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Opening & Artist Reception
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
7pm to 11pm
Saturday, December 15, 2012
7pm to 10pm
Kosart Effects Studios & Gallery
760 Burr Oak Drive, Westmont, IL 60559
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The MALEFICIUM Exhibition runs
November 3rd through December 15th
Gallery hours (Nov 4 to Dec 15) by Appointment Only.
Please call to schedule an appointment: 630.310.8353
Admission is FREE! ALL ages welcome (though due to theme and content of this show, attendee discretion is advised)! Costumes & Creative Attire optional. Wine & Cheese served on Nov 3rd (must present valid ID to drink wine). Artwork will be for sale (unless marked NFS). All major credit cards will be accepted. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
is a Latin term meaning "mischief" and is used to describe black magic and the dark arts. The name was selected to represent this exhibit as a metaphor for the Halloween inspired artwork.
A Halloween Themed Art Show featuring Award-Winning Artists of All Media:
Kurt Andersen - Kyle Bice - Tim Bruckner - Brian Busch
Peter Chan - Melita "MissMonster" Curphy - Dave Dorman
Jason Edmiston - Noel Gonzalez - Joshua Hoffine - Aron Gagliardo Tom Herzberg - Douglas Klauba - Rich Klink - J. Anthony Kosar
Richard Kryczka - Joseph Lester - Travis Lewis - Darick Maasen
Matthew McCarty - Barrett McGivney - Aaron Miller
Blake Packard - Jim Pavalec - Vincent Proce - Bill Reinhold
Linda Lessmann Reinhold - David Richardson - Alex Ross
Chad Savage - Jordu Schell - The Shiflett Brothers
Tim Shumate - Jill Thompson - Ivan Unwin
Artists Bios listed Below!
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Thank you to Everyone who attended the Second Annual MALEFICIUM Dark Art Exhibition!
And thank you to all the participating artists!
And thank you to all the participating artists!
Raffle for Charity:
With your help, and the generosity of the amazing MALEFICIUM 2012 Artists, we raised $650 for Little Friends Inc! The raffle with all proceeds going to Little Friends was held at the Exhibition Opening and Artist Reception on November 3rd with prizes ranging from signed prints, books, comics, masks, figurines, and other great prizes donated by the artists!!
About Little Friends:
Little Friends is a private, non-profit organization serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Based in Naperville, Illinois, Little Friends operates 11 dynamic programs including three alternative schools, family support and consultation services, vocational training programs, community-based residential services and the Little Friends Center for Autism. For more information, visit www.littlefriendsinc.org
2012 Exhibiting Artists:
Cartoonist, Illustrator, Video Graphics designer, Kurt M. Andersen attended the American Academy of Art from 1986-89. His interests in the whimsically macabre all started in 1971 when on a family trip to Disneyland. He was too frightened to enter the famous Haunted Mansion ride but on that same trip he received a series of postcards that featured photos of some the ghostly humors inside, and the regret has been eating at him his entire life. At some point in his youth Mad Magazine became Kurt’s "Bible" and between the brilliance of the artists featured in Mad and the Japanese monster movies he would watch on TV, his artistic interests were sealed. Kurt went to work for Stern Pinball Inc. in 1991 illustrating the cabinet and play-field for the HBO licensed game Tales from the Crypt. He moved over to the digital realm and became an animator of Dot Matrix displays. The licensed games he had worked on ranged from Star Wars to Frankenstein to South Park and finally The Lord of the Rings. In 2004 Kurt moved to Reno, Nevada and now illustrates and designs the art featured in video slot machines for International Game Technology. His most recent games include Kitty Glitter, Godzilla, and The Little Shop of Horrors. Visit Kurt's Website: www.planetxcartoons.blogspot.com
Kyle Bice is a Chicago based illustrator experienced in storyboard illustration, concept design, children's book illustrations, spot illustrations and both live and editorial caricatures. Kyle is currently writing and illustrating a couple of Children’s books to be released in 2012. Visit Kyle's Website: www.kylebice.squarespace.com
