Our team consists of most artistic of artists, creatives more creative than lying children, and animators that move objects with the power of their minds!
Cartoonist from the Hug me team. As a graduate of the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts, she knows that you can’t be afraid of getting your hands dirty during work. Landscape and portrait are her favourite themes. Before Pigeon, she created graphics for a computer game, designed logotypes and did some renovation work on historical monuments. She is a self-proclaimed pessimist with a cheerful temperament. Ola enjoys mountain trips and time spent repotting plants. Her favourite vehicle is the one with two wheels. She also loves aggressive cats. She captures their poses with a camera and a pencil. Friends value her self-control when she cuts their hair with blunt scissors. She keeps coming up with the idea of creating a mockumentary about her roommates.
Lady with a Stylus. Yesterday – devoted to GameDev, today – Studio Pigeon’s main illustrator, tomorrow – Art Developer. She always looks for a style first and then – as she used to say herself – the project just rolls with it. She may appear calm and polite but don’t be fooled. This girl can easily show who’s in charge here when it comes to defending creative concept. After work, in the peace of her own place, she finally has the time to… draw a little bit.
Błażej is the co-founder of the Studio, a devotee of Adobe After Effects Studio, and the resident “do-everything” guy. He animates, does montage, translates texts into Arabic, contacts clients, and changes lightbulbs. In his animation work, he’s sensitive to the needs of the client, and selects all the elements so that the project is done on time and gives the satisfaction of a job well done. In his breaks, he searches for inspiration on Vimeo, keeps up to date with new developments and breakthroughs, and then implements these himself, without asking anybody. He does not know how to be bored. He freely admits that this must be due to a nervous disorder or ADHD plain and simple. He travels, writes a blog, and drives a 4X4. In the evenings, he goes out of town, and at night he doesn’t sleep as he’s too busy reading travel books.
Professional PM guy. He is a redhead but mainly by nature. Before Pigeon, he had worked for Krakow Technology Park, Brainly and Papercut. Working 'in the background' and not putting any pressure on the team is his way of taking on his task load. He maintains that for him contact with the client is a real adventure, probably because he likes talking a lot. When switched to the rest mode, he grabs an exciting book or watches an episode of captivating TV series. He doesn't sleep at night because of the NBA matches, has a weak spot for red animals (his own) and dad jokes (not only his own). Everything eastwards of his place of residence is attractive and interesting to him. And taking advantage of this opportunity, he would also like to greet his mother – the champion in stalking the websites of the companies he works for.
Dominik started at the office completely green, carefully learning the animator’s trade from the ground up. Today, he could start his own school – he knows all the tricks and secrets of ToonBoom and After Effects. He gained experience as a creator of functional graphics and web design by studying at “the only real technical university in Poland”, the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków. Ideas come to him most often at 3 o’clock in the morning, just before he goes to bed. So as not to lose these ideas, he keeps a chalkboard next to his bed. At the office, no one calls him by his first name. To loosen up, he puts on Glenn Miller vinyl LPs and cooks, adding items to his #foodporn gallery on Instagram.
At Pigeon, Dorota is part of the ranks of project managers and healthy eaters. She graduated from the Lodz Film School, linking her professional career to production. She loves working in places that are filled with talented people, and she gets most excited about projects which have the potential to change the world. After hours, her life becomes a world of books, films, and music. When she’s not reading the works of Stanisław Lem, she’s sure to be riding her bike or nibbling on an avocado. In some alternate universe, she’s an astronaut orbiting somewhere in space.
Emilia is a master of Excel, a titan of invoices and transfers, and the right hand of management. Armed with her knowledge of accounting and finances, each day she stands to battle with charts, holiday schedules, and office supply orders. She is a lover of Scandinavian culture, the operas of Rossini, mountain hikes, and good coffee. She is dedicated to her work and her two children. If she ever finds a bit of free time, she divides it between reading thick books and watching good TV series. She says the only thing missing in her life is an aquarium filled with tropical fish.
