Student Scholarship Exhibitor List

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Abigail Bonett
My name is Abigail Bonett and I love visual storytelling! I thrive on the communication of emotion and expression in narrative form. I also strive for excellent draftsmanship in my work, while keeping a child-like imagination. Combining these elements has bred my love of animation, and one of my goals is to work in the visual development industry. Due to my love of storytelling, however, I am also passionate about publishing. I look forward to opportunities to help tell inspiring stories!
Alina Chong
Alina Chong is an illustrator and art director from San Diego, CA. She graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Communications Design. Alina loves creating any kind of work that is able to tell stories; this includes projects ranging from children's books, animations, advertising campaigns and more. She works mainly in digital illustration, creating and illustrating sickeningly adorable characters (most often dogs.)
Alison Polston
Alison Polston is a midwestern Illustrator creating watercolor narratives of rascally (somewhat murderous) animals wearing human clothes. She takes inspiration from nature's calm and beautiful loneliness, religious themes, animal behaviors, and the intrusive thoughts that come with loss and anger. She enjoys spending her time outdoors, cooking on cast iron, collecting animal fur and bones, and communing with her cat and dog.
Andrew Watch
Andrew Watch is a Toronto based artist / designer. His work is primarily concept based and constructed through his unique approach to shape and colour. Andrew pulls influence from his travels, world textiles, artifacts, modern design and his obsession with popular culture.
Angela Hsieh
Angela is a Chinese-American illustrator who loves science, animated gifs, and goofy animals. Her life experiences include fireman-carrying a (sedated) bear cub and catching a (cantankerous) wallaby.* *She also wishes to include a disclaimer that this all occurred in zoos and wildlife centers so as not to encourage this kind of behavior in the wild.
Angela Zhang
Angela Zhang is a freelance illustrator, comic artist, and storyteller. She specializes in producing children's books and comics. Her narratives focus on the quiet moments in everyday life, whether it be about kids having adventures out in nature, autobiographical reflections on her childhood memories, or musings on friendships.
Ann Xu
Ann Xu is a cartoonist and illustrator from the quiet suburbs of San Jose, California, graduating with a BFA in illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her comics have been published in the form of self-published minis and in various anthologies. She likes to draw and write about childhood, home, and relationships. In her free time, she eats too many hot Cheetos and drinks too much milk tea.
Anne Skelly
Anne Skelly is a New Jersey based illustrator and visual development artist. She focuses strongly on character and asset design for animation. Driven by a passion for storytelling with meaning, her dream is to contribute to film and television that teaches audiences empathy and understanding.
Arden Lin
I was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand to Taiwanese parents. I have a passion for art, calligraphy, graphic design, and story writing. I enjoy making handwritten type, watercolour, ink, pencil, and usually work between digital and traditional. I'm studying in Sarasota, Florida as a Senior at Ringling College of Art and Design. Email: alin@c.ringling.edu
Ashley Caswell
Originally from Massachusetts, Ashley will be receiving her BFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017. In the art world she enjoys drawing plants and creating sequential, book, and editorial illustrations. In the non-art world she enjoys reading, cooking, and trying to stop her cat from killing her plants.

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Bailey Watro
Bailey Watro is an illustrator completing her final year at The Maryland Institute College of Art with a degree in Illustration and Humanistic Studies. Her interests range from editorial and book arts to surface design and screen printing. When she's not drawing, she can typically be found reading, baking, or petting a dog.
Beatriz Gutierrez Hernandez
Beatriz is an illustrator born and raised in the city of Guadalajara, in Mexico. She is currently completing her final year at Pratt with a BFA in Communications Design, with a focus in illustration. Her work is a product of traditional and digital techniques and is inspired by a recollection of memories, places, experiences, and emotions. She enjoys creating scenes with wistful narratives that subtly transmit a feeling of longing and melancholy, but always with a sense of liveliness.
Bekky Sunmi Shin
Bekky Shin, otherwise known as Sunmi, is a Korean-American illustrator & zinemaker from the Bay Area of California. They work with ink, paper, risograph, and ceramics to create vessels that hold and murmur candid stories about queer hopes, fears, and love.
Blanca Rosa Jimenez
Blanca Rosa Jimenez, born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, recently graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.F.A. in illustration. She creates her illustrations using a combination of traditional and digital techniques. Her interests in science-fiction, psychology, and the subconscious inspire her to create images that are disorienting and dream-like.
Brady Kettle
I am a Boston-based illustrator working primarily in digital media. My skills, which include various styles and a focus on character design, publishing, and editorial work, all have a narrative edge. In an ever changing-industry in a constantly evolving global culture, I am always hungry for research, new materials, and new inspirations. I like books, movies, and being your friend.

