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About the Artists

Dennis Valencia

Dennis Valencia 

Self taught traditional and digital artist who started drawing seriously just a year ago. Freelance artist and current artist at Pharos Creative Studios. Can see my work on the Indie comicbook hit The Convictor and the upcoming HellWolf.  Biggest influences are John Byrne and Joe Mad 👊🏼

@drvalenciadesigns 

Jenna Ayoub

Jenna Ayoub

Jenna Ayoub is a comic artist and writer who spent her childhood seeing the world; an upbringing that has greatly influenced her love of stories and history. Beginning her career as an inker, she has since illustrated comics under titles like ADVENTURE TIME, REGULAR SHOW, and THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL. Her latest project is the graphic novel FOREVER HOME, which she has both written and illustrated. She has an affinity for period pieces and character-driven stories (with "time-travelers" as a recurring theme), and draws from her own adventures for inspiration. She is a SCAD graduate with a BFA in Fine Arts and a major in Sequential Art.

Doug Standish

Doug Standish 

Draw For Change grew out of a desire to help support children in need through offering collectors original works of art through charity art auctions. I never dreamed DFC would get to where it is now. It was a hard road, but nothing worth doing is ever easy. 18 events, a Global Jam-Piece, and one comic-con live draw panel later, we are still going strong💪 And our biggest events yet are just on the horizon. 

Our work has grown to cover the wide range of issues we believe in supporting. We create visual narratives to combat system racism & oppression. We tell stories through making works based around the lives of undocumented youth. We uphold the basic rights of children. Myself and the team of artists are not being paid for this work. We are creating because we believe in the power of providing someone with a visual narrative of their story. We work with groups marginalized by society and give them a voice through our creations. This idea is the heart of Draw For Change.

Marcus Jose

Marcus Jose

Marcus Jose is a self-funded Comic Book Artist from the West of England, near to Bristol. He has been drawing for as far back as he can remember. As time has progressed, he has gained an extensive art education. Marcus graduated from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London after studying BA illustration and gained a 2.1. He has also completed various art and design short courses.

His work is inspired by various sources, mainly comics, but also films and animation. Marcus considers the artwork of Frank Miller and John Byrne to have had a big influence on his artwork. Films such as Dune 1984, Predator 1987, and Ghostbusters 2 1989 are some of his favourites. In terms of animation, Marcus has worked for companies such as Aardman Animations, and animation has a big impact on his work, including storyboarding. The work of Ray Harryhausen was one of the first inspirations he remembers and this has remained with him.

The main inspiration for Marcus is his Christian Protestant faith. He plans to make comics in the future, and Christian comics in particular. At present, he is refining his drawing skills to gain the precise style he wants.

Marcus would describe himself as a non-conformist and he enjoys living his Batman/Bruce Wayne lifestyle.

Michael Gerlich

Michael Gerlich

Creating narrative art to enhance written ideas for clients.

Private commissions.

Traveling to convention along the North East to sell prints and commissioned sketches.

Conducting lectures on artistic process, and live art demos including drawing and rendering with markers.

Clients include Comiclink, Hairy Lion Comics, BookaBanks, 27st group. www.mr6string.com.

Mike Uziel

Mike Uziel

I don't like talking about myself...

But I do like to draw. I like to sculpt. I like creating cool things. I like to learn, and I like to teach when I can.

During my 16+ years working in the games industry, I've worked as a concept artist, character artist, as well as art director. And while I enjoy being versatile (as it has come in handy for the teams I've worked on), my heart is in characters and design.

I believe making art should be fun; that the best ideas should always win, that we're all consumers of what we make, that there is always a solution to a visual problem, that if you give your best and operate with honesty, integrity, and a love of the work and respect for your audience, good things will happen. It is work, no doubt, but it is the BEST kind of work.

If my values and skills align with your needs, maybe we should collaborate.

Thanks for your time and consideration,