Samantha Jo

Samantha Jo - Designer

California, United States

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

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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


August, 2018 – Present (over 4 years)

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

Clients: 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

Senior Artist

Jam City
August, 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.

Digital Artist

RockYou Inc.
October, 2014 – August, 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.

Production Artist

Walt Disney Interactive
May, 2011 – October, 2014 (over 3 years)

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

Portfolio (3 selected works)

The Colorless Chameleon

Irvin, Hayley, Bostick, Rachel, Reynolds, Cassidy, Jo Phan, Samantha

The Complaining Caterpillar (Magical Butterfly Series)

Islands, Sandy, Phan, Samantha Jo, McBratnie, Bryce

The Sneaky Snake

Islands, Sandy, Phan, Samantha Jo

Samantha has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

lori yaneci
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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lori yaneci, May 2022

Samantha Jo
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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