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      Margie W. Daniels

       author / illustrator

 
 
I overheard my 3rd grade teacher discussing me with my mom: “It’s the constant daydreaming, Mrs. Wright. Margie is an above-average reader, and she can draw remarkably well for her age.” I was surprised when I was excused from class for several days to draw and paint a huge mural on a wall inside the school auditorium; Indian elephants, palm trees, etc...  Unfortunately, I suspect that was the week that the fundamental math secrets were taught.
Well, I already knew I wanted to be an artist, and I had already been selling my first stories and illustrations in hand-made books door-to-door for a quarter each.  That’s all the math I needed.

Since then...



I’ve had the good fortune to work in the field of classic children’s animation, from “The Little Mermaid” through “The Frog Princess.” My job was to focus on one character, and maintain his or her particular look and personality solidly, throughout a variety of settings and costumes... a skill which is also necessary when illustrating children’s books. The characters need to stay believable from page to page; their delicate facial expressions and subtle body language making them (and therefore the story) appealing and emotionally alive.


Writing is a passion that I have developed in the last few years.  From gentle, intimate bedtime stories for young children, (i.e. “Who are You”), to some rather startlingly spooky tales for the older, more secure child (i.e.“Spider on My Wall”), to white-knuckled spooky middle grade stories (i.e. “Scary Circus”).


There are so many stories to tell, and the excitement of developing characters and plots can be all-consuming.  As a result, I’ve also begun a YA novel which is a spin-off of one of the middle grade stories.


Thanks !

 

Education



University of Hawaii

The Animation Institute

SCBWI Member



Animation credits



Disney Feature Animation:

  Princess and the Frog (Charlotte)

  Home on the Range (Mabel)

  Treasure Planet (Jim Hawkins)

  Tarzan (Baby & Young Tarzan)

  Hunchback (Clopin, the Gypsy King)

  The Lion King (Timon & Pumba)

  Aladdin (Abu)

  Beauty & The Beast (Belle)

  The Little Mermaid (Ariel)

  Oliver & Co (Penny)

 

DreamWorks Animation:

  How to Train Your Dragon 

  Kung Fu Panda II

  (Theatrical Shorts)


Warner Bros. Animation:

  Looney Tunes




 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

For screen credits see IMDB; also, some of my drawings are published in the various ”Art of Disney” coffee table art edition books.