Born to a Sudanese father and a Filipino mother in Saudi Arabia, Sammy Khalid is a Concept designer, illustrator, and NFT artist who grew up in Dublin, Ireland. Sammy primarily works in the entertainment industry, specifically film/TV and animation where he designs characters, sets, vehicles, and props. In addition to this, he creates artwork for different brands, games, and publications, and also makes personal artwork that he sells through digital ‘galleries’/platforms to collectors. Furthermore, Sammy’s interests are not just limited to designing and animation. In fact, he loves fitness and martial arts and is also extremely passionate about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and rock climbing. In addition to this, Sammy also likes philosophy, psychology, mythology, history, film, digital media, and storytelling. His passion to learn new things and to constantly challenge himself to do better helps him excel in whatever he does.
Furthermore, according to Sammy drawing is something that he has absolutely loved, ever since he could hold a pencil to be precise. Even in school, all his notebooks were filled with random sketches of monsters and characters from some of his favorite films and games. Moreover, he also found it really hard to study for tests but could only focus his concentration on an 8-hour drawing without a break. This strange ability helped him garner the attention of students and teachers alike. Thus, he soon gained the reputation of being “the best artist around”. As any other kid would naturally do, Sammy also took this title to heart, and with an inflated ego, he carried it with him into adulthood to the art college where he studied animation from. However, due to the challenges he had to face, he soon learned through the hard way that talent will only get you so far. In all truth, it is actually hard work that creates a stark difference and gap between professionals and amateur artists. While he was in college, Sammy learned a lot about the fundamentals of drawing, the filmmaking process, how to research, and how to work as part of a team. It was around this time that he realized he wanted to be a concept artist.
Sammy’s hard work and determination have led him to accomplish a lot at such a young age. He completed his BA degree in Animation from the University of Dundee. It was at this university where his team’s student film titled ‘Shoot’ won multiple international awards including ‘Best Animation’ from the Silk Road film festival, and ‘Best Undergraduate Animation Film’ from the Royal Television Society of London and Ireland. Furthermore, Sammy has also been nominated for excellence in production design by the Art Directors Guild for his work in the famous TV show, Black Mirror. He has even worked on some high-profile projects like Disney’s Artemis Fowl, Netflix’s Eurovision, and Outside The Wire, and worked with some top companies such as Warner Bros, HBO, Riot Games, and Marvel. In addition to this, his artwork has even been featured in international publications such as Paizo’s Pathfinder Series and Starfinder. Thus, these awards and projects are proof of all that Sammy Khalid has accomplished till now.