EXCLUSIVE: The Art Directors Guild has outlined a career honor for Donna Cline. The concept artist whose credits include Bone, Chicago Med and The Big Bang Theory will receive the Illustrators and Matte Artists Lifetime Achievement Award at the 26th Annual ADG Awards.
BONE alum Tamara Taylor will present the award at the guild’s in-person ceremony on March 5 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel. See the 2022 ADG Awards nominations here.
Cline is a one-of-a-kind screenwriter and illustrator who came to television and film with a career as a forensic artist as well as a medical and scientific advisor. His work includes facial recognition of skulls of unknown deceased persons, composite drawings of suspects, medical illustrations and dissection of cadavers and visuals for courtroom presentations.
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She served as science advisor for all 12 seasons of Fox’s Bones, and her television work also includes And the band kept on playing and The X Files. Cline works closely with a show’s writers on each script after getting insight several weeks before filming. She begins to “research every detail in terms of forensics and anatomy.” Later, she meets with the people who run departments such as makeup, visual effects, and wardrobe to work out the details.
His over 60 films include Hatching, Tombstone, The Flintstones, Deep Blue Sea, Hocus Pocus, George of the Jungle, Mulholland Falls and Red Dragon.
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“In addition to being an amazing storyboard and concept art artist, [Cline] holds a doctorate. in clinical psychology, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, served as a forensic artist for major law enforcement agencies and a reserve deputy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years,” Tim said. Wilcox, president of the ADG Illustrators & Matte Artist Council. “This multi-faceted career has allowed Donna to provide many art and research forms to film and television projects as a technical advisor on productions.”
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