“American Royalty” - Illustrations by Sam Spratt commissioned by Childish Gambino
Limited Edition Prints Available: royalty.samspratt.com
So, I’m pretty excited to finally share with you my full project with Actor/Writer/Rapper Donald Glover. What began as cover art for his last mixtape “Royalty” evolved into a series of Rockwell-esque vignettes on Americana meant to highlight the side of hip-hop that tends to take a back seat to “money, cars, and jewelry” – where you come from.
The collection of 10 illustrations cover a wide-spectrum of the little moments – the struggles, the simple pleasures, the risks, the irony, the humor, the hopes, and the realities of the American life that maybe isn’t quite so cookie cutter. For me, this was a rare privilege to both work with an insanely talented person as well as learn an IMMENSE amount in the process of creating scenes completely outside of my bubble. All of these are available as extremely limited edition, signed, numbered, archival art prints at royalty.samspratt.com and a video interview on the project with Complex/Masked Gorilla is here.
A huge thanks to Funfere Koroye, who assisted and modelled for me on “Summer” and “Royalty”
“RIP Michael Jackson” - Portrait by Sam Spratt
Today marks the anniversary of the King of Pop’s death. I thought I’d pay tribute.
“Hope” - Single cover art commissioned by Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover by Sam Spratt
It’s been a bit surreal getting to work directly with one of my favorite actors/comedians/musicians. This Rockwellian scene of Black Americana is only the beginning, stay tuned. Download the awesome track “Untitled” for free in the link above (Seriously, it’s fucking amazing).
Trivium Merchandise Designs - by Sam Spratt
Every now and then I do merch design contributions for Warner Music Group’s various big artists. These are two designs I did for Mega-Metal band, Trivium, that were a departure from what I’m used to doing. They are very demonic/apocalyptic in nature so I adapted to the stylistic treatment of the genre.
If you like these paintings, do follow me on tumblr (I follow back almost every person that follows me), or for the latest, I run a mean facebook artist’s page and a musing-filled twitter.