Game, Animation, & Simulation Design
Artist Biography: Samuel Wakefield is a digital 3d artist, specializing in characters and creatures that evoke a sense of danger and wonder. His interest in art was born during church services in Huntsville, Alabama, where he drew monstrous creatures to stave off restlessness. In 2015, he chose to pursue higher education at Arkansas State University-Newport as a non-traditional student after working several years in the service industry. In 2017, Wakefield was granted the Arkansas Community Colleges Academic All-Star Scholarship, which ultimately led him to Southern Arkansas University, where he began his studies towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game, Animation, and Simulation Design in 2018.
Spontaneity and discovery are of vital importance in Wakefield’s creative process. Often when asked what he was drawing, his answer would be, “I don’t know yet. I’ll know when I’m done.” His interest in exploratory drawing naturally translated into an interest in digital sculpting where his creations take on new life. Where traditional media is like a written letter, Wakefield’s digital work is like a conversation with the audience, as games provide an opportunity for interaction not available in other media.