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    Mar 2015

    Tonči Zonjić

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    Croatian illustrators Tonči Zonjić (pronouced TAWN-chih ZAWN-yitch) has been called “a master of cinematic comics”, which, I am inclined to agree with.

    Zonjić was born in 1986, originally studied Math at the Natural Sciences High School, with the intentions of going into Computer Programming. Then one fateful day the wonderful word of art took hold of him. Originally Zonjić studied Graphic Design, but found it was not a good fit for him due to a desire to draw more, so after a year he switched gears and joined the Fine Arts Academy to study Animation. Though happier there, the course did not sustain him and Zonjić dropped out after two years to become a freelance illustrator.

    During his time as a freelancer Zonjić worked on storyboards, advertisements, book covers, and had a weekly newspaper slot drawing portraits. He dipped his feet into comic via Darko Macan’s fanzine Q strip.

    Working as a freelancer, and having the chance to grow as a comic artist through shorter strips, Zonjić became very comfortable handling all parts of the comic process from story to pencils, inks, color and letters. So when he entered the American comic world with Marvel’s The Immortal Iron Fist series by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, he was already exhibiting confident clear storytelling. Since then he has worked on both Marvel and DC titles, Mike Allred’s Madman, Mike Mignola’s Lobster Johnson and Ales Kot’s Zero.

    2011 saw the release of his collaboration with writer Nathan Edmondson, Who Is Jake Ellis? The spy thriller, entirely drawn and coloured by Zonjić, really allows him to explore a more cinematic approach to storytelling. Using colour heavily to help differentiate scenes, reminiscent of 100 Bullets. In the follow-up, Where is Jake Ellis? Zonjić just blows it out of the water. Everything is tightened, from the design and layouts to the pacing, and showing much more confident as a colourist. With the fifth and final issue of Where is Jake Ellis? yet to be released with no annonuced release date, the complete trade paperback however, is set for release in July 2015.

    Other than picking up the Jake Ellis comics, which you really should do, you can also see more of Tonči Zonjić’s work on his website and blog.

  2. 12

    Mar 2015

    Andreas Bennwik

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    Swedish freelance illustrator, Andreas Bennwik, has worked with a plethora of large brands including Volkswagen, Micheline, Audi, EMI, McDonalds and Paradox Interactive. He has produced illustrations for advertising, packaging, video games and book covers. Some of his book cover highlights including Nancy Drew, Famous Five and The Hardy Boys.

    With such a large body of work, it may amuse you to know, I actually stumbled on his work after seeing a piece he is working for the upcoming film, Kung Fury. I cannot wait to see the finished poster, and the film for that matter.

    His realistic renditions allow for some wonderful juxtapositions and satire. This is explored particularly in his editorial work. Some of Bennwik’s illustrations are rendered so well, that you have to double take, making sure it’s not a photograph you are looking at.

    To see more of Andreas Bennwik’s work head over to his website.

  3. 11

    Mar 2015

    Matt Rockefeller

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    Presenting the very majestic work of Matt Rockefeller. Born in Tucson, Arizona he studied illustration and animation at the talent-breeding Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). After completing his Bachelor degree in 2014, Rockefeller chose to stay in Baltimore and begin his career as freelance illustrator and visual development artist.

    During his studies, and in the year that he has been working professionally, Rockefeller has compiled an astounding portfolio. His illustrations are beautifully rendered utilising graphite powder, pencils and digital colours. He is always focusing on how to best convey the narrative and retaining meaning. This care to visual communication is evident looking through his work, and is also what sets it apart.

    You can find more of Matt Rockefeller’s work on his website, Tumblr and InPrint store.

  4. 6

    Mar 2015

    Manddy Wyckens

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    Manddy Wyckens is a visual development artist, background painter & character designer. She studied at the famous Gobelins, as well as CalArts. Whilst at Gobelins and CalArts, Wyckens created a wonderful short titled, The Longest Road. She also collaborated on The Night We Were Kings, which was selected for the Très Court International Film Festival.

    Though based in Paris, Wyckens has worked across America for companies including Walt Disney Animation Studios, LAIKA and Psyop. She worked as a background painter for Disney TV on their new series Star vs. the Forces of Evil, which was created by her fellow CalArts alumni, Daron Nefcy. More recently Wyckens has been working as a character designer for London-based Studio Aka.

    You can find more of Manddy Wyckens’ work on her website and Tumblr.

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    Mar 2015

    Eran Hilleli

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    Tel Aviv-based animator Eran Hilleli was gaining recognition and winning awards whilst he was still a student at The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. His graduation film, Between Bears is a reflective and haunting short. Its poetic nature allows the viewer carve their own meaning. Between Bears went on to win Best Animation Award at Vimeo’s first film festival and Best Animation in the Webcuts category at Berlin Internet Film Festival.

    Hilleli currently works as an Animation Director for XYZ Studios and Hornet. Working with a range of clients from corporate companies to music artist, Hilleli still manages to include a whimsical and eerie element to much of his work.

    Hilleli’s geometric animations are created using Trapcode, Maya and After Effects. His style is beautiful in its simplicity, allowing for fluid ghostlike motion. It is pushed further with the use of abstract colours and lighting giving a tangible sense of atmosphere in every frame.

    You can find more of Eran Hilleli work on Tumblr, Behance and Vimeo.

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