A retrospective of her animated films was recently presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and her films have been featured at many prestigious venues around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, The New York Film Festival, The London Film Festival, the Ottawa International Animated Film Festival, , Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico, and the Image Forum Film Festival in Tokyo, Japan.
Jan Van Der Veken is a Belgian illustrator. Born in Ghent, he studied graphic design and typography at the Sint-Lucas Instituut in Ghent, where he studied under Ever Meulen (Eddy Vermeulen) and other instructors.
Van Der Veken developed his own artistic style, inspired by the atoomstijl (Atomic style), a 1980s “relaunch” of the Ligne claire. He launched his own design company, Fabrica Grafica.
Van Der Veken specializes in book covers and posters, but also creates illustrations for various newspapers and magazines. He illustrated the covers for the 7 December 2009 and 11 January 2010 issues of The New Yorker.
Stephanie Alexander-Jinks is a partner at The Artworks illustration Agency with over 10 years experience as an Agent.
Having studied illustration herself and worked for the Association of Illustrators prior to this she has extensive knowledge of the industry and has been responsible for launching and managing the careers of many talented illustrators. The Artworks is a boutique agency that represents some of the finest illustrators in the UK, working across Advertising, Publishing, Design, Editorial and New Media. She works alongside Alex Gardner and Lucy Scherer who complete the team.
She sais about her job: “this is the best job in the world and I am privileged to work alongside such wonderful artists and fellow agents”.
Amimi Cheng is an illustrator who born and raised in Hong Kong.
Her work has appeared in a selection of publications such as Applied Arts Magazine, APPortfolio, Masterpiece of Illustration Taiwan and selected by American Illustration to appear online as part of the AI-AP ARCHIVE.
She has showcased her works in various exhibitions and events in Hong Kong, US, Canada, China, and Taiwan.
Amimi was invited to be a speaker at Kaohsiung Design Festival 2013 and Asia Visual Art & Design Exhibition 2013. She believes that illustration is more than just drawings, but a form of communication that transcends language. Through her works, she hopes to convey her artistic passion to help establish and to form a connection between herself and her audience.
Page Tsou, is an illustrator/visual artist based in Taipei. He completed an MA at the Royal College of Art in 2009.
Page works in collage, drawing and printmaking. He is successfully combining illustration commission with self-initiated art projects.
In 2011, he won the “the best of show” of 3×3 professional show for his work Dancing Feathers. This title also won “the international award for illustration” of the 2011 Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
Tadahiro Uesugi is one of the most renowned Illustrator in Japan. He was born in 1966 and is based in Tokyo. He graduated from “Setsu Mode Seminar” of Nagasawa Setsu, a school focusing on fashion Illustration.
After working for 7 years as an assistant for Manga artist Jiro Taniguchi, Uesugi became a freelance Illustrator. He has created illustrations for advertising posters, catalog covers, book covers, movie posters, concept art, editorial and more. Elegant curves, delicate colors and bold layouts are features of his illustration.
Uesugi recently won an 37th Annie Award for his work as Production Designer on the award winning stop motion Feature Film “Coraline”.
He has spread out his working field not only in Japan but also in other countries.
Tomoko Konoike, born in 1960 in Akita, lives and works in Tokyo, Japan
She graduated from the Department of Painting at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1985. After working as toy, furniture, miscellaneous goods designer, Konoike starts painting in 1998. She freely combines such methods as painting, sculpture, animation, illustrated books, and games to create magnificent installations expressing modern myths.
Her current solo exhibitions were held at Gallery Wendi Norris, USA in 2013 and Gallery Hyundai, Korea in 2011. She participates in various group shows, such as “Kami. Silence-Action,” Staatliche Kunstsammlungen,Dresden in 2009, “Linien“, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden in 2007 and Busan Biennale, Korea in 2010. She also works on public commissions and open-air sculptures at several places, such as a complex facility for children, new development area and a mountain lodge.
Takashi Akiyama is a Professor at Tama Art University, Tokyo and a director of the Takashi Akiyama Poster Museum in Nagaoka, Japan.
He was born in Nagaoka-shi, Niigata, Japan in 1952 and graduated M.A. Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He opened his museum “ Takashi Akiyama Poster Museum Nagaoka” in 11. July.2009.
Akiyama is also working as a graphic artist. His works are recognized worldwide as a powerful blend of energy, humour and social commentary. In his artist activities he participated in many important international competitions and was awarded many prizes such as the Gold Prize in The Warsaw International Poster Biennial, 1986. Currently he works as a jury of international competitions and also he is involved in publication of books.
David Pelham is one of the most recognized illustrators worldwide.During the seventies, as Art Director of Penguin Books, he designed and illustrated covers for many Penguin titles, including his iconic design for A Clockwork Orange. In 1975 he wrote and designed his award-winning bestseller The Penguin Book of Kites, which remains in print some 40 years later. Then he left Penguin in 1980 to pursue his interest in innovative books.Among his many awards Pelham holds the Gold Award of the Art Directors Club of New York for his work on The Human Body. This title also won The Book of the Year Award of the 1983 Frankfurt Book Fair.