1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Henry Patrick Raleigh (1880 – 1944)

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    Henry Patrick Raleigh was a superb draftsman and accomplished illustrator who flourished during the Golden Age of American Illustration. He was sort after by the most popular authors and publications. During his success, he was one of the highest paid illustrators in the country. In 1925, Art Critic Evert Shinn proclaimed him “America’s greatest illustrator.”

    Raleigh was born in Portland, Oregon in 1880, into a broken family and a life of poverty. He began working at the age of 9. Selling newspapers to support his mother and sisters. By 12 he dropped out of school and found work on the docks of San Francisco for a coffee importer. Working side-by-side with sailors from around the world, they filled his young head with amazing tales of life in places far away. Inspired by these stories, he began sketching and sharing them. His co-workers were impressed by his drawings, as was his boss. Taking a liking to the budding artist, Raleigh’s boss offered to pay his tuition at renowned San Francisco art school, the Hopkins Academy.

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  7. When Hell Breaks Loose

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    When Hell Breaks Loose is an upcoming illustration exhibition curated Bat Country Collective, hosted at east London’s Old Shoreditch Station.

    Bat Country Collective and friends bring a range of imaginative responses to the theme ‘When Hell Breaks Loose’ with new series of prints and illustrated objects. The London and Stockholm based illustration group share a love of dark humour that they use here to investigate forces brewing beneath the surface of everyday life.

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