Concept Art & Animation Team

Get to Know Us

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Sophie Notbom

Lead Concept Artist for Bittersummer

Sophie is 18 years old and fresh out of high school. She was born in Austria and moved to Germany at age four, making her pretty much a German citizen at this point. She's been heavily involved with the arts her entire life, having been drawing, painting, singing and performing on stage basically since she could walk. Spending a year abroad in Michigan this past year, Sophie has been granted Summa Cum Laude for her outstanding performance, both academically and artistically.
She's been active on her Instagram handle 'dropinart' for the past three years, having made great friends in the artistic community.
Throughout her life, performing in and creating art for musicals and plays has been a great joy for Sophie. She's truly thrilled to be part of this project, especially having been an eager fan of Morgan's recent project 'Oceanborn'.

Eva María López

Artist

Eva María Lópeza is a 20 year old illustrator and fine arts student who also likes creating characters and using soft colors and watercolor.

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Raquel Martínez

Artist

My name is Raquel, but my friends call me Rei. I’m a digital artist from Spain and I love to draw fantasy...also female characters! I could never go to an art school but I was always self-taught since I drew with an old computer and a ball mouse. I love nature, cats and magic stuff...like witches!

Melissa van Dijk-Allen

Artist

Melissa van Dijk-Allen is a twenty-one year old freelance illustrator and student, based in Hamilton, Ontario. She is currently completing her studies at University, with the intent to receive her Bachelor’s in Clinical Psychology. From a young age, Melissa has always enjoyed the arts, both visual and performing. When not drawing, Melissa enjoys photography, thrifting and adventures with friends and family. Her artwork is primarily found under her Instagram handle @ melsewheres, where people can follow her journey to discover new styles and skills in the world of digital art. She is looking forward to growing with the Averno team and being apart of such a unique story.

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Shikhar Singhal

Artist

Shikhar is a multifaceted creative, who studied architecture, and they also are self taught Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Writer, and pursue these passionately. They believe these artforms are interconnected and helps in personal growth of an Individual. Their main focus is to cultivate a community amongst folks from various fields to make better content and lead the world towards a sustainable creative community. They are a self taught Artist, and their primary area of interest has been visual and performative identity & communication. They strive for content that are self explanatory though open to various interpretations, inclusive and intersectional. People can find their art on instagram @thepalettesofshikhar where they share thier spectrum of works, from traditional pen and paper artworks, to digital paintings; from monochromatic style to polychromatic works. They have dabbled into multiple art forms, from writing, to music, to artwork and incidentally finding their way to the world of Averno.

Hales Nichole

Set Designer & Artist

Hales Nichole is a freshly twenty year old student based in Florida. Growing up she’s been and lived all over the south and is no stranger to change and moving, nor the inherent comfort of Forests in the south . Born to an Art and Computer teacher, creativity has always been a feature point in their life, she spent the majority of her childhood creating Worlds in her head, a childhood that has prepared her for the worldbuilding of Averno. Finding childhood solace in the world of theatre, the sport of Figure Skating, and science books, Hales has a wide variety of hobbies, interests, and skills, ranging anywhere from digital art to understanding the complexities of Neuroscience to learning Sign Language. Currently on the path of a Dual bachelors degree in Behavioral Neuroscience and Deaf Studies with a minor in Theatre. She can be found on the instagram @hxlxynxchxle_art where she posts portraits in a wide variety of styles and mediums, and set designs for her collection “Showbiz in a Shoebox”.

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Thea Fennell

Business Manager & Artist

Thea Fennell is an actress, artist, cat lover, chemistry major, creator, cosplayer, D&D player and dungeon master, former theater teacher, singer, stage manager, and all around general nerd. Raised in community theater, she continues to enjoy performing as well as the creation and tech aspects of theater. She regularly binge consumes media, creates art, and plays video games, often at the same time. Thea mainly does typography and costume design for Averno, though she has had her hands in many different projects. Averno is a project near and dear to her heart; as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, stories that are inclusive and diverse are so important, especially at this time of prevalent hate. She can be found sharing her art, stupid ideas, and jokes with the world at @tfennell42 on Instagram, Tiktok and Twitter.

