Julia Velarde received a BFA in Traditional Animation at the Pratt Institute in 2014 and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. She's worked since then as an Animator and Compositor on three different Nick Jr. productions. With a background in puppet making and oil painting she brings a hand crafted touch to her animation to create all-encompassing pieces filled with emotion. She uses the magic of animation to connect the past with the present and roots her storytelling in the harshness of reality while blending it with the lightness of the imagination. As the youngest child in a big creative family she has developed a keen ability to observe people and tell their stories with sensitivity and soul.