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Greg Hiscock

I grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. In the spring of 2014, I dropped out of film school and began pursuing a new-found passion for story-telling through set design. My roommate Charlie Orlando and I began putting all of our time, money, and efforts into creating elaborate sets for various six-second scenes posted on the now-dead Vine app. Through our presence on Vine, we made friends with other Viners from all around the globe. Some of these Viners lived in Los Angeles. This made it easier for us when we decided to finally hit the road and move to LA. In September of 2014, we packed everything into a moving truck and drove across the USA. Read More>>

Michael Chang

I moved to the Los Angeles in the mid 90’s after graduating from college in Illinois with a BA in art. After working in comics for a year I got a job in animation as a clean up/revision artist at Sony Animation on a show called ‘Extreme Ghostbusters’. I worked my way up the animation ladder to become a director on a show called ‘Roughnecks: Starship troopers Chronicles” based on the movie ‘Starship troopers’. From there, I have worked on many different shows at various companies throughout the animation business. Read More>>

Lindi Koprivnikar

I graduated from The Art Institute of Phoenix in 2008 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. I started working in the industry while in school, around the age of 21, and have been consistently working in the field ever since at a variety of multidisciplinary agencies around Phoenix. I have several interests outside of graphic design, including dancing and painting, and started frequently visiting Los Angeles to network with other artists. Earlier this year, I decided it was time for me to move here. I was visiting far too frequently, was dating someone who lived here, and had exhausted most of my resources and mentors back in Phoenix. Read More>>

Eren Unten

I’m a professional illustrator working and living in Los Angeles. Criminal justice was my major when I started college, but I quickly changed it to art. I studied animation at Cal State University Fullerton and after I graduated I decided to pursue a career in illustration. I started freelancing as a character designer and visual development artist for animation. During that time I attended animation and illustration conferences which helped me not only with art but also the business side of what I do. A few years into freelancing I was approached by a publisher to illustrate a children’s book. Read More>>

Nathan Aylor

Prior to publishing my first novel and copywriting, I worked in Film and Television as a Boom Mic Operator… you know, the guy holding the big fuzzy microphone over actors. I began working in Production here in LA, working on commercials and music videos, before moving to Portland, Oregon where I worked on TV shows such as “GRIMM” and “LEVERAGE” and movies such as “WILD” and “THE GIVER”. Read More>>

Peter Ko

I started drawing when I was 5 after seeing my dad -a fine art painter- sketch a landscape in front of me in a matter of seconds. It was witnessing a miracle and the pencil was the magic wand. Less than a year later he passed away. Drawing then became daily therapy and a way of exercising a metaphysical connection to him. Read More>>

Raul Esquivel

I got my start as a designer pretty early on as a result of my interest in music and astronomy. As a kid, I was always amazed by space and astronomy and I held onto that interest all throughout grade school. I was never super artistic in terms of being an amazing illustrator but I did draw a lot in middle school. Mostly anime stuff like DragonBall Z characters. I did, however, start gaining a deep interest in photography as early as 7th grade. Read More>>

Alton Mills

I was always into photography and graphic design since I was younger. My family encouraged me to take a few classes at our local community college in Michigan. I bought an entry level DSLR and took an Intro to Photography class. After that one class, I dropped out and started learning through trial and error. One year later, I decided to move to LA for a better life and it wasn’t long before I started to collaborate with actors, models, and dancers! Read More>>

Christian Ibarra

For the past few years, I never knew what I wanted to as a career or what interested me in art I was sort of confused. Instead of focusing on my career or adult life I just did what normal Southern California kids do which is skateboard all night, go to the beach, and go to shows/concerts in the city or suburban areas. Read More>>

Yanni Stathopoulos

I was born and raised in Athens Greece. My obsession for digital art began back in 1987 when I was 10 and started playing my first video games on an Amstrad CPC 6128 and Arcade games. As a kid, I was fascinated by those 8-bit graphics and I was always curious about how they were created. When the time came to choose a path at school for my future career I had no doubts and studied 3D animation and digital design. My love for design and 3D animation grew ever since. Read More>>

Vini Chav

I started working in design and print back in 2006 after a buddy of mine who was in electrician had a client that owned a print shop in West Hollywood. He told me they were looking to hire a designer. At this point, I was working factory jobs and I would help my buddy on weekends as his assistant. I took in a portfolio that was composed of just random Art and got an interview and art test. I showed up about an hour and a half late. I was commuting from Panorama City to West Hollywood on the bus and metro systems. As late As I was, I still landed the job. I work there till they closed down about a year later. Read More>>

Randy Glass

Originally from Kansas City, Randy became the youngest illustrator Hallmark Cards had ever hired — while still a junior in high school. He attended Ringling School of Art and Art Center College of Design, supplementing his tuition by drawing five-minute portraits of people at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World … a surprisingly valuable education in discipline and patience. Read More>>

Saúl Huezo

My story begins when my family left our home country of El Salvador at the age of eight. A bloody civil war was going on which lasted over a decade. Both my parents understood the sacrifice of coming to a new country, and the opportunity for a better life and a better education. Their encouragement to succeed motivated me to follow my dreams. Hence my love for photography as a hobby first, then becoming my passion. I’m an artist at heart, a professional actor, writer, and photographer. I’m fascinated by what the story of an image can say. Read More>>

Eliot Flores

Music has been an important part of my life; from being a member of a few garage punk rock bands to design flyers for basement gigs. I was an adolescent who was obsessed with nothing but music & comic books…and always having a blast with it. So when the time came to decide what I was going to do with my life I chose Graphic Design mainly because it was the closest thing to being a ‘comic artist’. Read More>>

Haley Muraki

I always wanted to be an animator but if you asked me as a kid, I couldn’t explain exactly why. It may be because growing up the TV bunny ears only gave us a few channels, one of which only played cartoons, and I had several Disney VHS tapes that I wore out from watching on repeat. It could be because I gravitate towards drawing contour line, and I draw quickly. Plus, animation seemed brighter, sillier, and more fun than real life. I wanted to be a part of that fun. Read More>>

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