Thornton Hee, better known as T. Hee, was an animator, director, and teacher. His career spanned stints at Leon Schlesinger Productions, Walt Disney Studios, UPA Studios, and Terrytoons. Hee was well respected for his caricature work as seen in The Coo Coo Nut Grove, The Woods are Full of Cuckoos, the opening credits of The Life of Riley, and his Christmas card designs. Hee is also recognized for his work directing the Dance of the Dance of the Hours segment of Fantasia (1940), and went on to teach character design and caricature, even co-founding the Character Animation program at Cal Arts.
Born in Bedford in 1978 and raised in the East of England, Mark Davies has held a lifelong fascination with telling stories. Inspired by the eloquence of Hans Christen Anderson, and ingenuity of the Grimm Brothers, Davies studied fine art in Cambridgeshire before embarking on a career as one of the region's most successful graphic designers during his formative working years.
Drawing influence from the works and lives of Piero Della Francesca, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, and Salvador Dali, the thriving reverence towards Mark's artwork nationally led to him becoming a full time artist, and his signing with Wishbone Publishing in 2014. Known for a strong narrative fused with striking visual imagery, Mark's emotive, fulfilling, and enrapturing works led to his now signature "Storyteller" collection in 2015. "Mark Davies breathes new life into your favourite stories by providing the light you cannot finding the darkness and shining darkness into the light.
Ruel Pascual has been an artist for over 20 years. He has spent the last 10 years working in the animation industry, but his love of painting is what he holds most dear. He takes a personal approach to his work, using life's hardships as his muse. His idea is to achieve beauty through narratives by painting familiar landscapes that portray simple life experiences. Ruel fosters his art as if it were a living breathing extension of who he is and the life journey we all share. He currently spends his days as the Sr. Animator for Disney Consumer Products.
California based artist Brandon Ragnar Johnson's aesthetic is born at the intersection of illustration and design. His work is often some combination of the things he most loves; film noir, fashion illustration, classic cartoons, the great men's magazine artists, mid century design and architecture, punk rock, monsters and old Las Vegas. His work has been collected in numerous books and can be found on television, films, apparel, toys, textiles, home goods, museums and galleries. His clients include- Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Gigantic, Spectrum, Legendary Pictures, DC Comics, Sony, MTV, Matel, Bad Robot. Partners include Lamps Plus, Cranston Fabrics, Dark Horse, 3D Retro, Sin In Linen, House Of Secrets, Mead, and ACME Archives.
Gris Grimly can be best described as a storyteller. His vision traverses the media world in the form of writing, illustration, directing, animating, and more. His work can be seen in over 20 illustrated books, 2 music videos, and 4 self-produced films. Some of his most revered work has been the illustrations for the books Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness, Boris and Bella, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Neil Gaiman's Dangerous Alphabet, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Pascal Campion is a French-American illustrator and animator. He studied narrative illustration at Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg, in France. He revels in the company of his wife and daughter and finds it very hard to write about himself. He works in a studio with high ceilings in San Francisco.
Pascal has worked in a wide variety of media, from games, music videos, feature films to books. His past clients include Dreamworks Animation, Disney TV, MTV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Hulu, PBS, They Might Be Giants, and more.
Originally from Hampshire, Harry came to Bristol to study and has hung around Somerset ever since. Unfashionably honest (he has an instinctive mistrust of "high art" and all the BS that comes with it), he quotes Hockney, George Herriman (creator of Krazy Kat comics), and Beatrix Potter as influences, but their work never contained quite so much obvious menace.
His work with screen printing gurus Screen One (Banksy, China Mike, Nick Walker, Sick Boy, etc.) has been described variously as "Bucolic Street Art" and Beatrix Potter meets Tarantino". A reclusive country cousin of the Bristol art scene? Not really, Harry is hard to pigeonhole, he lets his characters do the talking. Harry Bunce's cast of cool, unknowable, vaguely sinister anthropomorphic animals rest deep in our consciousness at a time when the only animals many of us see are urban foxes scrounging through bins. By reclaiming these icons and reinventing them, Harry's work breathes new life into old friends and makes us regard them with fresh eyes. Cute? Maybe, but they're rarely cuddly: he has badgers carrying shotguns, red-jacketed foxes, and anarchist hares and squirrels touting what look suspiciously like Walther PPKs.
The son of a Baptist preacher, JJ Adams emigrated as a child from Plymouth in the UK to Cape Town in South Africa in the early 1980s. Adams spent much of his youth around the studio of South African contemporary landscape artist Derric van Rensburg, where he discovered his love of bright colour and graphic art. JJ Adams studied graphic design at Cape College whilst working as an apprentice at Wildfire Tattoos, a busy tattoo studio in central Cape Town.
He returned to the UK in 1998, where he furthered his study in commercial printing at the Plymouth College of Art and Design. He has worked as a freelance graphic designer and sign maker before finally breaking into fine art. JJ Adams uses a range of mixed media in his work from spray paint to hand painting acrylics, screen printing and digital matte painting as well as photography. JJ is fast becoming one of the UK's most talked about artists.
Katy is a UK based oil painter from Yorkshire. Growing up, she focused her skill toward ethereal portraits and detailed sketches, pursuing this throughout her educated life to the University of Lincoln. Katy began painting in a number of mediums including acrylic, watercolours and mixed media, often attending art events and fairs with her work. The positive reaction to Katy's wildlife work led to a large shift towards oil paints. Discovering the rich tones and infinite textural possibilities, oils soon became her medium of choice and a huge part of Katy's development as an artist.
Moving to portraiture, Katy worked on a series of iconic women, all eclectic in their abstract colour qualities, heavily embellished and adorned with tactile brush strokes. Katy's admiration for elegance and richness of pallet moves her to create original oil paintings with a plethora of colour, and a blend of drama, harmony, presence, and dissolve.
A portion of the sales of Katy Jade Dobson's artwork goes to The Born Free Foundation.
Tom Lewis is a premium degree pencil wizard and mouse master of the first order. His work can be described as an attempt to order that which he cannot, to create meaning where there is none, and provide narrative to an otherwise story-less situation. Alternatively, for the moment he likes the phrase "beautiful nonsensical meaning."
The characters come from daydreams, mythological investigation, and the odd bit of cultural assimilation. The background accompanying each character forms part of the epic story that lives inside Tom's head. Tom works with a variety of techniques and processes to achieve the end result, be it a painting, sculpture, or print. Usually starting with a pencil, he uses marker pens, biros, acrylic paints, aerosol cans, airbrushes, varnish, cardboard, digital camera, computer, and fingers. Though not necessarily in that order.