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Carina Chong
Carina Chong is an illustrator born and raised in Los Angeles and currently attends Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She uses her quirky imagination to escape the cityscape and explore worlds full of whimsical color and nature that she expresses in her work. She paints primarily with gouache and acrylic. 
Chris Zollna
Chris Zollna is currently in his last semester of school studying Animation and Illustration at San Jose State University. He specializes in illustration and entertainment design for film and video games. He is available for freelance work.
Chun Chen
Chun Chen is an Animation/Illustration student from San Jose State University, where he will be graduating with a B.F.A in May 2017. His past experiences include working at House Special (Portland, OR) as a Concept Art intern. He has also worked on several short films that have been official selections at Annecy and Society of Illustrators. In his spare time he enjoys watching scary movies, volleyball, hiking, aquariums, and hanging out with his dog :)
Clara W. Dudley
Clara W. Dudley was born and raised in Portland Oregon. She focuses much of her creative practice on character design, children's narrative and surface design. Clara specializes in Adobe Illustrator and vector-based art, but also loves Copic markers and screen printing. Clara draws inspiration from 1950's, children's illustration, as well as 70's and 80's graphic design. Her favorite projects are icons and motifs, posters, children's narrative and large scale screen prints
Clarissa Liu
I am currently attending Rhode Island School of Design for a BFA in Illustration. I am a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Tattoo artist.
Corina Gonzales
Corina Gonzales is an illustrator and designer from San Jose, California. With her passion for conceptual art and storytelling, her work consists mainly of characters in whimsical and fantasy environments. In 2017 Corina graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration. In her spare time she enjoys going out with friends, listening to music, and collaborating with fellow artists.
Coti Meier
My work is made up of drawing and collage based studies of everyday things, people and happenings. I work in multiple mediums to create my images, working in a method of layering; using paint, scraps of paper, graphite, found images, and ink. My work incorporates quirky humor by using references from life that I see or overhear, telling personal, relatable stories.
Cydney Wiedenbeck
A fashion illustration inspired by a fiery urban sunset.
Cynthia Cheng
Cynthia is an illustrator currently based in Baltimore, MD. She grew up reading comics and playing American football in Edison, New Jersey. Cynthia will be graduating soon from the Illustration program at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she spent a lot of time interacting with the student community and attempting to cook food that is actually edible.

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Daniel Rafalski
Daniel Rafalski is an illustrator and student in Portland, Oregon. He is a simple man who is passionate about art and breakfast food.
Dasha (Daria) Rud
Dasha is a young aspiring artist, whose main passion is animation and storyboarding. Dasha was born in Krasnodar, a city in the southern part of Russia. In 2011 she moved to US to pursue her dream of becoming an artist and animator. Dasha is fond of creating unique characters most of us can relate to, and bringing them to life in her films. As long as her work can make people smile and sympathize, wonder and search for answers, her artistic journey will continue.
David Park
David Park is an artist and illustrator born and raised in Los Angeles, He recalls memories of patiently for VHS tapes to be reminded, that Nokia ringtone and the wailing screams of dial-up modems. Growing up in a city saturated by ever-growing trends of pop-culture, He visualizes the world with a sense of melancholic nostalgia, fostered by the daydreams of a lonesome latchkey kid. His fondness for films, manga, and video games is suspended onto the way he creates his work.
Diana Whitney
Diana Whitney is a Midwest-based illustrator currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in illustration and graphic design at MIAD. Diana draws her inspiration from mid-century illustration and cartoons, and brings this to life in her vivid, nostalgic style. She has a passion for storytelling and fantasy, especially when it comes to anything involving witches, monsters and magic.
Dion MBD
Dion is an Indonesian, currently studying in Ringling College of Art and Design as an illustration major rising junior. Having lived in and traveled to different countries, he is always intrigued by human interactions and living conditions. He aspires to create works that preserve his memories and trigger viewers to reminisce. He strives to establish immediate but prolonging emotional connections with viewers through his works.

