1. 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 character 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).

    After graduating in 2009, Krahenbuhl was picked up by Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank for a talent development program. Following his interning at Disney, he became a freelance artist, mostly doing character designs and story sketches.

    Krahenbuhl has worked on some very interesting projects including feature films for Blue Sky Studios and Paramount Pictures, video games for ArenaNet and PopCap Games, and the short films The Loch (2007), The Turtle and the Shark (2008), The Legend of Santa Claus (2008), and The Acidification of the Ocean (2010).

    You can find more of Taylor Krahenbuhl’s work on Tumblr and Facebook. You can also read an interview with the Character Design blog, it is a little old now, but still very interesting.

  2. Jeff Victor

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    Jeff Victor is an illustrator and character designer based in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his comical pop-culture character evolutions and his “adorkable” re-imaginings. His work has been displayed in galleries all over the world.

    Victor studied art and design at the University of Kansas. He has worked with many notable companies including Cartoon Network, Nick Jr. Animation, Warner Bros Animation, HBO, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Playstation 2, and MTV. While working with Warner Bros. Animation he created development artwork for TV shows including Loonatics: Unleashed, Thundercats, and Scooby Doo.

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  3. Fashion Fridays ~ Katie Rodgers

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    Katie Rodgers is New York-based illustrator who has worked with Cartier, Nina Ricci, Swarovski, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Disney, and Harper’s Bazaar among many others. She has a staggering online following. Her Facebook page has well in excess of 1 million likes, while her instagram boasts upwards of 643 thousand followers.

    Rodgers grew up in a rural town outside of Atlanta, Georgia. At age seven, she fell in love with art and fashion after an aunt gifted her a set of watercolours. She studied industrial design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. However, after realising industrial design was not quite right for her, she convinced the school to let her study fashion and accessory design abroad in Florence, Italy.

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  4. Beth Cavener

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    Beth Cavener is an American artist who creates dramatic animal sculptures that delve into the human psychology. Her work manipulatively applies human behaviours and features onto animal bodies. Her sculptures are often posed in positions of discomfort. Their struggle and subtle familiarities create an instant connection with the viewer. Be it one of sympathy, or more introspective than that, you are arrested with emotion looking at them. Cavener has said this of her work,

    “On the surface, these figures are simply feral and domestic individuals suspended in a moment of tension. Beneath the surface, they embody the consequences of human fear, apathy, aggression, and misunderstanding.”

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  5. 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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  6. Eric Tan

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    Eric Tan is a San Diego beach bum and creative at Walt Disney Consumer Products. Working digitally, he builds up dramatic action scenes and sweeping landscapes with crisp flat shapes. You will most certainly have seen his work before. His retro-inspired movie posters are regularly popping up on websites and making the social media rounds.

    Nostalgia plays a large roll in Tan’s work. Drawing inspiration from past decades, he can instantly evoke audience feelings from a piece. Much of the communication is already conveyed in the artwork’s yesteryear association. However, Tan is able to honour those original sensibilities while adding his own voice.

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  7. Dylan Meconis

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    Dylan Meconis is a comics artist, writer, and illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. She studied history and literature at Wesleyan University. Her love of history is the cornerstone of a lot of her personal work.

    Her career as a professional comics artist began in 2000, while still in high school, with the online publication of her first comic, Bite Me!. Utilizing her free periods in her senior year, Meconis began posting Bite Me! online at a weekly rate. It took inspiration from A Tale of Two Cities and Interview With the Vampire, and has become “the foremost vampire French Revolution graphic novel farce.” Dylan completed the story in 2004, and has since published a paperback edition of the comic.

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