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I'm a freelance 2D motion designer and illustrator, a mixed-media lover for education, short films, socials, editorials & film. I want to create digestible content that is informative & stands out.

I find a lot of my inspiration for storytelling and style from organic, natural forms. I'm drawn to personal stories and provoking visuals, communicated with natural, tactile textures in a way that is full of feeling.

I've worked as a freelancer since Autumn 2020, typically with video-production agencies for short-form commercial content, and occasionally with individual artists and film directors. I currently part-time as an assistant project manager at Arcus Studios. My projects have varied from internal explainers and commercial ads to documentaries, music videos, custom portraits and colouring pages


- Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop, Audition & Media encoder 

- Asana, Google & Microsoft suites, Maxon C4D, Maya, Procreate & Rough Animator

- Line-management, team co-odination, admin, client relations, concept & design research, presentation

Awards and Qualifications


Northumbria University

National Trust

Wildlife Trust

Hewitt and Walker: Scarlett Abbott, York st John University, Costa, Ebay, BT, Dixons

Orillo Films: Akzonobel, Nude

Girl Code Theatre, Brighton

Bookaid International

Victorian Candle Co.

Breathe and Sleep LTD.

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland


Animation MA, Distinction

Northumbria University Newcastle


Animation BA, 1st class Hons.

Northumbria University Newcastle


Best film - 'The Magic of Books'

Charity Pick @ BFX



I had the pleasure of collaborating as a client and as an artist with Ashleigh. She magically and intuitively brought to life the story of Rosie the wizard girl. She is a highly pragmatic, creative, curious imaginative animator and a pure delight to collaborate with. Along with her technical skill set and professional work ethic she designed a beautiful magic children’s animation in beautiful hues. Ashleigh is passionate about creativity, imagination, collaboration, children’s story telling and she has no fear but total courage and conviction to execute with confidence. Highly recommended to lead and project manage a team of creatives.

Rosa Breen - Business Owner

Ashleigh coordinated a team of fellow animators on Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland's #WishISaid campaign which aims to raise awareness of Sexual Harassment in the Street. Ashleigh clearly understood the sensitivity of the topic, was able to interpret our brief well and deliver an on brand quality animation in a very tight schedule. The communication with the team was smooth and Ashleigh was an absolute pleasure to work with.

Dawn Bowman - Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland

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