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Dylan Botnarenko

I was born and raised in Toronto Canada, by two lovely Ukrainian parents. Early on they took notice of my interest in illustrating stories and drawing massive scenes with multiple things going on at once (almost like a dutch painting done with crayons and markers). So instead of signing me up for Hockey like every other good Canadian boy, I had private art classes which I kind of dreaded. I was made to paint fruit... like every single week. But I did learn a lot about the foundations of art in those early classes, so I will give credit where credit is due.

 As high school was finishing I knew I wanted to continue studying and improving my artistic skills. I found the Ontario College of Art and Design University and enrolled into the Illustration program. After 5 long years of hard work I wanted more, and wanted to focus on becoming a stronger background artist/painter. My studying in a way didn’t end and I had enrolled myself into more classes. Since then I have obtained two more certificates in Matte Painting and 3D Modelling.

So that was my educational journey, and how my humble beginnings had started in a nutshell. Who I am as a person is a geeky outgoing dude who loves collecting retro movies, watching cartoons, having a very impressive 90s toy collection and overall enjoy learning new things. These are the things that also inspire me and give me the creative juices to keep doing what I love.

Education: Ontario College of Art and Design University (2011-2016)

CG Master Accademy (2017-2019)

Contact:  dbotnarenko@gmail.com