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Pj David
Chicago, United States

Hey there! I am a cartoonist and animator specializing in traditional 2D animation. I can assist you with making eye-catching and humorous animated logos, cartoon shorts, video intros, and much more! Whatever your vision is, I can help make it a reality!

Pj David
Chicago, United States

Hey there! I am a cartoonist and animator specializing in traditional 2D animation. I can assist you with making eye-catching and humorous animated logos, cartoon shorts, video intros, and much more! Whatever your vision is, I can help make it a reality!

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Animators for hire in Chicago, US

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Hey there! I am a cartoonist and animator specializing in traditional 2D animation. I can assist you with making eye-catching and humorous animated logos, cartoon shorts, video intros, and much more! Whatever your vision is, I can help make it a reality!

Hailing from the home of House Music, Chicago native Louie Gomez got his first taste of music production by creating the original Dub Vocal Mix of "Your Love" by then unknown Jamie Principle. This House classic, along with another original unreleased production from Gomez entitled “Change”, became staples in Frankie Knuckle's dj sets at the legendary Warehouse and Powerplant nightclubs in Chicago. After taking some time to hone his skills as an audio engineer at local recording studios in Chicago, he was ready to show his growth as producer / remixer / and songwriter. Currently Louie is Partner, Music Producer and Digital Media Producer for the Deep Hype Sounds record label. Send promos and demos to:

Emily Julstrom - Designer and Illustrator email me at Prints available at

**TOXIC MILK IS CURRENTLY ON HIATUS** Hello, we are TOXIC MILK! (An animated group) Members: • Pluto: Leader • Nebula: Vocalist/Lyricist Our Email: Our Website: Our Soundcloud:

I am a Chicago based freelancer that has worked on the animation and effects for commercials, film, and social media.

I'm a Motion Designer & Animator based in the tropical paradise of Chicago, IL. Don’t worry if you’re not, I’m always up for remote work and on the lookout for a good relocation possibility! I specialize in 2D Animation, Character Animation and I’m currently diving deep into Traditional Cel Animation. (I’m also an Avid Certified Pro, if that’s your bag) I have an extensive background in B2B and Educational media and I've been fortunate enough to collaborate with some amazing studios, agencies and individuals all over the country. I have a passion for visual storytelling and I'm currently focusing my career on visual essays and live events. Well, that along with some comedy writing and a nice ribeye steak. Even with all this experience, I still have plenty to learn! So I’m always on the lookout for folks that I can share my craft with while also picking their brains. A rising tide lifts all boats after all :) Please feel free to ask about my availability, experience or just say hello! Drop me a line anytime -Chip

I specialize in animations that explain concepts, businesses, or that educate across various topics. All my work is custom made. I can work in a variety of different styles or match a style you like. I can also do character animation, lip syncing, live action with animation and do social media work. If you are looking for a clean, effective and professional animation video, I'm your guy.

Hello I'm Kate Chesterton, a British illustrator, animator & creative designer with over fifteen years of experience. I've had the pleasure of creating work for a diverse collection of companies & clients, from designing for homes to graphics for phones; from animated TV comedy & books for adults & children to art direction & graphics for e-learning. I'm comfortable in corporate land & with the end-to-end creative process but thrive on custom illustration and image making for screen & for print. I’m a hard working lass with high standards, a good sense of humour and a real passion for what I do. Please have a look at my work or websites and if you like what you see and would like a chat or quote with no obligation, please get in touch. Thank you mail: Websites:

Providing design focused 2D and 3D animation since 2006. Available remotely. --- **Qualifications and education** BFA in Broadcast Design and Motion Graphics_ at Savannah College of Art and Design

Hi! My name is Ashley Liu, I am an animation artist from Taiwan, and currently live and study in Chicago. I work in a wide range of animations from traditional cel animations to digital 2D and 3D motion graphics, as well as experimental animations with charcoal, watercolor, sand, or stop motions. I intend to convey subtle feelings through my animation and it varies in style based on different projects. Working for the TV series and commercials, I've gained professional skills. I've also created award-winning independent animated shorts. watch my animations **Day rate** $150 per day **Key project experience** _2019-Present_ "Senataur 2020 (Pilot)", 2D digital puppet animation and set design assistant _2018-Present_ Teaching Assistant at School of the Art Institute Chicago _2017_ "WE ARE ALL THE SAME", Award of Distinction- CanadaShorts Film Festival, Award of Merit- Best Shorts Competition Education _Bachelor of Fine Art with emphasis in film and animation_ School of the Art Institute Chicago

