Based in sunny California, Cory Loftis originally worked as a lead artist at Carbine Studios, but as of 2011 he joined Walt Disney Animation Studios. In his role as a visual development artist he has contributed to feature films including Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Frozen (2013).
Cory Loftis’ blogspot showcases the artwork that he produces when he is “out of the office”. It is filled with inspiring experimentation and various styles. For his more recent work Mr Loftis started a tumblr, which thankfully continues where his blogspot left off.
With this post The Lounge has reached a rather large milestone, 1000 posts. Thinking about that got me a little nervous. I started to question what illustrator would best mark this milestone. One of my favourite illustrators? One of the greats of yesteryear? One of the ground-breaking new talent? Since this blog is all about inspiration, I asked myself, “who has inspired me most?” Well, that was an easy question to answer. Without a doubt that would be my cousin, and fellow Lounge author, Mr Kyri Kyprianou.
I wont be able to get around the fact that this will be a slightly personal post, but I will try to keep it on track. Kyri is roughly two years older than me, and being older has two years more experience and drawing time than I. Two years that as a child I tried, in vain, to catch up on. We would often draw together, spending whole weekends doing nothing but that, only taking a break to go buy some penny sweets. Kyri always seemed to figure out things way quicker than I could. Whilst I jumped styles with each drawing, Kyri nailed a pretty unique style early on. His work, without a doubt was my yard stick.
Kyri studied animation at the Kent Institute of Art & Design. After three years of disciplined working habits his pencils tightened up considerably. He was using shapes more and his illustrations demonstrated an economy of style. At this point I knew there was no chance of me catching up to his level. But of course that didn’t deter me, it only made me aim higher.
After university Kyri went on to intern at a small London animation studio, called C.H.A.S.E., where he learnt the art of pitching. Not long after we both joined forces, along with Mr Tarkan Paphiti, to create the Illustrator’s Lounge. Effectively a group of illustrators united under one banner. In that time Kyri produced character designs for online video games, web animations, and spear-headed the Paper Project. Kyri has always comfortably jumped between mediums, and though he was a bit of a technophobe at first, rapidly mastered the tools of photoshop and illustrator.
Currently Kyri works as a graphic designer and illustrator for a web development company, where he has picked up new disciplines, such as branding and typography. In his spare time he is also working on a children’s animation pitch along with comic book writer David Berner.
Having an artist to work with, bounce ideas off, and critique your drawings is invaluable. It can often be difficult working and developing your skills in solitude, so I knew how lucky I was to have access to such a great talent. His work has been, and remains, my greatest inspiration.
Originally from Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom, Alexander Wilson currently residing somewhere between “Teeside” and LA, and caters for clients both sides of the pond. He is a freelance illustrator and visual development artist, member of the SCBWI, and represented by Advocate Art.
Mr Wilson started drawing relatively late. He was 17 and studying for his A-Levels, but after watching Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, he was suddenly inspired to pursue the craft.
I bought my first proper sketchbook and proceeded to fill it with very poor drawings. As it turns out, drawing was rather difficult and I was probably going to need some form of structured education in the subject. Alex Wilson, Words & Pictures, 2014
He switched subjects from Physics to Art, and it was through sheer determination and hard work that he would catch up on all the years he missed. Slowly improving and ultimately scraping a passing grade. After completing his A-Level and going on to further education, Mr Wilson kept the same level of commitment and began to further expose himself to the world of illustration and illustrators. Joining the SCBWI in 2013, he attended their British Isles conference and was awarded the Illustration award for Best of Portfolio. Shortly after which, he was picked up by the Advocate Agency.
Alex Wilson’s journey is truly inspiring. He has since continued to hone his craft, constantly experimenting with new mediums and techniques. He has worked with Viz Media, Disney Press, and Storytime Magazine. You can see lots of his preliminary work and sketches on his tumblr and the finished product on Behance.
This weekend I caught the last day of the AOI Illustration Awards 2014 at Somerset House, London and was introduced to a host of new illustrators. One of which was William Grill whose tiny pencil colour illustrations force you to take a closer look.
Mr Grill’s work on display, much of it from Shackleton’s Journey, was drawn on large sheets of paper but each figure could not be more than an inch high. Small details and primary colours combine to create bustling scenes that you really can’t help but smile at. I kept thinking how often he would have to sharpen his pencils to get those thin line and especially the dots of the eyes.
Mr Grill’s hard work earned him an AOI Overall New Talent Winner & Children’s Book New Talent, 2014 award.
There was, of coarse, a lot of talent at AOI Illustration Awards 2014, Jillan Tamaki, Geoff Grandfield, Jasu Hu, to name a few, so do not be surprised if I post more about it in the weeks to come.
Much of her work uses earth tones creating a warm hue and serene feelings. Many of Mangetsu’s characters are lighthearted and jovial, but those of her more pensive characters stare intensely and really drawing you in.