Eliza Ivanova is a promising digital animator from Sofia.
She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2010 after having graduated from my high-school, the American College of Sofia, in 2006. I remember her impressive art from back in the day and definitely think that she is a very interesting person to follow.
I especially love her digital illustrations on her personal webpage. Also make sure to check out Eliza’s short film Piece of Cake on her Vimeo, which was her third year project at CalArts and won their Walter and Gracie Lantz Award in 2009. During the same year, Eliza interned for Pixar studios, which is an amazing achievement in itself!
I like how modern her art is, yet how it captures certain traces of her Bulgarian background like the theme of the boy cleaning the cars’ windows at the traffic light and the street artists in the film Hard Lines or the occasional gypsy imagery in her illustrations.
Eliza Ivanova’s art is outstanding! I wish her all the best of luck!
Update: Eliza is currently an animator for Pixar, and is working on Cars 2.