Children’s book illustrators on about.me

Many artists choose to use their about.me pages to display their art. This week, however we’d like to take a closer look specifically at children’s book illustrators. While their interests are diverse and extend far beyond illustration, all of them here used their works as a strong basis for great pages.

Among this group of artists we have imagination worker, Elissambura, of Argentina who illustrated this post header. Illustrator Bri Mercedes most enjoys drawing nature and fantasy creatures as you can see in her work of art below.

Bri Mercedes Mikael Bistrom Pipah Andy Fielding Marieke Nelissen

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Roxy Kozhevnik

Traveling with about.me: Ukraine

In our travels this week we’re going to the country of Ukraine. Featuring prominently in the news for recent unrest in the country, we wanted to look past the conflicts and focus on the personalities and pages of our about.me members from Ukraine.

In our post header we have Roxy Kozhevenikova, fashionista, blogger and musician whose amazing photograph drew us into her page and Instagram feed kept us there. Let’s not forget self proclaimed geek, Aleksej Leonov, a developer who also enjoys photography and snowboarding.

Aleksej Leonov Solomina Dmitry Chebakov Julia Kurganova Gregory Malenko http://about.me/yp_photo Vitaliy Zasadnyy

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Tom Paradiso

Athletes on about.me

We see athletes on TV all the time but most of us don’t know much about them off the field.  So today we’d like to feature just a few of the amazing athletes who have pages on about.me and their interests outside of sports.

Olympian and World Champion rower, Tom Paradiso (our post header) works in digital media in New York.  Meanwhile, Andia Winslow, is a professional golfer who thinks of colors in numbers (read more on her page to understand what she means) when she’s not racing skeleton.

Andia Winslow Kyle Korver Susi Mai Grant Elliot Trillium Sellers

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Nicolas Copano

Traveling with about.me: Chile

This week on our world tour we’re heading south, way south, to Chile. A very narrow country, its length nearly matches the width of the United States and is naturally full of different climates. They range from the driest dessert in the world, in the north, to one of the planet’s wettest regions, in the south.

The country also happens to be home to many wonderful about.me community members including our post header, Nicolas Copano, executive producer of MQLTV.com a Spanish-language television channel made for Youtube. We also have piano teacher, Michelle O’Ryan Gálvez and journalist Alejandro San Martín.

Sofia Vicuna Francisco Fernández Michelle O'Ryan Gálvez Juan Carlos Orellana Rosa Martinez Ignacio Bugueño Victoria Lopez Alejandro San Martín

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Artists & Illustrators

Favorite Collections

This past week we made a nice change to our collections, you can now arrange the people in your collections into any order you want, simply drag and drop.  Now Shawn can reorder his Artists collection (in our header) to show his favorite works of art or artists at the top of his collection.

In honor of this change we’ve decided to showcase some of our team’s favorite collections. They range from All Time Faves by Tony Conrad to Pascal’s collection of Storm Troopers. We hope you enjoy perusing them all below and get some inspiration to create your own collections of favorites on about.me

Musical All Time Faves The Hundred Thousand Club Interesting People Diving and Snorkeling Storm Troopers

Not sure how to add people to your collections? Just click the “+” button on their page, in search, under their picture in your feed or hovering over their picture in other collections!

Traveling with about.me: Morocco

We’re touring Morocco this week, through the eyes of our about.me community members that call the country home. Located in the Maghreb region of north western Africa, the country has many diverse linguistic and cultural influences. Languages predominantly spoken in the country include Arabic, Berber and French.

Among those featured here, we have graphic designer, video tutorial maker and literature student Ayoub Kadri, president and founder of the Moroccan Association of Young Volunteers, Rafik Benlmadani. And who could forget our post header, Najlae Benmbarek, who runs a production company in Marrakesh.

Ayub KadriGhizlane JabrouniRafik BenlmadaniKaoutar LoupAmine AzarizFatima Zahra NhariBillel Bara

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Tara Tyler

Voice actors on about.me

Today we’re shedding some light on people we hear all the time but almost never see, voice actors and actresses! Not only do we get to see them here but also learn about their personalities and what they do when they’re not lending their voices to our favorite characters.

Marc Scott, participates as a volunteer firefighter in his spare time, hence the outfit in the picture below! Then, of course, we have our header image of Tara Tyler who has worked as a radio production manager and creative services director for over 10 years!

Marc Scott Rachel Darlene John Hunerlach

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Chefs on about.me

We have many community members on about.me who are passionate about food and all things culinary, including this baker! But these chefs on about.me definitely take the cake when it comes to food passion.Russell Jackson

Our header photo features Food Network Star, Russell Jackson who got his start in the food industry at an early age while making applesauce. Discover the stories of the other chefs featured here by simply clicking on each of their pictures below.

Amber Antonelli Park Tae Yeong Alison Zahn Travis Talbot

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Veterinarians on about.me

These days pets are very well beloved and often considered a part of the family.  We even have pets as members of the about.me community, thanks to their owners creating a page for them! So now lets meet some veterinarians who take care of our pets when they’re most in need, ensuring they are there to greet us when we Corey Hill come home everyday.

Dr. Corey Hill (our header photo) has always had a great passion for animals and now that she’s a veterinarian she loves helping their owners too. Her inspiration is her dog Bear (above) who gets around in his wheel chair since losing use of his back legs.

Dr Gerald Buchoff Ana Gómez Vitores Emmanuel Faget Jessica Tracy

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Siddharth Chatterjee: Eradicate Polio

note: numerous members of the about.me community do extraordinary work & make the world a better place. If you know someone (or are someone!) with a story to share, please contact help@about.me.

Siddharth Chatterjee is Chief Diplomat at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. His struggle to raise awareness about the lingering danger of polio is personal; Sid is a polio survivor with first hand knowledge of the disease.

The reduction in global polio cases is a great success, but polio infection remains at endemic levels in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. African nations of Kenya and Somalia are home to a resurgence of the disease, pockets of infection can be found where vaccination is overlooked or inaccessible. Sid warns:

“We are at the last mile of getting rid of this deadly and crippling disease. Between Bill Gates, the US Government joined by others are making a huge difference. What is missing is advocacy and encouraging all governments and partners to come together around this common goal.”

Sid believes that by eradicating polio we are setting the stage for
eradicating other diseases and public health concerns. The overall success fighting polio is an example of how global awareness and aid make a massive impact on public health. Yet more work must be done to finish off the deadly disease.

siddharthchatterjee“Collectively we can encourage positive change and impact global commons such as public health, critical for healthy nations and healthy children all over the world” Sid said in a message to about.me. Polio is preventable with vaccination, every single case is one too many.

The images atop this post shows the oral vaccine being administered in Kano, Nigeria. A single dose protects half of all recipients, and 3 doses ensures immunity in 95% of people (source).

For more information, read Sid’s Q&A about polio “We Need a Decisive Win Against Polio” or his article on CNN titled “The Promise of Vaccines

top image courtesy of the Gates Foundation

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