Shelved.

Book Revue Store Sign

It is official.

A long time goal of mine has been reached this past week, and now I can check one more item off of my “Life Goals: A  Things-to-Do List.”  (That list may or may not exist and be logged in one of my Evernote App notebooks).

What am I typing about?

Shelved.Why, I am glad you asked — not just one, but two of my books have made it through the competitive selection process for Huntington’s Book Revue Local and Independent Authors Program.  Both my titles, Illustrated & Alliterated: An Alphabet Book as well as #SamSketches: A Coloring Book, can now be found within their walls and on their shelves to buy.

If you are not familiar with Long Island’s largest independent bookstore, it is past due you make yourself acquainted. Many authors, ranging from Hillary Clinton, to Danielle Fishel, to Ron Perlman, have not only had their books on the shelves, but made Book Revue a stop along the way of their book tours (and that is just a sampling of who has visited in the past couple months).  Plus, I just told you my books are there now, and that in itself is plenty of reason enough for you to stop by and visit!

Available. Illustrated & Alliterated: An Alphabet Book

Well, well, well, what do we have here? Oh, just my latest book now available in paperback via Amazon, and available as an ebook at the iBookstore via iTunes — no biggie.

You should really click the images and visit the pages… purely just a suggestion of course.  [do. it.]

 

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#SamSketches: a coloring book

Most of the digital work I do is used for, well, digital media and it is not often that I get to see what the art looks like on paper.  It is even rarer that I get the opportunity to see an abundant amount of it all printed together, side-by-side.  And so last night, when I arrived home to find the package of my first printed copy of my coloring book I could not get it open fast enough.  I had been nervous that it wouldn’t work out the way I wanted.  You know, you set things up, lay them out in a computer program and sometimes the result is not what you imagined in your mind the outcome would be.  WELL, thankfully this was not the case.  The outcome is exactly what I hoped for, in fact it may even be better.  From cover, to end, from the quality of the print of the line, to the weight of the paper — everything I could want and more.

Can you tell I’m excited?  I plan to debut them for sale at the Art by the Falls on May 17th.  But, you know, you could just ask me about ’em anytime you see me OR email me at info@samsketches.com to get a copy.  The choice is yours!

What’s inside?  Oh, well I am glad you asked!

70 illustrations by yours truly.  More specifically:

  • The entire first two chapters of my graphic novel/comic On Being Smee.
  • A selection of illustrations from my book, This Box.
  • A selection of illustrations from my in progress Lil Red Riding Hood Series.
  • A selection of illustrations from my next eBook Illustrated and  Alliterated: An Alphabet Book
  • 26 uncategorized illustrations

All of this means you will be able to see and color a hot air balloon, beaches, the night sky, boys, girls, oceans, crabs, frogs, plants, cows, dogs, teddy bears, tortoises, tiny turtles, bees, autumn leaves, snowflakes, fireflies, an octopus, piranhas, birds, sloths, a unicorn, zebras, chipmunks, an owl, forests, houses, and a tic-tac-toe playing dodo bird. (Yes, I really did just leaf through all of the pages to accurately list that for you – you’re welcome)

Art by the Falls.

Okay, so I have been posting pictures pertaining to getting ready for a show for a while now. It may seem like a long while for some. But I have yet to give out all the technical info of it.

SO HERE IT GOES:

date: Saturday May 17th ( rain date May 18th — ::fingerscrossed:: it doesn’t rain)

time: 10 am – 4 pm  But please don’t make me wait all day for your visit! … I’ll get sad

location: Babylon’s Argyle Park  — if you don’t know where that is it comes up in google, I checked :)

cost of attendance: FREE! … you should probably purchase some goods though and support your local artists ::hint hint wink wink nudge nudge::

For more info, in case you don’t like what I provided here’s the link!

http://www.babylonvillagearts.org/artbythefalls.html

Things you will find at this Art Festival include but are not limited to:

Paintings

Prints

Pottery

Sculpture

Collage

Jewelry

Paintings by me!

Prints by me!

A super adorable coloring book by me!

And oh yeah, just me in general.  Standing there, at a table, waiting for you to visit me.  Hey, I may even brush my hair for the occasion.  But you won’t know unless you come see for yourself!blogpostpic

 

The Green Notebook needs an #upgrade.

As much as I am a part of and an appreciator of the digital world, as much as I am one of those people with my smartphone constantly at my side, a monitor from a computer never too far from where I am; there’s something about that glow that cannot possibly give me the same satisfaction as taking pen to paper. 

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AND even though I am a big fan of the Evernote App (you should download it right now by the way) I still do not find myself being able to completely hash out my thoughts unless they have been written with an actual pen putting real ink onto a lined notebook page.   With that, I believe it may be time to finally retire my green notebook and find myself a new note keeper.  

For the last few years I have filled this one with thumbnail sketches, accounting notes, business schemes, research, passwords, and notably my attempts at listing all of the states the good ‘ol U. S. of A. contains.**  But tonight I feel I may have filled it, maybe I should move on to a new color even? Get some new sticky tabs to super organize-pimp the new one out. (I am a nerd when it comes to organizing, something that may not always be notable when looking at my desk, but I am).

