1. Chloé Nicolay

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    Chloé Nicolay is an Illustrator and Character Designer from Paris, France. She is a graduate from the famous Parisian school of the visual arts, Gobelins in 2013. After graduating, she landed a role as a Storyboarder and Character Designer at digital visual effects studio Mac Guff.

    If her work looks familiar it may be from the animated short, The Night We Were Kings. Nicolay worked on it with four fellow Gobelins students Anthony Lejeune, Gaspard Sumeire, Léa Justum, and previous Lounge feature, Manddy Wyckens. TNWWK went on to win the Lignes de Court short film competition and was broadcasted on France 3.

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  2. Pablo Auladell

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    Pablo Auladell is an award-winning Spanish illustrator and cartoonist. His first publication, El camino del titiritero, came out in 2001 and earned him a Saló del Cómic de Barcelona Best Newcomer Award in 2002. He has since consistently worked on an average of four books each year. Having a particularly productive year In 2008, he released 9 titles. Totaling 60 books in just 14 years.

    Auladell’s books have been published by many of Spain’s top publishers including Anaya, Actes Sud and Libros del Zorro Rojo. He is also a regular collaborator with writer Pablo Albo. The pair have worked on Mar de sábanas (2003), which he won a Ciudad de Alicante Award for Best International Illustrated Children’s Book, El espantapájaros (2005), Inés azul (2009), Diógenes (2010) and Alas y olas (2011).

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  3. Maciej Kuciara

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    Maciej Kuciara is a Concept Designer working in Los Angeles, California. He is the CEO at Learn Squared, Concept Designer at DreamWorks and Concept Illustrator at Art Directors Guild.

    Kuciara initially worked as a concept artist for video games Crysis, Crysis 2 and The Last of Us before switching mediums and focusing on film. His first film project was for Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). He has since worked with Legendary Pictures, Columbia Pictures, and Universal Pictures. Kuciara has also worked on two Marvel Studios films, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War (2016).

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  4. Manga Mondays ~ Marcel Pérez

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    For today’s Manga Monday, we look at the work of Spanish illustrator and designer, Marcel Pérez. He creates manga-influenced ink and watercolour paintings and has built up quite a fanbase for his Avatar, Pokémon and Disney fan art.

    Pérez recently attended one of Europe’s largest comics, illustration and games festival, the Lucca Comics & Games. On top of the many sketches he produced whilst there, he was also launching a new comic for No Lands Comics. Firewind is a complately new four-part tale continuing the Across the No Lands adventure. Issue 1 was written by Nax, coloured by Isabel Terol and illustrated by Pérez.

    You can find more of X work on DeviantArt, Tumblr and follow him on Twitter.

  5. Johannes Helgeson

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    Johannes Helgeson is a Concept Artist and Illustrator, currently based in Montreal, Canada. Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, Helgeson earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree at University of Skövde.

    After graduating, Helgeson worked at a range of games companies including Redsteam Studios, Gameloft, GoodGame Studios, and Activision. He worked as a freelancer for a short while before finally landing a job at game developers and visual effects company, Hibernum Creations.

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  6. Mindy Lee

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    Mindy Lee is a Concept Artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her portfolio is packed full of with lively inked sketches. She has an entire blog dedicated to them called Mindy Doodles.

    From 2001 to 2004, Lee studied Graphic Design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After graduating, she landed a job as a background designer at Warner Brothers. She has since produced concept art for Darkwatch (2005) and The Lord of the Rings: Conquest (2009). More recently, Lee worked at Carbine Studios on the sci-fi multiplayer game, WildStar (2014).

    You can find more of Mindy Lee’s work Tumblr and Facebook.

  7. Fashion Fridays ~ William Travilla (1920 – 1990)

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    William Travilla was an Oscar-winning costume designer who dressed around 270 Hollywood stars across more than 100 movies and TV episodes.

    Often known as just “Travilla,” or “Billy” to his friends, he was born on March 22, 1920 in Los Angeles, California. At an young age, he was enrolled in the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts). Travilla demonstrated tremendous skill and was moved up to the adult classes at only eight years old.

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