Donovan Brutus was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The cartoons of the 80’s and 90’s inspired him to start drawing at an early age and fueled his dream to become an animator. Donavon focused on sculpture and abstract painting in high school and after graduating, moved to Tampa, FL to study Animation. During this time, Brutus also discovered the joy of digital art and graphic design. His career as a motion graphics animator took him to San Francisco where he currently resides. Despite a passion for Motion Design he still spends a lot of spare time doing digital illustration stills.
Hannah Newsom-Doyle is an award-winning watercolorist, embroiderer and illustrator in both digital and traditional techniques based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She earned a BS in Illustration from John Brown University. Hannah is a designer for a local custom licensed collegiate apparel company, co-founder of a graphic design company, Alpine Creative Co. and also illustrates children’s books and creates book covers for Clay Bridges Press, AuthorHouse and for well published authors, Criston Mark, Ted Stokely & Marilyn Harkrider.
Drew Gentle was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After high school Drew went to work as Artist Assistant to his father Robert Gentle at Hanna-Barbera Studios in animation while he attended Chouinard Art Institute (now the California Institute of the Arts), where he graduated with a BFA in 1969. Drew moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas in the summer of 2007, and is now enjoying the beauty of the Ozarks while he pursues his artistic vision.
For over 25 years Chad Maupin has plied his trade as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator shoehorning his love of retro comic books, horror movies and mid-century illustration into every project he can.
His mark has been made on the local community through many favorite clothing brands. Maupin enjoys the challenge of a variety of projects, from illustration commissions to apparel and poster design.
Kenneth Siemens is a muralist and illustrator who works in the “Aerosol Pulp” comic style rendered in spray paint on canvas.
Since 2014, Siemens has brought his experience as a Walmart marketing design director to bear on the burgeoning creative community in Northwest Arkansas. In addition to painting murals in downtown Bentonville, he participated in the “Ghostbusters” exhibit that was showcased during the Bentonville Film Festival in 2017.