Award-winning sculptor Tim Bruckner's earliest memory of sculpting was when he was seven when he sculpted little heads of the Seven Dwarves out of wax tubes a disgustingly sweet liquid candy was packaged in. From the very beginning, he was a wax sculptor. He started working professionally at 18 as a jeweler's apprentice/wax carver. After leaving the jewelry racket, he started working as a freelancer. He did a handful of album covers for various artists; Ray Charles, Ringo Starr, The Average White Band, George Clinton and Parliament and a dust jacket for Cat Stevens. He stepped away from sculpting for awhile to pursue a music career. When common sense returned in the form, shape and substance of his amazing wife, Mary, he went back to sculpture with a vengeance. He has sculpted for DC Direct, Mattel, Kenner, Hasbro, Toy Biz, Bowen Designs, Sideshow, Gentle Giant, Electric Tiki, Reel Arts, Enesco, Dakin, The Hamilton Group, Hallmark, Applause, American Greetings, Department 56, Ashton Drake, Franklin Mint, Geometric, Graham Nash, Harry Nilsson and the Danbury Mint. One of his most gratifying professional experiences was designing and sculpting the DC Dynamics line based on the art of J. C. Leyendecker. Recently he’s been busy designing and sculpting resin kits. He also co-wrote the Pop Sculpture which is an in-depth instructional book on how to create action figures and collectible statues. Visit Tim's Website: www.timbruckner.com
Born in 1970 in Winfield Illinois, a small suburb outside of Chicago. After attending the American Academy of Art in Chicago and a string of odd jobs, Brian became a sculptor and mold maker, working in clay, wax and fiberglass. “The years working in a 3 dimensional medium has given me an education on form that I find extremely useful in creating paintings with a sense of weight and solidity.” Brian’s return to painting finds him focusing on the figure and still life and has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. Brian remains in Illinois with his wife Kathie. Visit Brian's Website: www.brianbuschstudio.com
Peter Chan began his professional career as an illustrator and concept artist for Imaginism Studios. He illustrated the children's book series The Familiars by Harper Collins, to be made into an featured film by Sony Pictures Animation. As an illustrator, he has also worked on trading cards properties such as Mars Attacks and Star Wars: Galactic Files produced by Topps. Recently, he has started his fine art career and has exhibited around North America. He recently finished his first solo exhibition LOOPS in Toronto and will be having a solo exhibition in Los Angeles with Copro Gallery in June 2013. His current work explores the ideas of escapism and coming back to what once was. The repetition and roller coaster spirals in his current series of work LOOPS dictate how he feels about nostalgia and the malleability of memory, each loop signifying how things can repeat and yet change during each variation. Visit Peter's Website: www.peterchanart.com
Melita MISSMONSTER Curphy
Melita Curphy aka MissMonster is an independent artist working out of Chicago. Her work ranges from shirt and apparel design to cast resin sculpture/masks to leather working and costume construction to toy design. Melita's main passion is doll making since it allows a combination of a variety of skills. You can see her work at
www.missmonster.com and buy her self made artwork and accessories at www.missmonster.myshopify.com
For the past 25 years, Eisner and Inkpot Award-winning illustrator and frequent San Diego Comic-Con featured guest Dave Dorman’s unforgettable art has touched every iconic licensed character in pop culture. Voted the #1 Star Wars Artist of All Time by the fans, his dynamic cover art for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones Dark Horse Comics are often credited with the fan interest resurgence in those properties. Dave’s book Star Wars: The Art of Dave Dorman was a top-selling art book for Ballantine Books. George Lucas owns more than 90 of Dave’s original oil paintings. Dave’s new book, Rolling Thunder: The Art of Dave Dorman includes a generous chapter on his most recent Lucasfilm art. Dave continues to create original Star Wars art for limited edition prints sold during the Star Wars Celebration shows, and Dave is proud to be an honorary member of the 501st Legion, Midwest Garrison. Visit Dave's Website: www.davedorman.com
