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    Ariel Belinco

    Israeli born Ariel Belinco is a great illustrator, Animator, concept artist and character Designer. His graduation film “Beton” won 16 international awards at major festival including Annecy, Stuttgart, Hiroshima & Zagreb. He currently teaches art and animation at the Bezalel Academy and at the Sapir College cinema department. Besides teaching he works as a freelance animator & director.

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    Dan Santat

    American illustrator Dan Santat is probably best known for creating the Disney series ‘The Replacements’, as well as his children’s book ‘The Guild of Geniuses’. He has also been awarded with the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators for his work on ‘Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett. He has such a wonderful understanding of colour and composition; a total natural.

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    Aki Fukuoka

    Aki Fukuoka is a freelance illustrator living in New Zealand. Aki has illustrated over 60 children’s books including some award winning and best selling series such as “Billie B Brown” and “Lily the Littlest Angel”. Outside her innocent children’s picture books Aki works on more edgy and darker illustrations and paintings for her commission pieces and gallery shows. You can check out her Facebook fan page where she does regular updates and give-aways. Alternatively, check out her website or blog.

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    Manga Mondays ~ Inio Asano

    Inio Asano is probably best known for her highly acclaimed manga ‘Solanin’, which was turned into a feature film starring actress Aoi Miyazaki in 2010. Asano’s work ranges from realism to psycho-horror, and is very character driven. Of course we are all about illustration here on The Lounge, but I guess I can’t write about Asano without mentioning she is transgender, as it is such an interesting fact about the artist herself. You can visit her page on Anime News Network to find out a little more.

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    Fashion Fridays ~ Anja Kroencke

    Anja Kroencke was born in Austria. Since moving to New York in 1994, she has enjoyed working as a full-time illustrator, finding inspiration for her work in ‘The Big Apple’. Her elongated silhouette style figures and clever colour combinations gave her a lot of recognition in the late 90s, inspiring many other fashion illustrators along the way. Anja has collected numerous awards from The Society of Illustrators, The Art Directors Club New York and many more. Clients include British Airways, Estee Lauder, Givenchy, Harvey Nichols, Mattel and Seiko.

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    Marcos Chin

    Clever, exciting and amusing; Marcos Chin’s work definitely exudes all of these. He is a multi-award-winning illustrator, with honours from The Society of Illustrators New York, and Los Angeles, as well as the Society of Publication Designers. His understanding of illustration is such that he also lectures throughout the US and abroad, and he currently teaches illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York.