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One-on-One with Kira Slaght

Boneshaker is proud to introduce you to Kira Slaght, who is currently situated in Minnesota. You can find Kira on many areas of the internet, such as: Tumblr, Twitter, and her personal website.

What’s your background?

I have been drawing my whole life, but my formal art education is very limited. At various stages of growing up, I drew dinosaurs and Sonic the Hedgehog rip-offs, but I didn’t focus much on the fundamentals. Unsurprisingly, I languished in a poorly-executed anime phase for quite a few years. Even in college, I never grasped how to improve my art, and I studied graphic design, thinking I couldn’t really make money in another art field. Obviously, I had no idea how any commercial art industries worked (to be fair, I am still confused sometimes). I worked as a web designer and front-end developer for 4 years after graduating. Last year, I left my design job and began pursuing my art self-education full time!

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One-on-one with Carolyn Arcabascio

Boneshaker is proud to introduce you to Carolyn Arcabascio currently situated in New Hampshire. You can find Carolyn’s portfolio here.

What’s your background?

I was always interested in writing and illustrating, starting when I was very young. After earning a BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, I went on to intern for a Boston-based magazine before landing in educational textbook publishing. I spent several years in that field, mostly doing image research and licensing, but I also had the opportunity to work on academic illustration and visual development for several titles. I left the industry in 2015 and have been freelancing for various magazine and book publishers ever since.

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One-on-One with Nick Jizba

Today Boneshaker Press presents you an interview with Nick Jizba! You can find Nick’s portfolio here, or contact him at

What’s your background?

I have a BAS in Digital Entertainment and Game Design from ITT tech (it was a waste of money) and a ton of classes towards other degrees in everything from physics, political science and an electrical apprenticeship. It took a while for me to work out that art was what I was supposed to be doing.

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One-on-one with Magali Mebsout

Today Boneshaker Press presents you Magali Mebsout! Currently situated in Iowa-City, you can find Magali’s portfolio here.

What’s your background?

I have a scientific education, I studied bioengineering and worked as a software developer. Meanwhile I kept close to art through classes and associations, drawing for pleasure and giving my paintings to friends and family but It’s not until last year that I started to take art more seriously.

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One-on-One with Garrett McGill

Hailing from his hometown of Louisville KY–the city responsible for giving the world a famous 2-minute horse race, great bourbon, superior baseball bats, seafood-and-taco combo restaurants, and both Tom Cruise and Jennifer Lawrence (you’re welcome)–Garrett McGill is a freelancing artist, illustrator and joke-teller who enjoys animation, classic comedians, and long walks along his bed. Find Garrett at: Official | Twitter | FB | Instagram dA | Tumblr

What’s your background?

Hmm, let’s see here…there’s some wallpaper, a few pieces of laundry I’ve been meaning to clean, my unread copy of How to Win Friends and Influence People

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One-on-One with Ryan James

Boneshaker Press is proud to present Ryan James of Port of Spain, Trinidad! You can reach him here or find his portfolio here.

What’s your background?

Well I’ve been taking art seriously since Form 3 (Grade 8). I was the top of my art class in high school, and I have a bachelors degree in Illustration from SCAD. I wasn’t initially planning to go to SCAD when I got in. My parents and I were thinking a business degree might be better first. Ironically, I didnt get accepted into the business program at UWI (University of the West Indies), so we were like, ok, art is where they want you, so art is where you will go. I feel like its this general idea that’s kept me on this path. The sense of “where I belong.”   

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One-on-One with Cassandra Mazur

Boneshaker Press brings you Cassandra Mazur, of Skokie, IL! You can reach her here or find her portfolio here.

What’s your background?

I am a Chicago-based artist. In 2011, I received a BFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. After graduating, I worked in the children’s book department at a publishing company and more recently, I work as a designer at a small advertising and marketing agency. I feel like I have done a little bit of everything in an attempt to figure out what makes me feel creatively fulfilled. I’ve done a lot of artistic soul-searching and I am no means at the end of my journey. I am currently working towards being a visual development artist for animation.

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One-on-One with Karlen Tam

Today, Boneshaker Press is proud to introduce you to Karlen Tam of Staten Island, NY! You can find her portfolio here or contact her here.

What’s your background?

My parents are Chinese immigrants, so I was raised with the idea that everything I did had to count. Get a good, stable job because my mother risked her life to escape the Cultural Revolution and have a better life in the United States. With zero aspirations towards a career path, I was a good kid. I did the science and math courses, all the way through the first year of college.  After a hodgepodge of technology courses which included 3D animation, audio and image editing, and game development, I ended up with no specialized skillset or job-worthy portfolio. I worked at a startup (for exposure and free Chipotle) doing storyboards, color scripts, character modeling, motion capture data cleanup, and animation.

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