Sam in her early years was filled with painting and storytelling. Everything from simple sketches to finished works of art had a story. The idea of narrative art drew her to comics and Saturday morning cartoons where X-Men, Gargoyles and Darkstalkers were among her favorites. This early intrigue, and perhaps the only thing she had any interest in, led her to pursue Animation at the University of the Arts. There she discovered a zeal for visual development. Sam continues to create and experiment to unveil something new and affecting.
The Ticket Seller, Cast & Crew: My role was Art Assistant.
Jukebox the Ghost's "Half Crazy", music video by Juggling Wolf: Assisted as Roto-Artist/ Animator.
Splashnology's 60 Impressive Character Illustrations: My illustration, A Queen, is featured.
Ninja Crunch's 35 Most Beautiful Female Digital Art Portraits: My illustration, Demonia, is featured.
2005- 09 The University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Animation
Las Vegas, NV
September 2019- present
Role responsibilities include UI/UX design, illustration, and motion graphics for skill-based games.
Ainsworth Game Technology
Las Vegas, NV
May 2017- August 2019
Game Artist designing casino slot games. Developing themes and producing attractive art. Illustrating symbols, backgrounds, cab glass and other art assets. Utilizing After Effects in the creation of animations and effects.
Lightning Gaming, Inc.
May 2014- May 2017
Designing and illustrating characters, backgrounds, and other assets for casino games. Creating mock ups and finished layouts of the look of the game. Communicating ideas and suggestions for stronger style appeal. Other responsibilities include animating in After Effects. Redesigned dated assets to fit with the current style.
August 2013- April 2014
Worked remotely as a freelance artist for a start up health and fitness social platform called Trulee. Created avatars, icons, and illustrations for the website using mainly Adobe Photoshop, and at times Adobe Illustrator.
Color and Clean Up Artist
eCoast Animation Studios Inc.
Worked remotely as a freelance artist assisting in preproduction of a 3D animated short. Colored and cleaned up character designs, turnarounds, and layouts for the short in Adobe Photoshop.
"The Ticket Seller", Independent Film
New York, NY
Art Assistant for a short film, “The Ticket Seller”, set in the 1950s and directed by Laura Archer. Created key props for the film, and assisted the Art Director with set design.
April 2011- February 2012
Created illustrations and in-game art for a weight loss management social game for Facebook; designed characters, backgrounds, clothing and accessories for the avatars, and other relevant art. Completed assignments with high level of detail and followed through email upon completion. Worked in a Mac environment, utilizing Adobe Photoshop in the creation process. Participated in meetings where I present my status and set goals for the week.
Philadelphia, PA July 2011
Assisted the Juggling Wolf crew by drawing assigned shots using traditional media such as graphite and pastel. The completed drawings were used in a music video called “Half Crazy” by Jukebox the Ghost.
Concept and Background Designer
The Philadelphia Film Festival Animation Series
January 2008- March 2008
Worked in a team to create a thirty second trailer for the Philadelphia Film Festival Animation Series. Responsibilities included storyboarding, production drawings, and creating background designs.
Adobe After Effects
Working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator
W.W. Smith Scholarship 2008
The Donna Anna Brosniak Memorial Scholarship 2008
Crozier Award 2006
The Promising Artists Scholarship 2005