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Sam Kalensky
Sam Kalensky
Character Design | Games • Comics • Animation
Vancouver, Canada

Summary

Full Resume | https://www.linkedin.com/in/samkalensky/
Available for Commission/Hire! | For freelance work, My Price ranges between $25-$75/hour depending on your project.
I am also interested in full time opportunities in game design, animation or comics.
• Email: | For a project quote, please contact: samkalensky@gmail.com
• Instagram:|https://www.instagram.com/samkalensky/
• twitter:|https://twitter.com/samkalensky/
• Support my artwork | https://patreon.com/SamKalensky

Skills

Visual DevelopmentCharacter DesignConcept ArtStoryboardingPromotional ArtworkGame DesignComic ArtAnimation2D AnimationIllustrationMarketing Illustration

Software proficiency

Flash
Flash
Illustrator
Illustrator
Photoshop
Photoshop
Harmony
Harmony
Storyboard Pro
Storyboard Pro
Blender
Blender
Mischief
Mischief
Unity
Unity
CLIP STUDIO PAINT
CLIP STUDIO PAINT
Manga Studio
Manga Studio

Reel

Experience

  • Freelance Artist, Designer, Concept Artist, Sales at Freelance
    Vancouver, Canada
    January 2008 - Present

    • Performs freelance and commission work: artwork, designs, graphics and animation.

    • Demonstrates great interpersonal communication skills, along with consistency, reliability and a stellar work ethic. Works well with others on a team and is self driven when solo.

    • Strong comic arts, character design, and promotional art background; regularly takes on commissions to design event merchandise - Specializes in the following areas: Logo design, Character Art, Illustrations for Pins, Prints, Stickers, T-shirts among other apparel or promo Designs.

    • Extensive experience in character design and illustration, able to quickly conceptualize & draft scenes as well as design unique, quirky characters, silhouettes & model sheets from scratch and on the fly.

    • Extensive experience using industry standard digital art & animation programs (both 2D & 3D) such as the Adobe CC Suite: Photoshop, Animate, InDesign, Illustrator. As well as Toon Boom and Storyboard Pro. Blender and some Maya. - Uses Adobe Animate/Flash on an especially constant basis.

    • Experience Modelling characters, props and scenes in 3D, using Blender. Optimized for animated use in Unity games and for use with 3d Printing.

    • Experience Designing/Modelling characters & props for 2D cut out animation, as well as rigging characters for use in both Animate and Toonboom Harmony.

    • Experience creating quick thumbnails for comics, storyboards for animation.

    • Passionate about traditional mediums & experienced in frame by frame techniques as well.

  • Character Design + Illustration. at Faerie Fire, a 5e supplemental. – Springen Folk - Astrolago Press
    Vancouver, Canada
    March 2018 - March 2018

    Faerie Fire, a 5e supplemental: "A stylish, glamorous fey bestiary and setting inspired by the 80s and 90s, for use with 5e tabletop campaigns."

    - Sams artistic contribution was a Kickstarter Stretch Goal at $48,000!

    - Designed a Grasshopper Folk, known as the "Springenfolk"

    - Provided character concept art, as well as the final illustration for the printed book.

  • Promotional artist, Colorist, Storyboards and Animatic. at The Human Atlas
    Thehumanatlas.com, Canada
    September 2016 - December 2017


    • Applied colours (Characters, Props & Background art) using Adobe Flash, Clip Studio Pro and photoshop to digital pages as part of a weekly long form comic project.

    • Created a Rough Animatic/Storyboards using Animate / Storyboard pro for Music Video featuring the cast of the comic.

    • Drafted, conceptualized, and manufactured promotional flyers in addition to wearable pins featuring the main characters; Filore, Iko, Myrina and The Intensivist.

    • Provided design critique and insights to the character designers for some minor characters.

    • Provided strategic consulting, sales strategies related to designs of the characters.

  • Scampy shiba character design at BorkCorp
    Canada
    July 2017 - Present

    Character Design by Sam Kalensky for BORKCORP's LINE stickers!

    https://store.line.me/stickershop/product/1579192

    • Drafted & conceptualized a variety of Character Designs based off the creators prompts; in this case “A playful Shiba Inu with a simple design.” came up with 3 different designs with 3 interpretations of emotions, and then asked for feedback, went through revisions.

    • Designed/drafted 18 Emotions for their Selected character, based off of the descriptions they asked for: “Happy. Sad. Shiba in cup noodles” etc, refined & illustrated those, in the end 16 where picked.

    • Relayed the designs to the creators on a weekly basis, and made sure the project stayed on track.

    • Illustrated polished final drafts for online use/sale.

    • (Sticker set Series 2 and Animated emotes are In the works!)