A commercial illustrator since 1996, Jason Edmiston has created work for advertising, editorial, packaging and book publishing clients internationally. He is a traditional artist, painting in acrylic on watercolor paper or wood panel. His style ranges from realism to exaggeration, usually emphasizing the figure, and a certain degree of humor or caricature. Jason is often asked to emulate a specific genre of illustration, such as movie posters, pulp covers or retro style advertising. His fondness for pop culture, especially movies and toys often creep into his work. Jason's art has appeared in American Illustration Annual, Spectrum 16: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, and Communication Arts Illustration Annual. Visit Jason's Website: www.jasonedmiston.com
Aron Gagliardo is a graphic designer, writer and musician. Born and raised in Illinois, Gagliardo has recorded six albums of original music with his band F.O.K. Written for Illustration Magazine, Nostalgia Digest, and the Ken Freeman Legacy. His most recent writing contribution appears in Chunklet's book The Indie Cred Test. His paintings have been featured in several group shows, including the legendary Tura, Tura, Tura show honoring the now late Tura Satana of Russ Meyer/Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill! fame. His painting Wanna Try Me hung alongside "lowbrow" luminaries such as Shag, Glen Barr, Mitch O'Connell and Niagara. He also appeared in the group show Paintings for you to Poop on: The Art of the Toilet Seat. His painting Pills, Pills, Pills, showing a somber Elvis surrounded by prescription drugs was featured on page 3 of the Chicago Tribune. His work was recently featured a second tribute to Tura Satana, Tura, Tura, Tura 2 at M Modern Gallery in Palm Springs, California. Gagliardo's work has also appeared twice in International Tattoo Art Magazine. Gagliardo is currently the Art and Alumni coordinator for the American Academy of Art. Follow Aron on twitter @arongagliardo
Illustrator/ Super hero / math genius since the age of 8, Noel Gonzalez is a Chicago based artist, currently graphic designing for DDB Chicago. He also has experience in commercial illustration and storyboarding as well. While at the moment perusing his master’s degree in Computer Generated Imagery and Animation, he is also creative director for a sales company as well as writing/ illustrating his own graphic novel. When pencils are down you can find Noel protecting the streets of Chicago under the identity “Wouldn’t you like to know”, or fixing and racing old cars. Visit Noel's LinkedIn.
Illustrator Tom Herzberg AWS has been a faculty member at the American Academy of Art since 2000. He currently teaches Illustration, Watercolor Painting, and Life Drawing for Illustrators and serves as the chair of the Fine Arts Department. Herzberg has completed over 2000 illustration projects for a variety of books, magazines and newspapers. His client list includes: The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, American Medical Association News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Crain's Chicago Business, American Bar Association Press, Playboy Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Prentice Hall, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Goodman Theater, The Lincoln Park Zoo, The St. Louis Zoo, and the Field Museum of Natural History. He has won many awards for his work and is listed in Who’s Who and Who’s Who in American Art and is an active member of the Air Force Art Program. Herzberg holds a B.A. in Art (Printmaking) from Northeastern Illinois University and an M.F.A. in Printmaking from Northern Illinois University. His work has been exhibited in over fifty national and international fine art exhibitions, and he has been a frequent lecturer on art and illustration at schools of all levels. Visit Tom's Website: www.tomherzberg.com
Joshua Hoffine is an internationally renown Horror Photographer. His work exploded on the internet and in numerous magazines and news outlets around the world in 2008 when he released his collection of photographs exploring the nature of childhood fears. Since that time he has cultivated a massive cult following for his meticulously staged photographic works. His work has been featured by Fangoria Magazine, Rue Morgue Magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine, Suspense Magazine, Dangerous Ink Magazine, and Focus Magazine, among many others. Visit Joshua's Website: www.joshuahoffine.com
