@lydiakahill

Hello! My name is Lydia Hill, I am 21 years old and I grew up on a tiny rural town off the south coast of England called Hayling Island. Growing up I was quite a shy but playful kid who mostly felt at home outside or in the garden. In school, I was known as that one girl who could draw you anything you asked for – and therefore spent most of my time working on vast lists of commissions of things like Transformers, tigers or Disney princesses. When I was 11/12 I first gained access to the internet and found myself on sites like DeviantArt and Youtube. After begging my parents to buy me a drawing tablet for my 13th birthday I spent my time making bad fan art for whatever show I was into at the time or “animating” by rotoscoping videos in Microsoft paint, importing them into powerpoint slides and then pressing spacebar real fast. Now I’m in my third year of an Illustration BA in London! Time flies.

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@anagalvan_comic

I am an illustrator and a comic creator from Murcia, a town in the south of Spain surrounded by deserts landscapes, African vegetation and splendid beaches. After my time studying at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Valencia, I moved to Madrid, where I worked as Art Director. Later I left advertising to pursue comics and illustration full-time.

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@realleezoom

Hello. I’m LEE ZOOM. I believe everything happens for a reason. So, I try to figure the reason and story out. Now, I often draw an illustrated diary observing my daily life myself in South Korea.

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@justnoey

Hi, my name is Parul Arora and I am an illustrator and artist and ceramic maker. I am originally from India but have been living and working in London, UK for the last 13 years. I work as a freelance Art Director designing websites and apps during the day and create my illustrations and ceramics with the rest of my time.

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@lenzillustration

I grew up in West Virginia where I spent my time drawing and trying to catch crawdads in the creek. Current day me is similar, I’m taller and I live and work in Boulder, Colorado. If I’m not illustrating I get outside on the trails or cruise around town on my bike.

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@tchangn

I’m a graphic designer, currently living in Annecy, France. I’ve grown in the suburbs of Lyon, a man-sized city, but big enough to let people know the populated solitude of megalopolis. But that’s where I peacefully grew up. I spent a good part of my teenage years finding pleasure in getting purposely lost in the small streets, discovering the work of numerous street artists. And a whole other reading some comic books, during hours, at a local store.

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@phathudesigns

I am a graphic designer/Illustrator, born in 1993 and raised in South Africa in a small town called Thohoyandou in Venda. I moved to the big city of Johannesburg to pursue my dreams of becoming a Graphic Designer. I graduated a few years back and I am currently working full-time as a designer while building a business.

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@love.geun

Hello, I’m Geun. My name is Geun Hui Lee. I’m using my middle name as a nickname. I majored in visual communication design. Now I’m illustrator from South Korea.

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@arno_aubry

I’m a 26 years old graphic designer and illustrator from Nantes, a city in the west of France. Even if I travelled a lot, I almost always have lived here. I finished school two years ago, and I try since then to live with my practice as an independant. I think we can say I am lucky because my work is at the same time my passion.

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@our_own_night

Hello, I’m illustrator Hyowon, Park. I’m working under the pen name of ‘our own night’. You can see the meaning of the pen name in my TMI cartoon, 004. I majored in industrial design at K-SAD Art College and now I live in Seoul, from South Korea.

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@barbaratamilin

Hello! My name is Bárbara Tamilin, I was born in a small coastal town of Espírito Santo, in southeastern Brazil. At 18, I moved south in a big capital and started to study Sociology, but after two years, I gave up. I started studying at the Federal Technological University of Paraná and today I work as a graphic designer and illustrator.

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@ramzyda

I’m Ramzy and a freelance illustrator working in Korea. I work in the field of illustration and design. I’m attracted to cute things and my paintings usually have cute cats and lovely feelings.

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@effi.vava

I am originally from the south of Germany, a small town called Nuremberg. I grew up there, my grandfather was a stage painter and has passed on his passion for art in the family.

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@kellyromanaldi

I’m Kelly Romanaldi, an illustrator and graphic designer from Vicenza, Italy. I attended an artistic school, where I learned traditional art. Then I bought my first digital tablet: at first it was difficult, but over time I managed (finally) to find my style.

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@about__luke

Ciao! My name is Luca Di Bartolomeo. I’m Italian and I was born in Pescara, a small town on the Adriatic coast, 21 years ago. I’ve been drawing since I was really young and I never stopped. At seventeen I had the great fortune to live one school year in United States, and It was an amazing experience. I moved to Rome to study at the European Institute of Design (IED) two years ago.

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@estherlalanne

Hello! My name is Esther Lalanne, I am a 26-year-old illustrator born and bred in Paris! Being an only child, I was constantly daydreaming and can’t recall a moment I wasn’t drawing – I found animation fascinating too. Little me would draw silly princesses and today I draw silly hairy ladies. I am being consistent at least! Haha.
Now I am a character designer for animation by day, and an illustrator by night. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now!

