1. Fashion Fridays ~ Harumi Yamaguchi

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    Harumi Yamaguchi is a seminal Japanese artist, whose illustrations evoked female equality in an era of great political and social reforms. When she embarked on her career, in the early 1970s, Yamaguchi was the only eminent illustrator working with the airbrush medium.

    Yamaguchi was born 1941, in Matsue in Japan’s Shimane prefecture. She attended the Tokyo University of the Arts, graduating with a degree in oil painting. She worked in the publicity department of Seibu Department Stores, before becoming a freelance illustrator.

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  2. Pale Horse

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    Behold, a Pale Horse in Florida. Pale Horse is a design studio located in Downtown St. Petersburg run by illustrator and graphic artist, Chris Parks. Pale Horse has worked with companies including Nike, WWE, Hasbro, Harley Davidson, Red Bull, World of Warcraft, Penguin Books, Wired Magazine and DC Comics.

    In high school, Parks dipped his toes into the sea of professional illustration by creating album art and t-shirt graphics for different bands. He studied graphic and interactive communication at the Ringling College of Art and Design. After he graduated in 2002, he worked at a product design studio. During his time there he took on freelance work for surf and skate companies, as well as bands.

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  3. Audrey Benjaminsen

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    Audrey Benjaminsen is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Michigan. She has illustrated for books, playing cards, packaging and designed characters and concepts for advertising. Some of her clients include Hasbro, Simon and Schuster, Passion Pictures and Fantasy Flight Games.

    Benjaminsen studied illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design. For 3 years in a row, her work was chosen to be exhibited at the Society of Illustrators annual student exhibition. She contributed to issue 3 and 4 of Ringling College’s collaboratory comic book, Meanwhile. After graduating in 2015, her work was accepted into Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, receiving 2 awards; Gold award in the Comics category, and Silver award in the Concept Art Category.

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  4. Interview with Jerry Suh

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    Jerry Suh is a Background Artist at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. She has freelanced at JibJab Media, Awesome Inc and Psyop. We were given the opportunity to interview Jerry about her career and creative process.

    Were you interested in art from a young age?
    It sounds pretty cliche, but yes, I was always into drawing since I could hold a pencil.

    If so, were you encouraged to persue it by your family?
    Not in the beginning. My parents were very academic driven, and they didn’t want me to be a cartoonist. As parents, they were not too supportive of my idea of becoming a starving cartoonist, haha.

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  5. Fashion Fridays ~ Michaele Vollbracht

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    Michaele Vollbracht is a fashion designer and illustrator. He has collaborated with big brands and helmed his own groundbreaking label. In 1980, he was given the Coty American Fashion Critics Award (fashion’s Oscar) and in 1981, Newsweek magazine dubbed him “a fashion comet.”

    Vollbracht was born 17 November 1947 in Quincy, Illinois. He attended the Parsons School of Design (now Parsons The New School for Design), where he earned the school’s highest honour, the Golden Thimble Award. He began his career in fashion working as a design assistant for one of New York’s most famous fashion designers, Geoffrey Beene. He later joined the design team of Donald Brooks.

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  6. Denis Borisovich

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    Denis Borisovich is a Russian illustrator and animator. Based in Moscow, he has worked for Russian animation studios Toonbox and was a member of the visual art group honkfu.

    As part of team Arctq17, Borisovich worked on the Opening for the Russian Animation Festival Suzdal twice. The first time in 2013 where they created The Goose. Followed up in 2014 with all out barbarism in The Serpent Princess.

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  7. Stéphane Fert

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    Stéphane Fert French illustrator and comic artist. He recently released his first solo album, Morgane. It was published in April, this year, by Delcourt Editions, and was written by Stéphane Fert and Simon Kansara, and illustrated by Fert. The book is a unique take on the well-known Arthurian tales. Flipping perspective and following the enchantress Morgan le Fay as she battle against her brother, King Arthur.

    The most notable element of Fert’s work is his strict use of limited colour palettes. Often staying within a warm, cool, or earthy tones. When he break this limitation, by adding patches of pink among a sea of blue, it captures the viewer’s attention instantly. Interesting too is his use of repetition and geometric shapes, which can turn a castle or a field of flowers into a decorative pattern.

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