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Crowe - Animation Artist And Professor - Marietta, GA, USA

Lee Crowe

Marietta, GA, USA


Animation Artist And Professor


Hand-drawn animation, 2D animation production manager, trainer, director, storyboard creation and revision, character design and cleanup.

Work History

Animation Professor

Art Institute of California -- Hollywood

From September 2013

I teach animation at the college level: animation history, 2D Principles, writing and storytelling, storyboarding, character design, life drawing, 2D Team production, visual development. I also teach foundational drawing (all majors).

Assistant animator, illustrator, storyboard revisionist, lecturer, animation historian, college prof


August 2012 - August 2012

Animation Professor

Art Institute of Atlanta

June 2006 - September 2013

I taught animation at the college level: animation history, 2D Principles, writing and storytelling, storyboarding, character design, life drawing, 2D Team production, visual development.

Animation Department Chair

The Art Institute of Atlanta

September 2004 - June 2006

Managed faculty, budgets, faculty and student scheduling, student advising, registration, special events, and taught one class per quarter in the animation department.

Assistant Animator

Walt Disney Feature Animation - Florida

January 2003 - May 2003

on "Brother Bear"

freelance animator

Radical Axis

January 2003 - January 2003

Character animation on Daffy Duck for a Six Flags commercial.

unit manager on a special project

Savannah College of Art and Design

January 2001 - January 2002

Manager of the traditional animation crew on "Rick and Rocky".

Assistant Effects Animator

DreamWorks Animation

April 2001 - August 2001

on "Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron"

Assistant Effects Animator

Warner Bros. Entertainment

June 2000 - January 2001

Timer and Board artist

Fox Television Animation

January 2000 - May 2000

"Family Guy": timer on "Thin White Line" and "Forefathers"; board artist on "Merry Freakin' Christmas"

Sheet Timer

DPS Film Roman

June 1999 - January 2000

assistant animator

Renegade Pictures, Inc

January 1999 - January 2000

Hand drawn traditional animation Key Cleanup on Porky Pig interstitials for Cartoon Network.


Film Roman

June 1999 - December 1999

A timer is an "assistant assistant director", making timing decisions (in editing and character acting) for specific scenes. I worked on several episodes of "King of the Hill".

Effects Animator

Rich Animation Studio

January 1998 - January 1999

...on an animated version of "The King and I".

FX artist

Warner Brothers Animation

January 1996 - January 2000

Hand drawn effects (water, smoke, etc.) on "Space Jam" and "Osmosis Jones"; digital effects on "Quest for Camelot".

Effects Animator

Turner Feature Animation

January 1993 - January 1996

on "Pagemaster" and "Cats Don't Dance"

Freelance Cleanup Artist

Marvel Productions

January 1993 - January 1993

Key Assisting and revisions on the TV special "The Magic Paintbrush".

assistant animator

Kurtz and Friends

January 1991 - January 1998

Special Effects Animation Supervisor

Ralph Bakshi Productions

January 1991 - January 1992

Oversaw traditional animated effects on "Cool World"; animated several scenes including the "Flashing in and out of Cool World" bits.

FX animator/Character Key Cleanup

Hyperion Animation

January 1990 - January 1991

Received two screen credits on "Rover Dangerfield" for both character assisting and effects animation.

FX animator

Don Bluth studios

January 1990 - April 1990

Worked in the special projects unit on "The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera" for Universal Studios Theme park in Orlando.

Assistant Animator

Walt Disney Feature Animation

November 1988 - August 1990

Character assistant on "The Little Mermaid"; Effects Assistant on "The Rescuers Down Under".

Character Assistant and FX animator

BRC Imagination Arts

January 1988 - January 1990

Character Assistant on "Back To Neverland" for Disney World. FX animator on "Roboshow" and "Flower Planet" for Expo '90.

Character Assistant


January 1985 - January 1987

...on the feature films "Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night" and "Happily Ever After".

Production Assistant and character assistant

Film Roman

January 1984 - January 1985

...on several "Garfield" TV specials. Helped start and build the new company.

An assortment of 2D skills

Freelance Animation Artist

January 1983 - January 2003

Studios: Richard Williams, Leo Sullivan, Carosel Picture, Bill Melendez, Kurtz and Friends, Klasky Csupo, Renegade Pictures, Radical Axis (Atlanta).

Jobs: Grease pencil rendering on cel, character design, character animation, effects animation, character cleanup.

Clients: Continental Yogurt, Shell, Keebler, Pacific Bell, Taco Bell, CA Dept. Health Services, Six Flags, Eddie Murphy, Cartoon Network.

Projects: "Happy New Year Charlie Brown", "Warlock", Mr. DNA from "Jurassic Park"

Character Asst., Storyboard artist, Visual Development

Tom Carter Productions

January 1982 - January 1982

Character assistant on "Kissyfur"; Storyboard artist on "Kissyfur"; Visual Development on "Huck's Landing"



Recent drawing done at Zoo Atlanta

Animation Professor

Traditional animator with loads of drawing-on-paper experience -- character animator, assistant, FX animator. Lately been using the Wacom, Cintique and Flash quite a bit. Co-directing a team class short film that is a combination of hand-drawn animation and CG backgrounds. Strong skills in drawing communication, animation history, 12 Principles.

Qualifications & Certifications

MFA in Illustration

Savannah College of Art and Design

Life drawing, character design, storyboard, animation

Life drawing, character design, storyboard, animation


Savannah College of Art and Design

Applied Arts Diploma

Sheridan College

Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning


LaGrange College

LaGrange College

Woodward Academy

Woodward Academy

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