Peter de Sève
He may be best known for his playful "Ice Age" creation Scrat, as well as his many covers for The New Yorker, and his character designs have been featured in films such as "Mulan," "A Bug's Life," "Tarzan" and "Finding Nemo," as well as the "Ice Age" trilogy.
His many awards include an Emmy, the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, a Clio Award, and many more.
Tara McPherson is a New York City-based artist who has achieved great success with her paintings and serigraphs. She has been in exhibitions and galleries all over the world, and was dubbed by ELLE Magazine "The Crown Princess of Poster Art."
She has provided illustrations for artists including Beck and Modest Mouse, and has been featured in comics and covers for DC Vertigo. She has created toys with companies including Kidrobot and Dark Horse. Her appeal is unmistakeable, and in addition to creating thought-provoking art, she has taught at Parsons, and her work is in the permanent collection of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Dark Horse has published three collections of her art; "Lonely Heart: The Art of Tara McPherson," "Lost Constellations: The Art of Tara McPherson," and "Bunny in the Moon."
Charles Vess has been drawing comics since childhood. His fantasy illustrations provide a delicate look into the worlds of Faerie and beyond, and he has been featured in multiple gallery showings and museum exhibitions.
He is well known for his collaborations with writer Neil Gaiman, which include work on "The Books of Magic," "Stardust" and "Blueberry Girl." He also self-published "The Book of Ballads and Sagas," which featured his illustrated adaptations of traditional Scottish and English ballads, written by luminaries including Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman and Jane Yolen.
He has won numerous awards for his art, including three Eisners and the Inkpot Award.
Michael R Whelan
He has provided illustrations for more than 350 books and magazines, as well as record album covers and Magic: The Gathering cards. His body of work is truly astonishing, and he has received accolades and awards including 15 Hugo Awards, three World Fantasy Awards and many, many more.
He has been published in many art collections, including "Michael Whelan's Works of Wonder" and "The Art of Michael Whelan: Scenes/Visions."
Her scientific and illustrative background has been brought to bear on creature designs for Lucasfilm as well as illustrations for books including "The Katurran Odyssey."
She is currently working as a freelance concept artist and is a member of the faculty at the Academy of Art University.
She is best known for her creature design for "Star Wars: Episode 1," and created iconic characters including Jar-Jar Binks.
Jon Foster graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1989 with a BFA In illustration. He has created art for a wide variety of clients including National Geographic, Universal Orlando, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Tor Books, Simon and Schuster, Harry S. Abrams Books, Boston Globe, Underwood Books, Knopf, Delacorte, Del Rey Books, Scholastic, Fox Atomic, Little Brown, Nightshade books, and Subterranean Press. Jon has also designed for films and role-playing games.
As well as inclusion in the Society of Illustrator annuals he has received two silver and three gold awards from Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art. Jon also was awarded the David P. Usher/Greenwich Workshop Memorial Award in the Society of Illustrators annual 43, has been nominated twice for the Chesley Awards, and was winner of the 2008 Dark Scribe Quill Award for Best Cover.
Jon has produced two collections of his work, PROGRESSIONS and R/EVOLUTION, which showcase not only his range of subjects but also his mastery of both traditional and digital mediums. While maintaining his freelance career, he travels to lecture at various schools around the country and is a member of The Illustration Academy Faculty. He presently lives in Rhode Island with his dogs.