Monday, October 25, 2010

Alexandra Boiger

Alexandra Boiger has illustrated several award-winning picture and chapter books. She started her career in feature animation, where she worked for such studios as Warner Bros. UK and Dreamworks Animation. Originally from Munich, Germany she now lives in California with her husband and daughter.

"The idea for my panel came simply from its title. Luftschloesser can be translated into air castles. I thought of what  the dream of a home feels like. I thought of freedom, air and a friend or family to pull the strings."

James Chiang

James Chiang has been an animator since 1999. After his studies at Sheridan College and Walt Disney Feature Animation, he went on to work for Lucas Learning, Lucas Arts, Blue Sky Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks. Apart from his work on feature films, his art can also be seen in his contributions to the "Totoro Forest Project", and "Brownstones to Red Dirt" project.  He is also a teacher and has lectured on the topic of art and animation internationally in cities such Toronto, New York, Taiwan and Singapore. James currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia,  where he teaches and freelances while working on a long time dream, developing a project of his own.

Trip Park

Trip Park was drawn to advertising long before he illustrated. He first worked as an Art Director with ad agencies Leo Burnett, and Saatchi & Saatchi, but working with and hiring all his favorite illustrators as an Art Director gave him an intoxicating look into their side of the business. He stumbled into illustrating a number of children's books and just kept falling for them, such as the 16-book series, Rotten School, written by R. L. Stine. He has helped develop characters for Blue Sky Studios for some features in development, and helped create the recent animated McDonald's campaign as an art director once again with Leo Burnett. His blog can be seen at

Noah Klocek

Noah Klocek was born in Neptune New Jersey to artist parents who encouraged him to draw but discouraged him from pursuing a career in the arts. Thankfully the discouragement didn’t work and after trying every thing from wildlife biology to paramedic training Noah decided to go to school at San Jose State and pursue a career in art. Near the end of school Noah had the opportunity to apprentice as a matte painter ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) where he worked on T3, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Hulk. Following a year at ILM, Noah spent several years as a Matte Painter at PDI/Dreamworks on Shrek 2 and Madagascar. In search of new challenges, Noah was lucky enough to find a place as an Art Director at Pixar Animation Studios. Noah lives in Berkeley with is amazing wife and two kids.

Studio: Pixar Animation Studio
Title: Art Director
Credits: Shrek 2, Madagascar, Wall-e, Up, Partly Cloudy (short).

Nicole Gustafsson

Nicole grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska where much of her youth was spent playing in the park across the street from her family home. These outdoor adventures helped form Nicole's love of nature and fueled her imagination. Nicole currently works as an illustrator and fine artist exhibiting in galleries and exhibitions throughout Nebraska and California

Mattias Adolfsson

Mattias Adolfsson lives with his wife and two children in Sigtuna outside of Stockholm, Sweden. Mattias has an Masters of fine arts in graphic design( at HDK , school of arts and crafts Gothenburg). Have been a professional 3d artist since 1995 when he left school making first animations for music videos and film then involved in making computer games. Restarted his drawing when starting a sketch blog (on line web log) in 2006, which since then has been one of the most visited sketchblogs in the world and has given him freelance work from all over the world. Has also started to exhibit his work, the last one being a group exhibit in Melbourne Australia. 
Is currently working on a childrens book

Jason Sadler

Trained as an industrial designer and a student of animation at Sheridan College, Jason's professional career began as a designer and animator on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? for Broderbund Software. In 2000 he joined Mondo Media's animation team where he designed and directed the award winning Heavy Metal Guy series, the Happy Tree Friends special short Ski Patrol and animated many of the regular episodes. In 2005 Jason joined the visual development department at Blue Sky Studios to design characters and environments on Horton Hears a Who! and is currently working on the studio's next feature Rio. In addition to his many animation-related projects, Jason has designed educational toys for Leapfrog Enterprises, contributed artwork to the national trust Totoro Forest Foundation, and illustrated a story for Random House’s Out of Picture book series. Jason's art has also exhibited in both the Society of Illustrators' 2009 Sequential Art Exhibition in New York and the Galerie Arludik in Paris.

Mike Boldt

From Jigsaw puzzles to pop-up books, iPhone apps to toy design, Mike Boldt has been illustrating almost exclusively for children for the past 11 years.  Last year he completed a lifelong dream and published his first picture book that he both wrote and illustrated (The Gophers in Farmer Burrows' Field).  Mike is now continuing his love for storytelling and children's illustration in several other books and graphic novels that he is developing and works as a freelance illustrator.

Mike lives where the sky is bigger, just outside Edmonton Alberta, with his beautiful family.

Ric Sluiter

Art Director Ric Sluiter, another major artist in the animation world. His amazing work as a background artist for Disney can be seen on movies such as The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Prince and the Pauper, to name only a few. Ric then went on to art direct both Mulan and Lilo & Stich.  He was recognized with an Annie Award nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement For Production Design for Lilo and Stich. Ric has lectured at Siggraph and his artwork is featured in many films' "Art of" books. Currently at Blue Sky Studios, Ric is a Color Designer for one of their upcoming films.

Christina Song

Christina Song
Freelance Illustrator
Los Angeles, CA
"Village" Mixed Media, Collage

Lisa Hunt

Lisa Hunt is an artist/writer living in South Florida. Lisa has worked on many tarot decks including Shapeshifter Tarot, Celtic Dragon Tarot, Chesley Award nominated Fantastical Creatures Tarot (US Games), the award winning Animals Divine Tarot and the critically acclaimed Fairy Tale Tarot. The bestselling Celtic Dragon Tarot, has been translated into many languages around the world. She is also the writer/illustrator of the book Celestial Goddesses (Llewellyn Publications). Lisa is currently creating a deck focusing on Ghosts and Spirits (US Games) in addition to several other projects slated for future publication. Lisa holds a Master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis on Jungian psychology/art & drawing.