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Catherine Toennisson


Paint Tool Sai

Clip Studio

Toon Boom Animate

Toon Boom Storyboard



Sequential Art


Traditional Animation

Watercolor and Acrylic Painting

Sewing and Crafting


The Art Institute of Tennessee

Bachelor's of Fine Art in Media Arts and Animation

-Graduated with honors


2017 Bronze IPPY Award winner for "Best Illustrated E-Book"
Yumi's Extraordinary Collection
Written by Elsa Takaoka

2017 Bronze placement for the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards
Chicken Does Not Want to be a Chicken
Written by Elsa Takaoka

2010 - present
2010 - present

2017-current: Instructor at The Art Jam painting studio in Cookeville, TN.

2013-current: Self Employed Illustrator.


2017-2018: Children's Book Illustrator for J-Tech Creations. Chicken Does Not Want to be a Chicken, and Bear and Squirrel.

2016: Designer for a unique wrist strap for called Mischief. It reached over 100 pre-orders, and sold out in the store at 500.

2015-2017: Costume Seamstress for MonsterDeer Creations in Hermitage, TN. Designing costumes, clothing, plushies, and props from start to finish. Sculpting bases with foam, and working with various plastics, faux fur, and fabric. Sewing on various machines and embroidery equipment.


2014: Storyboard Revisionist for Big Idea Entertainment- Dreamworks in Franklin, TN. Working on the episodes Bob & the Awesome Frosting Mustache/Bob and Larry: Gettin' Angry , and Puppies & Guppies/Sorry We're Closed Today of the Netflix exclusive VeggieTales in the House.

2013-2018: Children's Book Illustrator for author Elsa Takaoka. Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle, Goo and Spot in the Great Zoo Escape, Goo and Spot Under the Orange Tree, and Yumi's Extraordinary Collection.

2013: Cashier and Sales Associate for Staples in Hermitage, TN.

As a teenager I worked as a camp counselor and lifeguard at Camp Tanasi during summers.

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