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Gimme a Break by Artsammich
Gimme a Break
Something I started for a demonstration at the Toronto Schoolism Live workshop this year.
Cover by Artsammich
I did a cover and article for this month's ImagineFX. I haven't gotten permission to post the image without the text, but maybe once the next issue comes out.
The Heart of the Forest by Artsammich
The Heart of the Forest
There's something appealing about creepy ancient forests, I just can't stop drawing and painting them.
Black Whelp by Artsammich
Black Whelp
Something I did for Blizzard's Blackrock Mountain set in Hearthstone. You can see it animated in the trailer, too.
A Jumble of Jasmines by Artsammich
A Jumble of Jasmines
Some really early work for Disney Infinity, using Jasmine as a foil to test out different styles. More on my blog.
There's a video on Game Informer talking about the process of designing toys for Disney Infinity:…

You'll also see all my (ex)team at Avalanche, and some not-yet-released concept art I did. It's pretty interesting, definitely worth the watch!


Sam Nielson
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Current Residence: Utah

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jerseycajun Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Was scrolling through my Facebook feed and a link to an interview with this Sam Nielsen fellow popped up an in my mind I thought 'Awesome art! I wonder if he's got a DA gallery... Wait... It's THAT guy! The guy whose work I already follow who goes by the name Artsammich!'

Strange that even though you post your real name at the top of your gallery, I only ever think of you by your handle.
Artsammich Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
I used to have a friend that called me Sammich, so I guess being called Artsammich wouldn't seem too strange.
I-Jafar Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Started watching you.
Artsammich Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
I hope it's the binoculars-though-closed-blinds sort of watching.
rockartclass Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
Hi Sam! Your art is amazing! I am a 9th grade student at the Rock Academy. In my art class i have been assigned to do a report on you and your work. It would be awesome if you could help me out with the following questions: Where and when were you born? Do you have any pets? What kind of training/education have you had artistically? How did your style develop over time? Who or what influenced this style? What was the first movie you illustrated for? What work are you most proud of? It would be very helpful and you don't have to answer any questions if you are not comfortable with them. Thank you!
Artsammich Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
I'd be happy to answer all except the first questions, since that is information used to secure accounts and I don't want it floating out there.

A lot of my training happened professionally before I went to college, as I had a lot of great mentors at the video game companies I worked at. However, I graduated with a BFA in Animation from BYU halfway through my career, and this is where I received a lot of the training that has helped me as a concept and visual development artist. 

I've deliberately avoided having "a style," instead focusing on understanding the elements of style so that I could meet the needs of whatever project I was asked to work on. So my style has developed as a direct result of trying out different things in other styles.

Most of my career experience is in video games, but I have worked on a few movies. My first movie work was on Wreck-It Ralph. John Lasseter requested some consulting work for their main character designs from Avalanche Software, the company I was working for at the time, so they flew Joe Olson and me into the Disney Feature Animation studio to give some thoughts and work on the character designs. I don't think any of that work was used, but it was fun to do.

I'm most proud of my work on a project with Disney that was never released, called Jabberwocky. I still have hopes they'll revive that project and use some of the work we did on it.

I hope that helps!
lexxii Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Gallery Sam:)

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DC-26 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Fell in love with your Willow series, so I'm watching now :)
Artsammich Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Whispering-forests Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always get the BIGGEST grin when I look through your gallery, I just love your pieces s much! You're one of the artists that inspires me to follow my passion and experiment with new things, and I hope I can be as wonderful as you someday! :)
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