Brandon Knight was born and raised in Shropshire, in the heart of the UK. He was bought up amongst many fantastical narratives, from local folk tales to book series. Being surrounded by small towns and green fields, he spends most of his time creating and developing ideas, of which are usually inspired by a piece of narrative be fictional or historical. He has always loved ancient history and fantasy, as well as being in complete awe of space, so it’s only natural that these are more often than not the centre point and beginnings of his ideas. When not drawing or painting he will most likely be reading (or most recently listening) to a book finding inspiration for another creation.
Adrian Massaro was born in 1989 and grew up in a small lakeside tourist city called Bariloche, located at the foothills of the cold Patagonian Andes Mountains in Argentina.
Very early on he started drawing things he found interesting: animals, vehicles, buildings, and--shortly after--really rough representations of Ninja Turtles fighting Power Rangers. Oblivious of the reality of art as a vocation, his misshapen spiralling scribbles were already setting him on the path to be an illustrator.
He drew for hours, weeks and years, and everything that caught his eye eventually ended up being sketched on a school table or random sheets of paper piling up in his room. He compared drawings with his brother, and they made up and learned new ways of drawing... and mocked each other's creations afterwards.
Inspiration came from everywhere, all kinds of genres and forms and all throughout history. He started pouring images into his mind from fantasy book covers, old science fiction movies, trading card games, heavy metal, literature, weird cartoon shows, comics, videogames, industrial rock, renaissance painters, palaeontology magazines... this went on through most of his teenage years, and after finishing school he went on to study Visual Communication Design in college.
When he was introduced to the universe of digital art, he instantly felt compelled to learn its ways. Shortly after he was doing his first 3d models and sculpts, making short animations and drawing and painting on a screen with now unlimited tools and colors.
He continues his self-taught studies and works as a freelance illustrator and designer for independent clients. Dabbling on and off into writing, it is his goal to one day produce both narrative and visual art, worlds with stories and characters of his own.
Maricela Ugarte Peña
Maricela Ugarte Peña was born in 1986 in Monterrey, Mexico. Maricela, or “Mari” to her friends and family, had an abiding interest in creative pursuits. Mari felt deeply inspired by her oldest cousin, Luly, who spent hours drawing chalk unicorns that Mari would collect. Mari went on to copy horse figures and developed a strong interest in creating as she grew. Mari’s grandmother, an artist herself, nurtured Mari’s interests. Eventually, she began to develop her work in conjunction with an online community, where she developed many close friends. Now, Mari is creating diverse illustrations for games; she is working hard and polishing her art and stories, so that she can develop her original graphic novels.
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Jonas Špokas is an illustrator from Lithuania.
Preston Stone was born and raised in Loveland, Colorado. In preschool he began making images of superheroes and monsters with markers. From there, he expanded the subject matter to include studies of various wildlife, eventually developing a fondness for drawing insects. There was even a time when it seemed he might pursue entomology as a career. Instead, he stayed on the art path, realizing that he simply had an aesthetic appreciation for what most people viewed as ugly or creepy.
High school brought with it the discovery of new art and entertainment. Anime and tabletop fantasy role-playing games occupied much of his time, and he began to emulate the themes and styles found in their art.
He continued his education at Aims Community College where he earned certificates in game design and animation. In 2013, he earned a Bachelor of Art and Design, with an art emphasis and drawing concentration from the University of Northern Colorado.
He’s currently working as a freelance artist in fantasy and science fiction, and he hopes to one day have his illustration work on the covers of books and his creature and character concept work used in video games and movies.
He credits any success to the support he received from his parents, who provided the tools, the studio, the artistic foundation, and an attitude of complete acceptance toward his decision to choose an artist career.
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Daniel Tyka was born and in Warsaw, Poland, and still resides there to this day. He is a self taught Illustrator and Concept Artist.
Seven years ago, after dropping his stable office job in a financial institution, he took leap of faith and jumped into world of art. He now lives his dream job as a freelance artist, doing all kinds of commissions from book covers through video game concepts to movie art.
His art leans on the dark side of sci-fi and fantasy themes. He is currently working on his own project, the Cyberpunk Visual Novel Blackout with author Steve Pantazis.
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Eldar Zakirov graduated from Tashkent Institute of Architecture and Construction as a designer of architectural environment and advertising, simultaneously being fond of painting and drawing in realistic styles and genre of Science Fiction.
In 2006 he was the Grand Prize Winner (Golden Brush Award) in the L. Ron Hubbard's Illustrators of the Future Contest (USA).
Eldar's works are included in a number of artbooks devoted to contemporary painting, such as EXPOSÉ Digital Art Annual (Volume 10), EXOTIQE (Volumes 6, 7), 3D Total's PRIME artbook, Russian POINT (Volume 1 and 2), and Ukrainian ARQUITE (Volume 1). Eldar Zakirov actively cooperates with a number of leading magazines and agencies of many countries. His art is published in USA, UK, Russia, Australia, Ukraine et cetera. The artist has an arsenal consisting of a variety of art techniques, genres and manners.
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