Tampa Instructors

Traditional Animation/Character Design /2D & 3D Animation Instructor – TAMPA

DanaCorriganDana Corrigan is a 2D animator from Tampa, with a passion for storytelling and an MFA in Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. She is someone who’s always loved a school environment, and has been teaching Animation and Digital Art at a college level since 2011, at the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida. She has worked as a freelance animator and graphic designer since 2005. Some of her projects include character sprites and animations for Flash games and the Xbox 360, animation for a TV series in Cartoon Network South Asia, TV pilots, short films, motion comics, book illustrations, pitch booklets and presentation material, online commercials and interactive media. In her spare time, she develops pitches for cartoon shows, some of which have been pitched to Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Warner Brothers.

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2D / 3D Animation Instructor – TAMPA

Blanka Roundtree is a digital artist with the passion for all things creative, and experience in both production and academia. Originally studied fine art in Slovakia, in the US she moved toward digital execution. Her appreciation for animation did not begin until she earned her MFA. The ease of learning new languages – spoken, code, or software; allowed for an interesting career path. She is able to utilize her 20+ years of work experiences in the design industry within teaching methods. Since 2010 she has taught college-level classes at the University of Tampa for those who aspire to have a career in digital media and design. As a department chair of web design and development for IADT Online, she expanded her skill-set to be versed in a variety of multimedia applications. Skills: concept development, storyboarding, color theory, digital painting in Photoshop or Illustrator, set design, character design


3D Animation /2D Animation/ Anime – Manga  Instructor – – TAMPA


Brittany Sprouse  graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Media Arts and Animation from The Art Institute of Tampa. For the past few years I have been an in house artist working on cell phone applications. Doing everything from creating icons and ad’s to animating in game characters. Some of the programs I use are Paint Tool Sai, the Adobe suite (including: Photoshop, Priemere, Illustrator, and Flash) as well as 3D software such as 3DS Max and Maya. I also illustrate freelance doing wide ranges of styles including Anime/Manga.


Character Design / Comics & Cartooning  Instructor – TAMPA

Dean Maxwell is a 2D digital and traditional artist in Tampa with 10+ years experience working with Adobe software such as Photoshop, as well as Clip Studio. He has worked on storyboards for Netflix’s Hulk and the agents of S.M.A.S.H., as well as character designs for independent projects. He is inspired by his love of Marvel and DC comics, and cartoons. Dean has been a self driven entrepreneur since 2006. In his free time, he works on freelance commissions, and custom portraits. Dean showcases these works online, and at various festivals, and conventions. Dean is very proud to become part of the artistic community at Elite Animation Academy.








Jessica Paz has spent the greater part of her life designing creatively. Born into a family of artists, her fascination for art developed from a very young age. From pencil drawings to animations, life itself has been her greatest muse and it shows in all of her work. Jessica received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Media Art and Animation from Miami International University of Art & Design, The Art Institute of Tampa. She has had the privilege of working with talented individuals such as Emmy Award winner Dax Bedell, Creative Director at WEDU/PBS Station; Bruce Barry, creative genius behind the Emmy Award winning reality show The Wacky World of Bruce Barry, and educating the talented students at ITT-Technical Institute. Jessica has a wide variety of experience, ranging from 3D animation and working in television to designing interactive media, which has gained award-winning recognition. Jessica’s passion as an artist has allowed her the opportunity to create beautiful works of art, as well as the gift of educating others to do the same. As of August 2015, Jessica and her husband have relocated to Tucson, Arizona but is retained by Elite Animation Academy to instruct Virtual Classes and Special Projects contracted through Elite Animation Academy.








Office Administrator – Elite Animation Academy


Francine Luna – Channell is a Bilingual (English/Spanish) operations professional with over 28 years’ experience in the Entertainment Industry. Her career started at The Walt Disney Company in 1980 and in 1992 she was transferred to The Walt Disney Feature Animation Division as an Office and Purchasing Manager. While at Walt Disney Feature Animation, she worked on various films including Lion King, Mulan, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Brother Bear and many others. After the studio closed in 2004, Francine continued her career as an Office Manager in the Entertainment Industry for companies such as Project Firefly Animation Studios and Immersion Digital LLC. Francine is married to Warren Channell a successful Orlando Attorney and has three children. Francine will welcome you to Elite Animation Academy in Orlando with a warm smile and a friendly, professional demeanor ! Make sure you say hi !

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