An award-winning illustrator, Douglas Klauba has created cover artwork for books featuring such famous characters as Zorro, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Doc Savage, The Avenger, The Spider, and The Phantom, among others. His dramatic style, influenced in part by the pulp magazine and early movie poster art of the 1930’s thru the 1950’s, is known as “Heroic Deco” and has earned him acclaim from collectors and clients around the world. In addition to his publishing work for companies including Harper-Collins, Dynamite Entertainment, Forbes, Moonstone Books, and Radio Archives, Klauba is also a highly sought-after commercial illustrator. He counts among his clients IBM, Paramount Parks, DC/Upper Deck, the Adler Planetarium, the Bradford Exchange, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Blackhawks, just to name a few. Doug’s paintings have been included in the art annuals of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art and the Society of Illustrators. His painting Mercury Jack was among the 250 works exhibited in the Spectrum Show at the Museum of American Illustration and his painting da Vinci’s Dream was awarded Best in Show at the 2005 World Fantasy Convention. He lives and works in the Chicago area with his wife and their two boys. Visit Douglas' Website: www.douglasklauba.com
Rich Klink is an artist based just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. An early fascination with Santa Claus and his toy making elves led him to a lifelong love of making “things”. Early influences of Wizard of Oz and King Kong (1933) contributed to the playful approach to his work. Visit Rich's Website: www.mistaklink.com
J. Anthony Kosar
J. Anthony Kosar is an award-winning artist who specializes in Fine Art, Illustration, Sculpture, Creature Design, Make-up FX, and Product Design through his company Kosart Effects Studios, LLC. In 2007, he interned at legendary Stan Winston Studio creating effects for INDIANA JONES 4 and James Cameron's AVATAR, and studied sculpture under world-renowned creature designer Jordu Schell. Kosar designs and sculpts Halloween masks for Zagone Studios, creates special effects for theater, film, and commercials, and between projects, teaches the art of FX through his studio in Westmont, IL. Besides FX, Kosar is an internationally awarded fine artist and illustrator, having been awarded by the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, American Watercolor Society, Illinois Watercolor Society, and several others. In 2009, he was named "One to Watch" by Watercolor Artist Magazine. His work has been selected to appear in SPLASH 13: Best of Watercolor and Spectrum 19: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. He designs and sculpts prototypes for toys, collectibles and medical anatomical models, illustrates for novels and comic books, and creates fine art paintings and sculptures. Kosar was Valedictorian of the class of 2008 at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL where he earned his BFA in Illustration. Visit J. Anthony's Website: www.kosarteffects.com
Richard Kryczka is a nationally exhibited illustrator, designer and painter. He just started his 25th year teaching at the American Academy of Art, having taught since 1987, and has served as the chairperson of the Illustration department since 1990. He currently teaches Illustration and Advanced Illustration. Kryczka’s work is represented by Blue Eyed Jack Gallery in LaGrange, Illinois; the Anne Louckes Gallery in Glencoe, Illinois; Dovetail Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin; and Morava Studios in Oak Park, Illinois. He also works with various commercial clients including MSL Advertising, KHM Plastics, Technifast and Southern Illinois University graphics department. He has been honored with many awards for his fine art work, and has also received COARA and NACA awards for his illustration and design work. Recently, he won first place in the 66th Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibit at the Polish Museum of America in Chicago. Kryczka was also included in the 7th edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He holds an A.A. in Illustration and Graphic Design from the American Academy of Art where he studied under the late Irving Shapiro, a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing and an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Visit Rich's Website: www.aaart.edu/portfolios-faculty-kryczka.html
