WALTHAM, MA — Hero4Hire Creative (hero4hirecreative.com) has added Abby Duel, who takes on the role of associate creative director at the animation, motion graphics and mixed media studio. A multi-talented artist, who specializes in 2D animation, Duel is proficient in Adobe Animate and Toon Boom, and has worked on projects with studios that include Titmouse, Make Visual, Copernicus and Rooster Teeth. She will now oversee animation projects from the studio for clients such as PBS, WGBH, Sesame Workshop and Hasbro.
Duel worked in-house with Hero4Hire Creative as an animator prior to her latest appointment, and kept in close contact with the Boston-based studio for contract and freelance work after relocating. Hero4Hire’s creative partner/executive producer Allison Kramer reached out to her to fill the latest ACD role.
“Abby was actually a full-time animator at our studio several years ago, but left because she wanted to be closer to her family in Minnesota,” recalls Kramer. “When we decided to go fully remote, Abby was our first call. She is not only extremely talented, but she’s organized and a real team player. We knew she would be perfect to lead projects at H4H.”
“Even after the difficult decision to move back to Minnesota after being in-house with Hero4Hire, working with the studio and the team had been one of the highlights of my career,” adds Duel. “It was such a wonderful environment to grow in as an artist. Their projects have such a unique creative range that I’ve not found in any other studio. To have been asked back as an associate creative director is so thrilling and I can’t wait to continue my adventure with them!”