Hi! --- My name is Bryce Barsten. I grew up on a llama farm in WA state, and I'm an expert in **2D-3D Motion Graphics, Animation**, and **Design**. I'm a passionate, professional, and hyper communicative creative, who would be dedicated to fostering your ideas and stories through unique and meaningful visuals. Please visit to see my wor I recently moved to Chicago from NYC, where I spent most of my career working on a diverse range of projects, noted below: - Commercial spots for leading corporations such as CocaCola, Vitamin Water, Goldman Sachs and Tresemme, creating pre-visualization, look development, and style-frames. - Motion graphics and compositing for Netflix, and Amazon Prime documentaries. - Motion graphics/post production for NYC & Chicago-based agencies and studios, whose projects range from social media animations for Coors Light, to explainer videos for Univision. - 2D/3D sports motion graphics for Madison Square Garden (New York Knicks, New York Rangers), Major League Soccer, Big East, and many more. - Motion graphics and design for startups, and entrepreneurs such as Off Season Creative (music branding), Selkirk Design (outdoor product design), and Human Postcards (web series) I'm highly adept at working from script, to final product, and everything in between. Big or small, I enjoy bringing concepts to life through animation, solving design problems, and fostering new ideas. --- **Project Experience & Companies** *Sorted by industry/sector **SPORTS/LIVE ENTERTAINMENT** 2D/3D Motion Graphics & Design - **Madison Square Garden** *Includes work for NYRangers, NYKnicks, Big East, St. Johns, and more.* - Motion Graphics for in-area boards, LED ribbons, 6K ice/court projections, VFX over live action, social media ads, lower thirds, and more. Look Development/Branding for each teams new sports season. 2D/3D Motion Graphics & Design - **Major League Soccer & eMLS** - Social media content, headshots, infographics, youtube videos, event space screens, presentations. 2D/3D Motion Graphics & Look Dev. - **Draft Kings** - Social media content, commercials, Youtube content **COMMERCIAL** Look Dev, Styleframes, Compositing - **321 Launch** - Developed pre-vis style-frames, lighting, and mood for commercial spots. Companies include: CocaCola, Tresseme, Lyrica, ExxonMobil, Vitamin Water, Nespresso, Subway, and more. Motion Graphics, Compositing - **Utopic** - Political spots, Coors Light social content Motion Graphics, Compositing - **Big Star** - Netflix/Amazon prime documentaries **MISC** Motion Graphics - **Mom+Pop Label** - Social media content Motion Graphics - **Kornhaber Brown** - MTV & Unvision content Branding, Motion Graphics - **Selkirk Design** - Production design, brand development, social media content, web design Motion Graphics - **Inc. 5000** - Event space content --- **Education** - BFA in Digital Arts/Animation - Pratt Institute - Advanced Motion Methods - School of Motion

Hello! I am a soon-to-be high school graduate, and I'm looking for some freelance work to add to my resume, as well as a bit of money to help me sustain myself. I'm an animator, as well as a comic artist and illustrator! Tumblr: Tomcat Comix: Instagram: Portfolio:

Hi, my name is Alexis Marisol Brooks and I am a passionate artist and animator from Chicago, Illinois. I am a hard working and tenacious individual, who thrives under pressure and does whatever it takes to get the job done. Currently, I am working towards building a career in creating my own original animated content. I created my own animated short, which I storyboarded, animated and composited, in addition to the conceptual creation of the film as well. I also provided character animation and concept art for a VR animated short film! In addition, I worked with a team of animators to create an animated commercial for Ball State University. I am very familiar with different art creation software, such as Photoshop and Paint Tool Sai. I also have a background in storyboard creation, using Toon Boom Storyboard, Photoshop, and free software such as Storyboarder.


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How To Hire An Animator

To get started, choose what kind of animation you need for your project.

