1. Manga Mondays ~ Shen Ying-jieh

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    Shen Ying-jieh, better known by the pseudonym Akru, is a Taiwanese manhua artist. Her first comic Wings of Kopule was awarded the first place prize in Best Comic Storyline by the Government Information Office of the Executive Yuan.

    Akru majored in Anthropology, preceded by a postgraduate Design course at Shi Jian University. While still a student she came across historical records detailing the arrival of missionaries and explorers in Taiwan. Discovering that 19th-century Taiwan was vastly different from what she had previously imagined.

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  2. Chronemics

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    Chronemics is a six-minute feature film was led by Animade’s creative director Ed Barrett, but included the entire team. Each animator was tasked with certain sections which were linked together to create one cohesive narrative and world. The mesmerizing series of animated clips consistently and cleverly challenges your expectations.

    The animation was created using Adobe After Effects and Photoshop to accompany Arte’s celebrated short film festival, The Shortest Day. It threaded together almost an entire day of film screenings across France and Germany.

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  3. Ayala Tal

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    Ayala Tal is a freelance illustrator based in Tel Aviv, Israel. She creates sophisticated digital collages that have been published in the Israeli Institute of Technology magazine, the International Journal of Gynecologist, Ha’aretz newspaper, and Lidové Noviny newspaper.

    She studied Illustration at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. She graduated in 2005, and in 2007 began working as an in-house illustrator for the Israeli business magazine, The Marker. Tal decided to transition to a freelancer in 2012, and in 2015 started a Master degree in Arts at Tel Aviv University.

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  4. Fashion Fridays ~ Luis Tinoco

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    Luis Tinoco is a fashion and editorial illustrator based in Barcelona, Spain. He has worked with companies including Maybelline New York, Estée Lauder, Renault, Danone, and Nivea. His illustrations have appeared in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Flare.

    Tinoco studied Graphic Design at Barcelona’s Llotja School of Arts and Crafts. After graduating he joined the multidisciplinary studio Mariscal. He later moved to advertising agency D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles as an Assistant Art Director. Then furthered his experience as an Art Director at Lowe FMRG. Tinoco made the break from working for agencies, launching his career as a professional illustrator with a series of children’s books for Audi-Attitudes. He has continued to work as a freelance illustrator for over a decade.

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  5. Scott Martin

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    Scott Martin is a Canadian artist and designer better known as Burnt Toast Creative. Some of his clients include Fast Company, Red Bull and Dropbox.

    While at first glance Martin’s clean-cut, candy coloured creations may look cute, a second glance reveals that they are more mature and layered. His soft tones and “roundness” cleverly mask darker themes, such as dismembered body parts, making them seem comical.

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  6. Anthony Hope-Smith

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    Anthony Hope-Smith is a London-based writer, illustrator, storyboard artist and comic artist. He has storyboarded for BBC television series, Being Human and web series, Resonance. He illustrated the graphic biography of journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo, and Image Comics mini-series, The Dream Merchant.

    Hope-Smith studied Animation at Surrey Institute Of Art And Design. Graduating in 2001, he has worked professionally for over a decade. In that time has created visuals for advertising campaigns, book covers, and children’s book. His first love, however, has always been comics and in 2010, his first graphic novel was released. Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson was written by Will Bingley and published by SelfMadeHero. It tells the extraordinary life and public perception of the counterculture icon. Gonzo was praised by critics, readers, and Thompson fans alike.

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  7. Manga Mondays ~ Kim Ettinoff

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    Kim Ettinoff is a French illustrator based in Lille, France. He currently works for video games developers and interactive entertainment company Ankama as a visual development artist and art director.

    Ettinoff studied at Animation, Interactive Technology, and Video Graphics at ESAAT Roubaix. He graduated in 2005 and by the following year he had joined Ankama working as a character designer and animator. He has worked on the popular MMORPG games WAKFU and DOFUS.

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