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Joseph Lester has been interested in fantasy and horror characters for his entire life, with early influences from Lon Chaney Sr., Ray Harryhausen, and Dick Smith. Joe started sculpting early, and to this day remains determined to make each character better than the last, as he sees artistic development as a lifelong process. He has created masks, prosthetics, characters, creatures, sculptures, prototypes, and props for numerous companies and organizations, including, but not limited to, the haunt industry, the mask industry, and also films, plays, and videos. Visit Joseph's Website: www.imageworksfx.com
After ten years in photography, Travis Lewis has finally been able to pursue his true passion and talent as a fine artist. His work’s breadth includes sci-fi, fantasy, portraiture, and island art. Working in graphite, digital, pencil, and oil mediums. All with an original and daring eye that transcend reality and twist perceptions. Visit Travis' Website: www.travislewis.com
Darick Maasen is a Chicago-based illustrator, caricature-artist, and lover of all things odd and off. His work spans from side-show-banners to crypto-taxidermy-childhood-heroes to gaming-tribute paintings. Several of his works have gone viral including his Elderly Mickey Mouse and taxidermy Real Koopa Paratroopa. Most recently he completed an installation for the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. You can check out his creations as well as his blog of chicken-scratch sketches 'Crap I Draw at Work' at www.facebook.com/
darickmaasen Visit Darick's Website : www.darickmaasen.com
Matthew McCarty describes his art as Epic works brought to life as he strives to tell the greatest stories in the biggest ways. He mixes a comic book style with a realist study to make the viewer feel like they could walk into the big screen. McCarty loves to work with heroic characters and grand adventures. The hardest part is getting the ideas out fast enough. McCarty's work can be seen in the upcoming Swordsmiths of Spain card game, a fresh print in the Indy graphic novel Devil’s Island as well as his self published book Shades of Grey. While he always welcomes freelance work, McCarty currently works developing collectibles for the Bradford Exchange. Visit Matthew's Website: www.mccartyillustrations.com
Barrett "Bear" McGivney has always been drawn to the dark side of art, but with the inability to draw a stick man with a ruler he discovered he had a knack for photography. Thus his path down the dark side… weddings, portraits, and events. After years of fulfilling the photographic needs of clients like Fangoria magazine, The Dark Theater, Off Broadway USA and Kosart Effects Studios, he is embarking on bringing his dark personal projects to life. Visit Bear's Website: www.bearmcg.blogspot.com
Aaron Miller is an illustrator and designer with over 10 years of experience. He has worked with clients such as AEG, Fantasy Flight Games, Wizards of the Coast, and Catalyst Games. His design experience has been working on projects for clients such as Hyatt, Komatsu, and Land-O Lakes. Aaron has had his work featured in Imagine FX Magazine, Blue Canvas Magazine, and Spectrum. From illustration, design, and project management Aaron is a powerhouse of talent. Visit Aaron's Website: www.aaronbmiller.com
Blake Packard is an illustration graduate from Northern Illinois University and is currently a product development manager. Blake's greatest influences are his love of classic cartoons, pulp magazines, and fantasy illustrations. He has painted murals for the Make a Wish Foundation and local businesses, one over 70 feet long. He currently has a painting published in the most recent issue of Heavy Metal Magazine. Based on his many influences, his choice of media is traditional painting using oils and watercolor. Visit Blake's website: www.blakepackard.com
As a freelance illustrator for the past fifteen years, Jim Pavalec has worked on projects including Star Wars, World of Warcraft, Magic: The Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons and has contributed regularly to Imagine FX magazine. Jim has written and illustrated four books for Impact Books. He wrote Hell Beasts, and co-wrote Wreaking Havoc: How to Create Fantasy Warriors and Wicked Weapons and How to Draw Blood-Sucking Monsters and Vampires. Ink bloom marked his debut as a fiction writer in 2010. He has branched out into publishing with his new art book, Hymns & Wretched Offerings To The Golden Ones. Jim has recently found success in the fine art world with his Harajuku Zombie series, and will be illustrating the covers for the first year of Dark Horse Comics’ Eerie. Visit Jim's Website: www.jimpavelec.com.