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Elana Gabrielle
Elana Gabrielle is an illustrator and maker, raised by the coast of Northern California. Her work is inspired by the natural world around her, often full of overgrown foliage and magical creatures. She aims to combine educational, whimsical, and conceptual imagery to create fun and accessible illustrations that can live in books, in print, and on products. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon, and can most often be found wandering in bookstores, or adding to her house plant collection.
Elijah Mazur
Latvian born, Belarus illustrator. My whole life I was interested in music and visual arts. I currently am attending the Academy of Art University's School of Animation, planning to graduate Spring 2017. I work in variety of different styles and mediums, while pursuing my dream of becoming a professional artist in the animation industry. Illustrations are my personal passion project. With each piece I am trying to tell small "episodic" stories.
Elise DeGarmo
Virginia-based illustrator, Elise DeGarmo, is best known for her vibrant and thought-provoking oil paintings. She has worked with clients on projects ranging from conceptual storyboarding to realistic renderings. She recently fell in love with making bronze castings and is in the midst of writing and illustrating two children’s books.
Elizabeth Stevens
"Une Chatte Choux a la Creme" is part of a five-image series of desserts in the shape of cats. The other images feature flan, swiss roll, lemon tart, and ice cream. Inspiration for the series comes from Kyaraben or Charaben: food arranged to look like people or animals typically in a cute manner.
Emily Chen
Emily Chen is currently a senior digital illustration student at the Rhode Island School of Design. While in school, she is working as a freelance illustrator for Blizzard Entertainment, as well as other game companies. At Blizzard, she is currently making illustrations for a book by Dark Horse for the World of Warcraft franchise. Emily spends most of her days practicing drawing so that she can create paintings compelling enough to convince viewers to be more charitable to those around them.
Eva Grello
Eva Grello is an illustrator, printmaker and art educator based out of Long Beach, California, where she lives with her 2 cats and 49 pairs of socks. Her work weaves together her love of color and pattern with the humor she sees all around her.
Ezekiel Saucedo
My friends call me Zeke. I'm from San Antonio and, as such, I'm a huge basketball fan—go Spurs go! I also love Godzilla, video games, Saturday morning cartoons, and the Bible. I primarily work with acrylic ink, taking inspiration from Zen ink paintings, ukiyo-e prints, and traditional comic book illustrators like Jack Kirby.

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Harrison Keller Pyle
Harrison "Keller" Pyle is an illustrator based in Cartersville, Georgia. He studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Illustration in 2016. Since then, Keller has pursued a freelance career and has also worked on a series of self-initiated projects. He is a dinosaur enthusiast and loves to sculpt in his spare time.

