Michelle Lepine is a 2D layout artist and background painter who grew up in the suburbs of Hamilton, Ontario, with her family and beloved cats. From an early age, Michelle’s greatest passion has been art. In the art-making process, she finds peace, contentment, and a sense of meaning in her life. This passion is what led her to pursue the arts in higher education. Michelle completed her Honours Bachelor of Animation from Sheridan College’s world-renowned program, along with an additional certificate in Art Fundamental and a diploma in Visual Creative Arts.
Following Michelle Lepine’s time at Sheridan—which concluded online, due to pandemic-related restrictions—she expressed feeling burnt out and lacked passion for creating. It was then that I decided to invite Michelle to join me cross-country on an isolated island in the Gulf Islands of BC. Cortes Island quickly became a sanctuary for Michelle to reignite and reinvent her passion for art. The lush and untouched landscape transformed the way she thought of colour and shapes; so much so, that most conversations involved a fervent lesson on art and/colour theory. Four months of island-life later, Michelle is back in Ontario—temporarily—to gain more industry experience before permanently moving back to BC.
-Written by Emily – best friend
Which hood’ are you in?
The West End!
What do you do?
I’m a 2D Layout artist and Background Painter in the Animation industry
What are you currently working on?
At the moment I’m working on more story-driven Layouts and Background paintings while taking the time to study Environment Design for the gaming industry!
You can find me on Twitter and Instagram.
And a full portfolio of my work is on my website!