A graduate of the Narrative Drawing studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, Ewa currently deals with animated illustrations. She draws her greatest inspiration from … caffeine – loud music in her earbuds and a half a litre of coffee are all that she needs. After hours, when she is finished drawing cheerful and colourful illustrations, she returns home to draw skulls and broken bones. This makes many people feel uncomfortable, providing Ewa with unending satisfaction. Her life goal is to stuff every square inch of free space in her home with comics. She modestly adds that she is well on her way to doing so.
Within the Hug me team, she is responsible for creating animatics. Initially wanted to become a veterinarian, in the end graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow with the specialization in Animated Film. In her career, she was involved in renovation of historical monuments; she also designed characters for a computer game. Ewa doesn't like sitting around and doing nothing. Currently, she is interested in the subject of medical rescue, she runs and does boxing training on a regular basis. When she finally has a rest after working on the concepts for her original animated series, she starts renovating wooden furniture or hiking in the mountains. At home – triple happiness awaits since she is the overprotective mum of cute chinchillas.
Ewa is true to her surname, which means lark in Polish; she’s always larking around, singing and friendly. At the office, she is one of the ranks of illustrators. Ideas come to her at different times, but always with the same result; every piece of work that she hands in is developed down to the last detail. She gained experience working in a team at the Gdańsk-based animation studio, Grupa Smacznego. She decided to flutter down to Pigeon due to homesickness for her native Kraków. In her leisure time, she sews, pours concrete flowerpots, and searches for new flavours in the kitchen. Her baked goods are considered to be the best medicine for the autumn-winter blues, and she often shares her treats, loading the table in the canteen with chocolate brownies and lemon muffins.
Gosia has studied the mysteries of illustrating, creating graphics, and making animated films. At Pigeon, she is a member of the ranks of illustrators. If she could, she’d work the night shift. She loves getting her hands dirty – for Gosia, working with paper, scissors, and ink is her favourite kind of “sandbox”. She loves travelling to places where the food is good. She would like some day to learn to slice food like a real chef. She enjoys watching “heavy” films, especially in cramped arthouse cinemas. Unless, of course, an episode of “Friends” is on.
Each day, Gosia engages in the battle for new projects with a smile on her face. She honed her customer contact skills to a fine art while working in film production and marketing. She always says that the public perception of Account Managers has to change – it’s a position which also requires large doses of creativity! She has called Spain, England, and Kraków home at various times, but it was Warsaw that stole her heart. After hours, you can find her in a dark cinema, or at home upstairs, fervently reading articles and reports.
Joanna has been developing her freelance portfolio for more than a decade. By education she is a graphic designer, but at Pigeon her job title is Master Explainer. It’s her steady hand that is responsible for the brand identification of the studio, its offer, and materials for clients. She’s everywhere – she even made friends with the postman who delivers the mail to the office. By working on apps and games, she combines her two passions: illustration and graphic design. She draws inspiration from Slavic culture, ancient beliefs, and all forms of arts and crafts which can be found in Polish villages. She loves pets, especially hens. She binge-watches the Moomins, and no one really remembers what her name is.
Klaudia doesn’t remember life before Pigeon. She probably studied animation at the University of the Arts Poznan. She draws and animates characters for animated series in ToonBoom, and firmly believes that the simpler something is, the prettier it is. She draws her inspiration from industrial factories, anime, and David O'Reilly. After hours, she plays, draws, and eagerly comments on internet posts. She is known to the world as Javvie, a small, red bug.
Project Terminator, liaison between overseas clients and the rest of the team: Magda keeps track of deadlines, formalities, and workflow. She has been a part of building the company since the very beginning. Before joining Pigeon, she nearly became a sociologist, a tour guide, or radio operator. She smoothly switches to Italian when it’s time to order pizza. After hours, she weaves wreaths as a hobby, cultivates an herb garden, and rides a bike. She always loses with grace in board games. She likes to eat aubergines and dried tomatoes. She sometimes secretly distributes grandma’s special liqueur as a cure for stomach problems and other ailments.
Heard but not seen, at Pigeon Magda is the head of the production department, although in practice she’s something more like the neck. She fiercely guards schedules and timelines, and even if she’s woken up suddenly at midnight, she can still perfectly recite every deadline and correct every misplaced comma. She has a split personality, both of which command respect, unless they happen to be fighting with each other. She counterbalances the heavy responsibility of her daily work by immersing herself in the soothing sounds of operas and musicals after hours. She appreciates the ear-piercing sound of silence. Until, that is, she breaks out into infectious laughter. Want to keep her occupied for a while? Put a comic book in her hand.
