kim’s costume design is full of layers and often dramatic but, for me, it is his painterly rendering that really sets his work apart. Each and every texture is careful considered and the details he adds to his foliage would make the Pre-Raphaelites proud.

    Kyonghwan Kim recently released his first art book, details of which you can find here, and to see more of his work head over to his website.

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