Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ian Burkard


Ian Burkard attended the Ringling College of Art and Design, and graduated with honors in 2004.  After sitting in on a figure painting session in 2003, he fell in love with the process, and has been painting ever since.  Ian has been a full-time modeler at Blue Sky Studios for over six years, and is currently the character modeling lead for an upcoming production.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Roque Ballesteros


Roque Ballesteros is an award-winning director and co-founder of Bay Area animation studio, Ghostbot. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and has worked with a variety of clients including Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Leap Frog, Hallmark, and Esurance. Roque has had original artwork shown at Double Punch, STUDIO Gallery, and recently a two-man show at the historic 63 Bluxome Street Gallery. 

"Home Coming" Cel Vinyl Acrylic 10" x 10"
by Roque Ballesteros

San Francisco

Patrick Awa

 "Innocent When You Dream" ,Acrylic on Balsa wood,10" x 10"

Patrick Awa Born in Santa Monica and raised in Tokyo, Patrick moved back to California in 2001 and has worked as a character/concept designer for major movies such as "Valiant" (Walt Disney Pictures) and "9" (Focus Features), as well as "Legend of the Guardians" (Warner Bros). Patrick is currently designing characters for " TRON: Uprising " for Disney Television.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Véronique Joffre

Véronique Joffre graduated from Ecole Estienne in Paris and Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg, and started her career as an illustrator three years ago. Currently working on commisioned illustrations for french children’s book publishers, some of her published works include La grande légende de Rama et Sita (Rue du Monde), L'arbre ami du bûcheron (Flammarion) and Ninu et la Mère des vents (Syros). But Veronique's true dream is to write her own stories to accompany her pictures! Besides a recent commission from the Puppet Museum of Lyon, and Pocko People Agency, Veronique’s artwork has been included in the Totoro Forest Project, Gallery Nucleus, Brownstones to Red dirt Project as well as the highly regarded Sketchtravel project. With her collages Veronique doesn’t like to know where she’s going at first, prefering to be surprised by chance, letting shapes and colors create her stories almost on their own!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tim Bowers

Bowers earned his BFA degree from the Columbus College of Art & Design (Ohio).  He began his career in advertising and editorial illustration, working with clients including Proctor & Gamble, Wendy’s and Owens-Corning.  He was recruited by Hallmark and worked five years at their headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri as a greeting card artist, artist supervisor and as an original member of the company’s humor group, Shoebox Greetings.  Bowers’ first children’s book illustrations were published in 1986. Since then, he has illustrated over 30 additional titles.

For the past 25 years, Bowers has been creating artwork primarily for the children’s book market and the social expression industry. Bowers characters have been licensed for various products including, cookie and popcorn tins, Christmas ornaments, throws/blankets, needlecraft kits, kitchen products, gift bags, puzzles, rubber stamps, and resin figurines.

In addition to his studio schedule, Bowers often visits elementary schools to promote literacy and to share his experience as an illustrator of children’s books.  He has been an adjunct instructor at the Columbus College of Art & Design and a presenter at author/illustrator conferences, covering such subjects as: humor in illustration, self promotion and preparing to enter the book illustration market.  Bowers lives with his wife in Granville, Ohio.  They have three daughters and a son.

His book illustration has received recognition including:
•     Chicago Book Clinic- Honor Book
•    Child Magazine- Top Pick selection
•     Children’s Choice Award
•     Child Magazine- Best Children’s Book Award
•     Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book award
•      Bank Street College Best Book of the year
•    Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best” list
•       Junior Library Guild selections

Tim Bowers’ illustrations have also been included in:
•    Society of Illustrator’s Annual Art Exhibition
•       S.I. Humor Exhibition
•       The Original Art Exhibition- Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book
    Illustration (Master Eagle Gallery, NY)
•    Spectrum 17: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
•     Mazza Museum- International Art from Picture Books

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Lee White

Lee began his illustration career 8 years ago after graduating with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California. His clients include United Airlines, National Geographic, Apple, Simon and Schuster Publishing, Disney, Viking Publishing, Bent Image Lab, Laika Animation Studios.  Lee's currently illustrating my 10th children's book for Viking due out in the spring of 2011.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Enrico Casarosa

Enrico Casarosa has been in the animation industry for more than ten years, drawing storyboards that fit into large animated feature films. Currently a story artist at Pixar Animation Studios Enrico continues his quest to create more hours in the day by drawing alternate realities. Sooner or later his experiments will break through and we’ll all have to buy new watches. Meantime he just published an art book “3 trees make a forest” with partners in crime Ronnie del Carmen and Tadahiro Uesugi. Other times he pursues his muse by traveling with his watercolors and sketchbooks. Enrico is the founder of “SketchCrawl”, a world wide drawing marathon event that gathers artists from all around the globe.