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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The book is done, the book is done! …. and now we sit and wait.

ImageMy latest project is complete — Illustrated & Alliterated: An Alphabet Book. As you can imagine it contains, illustrations and alliterations. Twenty-six of them exactly. During the process of creating the alliteration I had to substitute commonly used adjectives (and other word types, but mostly adjectives) with adjectives not used as much in the everyday for the sake of having all the sound and letter requirements for an “alliteration” correct. It didn’t take me long to realize that in addition to the illustrations and alliterations, a glossary would be necessary. And so, the end of the book contains a glossary that lists and defines every single word used to build the alliterations, which describe the illustrations.  …. I wonder how many times I can use the words “illustration” and “alliteration” in this paragraph, admittedly my fingers stumble over them on the key board each time, perhaps when I’m done I will be a pro at typing the words ….  

But now that it’s done. I have to wait.

Wait for the proof to be delivered — I’ve been checking the status of its creation multiple times a day, and crossing my fingers each time that it’ll say “shipped” and not “fulfilling.”

Wait for the iBookstore to either accept or reject it for distribution as an eBook. 

Wait for it to be accepted or rejected (pending how the proof looks) by BN.com and Amazon.com for paperback distribution.

I’m not very good at waiting, you should know. In fact, just typing about it is making me even more antsy.

I want to see it all up and complete already!! ::sigh:: I guess I’ll just have to keep sitting here and waiting.  >.<

(I’ll let you know when the waiting part is over!)


#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)

Current Project. #WIP

As usual, as soon as one project is finished I have another one (or two) lined up. This one actually has been a little bit of a current addiction that has distracted me from my painting obligations… oops. BUT progress is progress and as long as everything is done by their due dates, no one will be the wiser? Right? Right.

So here they are a couple of samples from my next children’s eBook that will be available on the most platforms I’ve ever released to:

Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBookstore.

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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. 


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.

#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!)


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.


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. :)