Production Assistant in the Hug Me team, an enthusiast of the colour violet and a student of advertising graphics and multimedia. She gained experience in graphic design and marketing, but it was not before she spent several years working with the Erasmus Student Network when she learnt a good lesson in managing international projects. She has practically no free time – it doesn’t stop her going to see Queen concerts in the cinema, though. She loves vegan cuisine and experiments with new recipes. Her bucket list travelogue contains at least a million new places to tick off the list after she has fallen in love with Asia for good.
Marysia is fully aware that she’s a wannabe sculptor – after breezing through the Wrocław Arts High School and the University of the Arts Poznan, she settled down in Kraków at Pigeon. Here, she throws herself into her work as a storyboardist, illustrator, and animator all rolled into one. She starts from the assumption that the best films are very, very bad films. She is no stranger to Zombeavers, Killer Shrews, or Sharknadoes; so much so, that she’s begun working on her own B movie. That’s right, you guessed it – she loves horror films! In her free time, when she’s not busy being scared, she reads books.
Martyna leads projects, and since quite recently drives a car too. Apparently, she does both equally successfully. In theory, she is a graduate of Polish philology. In practice, she is the owner of an endless list of required reading titles. An insatiable control freak, Martyna is constantly convinced that there is something more that she could be doing (more than she needs to be doing). She would like one day to write the memoirs of the daily life of a Project Manager, but honestly she can’t remember anything.
The CEO and co-founder of Pigeon, Mateusz is responsible for key projects and personnel management. In sailing jargon, you could say that he’s steering the ship straight to port – without hitting any icebergs! He rarely removes his baseball cap, and never eats at work. After hours, he’s learning to get up earlier and go to bed later. He has promised himself, though, that he’ll learn rigging first. He devours books whole. His favourite words are render, fuck-up, and of course pigeon.
Sales assistant - the right hand of the sales department, not afraid of any work – he has already worked as a receptionist, a driver, a rental agent, and a car dealer. He is also the only one in our company with a professional car mechanic qualification. He loves everything to do with engines and wheels, anyway. A man of many talents – Mateusz studied mechanics and machine construction as well as graphic design. He currently continues his education in the field of film and television production. At work, he appreciates new challenges and the lack of monotony. He spends his free time thinking about how to become a millionaire. He is a sporty type – he is no stranger to regular training sessions and cycling. But no one is perfect – he still gets caught up in coming back home too late.
PM and a man for special tasks who is never afraid of hard challenges. He knows what both a dishwashing job and the role of an expert in Social Media are. He gained experience in coordinating post-production in a film studio and advertising agencies. His secret weapon in the projects is laughter which disarms all conflict situations. He is in his element in the middle of a cyclone holding a string tied to the trunk of a tree. Strangely, he also likes the people he works with and emphasizes that boredom at work should be banned. He likes to shuffle his legs whilst sitting in front of his desk. After hours, he passionately pets cats and plays guitar to them, spending long hours in the kitchen. Mikołaj is passionate about the functioning of the human body – the more disgusting the fact is the better!
The right hand of the right hand of management. Without Oliwia, the Kraków office would look like a Boy Scout camp. She takes charge of current affairs, from supplies of coffee and conversations with the postman, to making order in company contracts. Cultural management and tourism are two areas which she has studied just so she wouldn’t have to work in the field. She gets along well with dogs nearly as well as with people, and the former are her beloved companions. Some day she would like to settle down in northern Spain. She’s a big fan of crime stories and documentary writing, and is not ashamed to cry at the cinema. If she could, she would eat her grandmother’s homemade cake every day.
Paweł is an experienced entrepreneur and creative strategist. He combines string leadership with imagination to drive the effective development of the company in the IT market. He manages an IT company called HIDDENDATA. He is also a co-founder of the Studio. His greatest passion is finding incredibly talented people, and creating a space for them to grow and collaborate in the companies he manages. He has done IT and graphics projects for many international brands. After hours, he searches for the finest beef; as he freely admits, he likes to cook up something tasty in the kitchen. He owns more cosmetics for his car than for his own body.
