My Resume

Karen Nagel – Multimedia Artist

Work Experience

Lead Artist and Writer

Absconder Media February 2016 – Present

Austin, TX

  • 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

3D Animator

National Oilwell Varco November 2013 – March 2014

Houston, TX

  • 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

Houston, TX

  • Created and maintained assets for scanning and recreating animations

  • Used Adobe Master Suite to time key animations and events with synchronized audio

Software Proficiency

  • 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

Conceptual Art

  • 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.

3D Generalist

  • 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.