This is an online exhibit of paintings, illustrations, animation by Ellen Marcus (that’s me).  I hope you like what you see and please stay for the virtual wine and cheese.  Well, maybe not the wine — We just ran out of virtual wine about an hour ago, but there is still plenty of virtual cheese.



Project Info…

With any project, I first try to determine the client’s requirements (number of illustrations/characters, duration of animation, style preferences, etc…) – that helps me get a better grasp on when I can complete a project. I then start with basic sketches (not finalized drawings/animations.) The method of rendering sketches that require approval tells me if I’m on the right track with regard to what the client wants, and can be a serious time-saver when it comes to the amount of time I may need to spend finalizing/animating projects.


I graduated from Columbia College in Chicago and worked in commercial animation for 7 years.  After hitting the glass ceiling not hard enough to break it, I moved on to do many other things including animation for a horror/comedy film, book illustrating, rescuing the ecosystem, and remodeling a house. I primarily work from a home studio with my trusty Cintiq, hand clippers, and Sawzall.

Copyright, permissions, disclosures

You may use most* of these images for non-profit or educational purposes without contacting the artist under the condition that credit is provided to the artist with a link-back to her website: http://www.actsofpaint.com and/or her name is placed on or near the work. Your time and respect is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

The artist reserves reproduction and sale rights to most* images, paintings and designs created (even after the original has been sold). All sales of original paintings are final. All rights reserved.

*Some images (such as those found under the “Books” page) may fall under a different copyright contract other than what is stated, and is only reproducible under special terms that may not be described here. If you have any questions, please contact me: Ellen@actsofpaint.com

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