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  1. Nevena Nikolcheva

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    Nevena Nikolcheva is a concept artist based in Sofia, Bulgaria. She studied animation at the New Bulgarian University. During her studies and after graduating she worked at Haemimont Games as a 2D artist.

    In 2013 Nikolcheva moved on to French video game developer, Gameloft. There she has worked on mobile games World at Arms, and Age of Sparta. Creating both concept and promotional illustration, Nikolcheva has designed ships, mechs, lush environments, and entire isometric islands.

    Nikolcheva’s illustrations are layered and atmospheric. Fog and spots of light are used to add a greater sense of depth. Her work can mislead you at first into thinking that there are an array of colours. However, this is not often the case, her colour range is limited, and kicker colours are ued sparingly across the image.

    You can find more of Nevena Nikolcheva’s concept art on Behance and Tumblr.

  2. Amanda Winterstein

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    Presenting the beautiful background art of Amanda Winterstein. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, more informal known as CalArts. She cut her teeth at animation studio Divide Nine before going on to become a designer for late-night Fox animated series Friends Night ADHD. Winterstein has now found a home at Cartoon Network working as a background painter on their popular series Steven Universe.

    Winterstein’s work for both Steven Universe and much of her previous work use soft pastel tones to great effect. Harmonising colours to create relaxed airy environments. Her paintings often mimic watercolours which help add to their calming appeal.

    Pop over to Amanda Winterstein’s tumblr to see more Steven Universe backgrounds and more of her personal artwork.

  3. Scott Wills

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    I have recently taken a strong interest in colour theory, and colourist. Trying to understand why certain pallets work and how to come up them. There is a lot to learn from today’s feature. Presenting the work of Scott Wills, who is among other things, a master of colour.

    You may already be familiar with his work, especially if you are a fan of Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars, as Mr Wills worked on many of the backgrounds of those productions. His distinct style really helped set apart Samurai Jack from other animations of the time, something which I remember thinking when I first watched the show.

    Scott Wills has also provided background art for The Road to El Dorado (2000), Quest for Camelot (1998), as well as art directing Flushed Away (2006), and Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).

    Fascinatingly many of Mr Wills’ pieces are painted small in scale. With acrylic being his predominately medium of choice, he uses a range of techniques to get the look he wants. There are an excellent group of videos over on YouTube, of Mr Wills working on various Samurai Jack paintings. They are short, averaging around 6 minutes each, but long enough to give you some invaluable insight on how he goes about creating such beautiful backgrounds.

    You can find more of Scott Wills’ work on his blog, CandyCaneLane.

  4. Veronique Meignaud

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    We are showering you with magic this week. I’m not sure if there is a better word to describe this weeks features, and today is no less. Veronique Meignaud is a freelance illustrator from Montreal, Canada. Student of the Emile Cohl Art School in France, she has worked in the games industry, for the past 10 years, as a concept artist. Ms Meignaud has also collaborated on a wide range on multimedia project. Some of her previous clients include Cirque du Soleil, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Nike, and Marc Ecko.

    Veronique Meignaud’s artwork is striking and complex. It mixes intricate shapes with an array of colours, but all the while manages to keep the elements working harmoniously. It varies in style but the beauty remains consistent.

    You can find more of Veronique Meignaud’s work on her website, and tumblr.

  5. Brandon James Scott

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    The Loungers have all been long-time fans of Brandon James Scott’s work. It has it all; consideration, charisma, humour, and longevity. It combines rough textures with lush and harmonious colours.

    On top of his illustrator hat, Mr. Scott he has also worn Art Director, Director, Designer and Writer. Working across an array of fields with a range of clients including JibJab Media, Mattel Entertainment, Ogilvy & Mather, Disney, and Nickelodeon. Mr. Scott is also the creator and art director of the Emmy-nominated Justin Time.

    Clearly hard-working, Mr. Scott has also written and illustrated two children’s books as well as co-illustrating the The Longest Christmas List Ever, alongside JibJab founder Evan Spiridellis.

    You can find more of Mr. Scott’s wonderful work on his website.

  6. Olga Stern

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    Olga Stern is a Toronto-based illustrator and visual-development artist. Her portfolio is a wash of cheerful characters and mediums. Although, it is pretty clear to see her biggest strength is her sweeping background designs. They are exquisitely textured, the colours are vibrant but harmonious, and they are in every sense of the word picturesque. Stern’s previous clients include Pixar, Laika, ACME filmworks, and Head Gear Animation. You can find more of her work by heading to her website.

  7. Justin Patrick Parpan

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    I stumbled upon Justin’s blog today (and I think I looked through every page). He is currently working at Disney Studios, and he also creates a lot of fun illustrated work in his spare time. I really like his background art, which is simple, yet beautiful. You’ll also find on his blog some comic strips, character design, illustrated skateboards and the list goes on. Super talent, and extremely inspiring.

    Note: Interestingly, we previously featured Justin’s brother Josh on The Lounge.