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Karalyse Hagen Animation
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019

About Me

I'm Karalyse Hagen; a Sophomore Animation major, and a Photography minor. I was born and raised in Alma, Michigan, where the creative fields are very limited, and decided I needed to leave in order to pursue my dreams.

I draw a lot of inspiration from theater, nature, indie photography and videography, vintage clothing, comic books, concept art, old movies, broadway musicals, and the big name animation studios. I've been told I'm the "jack of all trades", as I work with a lot of varying mediums. I consider myself a photographer, videographer, animator, costume designer, illustrator, painter, prop maker, and graphic designer.

My animation dream job would be working for an animation company working on movies. I want to be a part of a team that can create stories that inspire people and have the ability to change lives, like many of the movies I watched growing up. My photography dream job would be becoming a travel journalist and travel the world taking photos of the landscapes and culture.

I've learned a lot since I started here at Bradley, and am extremely grateful for the connections I've made and the projects I've been apart of. As I continue my time at Bradley University, I hope that I get to expand my horizons even further.

Featured Projects


Return of the Princess

Return of the Princess

A tribute piece in memory of Carrie Fisher, the famous actress who played Princess Leia, who had passed in 2016. The illustration is done in Prismacolor pencils, Pigma Micron pens, on bristle board. It depicts Leia as she is seen on Hoth in Return of the Jedi. Completed January 2017.

Retro Pins

Retro Pins

Digital illustrations in a vector art style, made for a series of hard enamel pins. These are apart of the first series, which center around retro and vintage color schemes. Illustration was done in Photoshop, and the color palettes created from Adobe Color. Completed February 2017.

Hocking Hills

Hocking Hills

A compilation animation of photographs I took when I visited Hocking Hills, OH in August 2016. Taken on a Nikon D3200 with a AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II Lense; the photos were touched up in Photoshop, and the video complied in After Effects. Template from and911.

Have you ever wanted to be in your own blockbuster film with special effects? The Greenscreen Experience can get you close: step in front of the green screen, where you and your friends act together in a short clip. Bradley students will then work to edit your footage, placing you in a variety of fantastical situations: hiding from dinosaurs, wielding some fire, dancing in space, and more! Select from a variety of fun props, act out your scene, and leave the rest of production to the students. Videos will be sent out via email.