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@i_am_jingwaa

Hi, my name is Jing Li. I’m from China. I’m currently living in Baltimore and studying art at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art. My major is Illustration Practice.

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@hatsuyakanako

I am Kanako Hatsuya. Born in Tokyo in 1990 and I live in Tokyo. I have been living in Harajuku since I was young, but I do not know if it affects my style. I started painting from about 22 years old.

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@marilaura_fedi

Hi, I’m Marialaura, I’m from the south of Italy but always live in Rome. My story is pretty simple, I’m the first daughter of 3 and I started painting because there were too many people in my home.

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@seolful

Hello! I guess I’m a happy designer, where joy fuels my creativity and I want to share that with others. Through art, animation, and to the people I can reach out to, it’d be my goal accomplished to bring a smile or an encouragement. I currently live in LA, working at Laundry, a motion graphics studio. I was born in Korea and grew up moving a lot. In middle school, I discovered Photoshop in my home computer and began to get into digital art! Then I got into online communities where other kids were sharing their art and collaboratively wrote stories together. Eventually, I got into animation and interactive media, as it was a mix of digital art and storytelling.

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@msemencuka

My name is Marina Semencuka. Originally from Latvia, I moved to London to pursue a career in Illustration. It may sound cliché, but I have always been drawing, and when it came to deciding on my career path, it seemed obvious for me to move to a creative city like London to study Illustration at university.

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@bambooblock

I’m BAMBOO. I ‘m living and working in Seoul, Korea. I’m majoring in painting. This BAMBOO identity is for illustration and cartoon. But I also do paint.

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@ellievsbear

I’m from Brussels Belgium, a tiny country in Europe. My imagination has always played a big part in my life. I started writing short stories as soon as I learned how to write. I remember being bored in school and to pass the time I would either be reading or doodling, and it slowly evolved into something more.

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@hellovasty

My name is Mariano Pagella, I’m a designer from Argentina living in Barcelona. I grew up in Adrogué, a very small town outside the province of Buenos Aires. When I started university I moved to the capital city, where I studied graphic design and had the opportunity to work in some great studios from different areas around creativity and design. After that and after having lived a few months between New York and Buenos Aires, I finally moved to Barcelona, where I have been living for more than a year.

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@olgasvart

Hi world! My name is Olga and I’m a full-time freelance illustrator from Russia. I was born in a nice small city in the Moscow region and I’m based here up to now. I think my art story had the beginning in my childhood. I’ve been always passionate about wasting of tons of paper with gouache when I was a child. Unfortunately during my school and university live I’ve almost forgot about drawing. I realized once that after years of doubts and searching for the new purpose in the life I should try to turn on my forgotten passion. From this moment my favourite hobby became my profession. I am sure it was the most valuable and important decision I’ve ever made in my life.

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@taarikajohnart

My name is Taarika and I’m an illustrator and visual artist from Kochi, a city in the south of India. Growing up, I spent most of my time with my nose buried in a book, or writing stories and drawing. I didn’t realise I could make a career out of it until I made the decision to attend art school. After graduation, I worked briefly in advertising and events before taking the leap into full-time illustration. I now live and work as a freelance artist in Bombay.

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@johanakroft

Nice to meet you guys! I’m a 27-year-old designer from the Czech Republic. I was born in Pilsen and grew up in a small village called Spankov with only 6 other people living there, haha! I called this magical place home 🙂 My second home was Prague where I made my friends, fell in love, got my first job…Prague will always be something special to me! But when I moved to London last year, I finally found where my heart is because London is the most inspiring place.

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@maximdegilder

Instagram: @maximdegilder 1. What’s your story? Where are you from? My name is Maxim de Gilder and I’m an illustrator from Rotterdam. I grew up in a small city called Gouda, famous for its cheeses. I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. 2. Tell us about your aesthetic. I constantly…

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@draw_spring

I was born and raised in Gwang Ju, South Korea, and currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. And have been making art for my whole life!

