Hinge Digital Announces Design Contest Winner

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We are pleased to announce that artist/illustrator Erin Koehler is the winner of Hinge Digital’s inaugural “Bringing your World to Life” character design contest. As part of her prize, Koehler wins a Wacom Intuos4, Luxology modo and an article in the next issue of Animation Magazine.

Koehler, received her BFA with an emphasis in illustration from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries and shown at the New York Society of Illustrators. She has also worked as a concept artist for Vancouver’s Rainmaker Studio and has been a freelance illustrator for a wide variety of clients. (You can find out more about this talented artist at www.coroflot.com/erinkoehlerart/profile.)

“We were very pleased with the work submitted to the Bring Your World to Life Contest,” says Hinge Digital co-founder, Michael Kuehn. “We are excited to have helped showcase a wide variety of talented artists and storytellers through the contest and look forward to working with them in the future.”

“Erin Koehler’s whimsical, and distinctive style and storyline pulled us in,” notes Hinge Digital co-founder, Roland Gauthier. “The high quality of her illustrations, her focus on novel, expressive characters, and the strength of her overall presentation align well with Hinge Digital’s passion for great design and storytelling. We are very excited to name her the winner of the Bringing Your World to Life Contest, and can’t wait to see what she will come up with next,” adds Gauthier.

Animation and vfx studio Hinge Digital launched the contest in December to inspire artists, designers and writers for any background to submit original story ideas and corresponding character designs. The contest builds on Hinge Digital’s momentum in developing projects from the graphic novel and creature-feature genres, and serves as an opportunity for creatives to showcase their own unique visions. The contest submission could be from any story genre and any creative level or background. The only requirement was that the submissions needed to be original and compelling.

Hinge Digital provides superior pre-and post-production visual effects for the commercial, broadcast and interactive markets. Founded by industry veterans Roland Gauthier, Michael Kuehn and Alex Tysowsky, the company offers over four decades of prestigious photo-real CG and high-quality animation experience from renowned studios including Walt Disney Feature Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks and LAIKA Entertainment.

You can learn more about Hinge and the contest at www.hingedigital.com.