Renae Dower

Artist

Renae Dower is a freelance concept/character designer and illustrator, who by day is also a project manager. She graduated from Roanoke College in 2014 with her Bachelors in Art. Renae holds a passion for most forms of creativity and art; she performs and is the performance director for City Modern Ensemble (amodern ballet company). She creates backdrops, sets, costumes and clothing along with pottery and traditional painting and drawing. She is currently painting a mural for the City of Roanoke as well. When not creating, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, reading, hiking and cuddling with her two dachshunds.

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August

Artist

August is a 16 year old artist for the Averno Concept Team and helps out with certain social medias for Averno. Her main art account is @augustpot but it’s not really active. So go to her Averno account instead, @august.averno.ans. She is asexual/aromantic but can still surprising give pretty mediocre love advice. She’s an aspiring theatre actor but for now art will do. Her favorite fandoms are from musicals, cartoons, anime, and anything that isn’t something she doesn’t like. She hopes to continue to work on Averno for all the time it has to spare.

Alicia Selkirk

Lead Concept Artist for Willow & Composer

Alicia is an Australian actor, filmmaker, playwright and composer. She has always had a strong passion for theatre and has been performing in musicals and plays for over 10 years; her most recent theatre credits including Fantine in Les Misérables, Astrid in Spontaneous Human Combustion, Caroline in I and You, and Jane in Bumming With Jane. Alicia discovered Averno after being a part of Future Broadway Creators 2020 and is now thrilled to be a composer and co-writer for multiple up coming Averno musicals. She is also a dedicated member of the Averno concept art team and is currently the lead concept artist and project manager for Willow the musical. In the future Alicia plans to move to New York to continue her flourishing career in theatre.

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Rainbow Charrie

Artist

Rainbow (He/Him) is a 23 years old French concept artist, currently living in the UK. After cultivating a love for watercolour for years, his main medium is now digital and he loves to draw buildings as much as characters; with a slight obsession with sketching birds. His art aims to be soft, with neutral or pastel colours and a profoundly cottagecore aesthetic. He started drawing seriously at the age of 10, but only very recently realised that he wanted to make it his career, and he is looking forward to start studying Concept Art at university this year. Having been the manager of a theatre company, Rainbow loves acting, singing, dancing, playing music, as well as photography, sewing, cosplay, and really any kind of art! The arts have always been a major part of his life and, as well as being a LGBTQ+ activist, the main thing going on in his life. He joined the Averno Concept Team in August 2020 and is extremely grateful and excited to be part of this adventure. Find him on Instagram: @ rainbow.charrie

Martha

Artist

Martha (@/daemonishy on instagram) is a 16 year-old artist from the UK working on the Averno team as a concept artist. She is a mostly self taught digital artist, but she will be studying both Fine Art and Graphic Communications at A levels in the hopes of working towards becoming a full-time Illustrator. She likes frogs, podcasts, dnd, drinking obscene amounts of instant coffee, and the found family trope.

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Acorn

Artist

Acorn is a 15 year old digital artist on the Averno team, mainly doing portraits but hoping to do a variety of other things in the future. Her art instagram handle is @witchofyore, where most of her digital art can be found. Besides creating art, she also enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her cat. Fun fact, she will always have candy or tea on hand. She started making art for fun, and then came across Averno through FBC. Working with Averno is like a dream come true, and she hopes to learn and grow together with everyone on the team.

Asteroid

Artist

Asteroid is more or less 16 and currently a high school student although they want to go into the animation industry when they’re older. They’re an illustrator and animator on the Averno team and more of their work ranging from mini comics, animations, fanart for series they’ve enjoyed, illustrations, and sketches related to their webcomic that has yet to exist can be found on their decently active Instagram page @/arcaneasteroid. Their other interests include making pins and patches so their backpacks are harder to steal, caring for their hermit crabs who seem to only have one hobby and it’s knocking things over, writing stories so they may inflict them on other people, taking pictures of stuff that looks cool or old usually both, reading comics instead of working on their own that’s been in the same state for several weeks at this point, attempting to be bilingual, and growing plants on their windowsill that inevitably fall over so they have to vacuum dirt out of the carpet for what feels like the third time that week.

