Harisa Sheikh


2D & 3D Animator | Character Designer | Illustrator


My name is Harisa Sheikh and I am a character designer, illustrator and character animator.

   What drew me to become an artist is that from a young age I have always had such a passion for animated films and making my own illustrations and character designs. I want my work to impact people in the same way art has impacted me. Art is a voice of its own and the way you express it can have multiple meanings. As an artist I am optimistic and I enjoy collaborating very much!

     Spirited Away is the first animated feature film - directed by Hayao Miyazaki that caught my attention. I wanted to know how the animators made the characters come to life in such a way that they did, and how the background illustrators were able to make the environment feel so real. In the future I would love to have my own studio and produce/ direct my own animated films.

     Being from an asian background where most of my family is working in the field of medicine and engineering, I had it difficult introducing my passion to my family-- but I have come so far with my work. I want to prove and be an inspiration to others just like me!

     Apart from art, I am an animal rights activist. I love nature and I have a strong background with animals as I wanted to be a veterinarian from such a young age. I worked as a kennel technician for over four years and studied oceanography in high school. I enjoy volunteering and I have been a part of many organizations such as -- Books for Africa, the Atlanta Humane Society, ASIFA South, Siggraph, Foundation for Hospital Art, and the Ronald McDonald House. I also love traveling! Growing up I moved around the states quite a bit. I have lived in California, Washington, New Jersey, Maryland, Minnesota, Texas and Georgia. I have been to Canada, UAE, India, China, and Japan. I can't wait to see where I'll be exploring next.






You can read more about me on my publication by VoyageATL magazine by clicking this button!

Awards and Recognition



X-Finity Design Challenge

Comcast - X-finity CLC challenge


Character Design Challenge

Savannah College of Art and Design 


Dean's List

Savannah College of Art and Design 


Beyond the Dot

Savannah College of Art and Design


Savannah College of Art and Design

BFA Degree in Animation

Minor in Illustration

Contact Information

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