Illustrator Barabash Sviatoslav was born in the city of Kovel, Ukraine. At sixteen, he became interested in drawing. For fourteen years he continued his studies as an artist/painter. He attended and graduated from the Odessa Art College and the National Academy of Painting in Kyiv. Sviatoslav, a member of the Union of Artists, has participated in exhibitions of the Union of Artists of Ukraine and his own personal events.
Sviatoslav credits his grandfather, Alexander Manelyuk, a graphic designer, as being his first teacher. His grandfather taught him to appreciate the beauty of nature, especially landscapes with their endless varieties.
Among other art projects, Sviatoslav is currently illustrating books. Lately, he has become interested in digital art with its endless possibilities.
Deanna McRae is a freelance artist and graphic designer from California who loves to create works of art for a living and for fun! She illustrates story books, creates visual designs and assets and sells educational clip art for teachers on her website. She is a self-taught artist and has been been creating art on a consistent basis for over 20 years.
Shvachko Vladimir was born in the city of Odessa, Ukraine, on October 3, 1985 into a working class family. In 1993, he went to the 1st grade of a school in Odessa and successfully graduated in 2006. From 2003 to 2006, he studied navigation at the maritime college. After completing his studies, he worked as a sailor and dock worker for five years while attending drawing classes in his spare time. In 2014, Shvachko began working as a book illustrator and freelance 2D and 3D artist for gaming companies, and has since become a full-time employee in this field.
Born in 1982 in Lucknow city, India, Vineet Kumar Siddhartha is a prominent Indian artist of his generation. He pursued his Master of Fine Arts in the late 2000s, where he developed a keen sense of form and design, along with a strong visualization ability.
Siddhartha gained valuable experience by working in various design firms and animation studios. He contributed significantly to numerous children’s books and comic books, which have been published globally. His exceptional work has earned him multiple awards, solidifying his reputation as a distinguished artist in the industry.
Gail Heath is author/illustrator of several children’s books including the Accelerated Reader book INSIDE ME, SOMETIMES. She has also illustrated for other authors.
Gail Heath earned a BA and teaching credentials at Michigan State University and a MA at Central Michigan University. One of her areas of study was Fine Arts. She taught school for many years in Michigan and Nevada.
Juan Pablo (JP) Vega, born in Venezuela and established in Canada since 2007. Having to leave a country as dangerous as it is beautiful in search for a better future, he found a new home in Canada where he and his family can grow.
An Artist and Graphic Designer, he is based in the Lower Mainland. JP exhibits his artwork (paintings) in Surrey, British Columbia, and has commission work in Europe, Australia, and America. JP is also the frontman of a Rock and Roll Band and creates original music that includes Latin culture and fusion of the multiple music styles he loves. JP works using digital illustration, traditional media projects, as well as creating content on social media. Tropical influences, Comics, Fantasy Art, Latin culture and his journey through the advertising industry have an influence on his style and use of color in his art. Storytelling is in the main focus of his work and it touches on social themes, sometimes political or simply a representation of his experience with life. Symbolism is also found in his themes with the use of color or metaphoric representations. JP is currently embracing the arts beyond the field of advertising and production design.
Juan Pablo Vega is a member of the Surrey Art society and is constantly enhancing his artistic side in the traditional media arts.