Experience

Leonie is a practising artist, illustrator and animator interested in all aspects of communicating ‘story’. She has worked as a freelancer for many years, and has also taught people of all ages at all levels of education, sharing her passion for drawing and making, combined in the ultimate art form that is animation. Leonie has been teaching at HE level since 2002, as Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the BA Animation Courses at Newport, now part of the animation team at USW, teaching across the curriculum at BA and MA levels.

Expertise

Conference Presentations

Jan. 2009: Part of panel presentation as storyboard artist on Dr Coral Houtman’s ‘Echo and Narcissus’ film, MeCCsa conference, Cardiff university.
Nov. 2010: UWIC Illustration symposium ‘Shadowplay’ – ‘Crossing Waters – analogue practice and the digital ‘other’’
Jan. 2011 : MeCCsA Conference, Salford – panel on film-making within the academy.
Jun. 2011: JMP Post-digital encounters, Bristol: Narrative and Space.
May 2012 :Speaker at ‘Art and Animation’ symposium, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Powys.

Public Engagement Activities and Esteem Indicators

Member of Welsh Animation Group, Training Coordinator, 1999 – 2005;
Member of Skillset Animation Forum, later Skills Council, 2003 – 2010;
External Examiner for BA Animation Production at AUCB formerly Arts Institute Bournemouth, 2007 -2011,
External Examiner for BA Animation at IADT Dun Laoghaire, 2011 – 2014.
External Examiner for BA Animation, Worcester, 2015/16 -
Freelance Assistant animator, background artist, tonal and colour pencil renderer for various companies including Beryl Productions International, Siriol Productions, Illuminated, and Lupus films, 1998 – present.
Founder-Member, Director and Animator/Teacher at Cinetig, 1999 – 2006.
Storyboard artist for: ‘Echo and Narcissus’ 5-screen interactive project by Coral Houtman, Riverfront Gallery Nov 2012;
Shafeeq Vellani’s film ‘Nice Beaches’ 2009 ;
The Unswept Floor (S4C and Cinetig) Winner BAFTA Cymru 2004 for Best Animation; Winner Best Animation Film, Celtic Film Festival 2004; Special Jury prize CINANIMA 2004, Portugal; Short-listed at Nashville Film Festival 2004; In Panorama at Annecy Animation Film Festival, 2004.

Research interests

Drawing, puppetry, and other embodied tactile animation processes; symbiosis with the digital; Visual storytelling; Story-boards.

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