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Hi! I'm a Los Angeles based animator and storyboard artist. I have an MFA in Animation from the UCLA Animation Workshop graduate program. I have experience illustrating, animating, teaching, designing posters, etc. I specialize in 2D digital hand-drawn animation, which you can find on my Animation page, or on my Vimeo.

Emily Trueswell



Adobe After Effects / Adobe Photoshop / Adobe Premiere / Avid Pro Tools /  Dragonframe ToonBoom Harmony / ToonBoom Storyboard Pro / TV Paint


Freelance Animator/Illustrator/Poster Designer (2012 - present)

University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Sarah Lawrence College 

  • Created educational illustrations for linguistics studies

  • Designed, storyboarded, animated, and cleaned up animations commissioned by clients or for educational purposes

  • Animated digitally and traditionally based on projects’ needs

  • Edited animation footage and audio 

  • Created stop motion animations with paint on glass, paper cut out, and claymations

  • Developed diligent work schedule to complete projects

UCLA Summer Institute Instructor (June 2021-July 2021)

  • Taught students basics of the art of storyboarding

Teaching Assistant (March 2019 - June 2020)

University of California Los Angeles

  • Art and Technique of Filmmaking - UCLA, Prof. Jasmine Trice

  • History of Animation in America - UCLA, Prof. Charles Solomon

    • Graded essays and written responses for midterms and finals

  • Writing for Animation - UCLA, Prof. Chuck Sheetz

    • Provided technical assistance for teacher and students

    • Coordinated meetings with students 

    • Communicated with students during office hours

  • Visual Thinking and Organization for Animation - UCLA, Glenn Vilppu

EDUCATION - Graduate 

University of California, Los Angeles - Master of Fine Arts

September 2017 - Fall 2020

Graduated from UCLA Animation Workshop MFA Program

Undergraduate: Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville NY - Bachelor of Arts

September 2012 - May 2016

Studied Animation and American History

President of Figure Drawing Club during 2016


Creative Response Workshop Core Member (March 2020 - present)

  • Facilitated remote artistic workshops focused on building communities through artmaking in response to the compounding issues brought on by COVID-19

  • Regularly met with other core members to go over scheduling, planning, budgeting, coordinating, and outreach 

B.R.I.C. - Building Relationships In Communities


Interested in my work? Have a project in mind? Send a message my way!

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  • vimeo
  • instagram
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