1. Jackie Ferrentino

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    Jackie Ferrentino is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) last year, 2015. And can already boast about working with Bloomingdale’s Dubai, Frederator Studios, BOOM! Studios, and Cartoon Network.

    When looking through her portfolio, from her student work until now, you can see that Ferrentino has experimented with various mediums and styles. Some more realistic, some more abstract. Even though her work is predominantly influenced by a mix of classic cartoons and textural paintings, in an interview Ferrentino mentions that she doesn’t concern herself with “style,” but rather focuses on what the work needs, and what she enjoys.

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  2. Fashion Fridays ~ Jessica Durrant

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    Jessica Durrant is a fashion illustrator based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work is inspired by travel, music, film, architecture, and Scandinavian design. She takes visual cues from contemporary fashion illustrators including David Downton, and classic artist such as René Gruau.

    Durrant grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. She studied Illustration at Southern Utah University. After her degree, she worked in a museum and put illustration to the side, choosing not to pursue it. That was until a few years later when she decided to make a change and slowly get back into a creative life. She began by putting her work on Etsy. Receiving a positive reaction, she gradually made the transition to doing it full-time.

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  3. Buck Lewis

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    H.B. “Buck” Lewis is an animation artist, author, and illustrator. Since the late 1980s, he has worked in animation for leading studios Aardman, Blue Sky, DreamWorks, Pixar, Warner Bros., and Walt Disney. In 2005, he was inducted into the Walt Disney Features Hall of Fame.

    Lewis’s path into animation was a winding one. Born and raised in a small town in West Chester, Pennsylvania. In school, he became known for hiding away in the art room to draw. With the exception of his art teacher, Lewis didn’t know anyone who knew anything about art. When it was time to graduate, Lewis was unsure of what to do next. He was faced with the option of joining a biker gang or going to college. College wasn’t really looking like much of an option for him.

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  4. Frank Hampson (1918 – 1985)

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    Frank Hampson was a British comic artist and illustrator. He is best known as the creator of the popular Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future. Hampson’s obsession with accuracy made his sci-fi worlds vivid and believable. Raising the bar for the whole of the comic industry.

    Hampson was born 21 December 1918, in Audenshaw, near Manchester, England. He received his first commission from Meccano Magazine when he was only thirteen. At twenty, he enrolled at the Victoria College of Arts & Sciences. Not before long, he joined the war effort serving in the Royal Army Service Corps and later becoming a lieutenant. After the war, he attending the Southport School of Arts and Crafts, while also trying to make a living as a freelancer.

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  5. Manga Mondays ~ Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

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    Yoshiyuki Sadamoto is a character designer, manga artist and founding member of the animation company Gainax. He is best known for the now culturally iconic Neon Genesis Evangelion manga. Sadamoto has served as the character designer on Mamoru Hosoda’s last four feature films, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Summer Wars (2009), Wolf Children (2012), and most recently, The Boy and the Beast (2015).

    Born 1962, in Tokuyama (now Shunan) Japan, Sadamoto was one of seven founding members of Daicon Film. He along with fellow university students Hideaki Anno, Hiroyuki Yamaga, Takami Akai, Toshio Okada, Yasuhiro Takeda and Shinji Higuchi formed the studio in the early 1980s. After producing several well-received shorts, the studio changed its name to Gainax in 1985. Their first feature film was Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, released in 1987. Previously working as an animator, Honnêamise was Sadamoto first assignment as character designer. Though the movie met with only moderate commercial success, it was critically acclaimed and is now considered an anime classic.

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  6. Fashion Fridays ~ Sarah Hankinson

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    Sarah Hankinson is a fashion illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. She combines typographic and floral elements with careful line work and unfettered splashes of watercolour. Her merry mixed media artwork has attracted clients including Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, Maybelline New York-Austraila and Harrods.

    Hankinson attended the Chisholm Institute, to study Graphic Design. However, after feeling it wasn’t quite right for her, she moved over to the Illustration course. Finding it a much better fit, she dug her heels in and picked up as much as she could from her teachers. Learning skills and techniques as well as business and professionalism.

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  7. Taylor Krahenbuhl

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    Taylor Krahenbuhl is an American illustrator and concept artist. He is currently a Character Designer at Disney Television Animation. Where he is working on the animated series of Tangled.

    Born in Salt Lake City, Krahenbuhl studied at Brigham Young University, where he received a BFA in animation. He started working professionally one year into his course. Predominantly storyboarding and designing characters for smaller companies. He got his first taste of a large production, working with his mentor and college professor Ryan Woodward, doing value studies for the feature film Where the Wild Things Are (2009).

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