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@bydylanm

My story has been a meandering but perfect Dylan path. I grew up in the midwest (SE Michigan) as an average and ungifted kid. University was a great time for me because for the first time I learned that a) I was smart and b) I enjoyed learning. Beyond that, it was clear traditional education wasn’t for me, so after two years I left school to pursue a certificate in Digital Media Arts from a local school. They taught us just enough to be dangerous in the areas of videography, post production, motion graphics, and web and graphic design. Upon completing the program I was whisked off to New Orleans for my first job as a graphic designer. The next few years were highs and lows of learning how to be a designer for other people, honing my skills and style, and trying to pay off student loans (remember that degree I didn’t finish?). A couple years ago, I was working for a tech startup doing UI and marketing work, aka being someone else’s hands for someone else’s vision. This is why designers are amazing, they can slip into this crucial role, absolutely kill the work, and move on. I can’t. I found I had a hard time caring so deeply for the work then needing to step aside as poor decisions were made above my head. I hated working in a creative industry and not feeling creative; I felt I had a bigger vision and world to share. So in my spare time I started my first 100 day drawing challenge to get myself less intimidated by my art supplies, and on the road to being the artist I always hoped I could be. Shortly after, I published my first class on Skillshare showing how I was digitizing my little sketches, and both of these things proved to be incredibly fruitful planted seeds. Fast forward to now, where I no longer work as anyone’s hands. I call myself an illustrator and artist and get to create floral and whimsical illustrations for brands, products, and packaging of all kinds. I’m also a teacher; I now have 9 classes on Skillshare, 30k students, and over a million minutes watched. I went from feeling very lonely in a job that felt cold, to feeling like I have the biggest community of gifted peers and friends, and a job that I always want to be thinking and dreaming about. TL;DR: I started in graphic design and slowly transitioned to illustration and surface design. I teach on the side. I wave at dogs.

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@chaaya23

I’m an illustrator and graphic designer based in and from Chennai, India. I’ve been drawing from a very young age, and since then it’s consistently been a part of my life. Eventually I knew I wanted to pursue it in the form of graphic design and illustration, so I got my M.A in Graphic Design from SCAD Hong Kong. I studied and worked in Hong Kong for three years before moving back to Chennai last year, and have since then been working full-time independently.

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@jonfoxartist

I grew up in a small village in rural Herefordshire, but now currently live and work in Cornwall. As a child I was always day dreaming and drawing since I can remember, always trying to recreate characters I saw in cartoons, comics and video games etc . I was always in my own little world back then, and not much has changed now. Drawing and dreaming is probably the one constant thread that runs through my whole life. These days I split my time working as a painter, exhibiting my work in galleries and taking on private commissions, and then also illustration commissions through an agency.

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@brolga

My name is Brolga. I’m an artist and illustrator from Australia. In Aus, a brolga is a long-legged water bird and I got the nickname as a kid because I kind of looked like one!

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@nickkuchar

I am an O‘ahu based artist that loves drawing our favorite locations of this ‘aina (land) we call home through my vintage-inspired surf and travel art. My creative process takes me throughout the islands where I look for inspiration at surf spots, hikes and lookouts. Surfing has always been a part of who I am, from my early days growing up in Florida to now paddling out with my twin toddlers at surf breaks around Oahu. Back in 2010, My wife was looking for some wall decor for our apartment. She couldn’t find the art she envisioned in her head. She asked me to illustrate a few prints, which led to me exploring how to visually capture some of our favorite spots in Hawai‘i. Several boutiques and galleries started to take note of my retro styled Hawaiian travel prints and slowly but surely my work started to become available in shops throughout the islands and beyond.

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@penelope_dullaghan

Hello! I’m from a teeny tiny town in northern Indiana, USA. My childhood was mostly spent outside, regardless of the weather. My mom grew a huge garden, and during the summers we were always picking beans or playing hide and seek in the corn. During the winters we built igloos and caught snowflakes on our tongues. But when I was inside, art was always “my thing”. I didn’t really put much thought into it. It was just what I did.

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@moonique_00

Hi, my name is Moonique. It means no nickname. I always try not to be tied to names.(name like daughter, girl, student, part-timer etc) I’m an illustrator, designer, and tattoo artist. I’m from South Korea.

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@gabriel_maragano

Hi! My name is Gabriel Maragaño, designer and illustrator. I grew up in Hornopirén, a small town far from the major cities located between the mountain ranges of Patagonia in the south of Chile. Since the time that I can remember, I have felt an attraction for the arts and drawing, and as a result, after finishing high school, I moved to the city of Valparaíso to study design. Ironically, I specialized in product design even though I have always been attracted to graphic design and illustration. I currently work in the areas as an independent designer based in the city of Valparaíso.

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@niniwanted

I’m Jenny, I work as a designer and illustrator in a digital advertising agency in Lyon, France. I keep doing freelance works for fun also!

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@tefittazza

Hi! My name is Craig Macdonald, I am a half British, half Maltese Illustrator/Designer based and raised in Malta, but born in Norwich, England; and through a project called Te fit-Tazza that I co-founded with my very good friend Andrew Farrugia, I create artwork that captures the Maltese culture and her beautiful Aesthetic.

