Marie Thorhauge

Freelance designer - characters / environments / illustration

Ringsted, Denmark
To keep it short and sweet -
Art Director/ Designer / Visual development artist:
CHARACTERS - concepts/color/modelsheets/posing
BACKGROUNDS - concepts to finals

**Nominated for the 42nd annual ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award: "Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production" Song of the Sea (Cartoon Saloon).

**Nominated for the 43rd annual ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award: "Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production" Puffin Rock "Night Lights" (Cartoon Saloon, Dog Ears, Penguin Books).

Head of design at Cartoon Saloon 2009-2012
Bachelor of Arts in Character Animation from The Animation Workshop 2009 - focus on design

Graduation films:
"Leitmotif" - character design, concepts and final backgrounds - {Annecy 2009}
"SHEEP!" - background design - {Annecy 2009}
"Sylfidden" - background design, color styling, final backgrounds - {Annecy 2009} {Cannes 2009)

Message or email me regarding availability - then we'll find the right solution!

Work Experience

Brand New School

character designer

character design for commercial.
June 2017 - June 2017

Fred Rogers Company

visual development artist

development for pre-school show.
May 2017 - June 2017


character designer

character design for a tv-series reboot (title currently N/A).
March 2017 - March 2017

Penguin Random House


Cover art for a quirky middle grade title :)
December 2016 - February 2017


background designer

background design for commercial, directed by Yves Geleyn.

*Nominated for the fourtyfifth Annie Awards as Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial.
January 2017 - January 2017

Cartoon Saloon

concept artist

Character- and background concepts for the feature My Father's Dragon.
December 2016 - January 2017

Bron Animation

visual development artist

Set design concepts for 3D feature The Willoughbys.
November 2016 - December 2016

Pip Animation

Production Design

Production design for the pre-school show Through The Woods made for The Fred Rogers Company.

- Character concepts / final designs / preliminary modelsheets.
- Background design + Key backgrounds (reference for further composited episode BGs)

*EPISODE "A SNOWY MORNING" NOMINATED FOR AN ANNIE - Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children.
July 2016 - September 2016

Zac Creative

Concept art

background concept for campaign.
June 2016 - June 2016

Flaunt Productions

background design

development work for tv-series teaser.
May 2016 - June 2016

Passion Pictures

Concept art

character concept for campaign.
May 2016 - May 2016

Paper Panther Productions

Concept art

background concept for shortfilm produced by Cartoon Saloon and TG4.
May 2016 - May 2016

Zac Creative


January 2016 - April 2016

Cartoon Network

Background Artist

Long Live The Royals, miniseries
Powerpuff Girls, reboot
June 2015 - November 2015

Dog Ears

Background Designer

Background design + Master backgrounds for tv-sereis teaser
October 2015 - October 2015

So Awesome


illustrated card-deck "Emotions" of 37 childrens faces; and 4 scenario posters.
May 2015 - May 2015 Denmark

Upstairs EFX

Visual Development Artist

character and background design for 2D feature in development
March 2015 - May 2015 Denmark

SYBO Games

Concept art

character concepts for PR and Merchandise / Mobile game Subway Surfers
March 2015 - March 2015 Denmark

Upstairs EFX

Concept Artist - environments

Environment concepts for 2D feature
February 2015 - February 2015 Denmark


Color key artist

January 2015 - January 2015 Denmark



Cover art for book by Frank Cottrell Boyce "The Astounding Broccoli Boy" - to be released September 15th 2015.
November 2014 - January 2015 Denmark

Jibjab Bros Studios


Illustrations for e-book in the Starring You series.
November 2014 - December 2014 Denmark


concept artist & character designer

location concepts and character designs for tv-series in development.
September 2014 - November 2014 Kilkenny, Ireland


freelance concept artist

preliminary character concepts for Chris Butler feature in development.
September 2014 - September 2014 Ireland

Cartoon Saloon

Lead Background Artist

design and development of backgrounds for Cartoon Saloon's own preschool show Puffin Rock, broadcasted by Nick Jr. and RTÉjr, featuring narration by Irish actor Chris O’Dowd.
February 2014 - November 2014 Ireland

FX Goby

Concept Artist, Freelance

character concepts for a short film in development, directed by François-Xavier Goby
January 2014 - January 2014 Ringsted, Denmark


Color Key Artist, Freelance

color keys for tv spot campaign Fruitsnackia.
Style of color to match Bucks previous Fruitsnackia spots by creative director Thomas Schmid.
Programme: Adobe Photoshop

Final products can be seen on Bucks website at:

September 2013 - September 2013 Ringsted, Denmark


Visual Development Artist

design for new exciting project - to be announced.
September 2013 - October 2013 Denmark

Ka-Ching Cartoons

lead background artist

key backgrounds for be announced :)
June 2013 - December 2013 Ringsted, Denmark

Ka-Ching Cartoons

Character Designer

character designs for tv-show...
December 2012 - July 2013 Ringsted, Denmark

Nicole Gallagher

Character Designer / Visual development

words of the director: "July's Eve is a short horror film for kids. It follows twelve year old Juliette in her fight against a nasty old witch during her summer vacation in Louisiana."
December 2012 - January 2013 Ringsted, Denmark


Freelance character designer

September 2012 - Ringsted, Denmark


Freelance designer

May 2012 - September 2012 Viborg, Denmark

Cartoon Saloon

Head of Design

January 2009 - May 2012 Kilkenny, Ireland


Animation Sans Frontieres

October 2013 - March 2014 France

The Animation Workshop

Bachelor of Arts

August 2005 - January 2009 Viborg, Denmark


French (Beginner),
English (Fluent),
Danish (Native),
German (Beginner),


Adobe Photoshop, Art Direction, Adobe Flash, Character Design, Character Development, Color Styling, Coloring, Digital Painting, Environmental Design, Illustration, Modelsheets, Supervising, Visual Development,