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Art & Life with Jamie Marcelle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Marcelle.

Jamie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m a skilled traditional animator with experience in other artistic fields, including logo design, character illustration, motion graphics, and comic design. I love to draw since I was six years old. I’ve been improving my skills along with branching out to other artistic styles and disciplines as a labor of love. After graduating from Columbia College in 2012, I’ve developed the skills to animate my own stories and create films for all viewers. Art is definitely the life for me. Alongside, I also study and practice martial arts most of my life. From age 13 to present, I’ve studied four different styles. Indeed, this is the 2nd passion. Martial arts have honestly supplemented my 1st passion and has allowed me to develop action-packed and exciting stories to create!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is very anime (Japanese Animation) influenced, with a dash of Afrocentrism. I mainly do character designs which are first hand drawn on paper, scanned, then digitally colored on photoshop. My art is often of random characters, mostly black women and men, in candid shots, but I also like to make collages when I can. My animations are also traditional hand-drawn style, which often reflects themes of action/fighting, sibling rivalry, and random humor. At the end of the day, I just want my audience to be entertained. I have a very keen sense of humor, so I reflect that in my art.

Of course, there are messages underneath the surface of humor and violence: usually themes like the ability to overcome your struggles, looking out for one another and standing up for yourself. With the relief of laughter and awe, I’d like these messages to be one of the few takeaways when people see my films and art. At the same time, my art can be very random and provocative. I was raised alongside with anime so there are adult themes in my expression. I tend to stay away from the traditional childlike sugar coated themes of western animation when I get a story rolling.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
With the growing age of social media, there are so many ways to connect with other artists and make new friends. I’d say going on meetup through facebook or google can lead you to many artist groups and communities. You never know what connections you can make on there, and some can be life-changing. Professional contact website like “Linked In” is helpful as you can find other like-minded creators to collaborate with, or even grab a freelance gig.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my top work on my website:

you can also see other forms of my work on Instagram,-Jamie Judicious.

I post some videos on YouTube and new grounds so just look up the name Jamie Marcelle and you’ll be directed to my work.

Some of my animation progress is on my facebook art pages, so feel free to check me out there as Jamie Judicous Marcelle.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 7087044435
  • Email:
  • Instagram: jamiejudicous
  • Facebook: Jamie Judicous Marcelle

Image Credit:
Jamie Marcelle

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