Student Scholarship Exhibitor List
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 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 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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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 :)
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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 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.
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.