Vincent Proce has been working in video games for over 10 years as a concept artist, but he is also a Science Fiction/ Fantasy & Horror Illustrator. Vince is a frequent artist contributor to Magic the Gathering and Spectrum: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art, as well the occasional comic book cover. He is currently the Art Director for Day1Studios. Visit Vincent's Website: www.vincentproce.com
Bill Reinhold is a 1982 graduate of the American Academy of Art in downtown Chicago and has been a professional Comic Book Artist and Illustrator since 1981. Over his long career he's worked for Noble Comics, First Comics, Marvel Comics, DC comics, Dark Horse Comics and others. As a comic book artist he is known for drawing such characters as The Badger, The Punisher, Silver Surfer, Batman, Magnus Robot Fighter and more. Often his work was colored by his wife Linda Lessmann Reinhold. As a comic book inker he's enjoyed working with many other artists on titles such as Earth X, The Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Wolverine, The Hulk, Green Lantern, and many more. In early 2012, he did extensive on-screen art for BOOMSTICK FILMS Horror/Comedy DOCTOR SPINE! Written and directed by John Wesley Norton. Visit Bill's Website: www.billreinhold.com
Linda Lessmann Reinhold
Linda Lessmann Reinhold has worked in and around the comic book business for many years. Having graduated BFA from Stephens College, Columbia, MO, in 1970, she moved to NY and worked in the Marvel Comics offices in the early 1970's as staff colorist. She then partnered with Barry Windsor-Smith to form The Gorblimey Press in 1974 and from 1976-79 worked in "The Studio" with Windsor-Smith, Jones, Wrightson and Kaluta. In 1984 Linda moved back to the midwest and went to work for First Comics, as colorist on American Flagg, Grimjack, The Badger, Corum and more. Later, with husband Bill Reinhold, she returned to working for Marvel on Punisher, Barbie, and Silver Surfer, and has since worked with Bill on many comic book projects.
Born September 10, 1981, in Greeley, Colorado, David Richardson began creating creatures of the unknown while still in elementary school. Then, in high school, he started working in art studios around Colorado where he was immersed in all aspects of sculpture and the lost wax process. Since then, David has been published in Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine, Churn an art & music magazine, Gothic Beauty Magazine, and has shown in many art exhibitions. David's art is featured in both public and private collections throughout the USA, as well as England, Canada, Russia, Hong Kong, and Australia. His sculpture has even been recognized by the great and talented movie director, Guillermo Del Toro. David celebrates diversity through his art, working in many different mediums. He has worked with celebrities and even the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club. Embracing life-death-rebirth, David's sculptures are very primordial in thought and have very powerful significance. David has dug down into his unconsciousness to unearth deep seeded emotions, bringing them to the surface of his reality and giving them life and permanence on Earth. Visit David's Website: www.daverichardsonart.com
When Alex Ross saw his first episode of Spider-Man on TV, he instantly fell in love with the superheroes and knew that he wanted to bring these colorful characters to life. By the age of 13, he was making full graphic art. When Alex was 17, he went to art school in Chicago, Ill., where it struck him that he could paint comic books. This original thought, along with his more realistic painting style, separated Alex from the traditional cartoonish look of other comic book characters. Alex finished art school at age 19 where he then got a job in storyboards at an advertising agency. But Alex's success as a comic book artist was just beginning to brew around that time. An editor at Marvel Comics had seen Alex's work and suggested that they collaborate on a story together. Their plans came to fruition in 1993 with Marvels, a graphic novel. This book landed Alex his first exposure to the comic book industry and brought him a lot of positive attention. Fans of Marvel appreciated Alex's affection and realism that he brought into the characters. After Alex's first claim to fame with Marvels, he was asked to do Kingdom Come and Uncle Sam, a story that looked into the dark side of American history. Since then, Alex has painted some of the most famous and recognized covers for Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman comic books. Visit Alex's Website: www.alexrossart.com
