For the third year running, there will be a SamSketches calendar.
It is my hope for this third year that it will be gracing even more homes than its predecessors. The pieces selected, for the most part (not going to lie and say every single one), were done so with a special meaning behind each month assignment.
- July includes an illustration of Gader because it his birth month — his birthday will also be noted on each calendar as well, you’re welcome.
- August’s image and words refer to music, a reference selected for the birth month of the man responsible for my eclectic taste in and knowledge of music.
- October’s words come from the artist I share a birthday with in that month — Picasso.
And the rest — have fun trying to figure out and guess … or don’t and just enjoy the imagery. :)
I am currently awaiting my draft copy of the calendar to make sure it all comes out exactly as I would like it to. After I have held it and am okay with it, it will formally go on sale — $15 (w/ free shipping to your home).
For now, I am keeping a list of those interested in securing a copy from my first shipment of calendars, which has been impressively growing each day. (thanks!)
If you have not yet contacted me about making a calendar yours please do so to be part of the first shipment to go out! — simply email, text, FB comment/message, tweet, stop me in person
Last weekend, I took a stroll with a couple of friends into Long Island City. The destination we were aiming for was located on Jackson Avenue, in the heart of the Court Square district and opposite MoMA PS1. As we got closer and were right outside the gate to where we intended to be, a man walked up to me. He offered me a postcard. Hand extended in my direction, he told me it was my “ticket” to get into the flea market beyond the gate. I smiled and graciously accepted the card in his hand. I continued smiling as I looked down at the design I had weeks before viewed on my computer screen while creating it in Photoshop.
Before passing thru the gate, I stopped to stare as well as snap a picture of the banner that hung on it.
Now this, this was much larger than I expected it to be. Tweaking colors, shapes and text on my screen for it, it appeared so small — limited to my laptop’s 17″ viewing display. And while I was of course aware of the dimensions I was working in while creating the document, somehow in my mind it was not going to be quite so large. It looked perfect.
Freelance graphic design is just another step I have taken in my endeavor to apply my skills as an artist into a means of putting food in my belly. While my designs have been used for companies across the good ‘ol U.S. of A and even been taken over the ocean into Japan, there is a detachment that comes from setting up a file and emailing it off. It goes out over all those little invisible electrical transmissions by which I can not even begin to fathom to understand how, and it is not quite real.
Being able to walk down a street in New York City, to a location not far off from where I usually reside, and unknowingly be handed my own design is not only a new feeling of happiness, but one I look forward to encountering more often.
It should also be noted that the Court Square Flea itself was a delight, and people in my small group did not leave empty handed. In fact, the knit wear purchased should be keeping those hands and arms quite warm and toasty.
Tis the season to be reading, and illustrating of course (that’s a given).