I've been interested in animated characters since I was a child, including wanting to work for Disney. My interest in animation led me to attend Cal Arts briefly, and I finished my education with an Art degree from UW.

After leaving college, I started my own business, initially doing small animated pieces and TV commercials. This led to longer form educational animation. I "ve worked in all facets of animation....from directing and animation, to operating an Oxberry stand and editing.

In the early 90's , I transitioned into storyboarding for 1/2 hour network animated programming with "Super Dave". I've since boarded on over 35 TV different shows, including multiple seasons of "RugRats", "Wild Thornberrys", Life With Louie", "Sonic the Hedgehog" and "Madeline".

Storyboarding led to book illustration of animated characters, including movie tie-in books for many Disney, Dreamworks and Blue Sky productions. I have illustrated over 125 childrens books, most featuring licensed characters, including Go Diego Go, Lion King, Cars, Winnie the Pooh, Care Bears and Disney Princesses. The many animated feature film and live action film properties I work with include Star Wars, The Good Dinosaur, Star Wars Rebels, Frozen , Inside Out, Zootopia, and many others.

  • I enjoy the wide variety of characters and styles I'm asked to illustrate, and I look forward to many more exciting characters. For video samples of animation, as well as animatics of storyboards, please visit me at
  • vimeo.com/artmawhinney.

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