Rai Fiondella

Illustrator Bethany, CT

Rai is an Illustrator, Writer, Gamer, Tea-drinker, Dog Lover, and Cartoon/Animation Enthusiast. Their passion for fantastical fiction knows no bounds.

Hey there! My name’s Rai.

I’m an illustrator and avid storyteller who specializes in character design, concept art, and writing. I especially love working with mythology, medieval times, and fantasy-adventure.

Since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to make my own comic books and cartoons. Reading the stories of my favorite heroes allowed me to grow up in a world where I could follow any path they inspired me to go. Now I am here making my own work with the goal to give the same opportunity to my audience—you!

My work tells a narrative through scenes of figures and fantastical characters, along with the worlds they inhabit. Working with mythology, medieval times, and fantasy, gives me the chance to break boundaries by presenting my audience a new, exciting world inspired by a history that they are so familiar with, while inviting them on new adventures. Through writing and illustration, I aim to connect people to my characters and envelop them in stories and places they have never seen before. I work to encourage people to learn things about themselves they have never known from an objective perspective, through characters and environments they may identify with.

Experience

Storyboardist and Character Designer

The Audition (2016)

Designed 4 characters featured in a short film and created storyboards for one scene. Work included 15 finished, black and white digital drawings, as well as full character sheets.

Education

University of Connecticut

BFA in Illustration

I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2016. I earned a BFA degree with an Illustration concentration.

Exhibitions

2016

Group, UConn BFA Show, 2016, ArtSpace Windham - Willimantic, CT

Specialties

Illustration Character Design Concept Art Graphic Novels Book Illustration

Skills

Photoshop Sketchbook Pro Adobe Creative Suite MacOSX