Karen Nagel – Multimedia Artist
Lead Artist and Writer
Absconder Media February 2016 – Present
Writes and edits for scripted episodic content on strict deadlines
Creates detailed concept art based on scripted episodic content
Provides 2D animated content based on scripted episodic content
Manages voice actors, social media and other artists for monthly productions
National Oilwell Varco November 2013 – March 2014
- Used Vray to texture and light detailed CAD models and environments
- Animated complex industrial animations using 3DS MAX
- Used Adobe Master Suite to edit and composite animations, including title cards
- Worked as a part of a team to ensure strict deadlines were met
2D Artist/animation Intern
Stone Soup January2013
Created and maintained assets for scanning and recreating animations
- Used Adobe Master Suite to time key animations and events with synchronized audio
Adobe Master Suite Corel Painter Autodesk Sketchbook Microsoft Office
- 3D Studio Max ZBrush Vray Audacity Vue Xtream
The Art Institute of Houston June 2013
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Media Arts, and Animation
Skills & Qualifications
Skilled conceptual artist, proficient in environmental design, proof-of-concepts or character design.
Talented storyboard artist that can work from scripted content with a strong understanding of the limitations of 2D, 3D and live action productions.
Adept skill in using Cintiq and Wacom hardware for MAC and PC OS.
Created Hard-Surface objects including environment, props, organic models, complex devices at both high and low-res level.
Ability to create detailed materials with the use of UV mapping, hand-painted textures and a strong understanding of texture map baking.
Strong understanding of lighting & shadow physics for interior, exterior, and surreal environments.
Capable of script-writing, or working in a team to brainstorm ideas, in a cinematic format for future storyboards, sequential art design or animation, either in 2D or 3D projects.
Photography & Video
Efficient knowledge of DSLR cameras.
Can edit together video and photos using compositing and photo-manipulation.
Experience in matte painting and visual FX.
Well organized and thorough in managing multiple projects with attention to detail.
Strong experience in project management, team productions, harsh deadlines, pipeline production and problem-solving.
Ability to conceptualize and demonstrate original design ideas.