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Maren Gainey


Freelance Animator, Character Designer, and Illustrator


Although Maren loves every facet of animation, she especially loves creating dynamic and personality-filled character designs


Born and raised in Wisconsin, Maren developed her expansive imagination looking for lost cities in the forest behind her house and combing for buried treasure on the beach of Lake Michigan. There has never been any doubt in her mind she was put on this earth to tell stories, and has pursued her dream of writing and creating for TV animation since the days when her earliest story work was done in crayon on stapled computer paper.

In her spare time, she enjoys sugary cereals, as much comedy as she can get her hands on, and working on her original concepts.


Development Assistant / Animator & Concept Artist

Confidential Cartoons Studios

Los Angeles, CA · 6/2018 – Present

Create short animations from start to finish including all animation, backgrounds, prop and character designs, draft concept art for clients and in-house development projects


BFA Film, Video, Animation & New Genres

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


2015 Rath Merit Scholarship for the Arts , Rath Foundation
$14,000 merit scholarship awarded
2016 Graduated Summa Cum Laude w/ Honors , University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Straight Up Films, LLC. Artful Comics, Emerson College Graduation Nation MIRA/KIRA


Storyboarding, Animation, Character Design, Illustration