And how may you ask have I filled it up? I know you have read this far because you are dying to know the answer… ::drum roll::

Well, I finally decided to take my love of organizing out into the world of my publishing achievements. That is to say I have created my presence on the internet as an author/illustrator —

I am now a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Become listed on GoodReads as an author/illustrator — if you are on here be my friend! Haha, I don’t have many yet. 

And lastly, started up my Author Central account on Amazon to wrangle up all my available titles (even the ones I didn’t write but simply illustrated) This last one is a little bit ahead of the game, because the distribution for my own book hasn’t gone through on here yet. All in good time…. and now I’ll be ready. 

So yes, all of this entered info, passwords, note taking on the items has now filled my notebook. And now it’s time for a new one, where I will undoubtedly manage to scheme up more goals to accomplish and start knocking them out one by one. 

**it sounds easy, try to sit down and do it though — these attempts are generally all brought upon by Season 7 Episode 8 of Friends The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs, in which Ross tries to do the same and can’t.

This Box. (aka my first venture in children’s book publishing)

ImageWhen the idea for this book came to me, my original plan had been for it to be an eBook. But bumps in the road with the programming of the ePub file (anyone who has ever had to create an ePub file or any form of computer programming knows of the frustration that goes with it – unless you’re a coding genius, which I am certainly not). Afraid I would not be able to have my design presented to the public in the way I desired in eBook format, I took a look into what creating and publishing a hard copy, paperback children’s book would entail.  

After some time, and a few proofs, I am happy to say that my first full length children’s book is complete. It is an actual real item with my art printed in it that you can hold in your hands. Currently, I am now working my way through the distribution processes, which takes time and patience. However, the book is published and available directly through the printer.  You may Click Here to go have a look, and possibly a buy, at it.

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Also, as one who is painfully persistent (seriously, I can’t stand it myself) the book, after many a trial and error is available as an eBook in the iBookstore — and it looks exactly as I intended it to. 

In time, my book will be available via Amazon.com, and BN.com, at that time I will update and spam the world with links for that as well. Until then, I will (try to) wait patiently. I am also working on having it placed in local independent book stores. This, however, is a long term goal, as it will take some savings to have the financial backing it may require. 

::fingerscrossed::

#SamSketches – 2013 in review, things to come in 2014

2013 has brought a year of great growth built off of previous years’ quiet planning, a number of seemingly small moves finally adding up and just an overall mindset of — “every little bit counts.”

A movement forward, no matter how tiny, is still a step in the right direction;

the accumulation of these steps placing you ever closer to your goal.

… the game “red light, green light, 1, 2, 3” comes to mind.

The year began with a continuance of the surge in my portrait commissions which had begun during 2012’s holiday season.

As the year moved forward, so did SamSketches’ exposure:

  • An album cover created for a music compilation released by SCCADV (Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence) which can be acquired through donating to this cause http://www.sccadv.org/  unless
  • A giant sized (seriously it’s huge) graphic design print hung in an independent restaurant located in the South Shore of Long Island.
  • An unexpected turn was taken as work started being commissioned from outside the bounds of not only Long Island, but New York state as a whole. My graphic design work is now home to companies located in Colorado, California and has even been featured on products distributed in Japan.

In addition to artwork created to enhance the endeavors of others, I continued producing work of my own. This can be seen by any one of the 150+ posts to my tumblr – www.samillus.tumblr.com or on my instagram – www.instagram.com/samsketches (amidst selfies, pics of food, and Renegade. Oh and bees!)

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While most of my art that is posted is very much in the “sketch stage”, hence the #samsketches, there are projects of mine that I have managed to find time to finish. To date my first self-published eBook, has achieved 2700 downloads, with the number growing everyday. It is available at the iBookstore and Lulu.com. Secondly, its follow up eBook, On Being Smee: Chapter #2 a Dream Sequence has now been made available via the same channels, with the addition of BN.com for its Nook.

blogimage3For the holiday season, I created my annual limited edition SamSketches holiday card, this print is mostly only available to loved ones with whom I wished to spread warmth to during this cold season (but also to anyone who asks really, really nicely and I deem worthy). I also realized I finally had enough pieces in my repertoire to create a calendar and did so for a very limited few.

paintingsHaving grown to miss the feel of an actual paintbrush, canvas, and that mushy acrylic painty feeling, I started and am wrapping up a series of paintings featuring all original designed damask patterns. Each has some hidden imagery within it relating to my life. This way when I’m dead and gone people can sit and debate about what it is I was trying to represent with this shape or that. It’ll be a blast.

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As 2013 comes to a close I am finishing up the illustrations and putting the final touches on my first full 32 page children’s book. It’s a funny look at how I feel my life is at times. And I believe many others will relate to it. A second full length book will soon be following, the book dummy for it has already been finished, and it is entering the final illustration phase alongside the previously mentioned. This book is being created without any text, allowing for the reader to create their own tale and denote their own message from the images provided.

Both of these books will not only be available as an eBook download, but will also be available in PRINT (that’s right, you can hold it in the palm of your very own hands and flip the pages and everything) it will be made available thru both Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com for you to purchase.

Be excited! I really really am. :)

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