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James Spaeth
I am a senior illustration major at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. My submission, which I did in graphite, was originally a project for a Handel and Haydn Society competition for a poster for the oratorio Saul. I imagined that Kings David and Saul might have looked like these Assyrian Gods. In addition to illustration, I enjoy painting, particularly outdoor scenes. My Senior Thesis Project was a series of five paintings of the Charles River near my home.
Jared Freschman
Jared Freschman is going into his 4th year at Pratt Institute as an Illustration major. Before moving to NYC, Freschman grew up in a small town in Delaware and spent most of his time drawing inside his childhood home. Being constantly exposed to the rooms accompanied by his family, Freschman began to believe that as humans we leave traces of ourselves in the objects and places we come in contact with, which has strongly influenced his work. He is currently studying abroad in Jerusalem, Israel.
Jean Wei
I love making images and comics! Currently finishing up my final year at RISD.
Jeannine Hulshof
Jeannine is an illustrator based in Toronto Ontario. In her early days, she would often spend time looking at unique faces found in objects, and a flow of objects found in the clouds. This lead to a love of creating art that meshes imagery together. Her work often features bold colour and organic lines, with a metaphor to reveal a deeper meaning. When not found bending in backbreaking positions over her art she can often be found gazing lovingly at her cactus for unprecedented amounts of time.
Jeffrey Nguyen
Jeffrey Nguyen is an illustrator and graphic designer from Sarasota, FL. He specializes in book design for Young Adult and Adult Fiction and frequently collaborates with self-published authors on Reedsy. Upon graduation at Ringling College of Art and Design, he is accepting an intern position as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator at Hallmark. Apart from drawing, he can be found playing ping pong, exercising, or hanging out with friends at the beach.
Jenice Kim
Jenice is a Korean-Canadian illustrator, currently finishing her last year at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She loves working with playful shapes and bold colors to make something meaningful. She is interested in the relationship between people and places, and stories that arise somewhere in between. She loves discovering neat souvenirs, collecting postcards, and finding inspiration within unexpected moments.
Jianrong Lin
Jianrong Lin is a New York based freelance illustrator. His work is targeted for editorial and advertising markets. He studied at Fashion Institute of Technology and received degrees in Fashion Illustration and General Illustration. "I am constantly inspired by the things around me, and I’m always trying hard to share my discoveries. My mission is to tell visual stories and convey messages and ideas through my imagery in an interesting way." Says Jianrong.
Jiemin Yang
Jiemin is passionate for both visual and performing arts. He is a graphic designer, illustrator, dancer, and choreographer currently based in New York. He has illustrated for children's books and advertising materials. He particularly loves to illustrate fun characters that can amuse and delight people. Recently graduated from Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, he is looking to use his multiple creative skills to inspire the world. (web: jieminyang.com | Instagram: jyang113)
Jordan Moss
Jordan Moss is an illustrator and designer from Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Communications Design. She works mainly in digital illustration, and her interests range from editorial to print making. She draws inspiration from plants and late night runs for french fries. Email: jordan.e.moss@gmail.com
Joy Ho
Born and raised in Singapore, Joy Ho will be graduating this May with a BFA in Illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art with Art History and Book Arts. She is the Society's 2016 Will Eisner Scholar and was at NPR last fall as an illustration intern. Her comic Dogswurld, was recently awarded Silver Medal for Special Format at MoCCA. She will be pursuing a career in editorial work, comics and anything creative she can get her hands on after she graduates.
Junce Lu
My name is JunCe Lu, and I come from China.I am in the illustration Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Through Illustration I am able to show my creativity through each project and at the same time. I am pushing my limitations on bring forth new ideas. I am an inventive person and I never stop trying out different styles and different types of medium when creating works of art. I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the Society of Illustrator competition.

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Ka Young Lee
Ka Young Lee is a Toronto based illustrator. Lee's work is highly palpable and concept based using a combination of both analog and digital methods. Her use of soothing pallets and graphical components both transcends and pay homage to her Korean heritage and unique personal style.
Kelly O'Neill
Kelly O'Neill is a 2017 graduate of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, where she focused on children's books. In her illustrations, she tells stories through colorful, cute, whimsical imagery. She finds inspiration in books and fairy tales, and brings elements of fantasy into all of her work.

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Lachlan Herrick
Born & raised in Philadelphia, Lachlan currently resides in Savannah as a sophomore in Illustration at SCAD. Her works revolve around the unexplained, haunting and secretive, and her inspirations are found in traveling, exploring cultures, and observing nature. She has collaborated on murals, featured in publications, and does commission work in her free time, when she has any. Cynaotype printing is quickly becoming her favorite side-hobby and she hopes to one day have her own tiny house boat.
Larsson McSwain
I grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, knowing from my crayon-wielding baby days, I wanted to make pictures. I aim to solve visual problems with unique aesthetic experiences. I love story and I love design and I love weaving the two together to make something new.
Lauren Elizabeth Parra
Lauren attends the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where she studies Illustration with a double minor in Natural Sciences and Communication Design. A majority of her work is filled with various flora and fauna.She hopes that in the future, she can become more involved in science education efforts through illustration. She loves using bold colors with graphic shapes and textures to create whimsical and engaging illustrations.
Lauren Seider
Lauren Seider is an illustrator and designer based in Kansas City. Her studio and illustrations tend to be full of light and vibrant color, and lots of yellow raincoats! In her practice, these things are all connected – manifesting the world of the Yellow Raincoat Society. The Y.R.S. represents an optimistic intention present in Lauren’s illustrations, which feature moments of stillness, mystery, and contemplation.
Liliya Rattari
Liliya Rattari is from Dubai, U.A.E., residing in Dallas, TX. Currently studying Children’s Illustration at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, the artist works in graphite, ink, color pencil, watercolor and digital media. Inspired by the impermanent beauty in all things alive and imagined, Liliya Rattari uses dry and wet media in her hopeful endeavor to capture all of the distinct and subtle details that make a subject unique.
Lisa Ferguson
Lisa is a recent Pratt grad with a BFA in illustration, currently working in animation. Lisa experiments often with detailed graphic shapes and accidental textures. This piece is a still from a gif that is viewable on my site Lisaferg.us
Logan Spector
Logan Spector is an illustrator currently living in Wilmington, NC, but she spends most of her time bouncing between friends and relatives throughout America and Indonesia. Her work is colorful and fresh, and she enjoys turning her illustrations into short looping animations any chance she gets. When she’s not working on projects, you can find Logan trying to lure squirrels to her hand, cooking, or spending as much time as possible outside with friends and family.
Lucas Bowlus
Lucas Bowlus, yeah him. That guy. He received a BFA in Illustration from California College of the Arts in 2016. His work is DIY, it’s rooted in his lifelong interest in the ethics of the punk rock subculture he grew up in. He is influenced by animation, comics, graffiti and tattooing. He publishes a weekly webcomic, called Puffy Eyes that also is featured weekly in a small print newsletter, The Philadelphia Secret Admirer. Lucas is currently looking for freelance illustration.

