Liollio (pronounced "LEO-Leo," like saying 2 "Leos" put together).
Demetrios Liollio laid the foundations for his career at the Charleston County School of the Arts (a public magnet school), exploring traditional media and techniques as a Visual Arts major. In 2006 he graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor of Graphic Design and a minor in Motion Graphics. As a young professional he worked in Raleigh, NC as a designer/animator at an ad agency for clients like John Deere, Whole Foods Market and Duke University; however, in 2011 he left advertising to pursue another creative passion: teaching. Over the next 6 years he'd live in East Asia, teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to ages 3–18 while also studying Mandarin Chinese. Since returning stateside in 2017 Demetrios has been freelancing as an illustrator, animator and designer (he hopes to make the transition to full-time illustrator soon). In 2018 he illustrated and co-published ZYGI'S BEANS, an ages 3–8 picture book exploring friendship, courage and adventure in the face of intriguing mysteries in our universe (currently available on Amazon).
Currently Demetrios is working on illustrating his second picture book, called AMELIA AND CANUTE, about a young couple in love—who become separated when a jealous rival transforms one of them into an owl. It is a classic tale of love's power to endure, as told through a series of Art Nouveau-inspired sequential art.
Demetrios's 2-year goal is to have transitioned into full-time illustration. His 5-year goal is to have published his first written and illustrated picture book for young readers. He's specifically interested in applying his teaching skills to non-fiction projects (in arenas such as linguistics, science and history).