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.

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  2. Manu Larcenet

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    Emmanuel Larcenet, better known as Manu Larcenet. He is a French comics writer, illustrator and colourist. A prominent name in Franco-Belgian comics. To date he has worked on in excess of 50 books. Larcenet is known for his humour, showcased on title Bill Baroud and Le retour à la terre (The return to earth). However, he has demonstrated a great strength to handle deeper social and emotional content, evident in Le combat ordinaire (Ordinary Victories) and Blast.

    Born in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, Larcenet was making comics from the age of 10. He studied art in Sèvres and then completed a visual communication degree at École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués et des métiers, also called Olivier de Serres.

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  3. Tim Probert

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    Tim Probert is an Illustrator and Director. He has worked on a great breadth of projects. Illustrating for children’s books, magazines and advertising, as well as designing characters, storyboarding and painting backgrounds for animation.

    Probert earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting at the Boston University, graduating in 2005. He also took a year to study Storyboarding and Animatics at the School of Visual Arts. After which he found work in animation. Starting from the ground up, cleaning up lines and scanning drawings, in no time at all Probert was animating the opening sequence for the Providence French Film Festival, and later working as a Visual Development Artist at Nickelodeon.

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  4. Camilla Engman

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    Camilla Engman is a Swedish artist and illustrator living and working in Gothenburg, Sweden. She studied Graphic Design at HDK School of Design and Crafts at Göteborg University. Then studied painting for two years at the Dômen Artschool.

    Engman is a mix-media artist whose artwork has been featured in galleries across Sweden and America. She has worked on children books, including Reisen written by Veronica Salinas, La fille verte written by Vincent Cuvellier and Troppo tardi written by Giovanna Zoboli.

    In 2009 UPPERCASE published Suitcase Series: Camilla Engman. The 192-page book features artwork, sketches, photographs and artifacts. It also includes a mini booklet about Morran, Engman’s dog (with a big imagination).

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  5. Alice and Martin Provensen

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    Welcome back lounger. Firstly, let me wish you a happy new year. Hope you took the chance to relax and de-stress. Over our December break we kept our idle hands busy. Talking to illustrators and harvesting plans to bring you more diversified content. The most obvious yield of our busy hands is our new uncluttered website theme. We have stripped everything down to the essentials with the aim of making browsing the features, the Cabinet and the Bookshelf more enjoyable. You may notice we have removed our comment section, but that is certainly not a subtle hint. We still love to hear from fellow Loungers, and you can always reach out to us on Twitter, where we will be waiting to hear your thoughts on the new theme.

    With that out of the way and without further ado, I present to you our very first inspirational feature of the 2016, Alice and Martin Provensen. The beloved couple are famous for illustrating more than 40 children’s books together, many of which they also wrote. They are also responsible for bringing to life Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger.

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  6. Pablo Auladell

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    Pablo Auladell is an award-winning Spanish illustrator and cartoonist. His first publication, El camino del titiritero, came out in 2001 and earned him a Saló del Cómic de Barcelona Best Newcomer Award in 2002. He has since consistently worked on an average of four books each year. Having a particularly productive year In 2008, he released 9 titles. Totaling 60 books in just 14 years.

    Auladell’s books have been published by many of Spain’s top publishers including Anaya, Actes Sud and Libros del Zorro Rojo. He is also a regular collaborator with writer Pablo Albo. The pair have worked on Mar de sábanas (2003), which he won a Ciudad de Alicante Award for Best International Illustrated Children’s Book, El espantapájaros (2005), Inés azul (2009), Diógenes (2010) and Alas y olas (2011).

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  7. Nika Goltz (1925 – 2012)

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    Nika Goltz has been called, “one of the most talented and productive Russian children’s book illustrators.” In a career lasting over five decades, Goltz illustrated more than 100 children’s books.

    Goltz was born 1925 in Moscow. She grew up in her grandmother’s single-storey wooden house. Goltz’s mother imparted her with a love for classical literature. Her father, George P. Goltz, was a very successful architect. He was also an excellent set designer and graphic artist. He often worked from home. Architectural designs were sprawled across the dining room. Nika, inspired by and interesting in her father’s work, would often draw by his side.

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