Chad Savage is a leading Dark Artist with his work featured in books and magazines, and as a web designer, manages nearly 200 dark websites. This one-man creep machine works in a dark, spider-filled office presided over by a one-eyed scarecrow, creating dark art, logos, websites, fonts, graphic design and more for the horror, Halloween & haunted attraction industries. Visit Chad's Website: www.sinistervisions.com
As seen on the Travel Channel's Making Monsters and Toy Hunter, Jordu Schell is a renowned American sculptor and concept artist who has been working in the film and television industries for over twenty years. Jordu began his career as a sculptor and Halloween mask maker. He first started designing FX for Hollywood on Bride of Re-Animator, and went on from there to work with Stan Winston on such movies as Predator 2, Edward Scissorhands, and Batman Returns. In television, he designed aliens for the opening season of Babylon 5. From 2005-2007, Schell was instrumental in the design of the Na'vi and other creatures in James Cameron's movie Avatar, shaping the designs of the characters with physical sculptures when Cameron felt that the CGI designs were not capturing his vision. Schell sculpted numerous maquettes to help solidify the look of the Na'vi race, often working in the kitchen of Cameron's Malibu home. Films for which Schell has designed creatures and characters subsequent to his work on Avatar include The Mist, AVPR, Prince Caspian, Spike, Creature of Darkness, and Dragonball Evolution, as well as working in various FX capacities on several others. Schell also teaches classes in sculpting and design at his studio and, in addition, sometimes works in the video game industry. Visit Jordu's Website: www.schellstudio.com
The Shiflett Brothers
The Shiflett Brothers, Brandon and Jarrod, are living their dream: Comic Book Geeks turned Comic Book Industry Sculptors (but, alas, remaining Comic Book Geeks.) They have sculpted statues for Sideshow Collectibles, Bowen Designs, Moore Action Collectibles, Toy Biz, and Dynamic Forces and their work has appeared in the pages of Heavy Metal Magazine, Wizard, ToyFare, Amazing Figure Modeler and four separate editions of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Their award-winning original concept sculptures, released under the banner "Shiflett Brothers Originals," are shown in galleries and private collections worldwide. Brandon and Jarrod taught a Master Class in Sculpting for The Gnomon Workshop in Hollywood and subsequently produced an Instructional Sculpting DVD for Gnomon as well. They were honored beyond belief to sit on the Jury for Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. They live in Texas with herds of pirate dogs. Visit Brandon and Jarrod's Website: www.shiflettbrothers.com
Tim Shumate is a 29-year-old Chicago-based artist with a degree in Editiorial Illustration from American Academy of Art, as well as a few years of Graphic Design from Illinois Institute of Art. He currently works as an Art Director at a Bradford Exchange designing sculptures and collectibles. Tim also works as a freelance tattoo design artist and illustrator by commission. Several of his designs have gone viral online and rapidly gaining vast popularity. Also, several of Shumate's designs have been printed on Threadless Tees. Visit Tim's Website: www.timshumate.com
Eisner Award winning artist Jill Thompson is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the creator of Scary Godmother and Magic Trixie. She has drawn comics for well over half her life. In addition to her own creations, Jill has illustrated a wide array of comics over her career, such as WonderWoman, Sandman, the Invisibles, Finals, Beasts of Burden, the Simpsons and many others. Look for her on Twitter if you want to see lots more art and hear her silly inner thoughts @thejillthompson. Visit Jill's Website: www.jillthompsonart.com
Born in England 1960, Ivan Unwin was educated with the anthemic music of punk music ringing in his ears and the eternal images of the Queen with a safety pin through her mouth. Art school followed during the 1980s where he was making sculptural performance based art films, released via Factory Records / Ikon as Flickering Shadows. Three further film productions followed in the 1990s: Toxic, Septik KZ, and finally Eclipse, but with the constant frustration of budget constraints he stopped making films. He became employable in the music video & film industry for 15 years creatively intoxicated. He had started to paint again in 2000 initially landscape. Unwin then moved to Canada 2006, his wife's homeland. While living a 24 hour life, summer of 2008 trying to stop his German Shepard from self-mutilating himself, the triptych Evil was created, kicking open the doors to the works that have followed with direct social political narratives. Visit Ivan's Website: www.ivanunwin.com