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Charlie Hoopman

Artist

Charlie Hoopman is an artist, animator, and writer as well as a amateur cosplayer and Dungeons and Dragons dungeon master. Charlie is young, 15, but has gone to camps at Digipen University and is hoping to get into csssa at cal arts next year. Hobbies include staring off into space, animal crossing, and painting renaissance inspired portraits. He has 2 brothers which he cares for very much and is available to talk to or view art at @reye.vern on Instagram.

Zoe/Toast

Artist

Zoe (aka Toast) is a writer, artist, and Dm. She was a theater kid for several years but now the closest she gets to acting is playing npcs and hoarding TikTok drafts. In her free time she enjoys re-watching the muppet movies on Disney+ and ranting. She does lots of research on different things and she works on a variety of different projects in Averno but you probably know her from the professors series but don’t worry you’ll be seeing and hearing more from her : )

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Orchid

Artist

Orchid is an artist, singer and songwriter though she only does art in Averno! She's 13 and from Europe. Orchid spends most of her days reading and drawing, taking pictures and drinking tea. ^^

Pidge

Artist

Pidge is a teenage artist, beginning activist, and aspiring actor in the USA. They are a first level black belt in their style of karate, and help teach at their dojo. Running an account with their friends, they hope to gather enough funds to donate to their favorite charities. Their art has evolved over the many years they have been practicing, and have recently become a part of the animators team for Averno.

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Makenna Catron

Artist

Makenna, aka @blueberry_soda03 on Instagram, is a concept artist on the averno team. You may know her from the Gravity falls x averno mini comic with bill cypher! Makenna hopes to make content the will make everybody happy!

Morgan/Atlas

Animator

Morgan is a young freelance artist and animator from Canada, specializing in 'sketchy' type animations and fantasy realism art, as well as an aspiring author.

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Morri

Artist

Morri is an teenage artist, writer and an theatre actress. She loves reading book, listening music and watching horror movies. She is trying to improve her drawing skill on instagram. She is 16. When she found Averno, she found her home. She loves being part of this family.

Cortis

Artist

Cortis is a 14 year old Chilean artist who loves to draw. Aspiring for animation and illustration related careers. Lover of cats, coffee, musicals and mystery literature, she joined Averno as a part in the animatic and artistic related process.

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Lexi/Autumn/Leek

Animator

Lexi (who also goes by Leek or Autumn) is a high school student in the U.S. who also takes college classes to get an Associate’s in Fine Arts! Usually, when she’s not doing (or procrastinating) schoolwork she’s procrastinating working on art for her Instagram account (@autumnbonopoly). She really wants to be able to go to an art college in the future to major in animation. She loves theatre and video games, as well, even though she’s not the best at either. When she found Averno she was very confused at first but came to really love the town and people in it.

Maddy Carp

Animator

MaddyCarp (aka Maddy) has been drawing her whole life. She has only recently dipped her toes in what we (humans) like to call writing and musical theatre. She overworks herself too often and is a ball of stress, when not falling for straight girls she likes to dream about being better at art and think of what she thinks a "Forest Hymn" animatic would look like. She is usually at school, though she finds it easy and spends most of class on the Averno discord. She loves doing lego sets for the "expert" level (which is 14-16 to get a hint of her age) and flexing on how in the second grade she got a letter from NASA.

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Maxiety

Animator

Maxiety is a young adult that animates and makes music in most of his free time if he’s not sleeping. Since he’s also a musical nerd, he’s joined the Averno team as an animator/artist in hopes to have some new experiences and meet cool people. He’s been part of the Smule musical community for over three years, most commonly know in the community for singing and acting as Jared Kleinman (from Dear Evan Hansen), and Jeremy Heere (from Be More Chill) in past musical groups often. One of his most viewed recordings on Smule is “Cecily Smith” by Will Connolly. You might also find him on TikTok and Instagram, both under the username: maxiety_ Lastly, his username is just a combination of Max and Anxiety.

