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2016 Expo: Featured Artists

The second annual South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo will include a special exhibition of anime, manga and fan art to showcase emerging artists from across the UK.

Examples of each artist’s work can be found below, with a short biography and information about how you can find out more about their work.

The 2016 Gaming & Anime Expo takes place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October.

Note: Some images have had to be reduced in size for display online. Full versions can be seen in the pop-up exhibition.

Ayakana

Ayakana is a manga and graphic novel artist in the South Bristol region, currently studying Illustration at the University of...

Ayakana is a manga and graphic novel artist in the South Bristol region, currently studying Illustration at the University of the West of England. “I started to draw manga back in 2010; a main source of inspiration for me was the hit anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Since then I’ve liked the science-fiction sub-genre and I have been drawing manga in my spare time.” Contact Ayakana here.

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Jessica Azige

Jessica describes herself as “a strange 20 year old engineering student from Birmingham.”  She’s a massive fan of anime...

Jessica describes herself as “a strange 20 year old engineering student from Birmingham.”  She’s a massive fan of anime and video games (in particular, games for Sony and Nintendo consoles): “I tend to go for anything that’s good, rather than any particular genre. My favourite anime/manga so far are Baccano and Umineko (manga only), and my favourite videos games are Odin Sphere, Persona and Catherine! My art is mainly done in two different styles, but sometimes I like to experiment with more and see what fits!” Find out more about her work here and here

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Lenny Chilcott

Lenny is 18 years old and currently studying art from home. He turns 19 on 23rd October so you might be...

Lenny is 18 years old and currently studying art from home. He turns 19 on 23rd October so you might be looking at his work on his birthday! He says: “I’m primarily a digital artist, using Photoshop and a Wacom Tablet to paint characters and landscapes. I’ve recently finished my A levels and am now taking great enjoyment in developing my ideas and skills with complete freedom. Some of the ways I like to supplement my art are by writing sci-fi and fantasy stories, exploring the local countryside and city with a camera and getting involved with the Twitch creative community. As you can probably tell I’m massively inspired by games; it’s a dream of mine to one day contribute to the creation of one to maybe inspire others in the way that I have been countless times.” Find out more here.

 

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Hana Fubuki

Hana describes herself as “a 20-something, self-taught digital artist based in Birmingham, UK.” Aside from art, she likes coffee,...

Hana describes herself as “a 20-something, self-taught digital artist based in Birmingham, UK.” Aside from art, she likes coffee, cosplay and fashion.  She says: “after enjoying drawing for as long as I can remember, I bought my first tablet for no reason other than I thought it looked like fun. For a while, I experimented with different styles of both traditional and digital art, all while not really having a clue what I was doing.It was only several years later, after travelling the world (read: living in Canada) for two years, and doing various jobs that I both loved and hated, that I realised art was the only solid thing in my life. I stopped drawing traditionally almost altogether, committing myself to furthering my skills as a digital artist. Now, after returning to England, most of my current work is focused on trying to bridge the gap between Japanese anime/manga and Western concept art. This style gives me the freedom to ignore the boundaries of traditional portraits and let my imagination run wild. It allows me to push myself further and further with each piece, always throwing myself into new challenges, and always learning and improving as an artist. And no, I still have no idea what I’m doing…” Find out more here.

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Elisha Huxtable

Elisha is 28 and an illustrator/ graphic designer with a love of all things colourful. She studied Visual Communication...

Elisha is 28 and an illustrator/ graphic designer with a love of all things colourful. She studied Visual Communication at Birmingham City University: “my work and style has basically grown from there. I tend to work with charcoal and pastels but have recently been experimenting with paint pens and spray paint with a more animated feel to my characters.”

 

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Ali Jamalzadeh

Ali was born in Iran and grew up in California: “I live in London making video games to help people...

Ali was born in Iran and grew up in California: “I live in London making video games to help people learn languages on their phone. I bake bread and draw trees, and am practising to shuck oysters without stabbing myself.” Find out more here.

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Jessica Slusark

Jessica works in the game industry as a sales representative in London, but her biggest dream is working as a 2D...

Jessica works in the game industry as a sales representative in London, but her biggest dream is working as a 2D game artist for a game studio. She says: “while improving my skills and experience in order to feel ready enough to try, I do part-time commissions for indies and use my free time to work on my own comics and game ideas. I can say that Manga has deeply influenced my style since I was a child: I have an addiction for bright colours and expressions. Most of my work is done digitally, while I draw by pencil when I need to relax.” Follow her on Twitter @TheLazyRed

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith, also known as The DarkFox, has been a long time contributor to Knowle West Media Centre and has lived...

Michael Smith, also known as The DarkFox, has been a long time contributor to Knowle West Media Centre and has lived in the South Bristol region for almost his life. Born with Autism, he started working with KWMC during his mid teens. He is an artist whose works include pencil sketches and Photoshop illustrations. He is also a rising filmmaker whose films have received a number of awards. His hobbies include gaming, watching films and anime, as well as art and computers. His favourite animal? Foxes of course! Michael’s contribution to the Expo is called ‘Freddy and the Gang’s Nightmare’ – “a fan art dedicated the the Five Nights at Freddy’s series.” Follow him on Twitter @TheDarkFox999.

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Elizabeth Tyson

Elizabeth is a London-based illustrator who loves games, cartoons and good food. She specialises in commercial and fantasy illustration. She says: “I...

Elizabeth is a London-based illustrator who loves games, cartoons and good food. She specialises in commercial and fantasy illustration. She says: “I am an emerging black British artist in London. The piece of work I have submitted [for the Expo] is called “Tasha” and is an original character I created when I was 15 and re-made her with my present skills. My background is originally in Linguistics but I am looking to go into the creative field and this would be a great stepping stone for me!” Find out more about her work here.

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