Jess Nicholls is a design/production freelancer that lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She graduated from The Animation Workshop in 2015 and has worked on feature films, commercials, exhibitions and illustrations, primarily in the animation field, for clients such as Lego, IKEA, ILM, Art & Graft and United Visual Artists. Jess also co-developed and took on the role of Creative Director on ‘Tsunami’ – a short film about the 2011 tsunami in Japan, which, amongst other film festivals, was part of the Cinéfondation Selection at Cannes Film Festival 2015.

Currently available for both freelancing and full time work.

Contact jisusu@gmail.com

tel: +45 81 51 05 43

Jess Nicholls

Clients include:

Lego Copenhagen Bombay DumDum TAW IKEA

Adnuvo Arla Giant


   English (native)

   Danish (intermediate working proficiency)



   Art Direction

   Pipeline and Workflow Management


   Adobe Package


   Cinema 4d






Freelancer (Jan. 2015 - present)

Art Direction and CG Generalist work for clients including -


   Sun Creature Studio



   Ud og Se



   Copenhagen Bombay




TAW - Teacher

Several times a year, I teach in Viborg, focusing on art direction assistance in 3rd year, as well as layout, the physics of light and still life painting, and supervising production of the Short Short Films for 1st year students (March 2015 - ongoing)

Copenhagen Bombay

Copenhagen Bombay - Production Design

Concepting and creating a style guide for a feature film 'Next Door Spy' to be released in 2017 (Nov 2015 - April 2016)

Art & Graft

Art & Graft - Internship

Concepting and creating a fine art video installation with , creating 3D environments for stylised shorts (Aug. 2014 - Nov. 2014)

The Animation Workshop - Art Director, Pipeline Management

  Tsunami - bachelor film

  Concepting, style consistency, asset and personel management, modeling, workflow definition, rigging, scripting, rendering, compositing (Jul. 2013 - Jul. 2014)

Inspire to Invent/The Animation Workshop - Director

  Commercial for Roskilde Festival's NGO CHANGE.

  Direction, character designer, animation (May 2013)


Ghost VFX - Internship

Set replacement for Pacific Rim, rigging and modeling for Juhayna live action commercial (Jul. - Aug. 2012)


The Animation Workshop

  Bachelor in Computer Graphics (2011 - 2015)

Edinburgh University

  Diploma in Cognitive Science (2008 - 2011)

Sir William Borlases Grammar School

  GCSEs, A levels (graduated 2008)