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Margaret Gillespie
Margaret is a Boston-based illustrator who takes her inspiration from the beauty of everyday life, nature, and her travels. Working primarily in gouache, she uses the most vibrant colors she can find, incorporating foliage and pattern whenever possible. She loves writing stories about childhood memories that will make you laugh, and is currently working on a children's book. Margaret likes sweaters, blueberry scones, and has an excellent memory.
Maria Laureno
Maria Laureno is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration. She specializes in detailed realistic watercolor paintings but loves experimenting with a wide variety of mediums. Whether creating traditional or digital pieces, her products reflect her unique hand drawn style. She is currently working at American Greetings as a Product Designer and enjoys creating products that connect people and help make memories. She also loves traveling and corny jokes.
Meredith Shriner
I am an illustrator and graphic designer preparing to graduate from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a B.F.A. in Communication Design. I have always loved drawing and working with my hands to create. I use illustration to invent characters and worlds that tell stories. My work often contains a touch of quirkiness and humor. I am always excited to grow and try new things when it comes to my work, and I am grateful to all of my mentors who have encouraged me to do so.
Mihyun Amy Ryu
Amy Ryu is an illustrator from South Korea. With two lovely younger siblings, she learned how to create adventurous stories of imaginary things and places, and drew them with anything she could find that makes marks. Loving fantasy and children's stories as well as games of all kinds, she creates picture books, interactive book, 2D games, and animations . Her dream is to open a Book Cafe filled with art books.

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Natasha Sharpe
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Natasha Sharpe is in her last year in the Film/Animation/Video program at the Rhode Island School of Design. She likes to invent stories that distill the chaos of living experience into playful and performative narratives. If she was a pen she would be a Sharpie marker.
Nayeon Lee
Nayeon is an illustrator who is engaged in conceptual thinking to create visual stories and design for commercial applications. She wants to share her experiences, perspectives, and beliefs with you - and wishes you could find connections from them as well.
Nero Hamaoui
Nero H. is an Illustrator in Largo, a small beachside city in Florida. Believing that good aesthetics and design is key to successful illustration, he aims to efficiently convey feelings and ideas through his work.
Nina Charuza
Nina Charuza is a Polish American illustrator who creates humor driven comics and zines as well as thoughtful pieces for publication. She loves to use bright color and shapes with watercolor and gouache, but also has a passion for black and white images using ink and graphite. Her work has been sold in galleries and published in the New York Times. Nina is currently working in NYC after graduating from the California College of the Arts in 2017.

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Olivia Bodor
A small portrait which shows a man standing oblivious to the destruction behind him. This is an 8"x10" oil and acrylic painting on wood panel.

