Nas Pasha is a young artist from Toronto's Jane and Finch community. Being obsessed with drawing from the age of four, Nas produced his very first hand-drawn animation at the age of 12. Low-tech methods with raw determination have led him on strange and weird paths since that day.
Today, Nas is a traditional animator, comicker, and independent animation film maker. He spends his days drawing at work, drawing on street corners, drawing on trains, and drawing at home. As a result, he has published two installments of his graphic novel, "Two Mistakes Two Many," and is in production with his team at Studio Crazy Horse to bring to life two short traditionally animated films, set to debut next year.
He enjoys gummy candy and good stories. So if you possess either or, be sure to stop him and say "What's crackin' brov!"
Dash Shaw is a cartoonist and animator whose last graphic novel, "New School", was named one of the best books of 2013 by NPR. His other recent books include "BodyWorld" and "Bottomless Belly Button." His animated works include the Sigur Ros video "Seraph", "Wheel of Fortune", and the ifc series "The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD." His new graphic novel "Doctors", about doctors who enter deceased people"s afterlives to bring them back from the dead, arrives later this year from Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Growing up, Gustavo Arteaga was just an average little boy who loved to draw. He never thought much of it, and especially never thought about making drawing his job. In fact, he thought that hobbies couldn't become jobs, because hobbies were a fun escape from reality. However, as the years went on, he began to think that there was no better job than something that doesn't feel like work at all.
Gustavo moved from his homeland of Venezuela to Barcelona in 2007, and decided to go to school to get his Bachelor's degree in Art, once he got his degree, Gustavo spent some time at The Escola Llotja, an art school in Barcelona where Pablo Picasso studied.
Not only did his skills improve during his time here, but also his curiosity about his future as an artist. Gustavo decided to take the plunge into something he had never done: animation. Gustavo embarked on an animation project that he created from the ground up, inspired by Japanese film company Studio Ghibli. He hopes someday to work for a professional studio, either doing concept art or animation.
While working on this project, Gustavo has a spot in Pi Square in Barcelona, where many talented artists display original art every weekend to millions of tourists that roam the streets. His current work can be found on DeviantART where he's known as Zeich.
Jasper Wong is an artist, illustrator, and curator. He is a man who wears many hats and best known for his art that is a unique clash of Asian-influenced pop culture on paper. Jasper has exhibited worldwide, in places such as Japan, California, France, London, Mexico, New York, Hong Kong, Chicago, and Australia and he has been selected on multiple occasions by Archive magazine as one of the 200 Best Illustrators worldwide. He has also scored press in publications such as Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Taschen's Illustration Now, Hypebeast, Booooooom, Arrested Motion, Hi-Fructose, Acclaim, Complex, Vice, Highsnobiety, VNA, Street Art News and Juxtapoz. He was recently chosen as one of the HB100. A list of Hypebeast's 100 most influential figures in the industry, which included the likes of Kaws, Pharrell, Banksy, Jay Z and Kanye West.
Jasper is also the founder of a gallery in Hong Kong called ABOVE SECOND and another creative venue in Honolulu called LOFT IN SPACE. In its existence, both Monocle magazine and CNN have chosen it as one of the best galleries in the city. Jasper is also the creator and lead director of POW! WOW! HAWAII, which is a non-profit organization of contemporary artists committed to community enrichment through the creation of art outreach programs, educational programs and engaging the community in the creation and appreciation of art.
Another venture is in the form of a community art center called LANA LANE STUDIOS. It is a repurposed industrial warehouse that has been transformed into progressive 2D/3D creative workspace and center for teaching and learning. It is a place where creative output flourishes, interacts with and inspires the community. It is a combination of private studio spaces and a fully functional art school for the youth of Hawaii.