Millie Maddox – Lead Visual Artist
Millie Maddox has always been driven to create. Drawing was her very first love and she has drawn since she can remember being able to hold a crayon! As a child she fell in love with the art of animation through watching all of the classic Walt Disney animated films and, being the youngest child and only sister to 4 brothers, she was exposed to the awesome art and animation of video games as well. Street Fighter 2 is her all time favorite video game and Chun Li, one of video gaming history’s very first playable strong female lead characters was one of Millie’s biggest inspirations in art, animation, and in life!! Millie started creating and animating pixel art characters for games when she was 10 years old and was a completely self taught artist and animator her whole life until she went to art college in the heart of San Francisco. Millie is a proud graduate of the Academy of Art University and is currently a professional 2D artist, illustrator, animator and graphic designer.
Millie got to live her childhood dream of making video games when she moved to NYC to pursue a career in the mobile games industry in 2008 and has 13 published video game titles under her belt. She has worked on major mobile game titles such as Oregon Trail: American Settler for iPhone iPad and Android phones. Millie was the only 2D animator on the project and she gave life and personality to every human and animal character in the game, one of her biggest accomplishments in the video game world.
Millie can work in a variety of different art styles comfortably, from pixel art to vector art, cartoony to photo realistic, but she her real passion is portrait painting.
Millie is honored to be a part of Jennifer Faust’s Triptych: Journey through cancer crew and has designed the posters for the films Blood and Water as well as creating the Faust Productions logo. Millie created the storyboards for Blood by interpreting the written script through her own artistic lens and helped create the visual direction and flow for all of the in camera shots. Millie is excited to help continue this amazing experimental dance film trilogy by creating the storyboards for the last film in the Triptych series – Water.
As for dance, Millie discovered belly dance 10 years ago in San Francisco when she took her first class with the Mamma of Tribal Fusion, Jill Parker. During the time that Millie moved to New York City to pursue her dream job of making video games, she continued her dance studies with Sera Solstice, Danielle Hutton, and the East Coast Tribal stylization of movement. She also studied extensively with Cammi Darshan Vance. All of these women and their influence play heavily into the emotion, powerful feminine energy, and sensuality that Millie brings into her dance. Millie returned to the Bay Area in 2013 and immersed herself in the rich belly dance culture of San Francisco, studying with some of the Bay area’s finest teachers Jill Parker, Kami Liddle, Rose Harden, and many more. Millie had the honor of being a Member of Jill Parker’s Little Egypt Dance Troupe and performed extensively with them around the Bay Area in 2016. Millie is also the co-founder and co-director of Aurora Rosa (a Dance Duet with Tatyana Balte), and is also a soloist and resident dancer at Underground Nomads. Millie continuously seeks to find her own unique voice in the dance and strives to give her audience a divine gift every time she performs.
Millie has also recently started her own line of hand made jewelry called The Rebel’s Garden. Her unique designs feature roses that she hand sculpts from polymer clay. Check out her Etsy shop and follow her on Facebook and Instagram to see her new creations.