Sam Nielson is a concept artist and illustrator whose diverse experience has given him an in-depth view of creativity and artistic storytelling. His 20+ years of work in the animation industry have included game, film, and television work for studios such Disney, Blizzard Software, Dreamworks, Sony Pictures, and many others. His work has been published via Spectrum Annual, ImagineFX, 3DTotal, Scholastic, HarperCollins, and many others.
Sam currently teaches for the award-winning animation program at BYU and online classes for Schoolism. His classes cover lighting, digital painting, character design, visual development, gesture drawing, digital sculpting, and animation. He has also taught these subjects at workshops around the world.
Watch an informal discussion and demonstration from Sam Nielson’s digital painting class at BYU.