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Sam Neukirch

Sam Neukirch - Designer

Smithtown, NY, United States

I am an illustrator and artist who makes fun, dynamic illustrations with a focus on stuff kids & geeks would like.

Overview

I'm a freelance illustrator from Long Island, NY. For several years now, I've done covers for Amazon Publishing for a thriller novel, and for short stories of various genres. Other than those, I'm highly interested in children's books and young adult novels. (And fantasy/science fiction/horror within those.)

I'm primarily an illustrator, but I do have a background in graphic design and love doing handwritten works, like what's shown in my portfolio pieces below.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Adventure Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Fantasy Horror Paranormal Romance Short Story Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

Self-employed
January, 2014 – Present (almost 4 years)

I've done freelance work for Amazon Publishing, VICE, and some local clients. I also like to put my art on things like buttons, jewelry, patches and prints for sale.

Art Director/ Illustrator

Nice Garage
October, 2014 – Present (about 3 years)

I do illustrations and design for Long Island music project/archive, Nice Garage.

Store Graphic Artist

Whole Foods Market
September, 2014 – July, 2016 (almost 2 years)

I used to be a sign artist for Whole Foods, which is where I learned valuable graphic design and lettering skills. (Also got to render large vegetables with paint markers, which was pretty fun.)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Grave of Hummingbirds

Jennifer Skutelsky

In a country that keeps secrets and buries sins, a stranger learns the price of both.In the remote Andean village of Colibrí, a boy discovers what appears to be the body of an angel. But in the face and wounds of the dead, winged woman, Dr. Gregory Moreno sees something even more disturbing: an uncanny resemblance to his beloved late wife that cannot be mere chance. And in American anthropolog... read more

In a country that keeps secrets and buries sins, a stranger learns the price of both.In the remote Andean village of Colibrí, a boy discovers what appears to be the body of an angel. But in the face and wounds of the dead, winged woman, Dr. Gregory Moreno sees something even more disturbing: an uncanny resemblance to his beloved late wife that cannot be mere chance. And in American anthropolog... read more

The End of the Summonings (A Short Story) (Kindle Single)

Reem Abu-Baker

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.When Nadiyya wakes up one morning to find that her guilt ghost, Sarah, has disappeared, she’s not quite sure what to think—or how to feel. Nadiyya had considered Sarah’s haunting a nuisance; after all, they’d barely even known each other when she was alive. But ... read more

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.When Nadiyya wakes up one morning to find that her guilt ghost, Sarah, has disappeared, she’s not quite sure what to think—or how to feel. Nadiyya had considered Sarah’s haunting a nuisance; after all, they’d barely even known each other when she was alive. But ... read more

The Keepers of Luke (A Short Story) (Kindle Single)

Katie Knoll

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.Since the tragic death of their cousin, Luke and Sophie haven’t been the same. At a teen grief support group, Sophie meets MJ, who recently lost her mother, and the two, united by heartbreak, become fast friends.One night, Sophie and MJ discover that Luke has be... read more

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.Since the tragic death of their cousin, Luke and Sophie haven’t been the same. At a teen grief support group, Sophie meets MJ, who recently lost her mother, and the two, united by heartbreak, become fast friends.One night, Sophie and MJ discover that Luke has be... read more

The Light That Illuminates Everything in the World (A Short Story) (Kindle Single)

Becky Tuch

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.Gloria Cohen has a habit of minding other people’s business. It’s like a force of nature—once she has an opinion or a tidbit of gossip, she can’t help but let it slip out.In her adult life, Gloria has had one true friend, Sharon, with whom she’s been power walki... read more

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.Gloria Cohen has a habit of minding other people’s business. It’s like a force of nature—once she has an opinion or a tidbit of gossip, she can’t help but let it slip out.In her adult life, Gloria has had one true friend, Sharon, with whom she’s been power walki... read more

The Birds on Peach Street (A Short Story)

Anabel Graff

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.When Elizabeth comes home from her first year of college for Thanksgiving, she finds that things have changed. Blackbirds have started falling from the sky, turning her suburban hometown into something out of a strange horror movie, and her best friend, Leila, i... read more

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.When Elizabeth comes home from her first year of college for Thanksgiving, she finds that things have changed. Blackbirds have started falling from the sky, turning her suburban hometown into something out of a strange horror movie, and her best friend, Leila, i... read more

How High the Moon (A Short Story)

Chaz Reetz-Laiolo

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.Holly is unemployed and pregnant, with the baby due before her twenty-third birthday. So Chad, her boyfriend, has a plan: to make things right, he’ll take her to his grandparents’ quaint lakeside vacation home and, in this idyllic setting, propose to her. But in... read more

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.Holly is unemployed and pregnant, with the baby due before her twenty-third birthday. So Chad, her boyfriend, has a plan: to make things right, he’ll take her to his grandparents’ quaint lakeside vacation home and, in this idyllic setting, propose to her. But in... read more

All The Way From Denver (A Short Story) (Kindle Single)

Brian Castleberry

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.A suburban mall may not be the best place to mend a broken friendship, but old college buddies Jill and Lisa are determined to give it a try. As they stroll from store to store, Jill keeps up a steady stream of chatter about subjects her friend couldn’t care les... read more

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.A suburban mall may not be the best place to mend a broken friendship, but old college buddies Jill and Lisa are determined to give it a try. As they stroll from store to store, Jill keeps up a steady stream of chatter about subjects her friend couldn’t care les... read more

The Woods (A Short Story) (Kindle Single)

Meghan Callahan

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.What would you eat for your last meal as a human being? On a Sunday night at a Bob Evans diner, twins Rob and Sara face this question as they wait for their rare condition—lycanthropy, in which they transform into werewolves—to surface once again. As Sara reflec... read more

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.What would you eat for your last meal as a human being? On a Sunday night at a Bob Evans diner, twins Rob and Sara face this question as they wait for their rare condition—lycanthropy, in which they transform into werewolves—to surface once again. As Sara reflec... read more

Blue Water (A Short Story) (Kindle Single)

Adam Matson

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.Ethan’s life is about to change in ways he cannot comprehend. In an attempt to rediscover lost romance, Ethan and his wife, Maya, join another couple for a tropical vacation in the Dominican Republic. Unbeknownst to the others, Ethan has been diagnosed with an a... read more

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.Ethan’s life is about to change in ways he cannot comprehend. In an attempt to rediscover lost romance, Ethan and his wife, Maya, join another couple for a tropical vacation in the Dominican Republic. Unbeknownst to the others, Ethan has been diagnosed with an a... read more

When October Is Almost Dead in the Ground (A Short Story)

Matt Sailor

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.Lonely and depressed by her life and surroundings in the gray Pacific Northwest, Maxine accepts a dinner invitation from an old friend. Over a meal Maxine can’t afford, glamorous and poised Pilar talks at length about her recent trip to Dubai and her new boyfrie... read more

This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.Lonely and depressed by her life and surroundings in the gray Pacific Northwest, Maxine accepts a dinner invitation from an old friend. Over a meal Maxine can’t afford, glamorous and poised Pilar talks at length about her recent trip to Dubai and her new boyfrie... read more

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