Samantha Jo

Samantha Jo – Designer

Children's Illustrator and designer specialized in colorful, whimsical illustrations with experience from Disney.



I'm an illustrator based in California. I've worked as a production artist for companies like Walt Disney Interactive, RockYou and Jam City. Now, I am a freelance illustrator specializing in children's books, education, games and character design. My latest book "The Colorless Chameleon" is a visually engaging story that is earning positive reviews!

What I love about my work is to find creative solutions and create a visual language that can be recognized across the globe. Functionality, design, and humor are my main goals.

In my spare time you can find me hiking the trails, crafting a fun project, or whipping up tasty recipes. My personal work is inspired by folk tales, nature and places I have traveled. I hope that through my work I can keep those stories and places alive.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Picture Books

Work experience


Aug, 2018 — Present

Freelance designer/illustrator for advertising, animation, books, entertainment, education and gaming projects.

Clients: Book Buddy Media, Fly Five, SurpriseHR, Smiletime Inc, Zaner-Bloser, Room to Read, Weeva Kids, All Together Labs, Libertad Creativa, Luminous US, Richter Games, Cetati Studios, IXL Learning, Paper Culture, Zynga, Jim Keeshen Productions, Munchkin Entertainment, Chapter 11 Studios

Jam City

Aug, 2016 — May, 2018 (over 1 year)

Concept and production of art assets for casual mobile games. Environment play space designer. Art Lead assistant in several management tasks such as running Jira, attending meetings with the team leads, fulfilling art requests, managing the art schedule in house, outsource, and art direction.

RockYou Inc.

Oct, 2014 — Aug, 2016 (almost 2 years)

Concept designer and production artist for casual mobile games (Maps, backgrounds, icons, marketing and UI). Art supervisor to the outsourcing team: reviewed art, managed production schedule, trained the team on the art work flow, pipeline and style of the game.

Walt Disney Interactive

May, 2011 — Oct, 2014 (over 3 years)

Concept design and production of art assets, icons, marketing art and UI for casual mobile games.

Samantha has 2 reviews





LaRanda B.

LaRanda B.

Dec, 2022

Samantha is amazing to work with and incredibly talented. She brought my book to life and really helped make the vision I had in my head a reality. She provided weekly updated illustrations to review and provide feedback on, and stayed on track throughout. She finished on our agreed timeline for the project. I would highly recommend her for any children's picture book project.
Samantha J.
"It was truly a joy and honor to collaborate with LaRanda. She knew what she was looking for with her book, gave me solid directions and reference from the start. Her ideas and suggestions helped m...
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lori Y.

lori Y.

May, 2022

It has been a pleasure working with Samantha. From the beginning Samantha and I set up a Zoom meeting to introduce ourselves. She gathered information about me and my vision for the book. When I saw the first flat plan I knew she understood my vision. She has an eye for balance, color and layout. Through the months we worked very closely together. Samantha was very patient with me and she ad...
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Samantha J.
Lori is wonderful to work with. She was very communicative about her ideas, vision and provided me with picture reference so I can get the character likeness right. Thanks to her the project went s...
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