Career Highlights: Illustration Artist
This series, Career Highlights, features profiles of professionals in various stages of pursuing successful careers along with advice for high school students contemplating their own future after graduation.
Samantha Miller has been an artist for as long as she can remember.
Originally from Southern California, Samantha moved to Charlotte when she was 11 years old, and says she “was never the sporty kid, so I spent a lot of time drawing, painting, making random crafts out of clay and found objects – basically anything – where I could create something.”
Through the years, Samantha’s talent turned into a passion, and her passion is now her career. She attended Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and studied photography and graphic design, but ultimately received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis on Illustration in 2010, where she felt she could be more creative and hands on.
Currently, she is working as an instructor at an art studio in Charlotte, NC, and is in the process of opening her own studio in Wilmington, NC. Some of her recent work includes designing a line of hand printed greeting cards and illustrating a children’s book called The Magical Librarian that should be released in the Fall. The book is about teaching kids about the power of imagination and reading, something Samantha strongly believes in. So much so that she has even and written a small collection of unpublished children’s books.
Also working as a freelance artist, Samantha works on various client projects including portraits, wedding invitations, websites, and advertisements. In her free time, Samantha loves to work with photography, graphic design, screen printing designs on T-shirts and other surfaces, as well as block printing designs into wood or linoleum to use as a stamp.”Basically as long as I’m making something I’m happy” she says!
Image by Samantha Miller©
Brittany Marklin is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a community manager for K12. She coordinates all K12 student contests and connects with families who pursue online education. She attended George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, with a minor in tourism and events management. Brittany spent her first five years at K12 on the social media team where she aided with content and strategy for multiple channels, and helped construct K12’s user-generated content site, “What’s Your Story?” When she’s not working, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and daughter in North Carolina.