Antonio Caparo is a comic artist and graphic designer currently based in Canada. His work is an eclectic mixture of steampunk, calligraphy, and comic illustrations. Antonio’s work has been widely published in magazines, books for young readers, and children’s books. He has also dabbled a bit in animation and advertising. The early part of his career was devoted to graphic design. It wasn’t until later that he decided to pursue his passion for other worlds, metaphorical stories, and magical characters. Antonio is originally from Cuba and is a graduate of the High Institute of Design in Havana.
Andrea Femerstrand is a Swedish concept artist & illustrator. Her day job involves storybook-illustrations, character designs, and concept art for film and games. She also does freelance illustrations during the weekends. According to her: “I love making art with a story that’s geared towards a younger audience. Character design is quite challenging, but that’s what I enjoy the most. I am happy as long as I have the opportunity to fulfill my creativity.” Andrea has been working under Net Entertainment (a digital gaming company) since 2011.
Yago Partal Studied Fine Arts in Barcelona, Spain. Together with Manel Soto, he spent six years putting together projects for Chesterfield International, Filmax, and Sitges Film Festival. He also exhibited a number of personal work during this time. After a while, he put design and illustration aside to concentrate on video and photography. Yago joined the DDT SFX company (which won an Academy Award for Pan’s Labyrinth) as a conceptual designer. While there, he worked in several films like J. A. Bayona’s “The Impossible” as well as Pedro Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In”. “Zoo Portraits” is one of his more recent series which features anthropometric animals cleverly dressed-up as humans.
Sonia Rentsch is an Australian designer and stylist. One of her more recent compositions feature a variety of handguns made entirely out of dried plants. The series was made for the latest January Biannual. Sonia has a degree in Industrial Design from MIT, Australia. Her clients include the Suddeutche Zeitung (Germany), L’oréal Melbourne, and Christian Dior (UK). She was also the editor-at-large of some popular design papers. Before Sonia transitioned from film to still-life set design, she worked for the creative house Moth Design n Melbourne.
Pani Jurek has created a funky new chandelier with test tubes. Dubbed the Maria S.C. lamp, it’s inspired by Maria Sklodowska-Curie’s cutting edge work in the field of Chemistry. Marie Curie, as she is more commonly know, was awarded the Nobel Prize for her discovery of radium and polonium. The Maria S.C. lamp consists of a series of test tubes suspended from a wodden frame. It also comes in a two-tiered version. You can even customize it by filling it with colored liquid, fresh fowers, or just plain water. The awesthetic potential of Jurek’s lamp is simply endless.
Alexandre Salles is an illustrator who specializes in airbrushing, animation, digital paintings, scientific illustration, and sculpture. He has a Bachelor in Arts degree with specialization in design and has worked as a professional illustrator since 1991. He is also known as “axlsalles” on the web. Alexandre is a big fan of comic and video games and it shows in his work. He has made a lot of impressive caricatures and portraits of Batman, Wolverine, and The Joker. He works and lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Danny Santos moved to Singapore in 2008 and he has been shooting random strangers (with a camera) in Orchard street ever since. He has been a web & graphic design profession for 10 years. On the weekends, he takes long walks along Orchard street and clicks away at anyone interesting. He’s aiming to ‘create an overall image of the beauty and energy of Orchard Road through the different characters and scenarios found in this busy street’. Street photography such as Danny is does, is challenging. He said: “Nothing cooperates with you.. not the weather, not the subjects, not the situation. You have to make do with what’s available…But on few occasions when all the elements just come together, and you’re at the right place at the right time, the feeling of ‘getting that perfect shot’ just doesn’t compare to anything else.”
Scratchboard illustrations are created by etching a design on thin China clay covered with black India ink using a sharp knife. Multiple layers of colored clay may be used along with aluminum foil. The result is highly detailed, precise and even textured artwork. Michael Halbert’s work is an expert in this field and has created more than 500 scratchboard illustrations. He has had extensive experience as a lay-out artist for Geisz Advertising as well as an artist and illustrator for Hanley Partnership and The Sporting News. He is now a freelance illustrator who gives his own tutorials.
Eyal Gever uses his very own 3D physical simulation technology ti create stunning installations, digital prints, and sculptures. He has more than 18 years’ worth of experience with 3D software technologies and server/web-based products. He is a visionary in the hi-tech industry and has garnered numerous awards for his innovation in multimedia design and technology. Since 2010, Eyal has focused primarily on his art. He currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. He said: “I create sculptures based on sublime moments. These are moments that fill a person with amazement, awe, terror, astonishment, and silence. They are also moments of pure beauty.”
Roberto Nieto specializes in web design and interface but his real passion is conceptual landscape illustration. Conceptual landscape illustration, in a nutshell, is basically bringing to life places that exist only in the artist’s imagination. Robert has done a whole peck of illustrations based on Japanese anime. He currently lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.