Artist Spotlight: Cassie Soliday

GDG: Where are you from? CS: I’m originally from a small town in Southern Illinois but am blessed to now live in Southern California. Hmm… I see a pattern here. GDG: Could you give us a brief overview of your art background? CS: Like many, I grew up watching cartoons, drawing what I would see on screen, and wondering what living in these other worlds would be like.  It wasn’t until Toy Story came out that I realized that people make these movies- and those people were animators. I’ve been chasing that excitement and joy ever since.  After graduating Columbia…

Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Llewellyn

GDG: Where are you from and where do you live now?  JL: I’m currently residing Westbank Kelowna in Canada.   I am living right off the beautiful Okanagan Lake. GDG: Could you give us a brief overview of your art background? JL: I’ve always had a passion for drawing, as kids we never had coloring books. My mom would draw any character we requested and we got to color it. Watching her draw and doodle all day every day, sparked an early interest in drawing. However it was when I saw my first movie in a theatre “The Little Mermaid”, that I fell…

Artist Spotlight: Mako Fufu

GDG: Where are you from and where do you live now?  MF: I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I moved to the US in late 2012. I lived in NY for a while, then in NC… and I may be relocating to a different state shortly (keep tuned!). GDG: Could you give us a brief overview of your art background? MF: I’m a self-taught artist, I always loved making art and I’ve been doing it since I was able to hold a crayon. I’m very curious and eager to try and learn new things, so my portfolio is…

Artist Spotlight: Jamie Gibbons

GDG: Where are you from and where do you live now?   JG: Originally from Tucson, AZ. I currently reside in Denver, CO. GDG: Could you give us a brief overview of your art background? JG: Since childhood, I have been obsessed with animation and art.  I managed to get a scholarship to the University of Arizona where I studied Digital Media and Animation. Shortly after, I married my high school sweetheart (still married) and followed him around the world while he was in the military. Animation/Design jobs were few while constantly uprooting, so I started working in freelance graphic design…

Artist Spotlight: Lisa Dosson

Where are you from / currently live? LD: I was born and raised in a very small community in Northern Michigan. Currently, I live in Burbank, California Could you give us a brief overview of your art background (when you first became interested in art, education, work history, etc…) we just need a couple sentences, doesn’t have to be full bio. LD: I got into drawing from a pretty early age, and decided I wanted to be an artist when I was 7 years old. Since then, I have studied Graphic Design (BA) at KCAD in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Classical…

Artist Spotlight: Megan Kelly

Where are you from / currently live? MK: I am originally from a small town up north called Patterson. I currently live in Los Angeles. Could you give us a brief overview of your art background (when you first became interested in art, education, work history, etc…) MK: I have always been interested in drawing, but it wasn’t until I watched my first bugs bunny cartoon that I decided I wanted to become an animator. I went to college at San Jose State to join their Animation / Illustration program, called the ShrunkenHeadmen Club. While in the program I was…