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Michele Dodds graduated with an M.F.A. from Illinois State University in 1995 and has a background as an Art Director, digital artist, video editor and animator. Michele began illustrating books in 2016. Michele illustrated a book about a llama with a friend. She showed the book to the owner of Zoomars Petting Zoo in San Juan Capistrano. This led to her next project illustrating the book, The Tail of Gillie Guinea Pig. Michele’s work has recently been featured in the December 2019 issue of Parenting OC magazine and the July 2019 issue of South County magazine. She also helped create the plush Gillie that won the Brass Ring award, beating Disney and Sea World in 2019. Michele has experience teaching 2D Design and Introduction to Art at Illinois State University and more recently taught Drawing and Painting at Vanguard University. She currently is illustrating another guinea pig book, painting her own work and designing graphics for a new creative company called Cavyco that hopes to launch Gillie as an animated kids show in the future. You can view some of her work at www.MicheleDodds.com. 

Michele's M.F.A.(Master of Fine Art) work at Illinois State University focused on design, architecture, printmaking, felt, teaching and art history. Upon graduation she worked as an Art Director using computer programs, such as Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, 3D Max and Final Cut Pro. In an attempt to simplify she went back to designing on paper, painting on canvas and creating primarily in Photoshop. She currently is illustrating books, painting and working on new art skills.

Currently - 2020 Working on painting commissions and creating designs for Gillie Guinea Pig for Cavyco. Contact me via email if interested in a painting. On occasion teaches drawing at Ascent Creative.

Experience - 2017-2019 - Designed the look of the character Gillie Guinea Pig for Carolyn Franks. Illustrated the book, The tale of Gillie Guinea Pig, written by Carolyn Franks. Currently creates graphics, supporting graphics for Gillie Guinea Pig. Helped create, Gillie Guinea Pig plush toy with Carolyn Franks- who won the Brass Ring Award in 2018.

2016 - Illustrated a book about a llama she met at Zoomars. Painting murals and large backdrops for plays.

2012 - 2016: Created a large Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory play backdrop. Created personal paintings while taking care of our preschool daughter.

Jan 2007 - 2012: Independent Contractor for Architectural Cathode Lighting, Huntington Park, CA. Drafting, Web Designer, and Graphics.

Spring 2008 - Teaching - Adjunct Faculty at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa CA, Teaching Drawing and Painting

May 2003-Dec 2006: Freelance Painter, Motion Graphics and FCP Editor:

Projects: Motion Graphics for companies such as, Architectural Cathode Lighting and Taco Bell for The Dreaming Tree, editing for Magellan Media, Pardee Homes - Extreme Makeover Home Edition documentary and Editing Systems Inc., Created DVD menu's and graphics.

2003 - Club 33 Disneyland - Greeter

November 1998-April 2003: Digital Storyteller, Motion Graphics, 3D Max, Video Editing, For Narratus, Fullerton, CA. Over 4 years experience as Art Director in digital story telling, editing, still and motion graphics. Created 3D animations, web sites, interactive CD ROMs and DVDs, created visuals for clients such as the The Pacific Symphony, Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Hyperion, as well as corporate video content for a variety of speakers and preformance videos for musicians and concerts.

View my video reel from work as Art Director:
Motion Graphics

1991-1995: Teaching Assistance in Fiber Art. while working on my M.F.A degree, as well as one semester teaching Art to non-art majors at Illinois State University.


1998 Adobe After Effects - California State Long Beach
1998 Photoshop - American Film Institute, Hollywood, CA
1995 M.F.A. in Textiles, Printmaking, Wood - Illinois State University
1993 M.S. in Art - Illinois State University
1991 B.S. in Art - Illinois State University
1989 Art Foundational Classes - University of Illinois
1983 B.A. Lincoln Christian University

Cell Phone: (714) 686-8625
Home Phone: (714) 871-5528

Location: Fullerton, California, USA

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