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.

Web References

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.

Education

2005- 09 The University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Animation

 

Experience

 

Game Artist

Lightning Gaming, Inc.

May 2014- current

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.

 

Illustrator

Trulee

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.

January 2013

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.

 

Art Assistant

"The Ticket Seller", Independent Film

New York, NY     December 2012

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.

 

Illustrator/ Artist

DietVille LLC

Radnor, PA          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.

 

Roto-Artist/Animator

Juggling Wolf

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

Philadelphia, PA   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.

 

Skills

Adobe Photoshop

Digital Painting

Traditional Animation

Visual Development

Working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator

Working knowledge of After Effects

 

Awards

W.W. Smith Scholarship 2008

The Donna Anna Brosniak Memorial Scholarship 2008

Crozier Award 2006

The Promising Artists Scholarship 2005



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