SamSketches: A 2015 Calendar

Now Available

It was last year around this time, that I came up with a Christmas gift idea for my older sister, Sylvia.  After a fun filled evening (as usual) with her in which we joked about how horrible she is with remembering dates, I decided to create for her a personalized calendar to supply her with many of the important dates she would need to remember.  I also filled each month with my art, which she has always been a supporter (and perhaps slightly bias fan) of.

It wasn’t until I started showing a few people the gift, that I realized there were others who would appreciate the opportunity to have a calendar as well.  I had a few more printed and debuted the 2014 calendar at some of the fairs and festivals I was glad to be a part of earlier this year.

I was not prepared for it to be one of the items I sold out of so quickly.

This time I decided I would be better prepared :)

And I am happy to say that 2014 has continued to be a year full of surprises, as the 2015 calendar is not yet off the presses and my preorders have already piled up.

I look forward to the first shipment arriving and sending off these little beauties to their new homes!

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With all that said anyone interested in a calendar it is available in my store, you may click the appropriate above link or visit here — also feel free to email me info@samsketches.com, text me if you have the number, Facebook me, or stop me in person when you see me.

2014 Arts Festival by the Bay featuring yours truly

ArtFestivalOn the off chance you don’t already have plans for the weekend, more specifically on Sunday anywhere from 11 am – 6 pm; you should most certainly without a doubt come by and visit your favorite sketching, blogging, paint throwing, illustration making, Bay Shore resident artist. <– And you should also try to say that whole sentence out loud too in one breath :)   I will be set up somewhere along Main Street in Bay Shore among other artists, vendors, musicians, and possibly even live stock, the whole entire day.  The weather is supposed to be beautiful. Which reminds me I should really invest in some sunscreen within the next couple of days. Oh and there will be food! Not sold on showing up, yet? Did I mention I’ll be there? Because really that should do it for ya.

 

 

In case it doesn’t here is what will be there with me:

  • Paintings — a couple of new ones I just finished this past month
  • Postcard prints (w. quotes by amazing people who are not me on the back, my illustrations on the front)
  • Bookmarks — free while supplies last!
  • eBook info cards
  • Calendars (June 2014 – May 2015)
  • Coloring books (70+ illustrations inside)
  • Fresh copies of my newest title — Illustrated & Alliterated: An Alphabet Book
  • My favorite bearded guy in Ray Bans
  • Annnnnd some granola bars (but those are mainly for me, not you)

 

 

Arts Festival by the Bay exploreLI Info

 

 

#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)

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::

At Long Last.

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So after many, many (many) outtakes at creating my second ePub file for the latest edition of On Being Smee. The second chapter is finally available!!

A third book will be following soon after – now that I’ve got the coding down and am more than half way thru the illustration process. I will have this self publishing thing down to a science soon!

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. (and then again and again)

Peace. Love. Cookies.

Capture

It’s that time of year again! Yes, that’s right — forget the actual holidays, my new card is out and going into the mail once the snow and ice allow me to get to the post office.  This limited edition print includes warm holiday greetings from yours truly and my fancy schmancy signature inside, with a cute little note if you’ve been good this year!

Portrait Sketches 2012

photo (50)For the entire month of December I have spent my time, well a good deal of it anyway, penciling away at peoples’ faces. I kept track of my tally of commissions on a “per head” basis, the total tally ending in 26 heads, which is a lot of heads to be milling about at in less than a months time (Christmas being D-Day) It’s really a good thing the Mayans were wrong, otherwise all of this work would have never been presented as the gifts they were intended to be.

To view some of the others visit:  SamPortraitSketches