Danni

Artist

Danni, or Cherophobia/Kero on some platforms, is a young artist who works digitally and traditionally in a painterly western anime style often. They are a 15 year old sophomore in high-school and throughout middle-school and high-school they have been an online artist who streams, creates multiple comics, and has done commission artwork in the past. They can be found on Instagram at @danni_creatives and Deviantart at CH3ROP0B14.

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Ginger

Artist & Animator

Ginger is 15 going on 16 and a sophomore in high school in the US. Her goal? She has no idea. All she knows is that she wants to do something that'll leave a positive mark on the world. She is relatively new to Averno, and she joined because she loves everything art- from woodworking to theatre to musical instruments. Other than that, she loves animals, basketball, and nature and goes outside whenever she can. She has a crazy imagination and wants to make a place for herself that she can be proud of and call home, even if it's only for a little while. Ginger is quite the goofball, and loves making people laugh. Whenever the opportunity arises, she'll make a quick dad joke to lighten up the room. Ginger is not necessarily her real name, but it is what everyone who doesn't know her seems to calls her. Eventually, she'll share her name with the world, just not yet. When she's not drawing, she is super busy with school work and procrastinating on her school work. Overall, Ginger is glad to be a part of Averno and is excited to see where it'll take her! You can find her @gingerbread.draws or @oz.averno.ans on instagram.

Izémrasen

Artist

Izémrasen (ⵉⵣⴻⵎⵔⴰⵙⴻⵏ) is a Queer, Transmasculine Genderneutral, 22 year old, university student based in the UK. They are the newest concept artist in the Averno team. He is mixed race, half 3/4 Indigenous Amazigh and 1/4 Spanish Basque. He is also deaf/hard of hearing. In university he studies BA (Hons) Performing Arts & Filmography & is the LGBT+ Executive Officer for the university. Outside university he is an actor, multidisciplinary artist & activist. And outside all of his official uni and work stuff, he loves being a big anime & comic weeb, figure skating, skateboarding, playing basketball, cosplaying, play their ukulele, drawing, painting, annoying his friends with their collection of nerf guns, doing witchy stuff, writing songs and swimming. (If you want to check them out and their art, check out their Instagram @IZENEKO)

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Emily (Monstrously)

Animator

Emily is an animator and creator who has been growing her audience under the name Monstrously. A gentle giant, she is blazing her own trail as a junior at Tennessee Technological University. She plans to study animation in Japan, and release a fully animated pilot by the time she graduates. Emily is excited to bring her skills to Averno, and is even more excited to meet other creatives such as herself.

Lukas

Artist & Mod

Lukas is a 14 year old self taught artist, reigning from Minnesota. World building and the fantasy genre has always fascinated him, making it impossible for him to turn down the chance to join the Averno concept art team. He focuses on character art, unintentionally sticking to Bittersummer characters. Luke has grown up surrounded by the arts, creating for as long as he can remember. When not drawing, you can find him writing or playing music. Find his artworks @chmmiclly.lk on Instagram.

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Sock

Artist

Sock, James, Bill, Death, this individual doesn't understand fully the concept of names and how many one should have, and was given new names on such a regular basis that his original names have been lost to time. Along with all the names, he has a hoard of mysterious and curious things, all the way from exotic feathers to human teeth, which he adds to constantly and continuously. When it comes to art he's a speedy little demon and has the ability to write and bind a full comprehensible field guide in less than three weeks, while still managing to take enough breaks to get all his finals done. He is very short and at 5' tall he can fit into most cabinets and rarely loses a game of hide and seek. Sock joined Averno as a fan, when he was directed to the department of unconfirmed existence by an online quiz, and immediately started making unofficial art for the use of Averno's fanbase. He still can't believe he was noticed by Morgan and the concept team, but in hindsight it makes sense. He can be found @sock.averno.ans on Instagram, and that's about it.

Fro

Artist

Una, or Fro, as she prefers to call herself, is a young female concept artist for Averno. Often struggling with computer crashes and lost art, she spends most her time screaming about random story boards and characters she suddenly thought of. Her dream is to one day join professional thespians, or start her own novel. She’s forever grateful for the joy Averno has brought to her life and the friends she’s been able to meet thanks to it!

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