1. Ken Hultgren (1915 – 1968)

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    Kenneth Vernon Hultgren was a gifted draughtsman and notable Disney animator. In his relatively short career, he left behind a substantial body of work that continues to inspire and educate people.

    Hultgren was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1915. He studied at a local School of Art, before moving to California to pursue a career in animation. In 1936, one year after moving to California, he joined Disney Studios. He was an animator on the short film Farmyard Symphony (1938). He then worked on the feature film Bambi (1942), which he also created model sheets and layouts. Hultgren showed he was very comfortable drawing animals from any angle.

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  2. Manuja Waldia

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    Manuja Waldia is an illustrator and graphic designer living in Indianapolis, Indiana. She draws upon themes of friendship, sisterhood, celebration, and cake. Illustrating decorative festive scenes scattered with mellow women and cool cats (literally).

    Born and raised in India, Waldia transferred from the fashion communication program at National Institute of Fashion Technology, in New Delhi, to the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in Wisconsin. In 2014, she graduated with a BFA in Communication Design.

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  3. Manga Mondays ~ Brandon Liao

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    Brandon Liao is a freelance concept artist based in Los Angeles, California. He has created concepts and illustrations for both video games and films for clients including Riot Games and Realm Pictures. He is an artist “on a mission to spread epicness throughout the universe.”

    Liao attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he majored in Entertainment Design. While at university he landed an internship at Riot Games creating skins concepts for League of Legends. Having only worked as a concept artist officially for about 3 years, after his contract with Riot ended, Liao decided to explore the industry as a freelancer.

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  4. Fly Me To The Moon

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    Fly Me To The Moon is an animated sci-fi short by Miklós Felvidéki. He and a small team of animators created the 5-minute film for a university assignment based on a comic from his high school years.

    It tells the story of a fox who wakes up in a strange place with a hangover, probably not for the first time. While striving to make his way home, world-shaking events take place in the background. The film presents a grotesque parallel vision of inner and physical journeys as well as the incompatibility of monumental and insignificant events.

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  5. Alvaro Castagnet

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    Alvaro Castagnet is a renowned watercolour painter. Currently living in Uruguay, he travels the world to exhibit, demonstrate, judge, and teach. He has written articles for multiple international art publications, as well as authored three successful books of his own. He is a member of the American Watercolor Society, Australian Watercolour Institute and Uruguayan Cultural Association Watercolourists (ACUA), and an honorary member of The Ohio Watercolor Society. His work is collected by many worldwide and has been recognised by numerous prestigious awards over the last 30 years.

    Castagnet was born in 1954 in Montevideo, Uruguay. From an early age, his interest in art was encouraged by his father, who enrolled him into the National School of Art in Montevideo. He continued his formal education under the tutelage of colour theorist and oil painter, Miguel Angel Pareja, at the Fine Arts University. In 1983, Castagnet migrated to Australia. He stayed for 20 years. In 1985, he held his first solo exhibition.

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  6. Fashion Fridays ~ Bec Winnel

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    Bec Winnel in an i llustrator from Mount Beauty, Australia. Her stunning portraits have been featured in multiple exhibitions and publications. Often in isolation, Winnel’s women are accompanied by elements of nature. Their sensual and carefree auras exalt the feminine spirit.

    Winnel recieved a diploma in graphic design and art from Swinburne University in Melbourne. For a long time she worked as a graphic designer, while at night, she worked on developing her illustrations. Since making the switch to a full-time freelance illustrator, Winnel has worked with big names, Kookai, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Stylist, Este Lauder, Twinings and Wrangler. She has said a perticular joy of being a commercial illustrator is when she is pushed to work outside her comfort zone.

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  7. Jeff Turley

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    Jeff Turley is a Production Designer at Paramount Pictures, currently based in Los Angeles, California. He has worked as a visual development artist on feature films Big Hero 6 and Tangled, as well as Art director on the Oscar award-winning short, Paperman.

    Turley studied at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. Interestingly, he actually dropped out in his second term but continued to attend lessons. Turley worked extremely hard to catch the attention of his tutor, Scot Drake. Drake was working at Walt Disney Imagineering at the time. Impressed by Turley, Drake helped him get an internship at Imagineering. You can hear all about it in this interview with Bobby Chiu for Schoolism.

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