Young Jamaican Animator Welcomes Experience At Capilano University

Character Designer and Illustrator, Danielle Parchment, has welcomed the experience gained, after participating in a two-month summer programme at the Capilano University in Canada.

Danielle, is the winner of the Character Design category at the KingstOOn 2019 animation competition, held earlier this year. Her project was entitled ‘Gabby – The Duppy Conqueror’.

As part of her winning prize, she was given the opportunity to participate in a two-month summer course at Capilano University.

“It was really eye-opening. I really enjoyed getting to meet new people, and now I have a wider [view] of the animation industry,” she tells government news agency JIS.

Some of the courses she participated in include animation, character design layout and figure-drawing.

Danielle also shared that she received first-hand experience in the inner workings of an actual animation studio, while participating in the programme.

“[I saw] a lot of cool things. I learnt that animation is not just about animating, but you can write, you can do background, you can do editing; it’s a lot of amazing things,” she explains.

Danielle was previously a student at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMSVPA), where she started a Degree in Video Communication Illustration. However, she is mostly self-taught.

She was also provided with the opportunity to travel to South Korea, where she received more training on Character Design for seven months.

Danielle tells JIS News that she got into animation, as it was “just something I was passionate about – an outlet for me to express myself”.

She also pursued Art during high school, where she sat the subject at the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) level.

The Character Designer credits the support of her family for her success in the industry, so far, noting that there are a few successful artists in her family.

Based on her experiences at Capilano University, the Animator says she would love to go back to pursue further studies.

Speaking of her experience with KingstOOn, she says despite not submitting her entry on time in 2016, she was able to take along her portfolio, and was able to get feedback, which prepared her for her winning entry in 2019.

Since the competition this year, she says she has received professional opportunities that are now in the pipeline.

“I am really looking forward to animation growing in Jamaica, [and the animation industry in] Vancouver Canada is an example of what I believe Jamaica could be,” she states.

In addition to receiving the Capilano University Scholarship, the Character Designer also received several other prizes, including gift packages from TV Paint, Toon Boom, Adobe Suite and Cintiq.

She currently freelances for a few local and regional animation companies.