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Paige Kibby
Paige Kibby recently earned a BFA from the University of Connecticut, where she concentrated in Illustration, taking a special interest in graphic design and printmaking. She primarily works in silkscreen, illustrating everyday familiar subject material, which she enjoys pulling out of context and depicting in unexpected ways. Paige Kibby and her friend, fellow alumna Louise Astorino, recently launched a small t-shirt business "Tit-Tees", which will feature Kibby's silkscreens.
Paul Donahue
I am a digital illustrator specializing in cityscapes and the human figure. I use scanned materials such as fabrics, graphite drawings, and other textures to create compositions which capture the spirit of the intended image. The use of scanned materials in my digital work adds a physicality to an otherwise intangible medium, creating an intersection where the real and virtual merge. I am a 2018 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's department of Communication arts.
Pearl Shen
Pearl Shen is an illustrator originally from Santa Barbara, California, currently studying at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has experimented with painting, photography, and music from an early age, and continues to do so. Pearl now focuses much of her creative practice on illustration and printmaking. She specializes in screen printing her images using bright colors and bold shapes. Pearl currently lives in Oakland in a household of three other artists.
Priscilla Yuen
Priscilla is an illustrator from Malaysia who is currently pursuing a BFA at Rhode Island School of Design. Drawing inspiration from both nature, man-made, and the intersections in-between them, she creates work built upon her life-long love relationship with color, lettering, and meticulous handcrafting. She believes in a healthy dose of quiet daily to maintain one's sanity. Contact her at priscillacyuen@gmail.com.

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QIUYI CHEN
Friday Night Party Animals

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Ran Zheng
Ran Zheng, a.k.a. Tracy is currently finishing up her final semester at Rhode Island School of Design. She loves working with colored pencils and playful palettes. She is hoping to work as a freelance illustrator post graduation.
Richard Chavando
Richard Chavando is a freelance illustrator and educator based out of Long Beach, California. His illustrations are influenced from how humans and animals interact with each other, mixed with elements of science fiction/fantasy. Using cultures, the human psyche, and fluffy animal friends to draw from, Richard creates worlds and characters to things that could be but never were.
Riza Cruz
Riza Cruz is an illustrator, graphic designer, and paper crafter. Her illustrations are usually three dimensional and use bright and bold color palettes. Although she loves working with her hands, she loves incorporating her three dimensional illustrations into graphic design. Riza believes in making and experimenting with her hands because it can bring a handmade and unique quality to her work. She currently resides in Southern California, but divides her time between Southern and Northern Cal

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Samrath Kaur (POM!)
I'm an illustrator/animator graduating soon from RISD. I want to be able to travel the world and paint on-site. I start every morning with thirty minutes of exercise, using hardcover manga volumes as mass for weightlifting. That's probably because I don't feel like I have time to actually read them, haha!
Sarah Alinia Ziazi
Sarah Alinia Ziazi is a Toronto-based illustrator who is a graduate of OCAD University. Her practice generates a dialogue between themes of identity and nostalgic experiences that evoke ambivalence towards femininity and its stereotypes. A combination of mechanical and organic synthesis is seen within her aesthetics to further explore these concepts.
Shafer Brown
Shafer is an illustrator from the mountains of North Carolina currently living in Kansas City, Missouri. He digs soviet era animation, bourbon, and drawing silly pictures for kids and adults.
Shannon Levin
Shannon is a designer, illustrator, and recent graduate of the Communication Design program at Washington University in St. Louis. She loves to draw funky people doing funky things while using bright colors and amorphous shapes. She hopes to create illustrations that will educate, inspire, and humor her audiences as well as elevate the representation and voices of those who often go unheard and unseen.
Sheida Shekarian
Sheida reckons herself an illustrator. Her passion sits her in her room (based outside of Toronto), closes the door and allows her to joyfully rot for days on end. She hopes her work will make a difference to someone, somewhere. She also has a confession to make; this took her quite a while to write.
Skarlett Prittie
I am an Illustrator currently residing in New Hampshire. Recently I have grown to appreciate using linoleum blocks to create intricate prints of both fantasy and reality. My work generally focuses on line work and detail. As someone who has been immersed in the natural world, I find it hard to ignore the countless ecological issues that impact all life. I have a fondness for smaller animals that are the base for many ecosystems, such as birds, bats and amphibians. Preservation is key.
Skye Ali
Skye Ali is an illustrator/idealist with an emotional hemorrhage. With a worn sketchbook in hand, she lives her quiet life trying to visualize different stories, emotions, and atmospheres. She is also passionate about mental and emotional well-being, and her work often touches upon subjects such as depression and the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. Skye currently lives with her husband, dog, two snakes, two lizards, and three gerbils in Richmond, VA.
Sodam Juon
Sodam (Christine) Juon is a Korean American freelance illustrator who grew up in the Illinois suburbs and is currently chillin’ in Oakland, California. She will be graduating with her BFA from California College of the Arts in May of 2017, where her illustration focuses on crisp line work that is brought to life through a wide range of vibrant, saturated colors.
Sofia Albee
I am a Painter, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Sculptor and can transform any kind of complicated idea into images. I try to tell important stories through my art and evoke thoughts and feelings. I have studied traditional, classical art in St-Petersburg, Russia, post modern art in Berlin and contemporary, digital art in New York. These experiences gave me a wide range of opportunities to create on inspiration. I am always ready to try out new artistic approaches and am not afraid of challenges.
Sonya Abby Soekarno
Sonya is an Illustrator and Visual Development artist currently based in San Francisco. Originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, she recently graduated from the Academy of Art University. Sonya aspires to work as a Visual Development artist in the animation industry, with a focus on Character Design and Background Painting. She'd also like to further explore the Children's Book industry.
Sophia Zarders
Sophia Zarders is an illustrator, comic artist, & social justice advocate from Long Beach, California. She received their BFA in Illustration from Cal State University, Long Beach in 2016 & currently works as an art instructor for adults with disabilities. They are currently working on a graphic novel called Jesus Freak and often draws & paints social activists. She also reads excerpts from their zines at DIY shows & tables at local zine fests. Sophia’s main partner in crime is her dog, Bobo.
Steffi Lynn Tsai
Steffi Lynn is an illustrator from Austin, Texas and now is working and living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is filled with quirkiness, color and character. She is driven to take normal scenes and moments and make them playful and exciting. Her work is inspired by everyday things and simple imagery from her imagination.
Steven J Bolds
Hi! I’m a super friendly guy who loves to create art through various Illustrative and photographic means using witty, sometimes sassy humor, and or angsty vibes. I love doodling various subjects because it's a wonderful feeling to just have fun and explore my vast interests while developing my ever growing tool belt of creative skills. With my work, I strive to engulf my viewer. I want them to feel curious and aching to discover more about the personal moments I share and or create.