For example:

  • 2D animation
  • 3D animation
  • Stop motion animation
  • Custom cartoon animation
  • Motion graphics

Once you’ve chosen your style, it’s time to move on to the shortlisting process:

How To Shortlist An Animator

Shortlisting an animator can seem like a time-consuming task.

We’ve made it easy for you.

Here’s a quick overview of how to find an animator on Twine:

  1. Post up a job
  2. Wait for animation specialists to pitch to you
  3. Review your pitches and choose a candidate
  4. Agree your terms
  5. Voila!

Tips For Writing Your Job Description

Here’s an interesting statistic:

75% of the pitches for jobs online are from freelancers who are not qualified to do the work


Because the description doesn't clearly explain what the client wants, so freelancers pitch in hoping that the work might match their skill set.

On Twine, we manually vet all the pitches that a client receives to make sure you don’t have to spend hours filtering out unqualified freelancers.

But it’s still really important to make your brief stand out by being clear and concise.

Clearly-written job briefs allow animation experts to quickly scan your requirements and determine if they’re a good fit for your project before getting in touch.

When writing the animator’s job description, make sure to include the following:

  • Who you are
  • What you need (and why)
  • The size of your project
  • Your vision for the project
  • Examples of styles you like
  • Target audience
  • Budget
  • Deadline

How Much Does It Cost To Hire An Animator?

Animation rates vary significantly from project-to-project.

When negotiating a freelance animator’s hourly or day rate, you’ll be sent a quote based on the length of time the animation will take to produce.

Using the data from our network of professional freelance animators, here are the ranges you can expect for a day’s work (7-8 hours):

Animator LevelJuniorMid-LevelExpert
Day Rate$150-250$250-500$500-1000

Here are the price ranges in GBP:

Animator LevelJuniorMid-LevelExpert
Day Rate£100-£200£200-£400£400-£800

If you’d like a more thorough overview of common animation commission prices on the platform, head over to our animation marketplace to view current listings.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why hire an animator?

Here’s the deal:

With a market value of over 259 billion U.S. dollars, animation remains as one of the most popular and engaging mediums for connecting with an audience.

Since the industry’s inception with cartoon studios in the early 1900’s, animation is now at the core of many different sectors, including:

  • Web Design
  • Video Games
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Social Media Content
  • Film

Although what animators do day-to-day has changed a lot over the last century, the impact of what animation can do for your business has not.

Don’t believe us? Read this stat:

Each day, 100 million internet users watch an online animated video.

And not only that! One minute of video is equal to 1.8 million words.

It’s no surprise then that 76% of marketers plan to increase their use of YouTube and video marketing next year.

How can animated video benefit my business?

Here’s another statistic:

Viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video, compared to 10% when reading it as text.

If you aren’t already using video as a core aspect of your marketing strategy, you should be!

But why animated video?

Here are the three main advantages of using animated video over traditional video content:

  • Stand out from your competitors

    Animation is friendly, futuristic and forward-thinking, setting you apart from the pack of talking head videos your competitors are using.

  • Keep it simple

    Animation turns complex ideas into an engaging narrative, making it easy for leads to understand how your product or service works.

  • Improve your SEO

    Google loves animated video due to its high-retention rate and evergreen nature. A high-quality animated video can significantly improve your presence on Google, making it easier for leads to find you.

What are the benefits of hiring a freelance animator?

Here are some of the biggest benefits of choosing a freelance animator through Twine over an animators agency:

  • Lower overhead costs

    This includes office space, company benefits, employee training and set working hours.

  • Experience

    Many professional animators will hone their craft at an animation studio before going it alone as a freelancer. This means that freelance animators are often the most experienced, efficient and professional specialists in the game.

  • Expertise

    If you’ve been wondering where to find animators that specialize in a particular niche of animation, the freelance market is for you! Freelance animators often dedicate themselves to particular animation commissions (such as explainer videos).

  • Flexibility

    Hiring an animation freelancer allows you to set your own hours and rates relative to the nature of your project. You can assign them work as and when it suits you without the hassle of a long-term contract.

What are you waiting for?

Post a job on Twine now and be matched with a wide range of high quality animators in a matter of hours. If you’ve got any questions then you can ask online animators and they’ll be happy to help you via the public questions feature.

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