Jenn Ely is based in Portland, OR, where she works as a freelance production designer and visual development artist for various commercial, film, and television animation projects. She began working as a gallery artist after her traditional painting focused BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She later attended Savannah College of Art and Design in the Illustration program, where she discovered her love of design for story telling. She left SCAD to work with Laika Studios as an Art Intern, where she worked on her first animated project, The Boxtrolls in 2012. She has been working in animation ever since, designing colors, environments, characters, and props on a variety of 2D, Cg, VR, and stop motion projects.
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Most recently, she has been working as an illustrator on Netflix’s upcoming stop motion animated feature, Wendell & Wild, written by Jordan Peele and Henry Selick, and Directed by Selick. She has also been freelancing as a visual development artist with Locksmith Animation on an upcoming feature, a handful of animated TV series pitches with Dreamworks TV, as well as a variety of commercial pitches and productions for frequent clients, House Special and Bent Image Lab. Her most recent completed project as Production Designer, was season one of The Shivering Truth for Adult Swim, a stop motion series Directed by Cat Solen and Vernon Chatman made at Shadow Machine.
Interview with Jennifer Ely:
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In this Episode, You Will Learn:
- Jennifer Ely’s Story
- Common Mistakes of Students
- How to network with great artists
- How to beat resistance
- Tips for applying to art jobs
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