From Quick Sketch to Gallery Wall

I am the owner of many, many scraps of paper: whether they be stuck into a sketchbook, on my dining room table, my purse, my back pack, my messenger bag, my other purse (yes, it has been mentioned to me I have quite a few bags), my closet, my night stand, my dresser, and finally my desk – the only place they are actually supposed to be. On these scraps are sketches, doodles, thoughts, and emotions jotted quickly down in order to get them healthily out of my system. A lot of the time these scraps are placed down, snapped for the sake of an Instagram post, and then not so much forgotten, as they are just left where they are as I have to get up and go about the rest of my day. From this, you can imagine, many of these sketches do not get to become the complete illustrations I would like them to be. Unfortunately, I have not yet discovered a way for there to be enough hours in the day for me to accomplish that task. But I am working on it.

Elastic Sketch      Cross My <3 Sketch

It was with this idea in mind, of looking back through these scraps, that I pulled the above two sketches and decided to make them something more. The sketch on the right is minimum three years old, and the finished piece created from its beginnings was not completed until two months ago. Both these “scraps” have been sitting around with potential, and I am glad I was finally able to make them something more.

It makes me even happier that they were both completed in time to be accepted into the Huntington Arts Council’s Juried Art Show, “Artie Techie.”

Both works have been printed, framed, and will be on display in their Main Street Gallery from July 2nd to 18th.

Elastic      Cross My <3

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.

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!

Aspiring [Featured] Artist.

Over the weekend I was introduced to someone as an aspiring artist. And while I did smile and nod, say hello, the whole nine yards – I inwardly cringed. See, I am quite a literal person when it comes to that word.

as·pire  (-spr)

intr.v. as·piredas·pir·ingas·pires

1. To have a great ambition or ultimate goal; desire strongly:

 

Over the long span – or short span depending on your own personal age – of years that encompass my life, I have admittedly previously been afraid of being given the title of “artist.” This mainly out of my thought that I had not yet earned to have that word placed before my name. But I feel that over the last couple years I have earned the title. And more over, I have been coming to enjoy the title, as well as welcome it as a description of who I am as a person.

 

So over the weekend, I inwardly cringed.

 

I do not believe that I am any longer someone who is “desiring strongly” to be an artist, or has an ambition to be one because I am one. I do not believe any ill will was meant in my introduction. Quite the contrary, my introducer (not a real word, but go with it) was very excited to have met me minutes before and was very warm in her words.

 

Later on I discussed this with someone. With their help, I came to the conclusion that the phrase was based mainly to mean someone who is an artist and is now hoping to make something more of that point, i.e. money, large body of work, a certain range of renown for their actions. Which, in my case entirely fits. With that in mind, I can inwardly cringe less. Even if that is not what the phrase means, it’s what I am sticking with. ;)

 

With this in mind, another word lately has being put before that “artist” title I have placed in front of my given name; featured. Now this word, I am much more comfortable with. No inward cringe, just an outward smile.

 

fea•tured (ˈfi tʃərd) 

adj.

1. made a feature or highlight; given prominence.

 

For this word, I have no qualms. All I have are two links, to pages where I am just that, featured  —
(more to be added as the year continues)

 

#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

 

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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