Piotr is a true one-man-band, albeit one which enjoys peace and quiet. At the Studio, he creates illustrations, storyboards, and animatics. Before he became part of the Pigeon team, he was involved in conservation and renovation of sculptures, paintings, and historic altars. Before starting work on a storyboard, he likes to take a good look at the whole screenplay. Then he immediately sees individual scenes in his imagination. Including the composition of the frame, the gestures and motions of the characters. After hours, he tames the wild beast (his dog, Bobek), usually with a result which is opposite of what was intended. He is also working on his own doll-based animated film.
At Pigeon, Piotr is in charge of sales and marketing. He can play the cello, but personally prefers to listen to ambient and fusion jazz. A graduate of the Wrocław University of Economics, his Master’s thesis has been recognised as one of the best in the field of economics in Poland. He’s done nearly everything in life; pushed pencils, delivered pizza, poured drinks, hoovered Norwegian warehouses, refereed football matches, and managed a restaurant. In his rich career, he’s even had a short episode at the Polish Embassy in Chile. He enjoys telling everyone how he once sold electronic toilets, but donkey work at one of the larger consulting agencies, and at various management positions, looks better on his CV. Whenever he hears the word “football”, his eyes light up. He always brings tons of homemade food to work, which he gladly shares with those in need.
Rafał is a character animator and motion designer, working in After Effects, ToonBoom, and Photoshop as Lead Creative. He’s obsessed with expanding his knowledge of animation software. He is a lifelong student of philosophy, who also works quickly, sticks to the plan, and always remembers about deadlines. His best ideas come when he sits down in front of the computer. When working on storytelling, he tries to think like a film-maker, and is something of a film buff himself. He is interested in literature and design. At night, you can find him on the internet, beating other players at FIFA.
Sławomir is the Art Director of the Kraków office. He is frequently confused with the Polish celebrity, Szymon Wydra. He is the proud owner of a diploma from the Department of Lithography at the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts, although he doesn’t think that this helps him in any way in his day-to-day work. He has substantial experience in agency work, which led to his habit of carrying a notebook and pen with him wherever he goes. He tries to always have some new idea in his head, and is constantly learning how not to waste the good ones. Sławomir is either a sociable loner or an outgoing introvert, depending on the day and occasion. On a daily basis, he cultivates his addiction to TV series, films, computer games, and board games.
Pigeon's oasis of calm. She studied architecture in Minsk, then in 2013, she permanently committed herself to Krakow. Sveta has extensive experience in creating illustrations for children. You may find her drawings in various books, applications and board games. At Pigeon, as an experienced graphic designer, she creates backgrounds and assets for the Hug Me animated series. In her free time... she draws as well! She also likes travelling with her beloved dog.
Tomasz is a guy with a great sense of humour, and an even bigger portfolio. He plays the role of Art Director at the Warsaw outpost of the Studio — he draws, animates, and monitors the work of others. He began by making graphics for mobile games, and cut his teeth on advertising, but animation has always been his true calling. In his quest for ideas, he addictively watches all cartoons and animated films. He especially likes those where the form outpaces the substance – the less sense the plot has, the better. After hours, he works on reconstructing an antique motorcycle, with utter disregard for health and safety regulations.
Wojtek is the only man in the project manager club, but he doesn’t seem to be especially bothered by this. As a graduate of the faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia, he previously coordinated production of student films, short films, and video clips. A native-born Silesian (he even likes liquorice and anise candies, yuck!). After hours, he tires his eyes with TV series and hockey playoffs, attempts to revive his houseplant (a dracaena), and lays out plans for his retirement in a VW camper somewhere deep in the hinterlands of Europe. He’s already found several suitable places in Google Street View.
We are constantly searching for stories worth telling. We assemble the best talent under one roof to do what we are known for— animation.
We &strongly believe that working on &a project and designing a character is like meeting another person — at first there’s the impression, then the revelation of little details: the way they move, their attitudes and expressions, etc., until finally you perceive the world through the characters’ eyes.