Gianna, more commonly known as “Gigi”, is an illustrator, concept artist, gamer, and lover of a good story.
She was raised on water ice and pretzels in South Philadelphia and went to an arts high school before heading off to Ringling College of Art and Design, where she studied Computer Animation. After graduating, she headed to California to intern at Pixar, where she worked on Toy Story 3 and Cars 2. She then found her way to Laika in Portland Oregon, and worked on the stop-motion films ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. From there, she worked in Boston on video games, one of her first loves. She is now an Art Director for an animation company in San Francisco, working on the very anticipated Pyschonauts 2. Gianna’s art is inspired by everyday life, with an emphasis on diverse characters. She works mostly in digital but likes to mix real world materials and media into her work such as pencil, bark, and dirty paper to add a nice texture.
Gianna Ruggiero is represented by Anne Moore Armstrong — to work with Gianna please email Anne