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Tess Rubinstein
Tess Rubinstein is an illustrator and maker hailing from a foggy mountain in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work draws inspiration from all things homegrown, using printmaking, digital media, and surface design to create approachable imagery for young and old alike. Fueled by cups of tea and a healthy dose of nostalgia, Tess explores ideals of the Slow Movement, feminism, and living a good ole’ humble existence. She’s currently dwelling in Portland, Oregon and enjoying sweater weather.

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Vanessa Cai
VANCAI has experience in published and collaborated work, as well as juried exhibitions. She is recognized by Society of Illustrators, and Creative Quarterly, amongst others. Check out her website and stay connected with VANCAI through her social media links.
Varvara Nedilska
I'm a 19-year-old Toronto-based artist and illustrator originally from Kiev, Ukraine. I'm currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in illustration at OCAD University. instagram.com/varvaranedilska

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Wenting Li
"Hanging Gardens" illustrates a scene from Rohinton Mistry's short story collection, Tales from Firozsha Baag.
Wilder Rees
I am Wilder Rees, an Illustrator based in Los Angeles, California specializing in graphite renderings. My accepted piece Roger is one of a series titled Beings of Where. The project comprises slice of life vignettes from an imaginary world. I hope to bring the world of Where to the printed page, as well as realize the visions of others through book illustration and character design. For info and inquiries visit WilderRees.com or contact me at WilderRees@gmail.com.
Willow Hardman
Willow Hardman is an illustrator and sculptural artist currently pursuing her BFA in illustration at the Kansas City Art Institute. Her creative practices range from the use of painting and drawing in mixed media to assemblage and the fiber arts. At present she is exploring methods of documenting and expressing the passage of time in daily life through the lens of what is left behind.

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Xinmei Liu
Xinmei Liu got her BFA from the Communications Design (Illustration) program at Pratt Institute in 2016. She is now a freelance illustrator based in Shanghai, China.

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Yaou Chen
Born and raised in China. Have three cats. Love everything about rice and improv. I laugh very very loud and I am a great cook. I am 100% honest with myself and we can be friends if you are as well. Feel free to talk!

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ZaiWei Zhang
A.K.A - James, is a Chinese Canadian illustrator and maker, currently completing his final year at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He loves a good bowl of beef noodle or ramen. When he is not slurping noodle, he is either drawing or dazing.