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@anaporta_

I’m Ana Porta, a Spanish freelance designer. I started my studies in Zaragoza (Spain) with a degree in Business Administration and Direction and specializing in Advertising and Public Relations, and was then when I discovered my passion for the design world. Little by little I was flirting with 3D design, and that’s when I began to specialize in 3D illustration. Now, I´m working as a freelance designer, mainly in 3D Illustration, branding and graphic design. Previously I worked in marketing and communication departments, working as a multidisciplinary graphic designer.

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@emma_roulette

I’m from Hobe Sound, Florida. I studied entomology, zoology and Spanish in Gainesville, Florida. I spent some time there working as a beekeeper, as an 8th grade science teacher, in various labs studying wasps and later jumping spiders, at the Florida Museum of Natural History preparing butterfly and moth specimens for research, and then as a scientific illustrator dissecting and making drawings of moth genitalia. I moved to Madrid to teach English in 2016, and then to Barcelona in 2017.

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@jay_won_parc

My story is about men’s fashion mainly, and sports, music as well. The various fashions from Street to Classic are always interesting. Also, I love sports like basketball and various culture from hip hop to jazz. I’d like to capture everything that I can feel energy or passion in my story. I am from Seoul, South Korea.

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@doodle_mitzy

Hi! I’m Ann-Sophie De Steur. I’m a Belgian designer. I didn’t really have a big plan for life when I was small, which is why I first studied History and after that worked as a museum guard and I ended up studying Illustration and Comics at Sint-Lukas Brussels. And I did very badly, until I discovered vector illustration. After that, I just kept making pieces and I ended up working as a designer for a marketing company but still drawing at home.

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@aa_ssam

​Hello. I’m lee hyeon hee and work as an illustrator in Korea. I have loved painting since I was young. I was interested in that so I entered an art university. I lived in Seoul when I was a student and I am in the provinces after I graduated the university. In here, I am teaching painting with my personal work.

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@mister.ship

I am MrSHip, a pseudonym I started to use in 2012 after the death of a close friend. I am first-generation American, born in Chicago with Latino and Polish roots. I am a graphic designer by day and a collage artist by night. Apart from collage art, I try to paint or draw or to just create something everyday.

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@sing_seung

Hi! I’m Seung Chun a Korean-Canadian Illustrator + surface designer based in Brooklyn. I was born and raised in Seoul until fifth grade and immigrated to Canada. My family has no fear in moving to different countries, so my parents are now in Vietnam and I’m living my dream in New York. I came to college as a Fine Arts major and discovered my new passion for illustration during sophomore year.

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@amerie_pop

Hello! Everyone calls me Amerie Pop, I am a graphic designer who live during the week in Madrid and most of the weekends in Barcelona. My goal is to be able to live full-time in the pink van with Urko the dog and work as a freelance illustrator all around the world.

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@mareikeengelke

Hi, my name is Mareike, I’m an illustrator and designer. I live in Duisburg, Germany, with my husband and two cats. Ten years ago I graduated from “Hochschule Niederrhein” in Krefeld, where I studied illustration and design. I made illustration projects nearly right away then but I needed to earn some money. So I was a part time art director for several years, until my projects and client list grew and I felt confident enough to freelance full time. For me one important thing was to get signed with my illustration agent, three years ago. This was when I started to feel professional at least. (Haha, I still do always think I’m just a kid sketching and having fun …). I went to the bookfair in Frankfurt and met my publisher Kunstanstifter, a wonderful, artistic little publishing house. With them I made my first picture book „Vor den 7 Bergen“ (“Beyond the 7 hills“, Author: Annette Feldmann) which was shortlisted for „Serafina“, an illustration award for innovative book debuts and was awarded a “White Raven” for outstanding books in Europe. Now I work in a studio located in a shared studio space with 12 other designer and artists. I work on my own ideas, collaborations and client projects, mostly for publishing houses, ad agencies and magazines. Commercial projects cross finance the artistic projects.

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@karo_oh

I’m german but grew up in a beautiful part of Austria called Salzkammergut. At the moment I call Graz my hometown. Graz is Austria’s second biggest city and has a lovely southern vibe. After university I worked as a motion designer and only in the beginning of 2017 started to get more into illustration. Since then I am trying to draw as often as possible. Now I am self-employed, offering illustration and animation to lovely clients all over the world.

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@sjoerdvleeuwen

Hi! I’m Sjoerd van Leeuwen and I’m a 27-year-old illustrator. I live with my girlfriend and cat in a studio in Utrecht, The Netherlands. I grew up in a creative family so as a child drawing was always the natural thing for me to do and so it is still today.

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@rafa_varona

I’m originally from Berlin, where I  studied at the University of Arts and started working as an Illustrator and Animator, I now have my studio in both Amsterdam and Berlin, with my main base in Amsterdam,  where I live with my family.

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