25 year-old Illustrator

Clients: Janelle Monáe, National Geographic, Childish Gambino, Angry Birds,
Game Informer, Tomb Raider, EMI Records, Warner Music, FX Network and more.

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"Daenerys" - Illustration by samspratt

Finally finished. Had a little too much fun painting all that loose, whispy, wooshy, hair. Now right back to the art cave to continue research on a poster I’m particularly excited about.

Alllllmost done.

Sketch in progress of that dragon lady from that show a few people like.

More progress on my painting of Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Totally in love with COSMOS. New sketch in progress of Neil deGrasse Tyson.

I’ve begun upgrading www.samspratt.com with the help of the awesome Jonathan Black. There’s an updated portfolio and client list, added in a FAQ, Press page, Contact form, Gear list of some of the equipment I use or recommend, added more ways to connect to my other sites, the gallery is now more swipe-y and will soon have larger resolution images, and a few other odds and ends added or tweaked. Take a look.

My little brother engraved this for me into a slab of Oak. So stoked.

I know a girl who went to art school in Georgia, only to drop out because "her teachers were too mean to her" when they would critique her work. Do you think that is sincerely the case, or is it more likely that she did not have the work ethic?

Anonymous

I think many aspects of the way people live and interact with one another are too harsh, too cruel, and unnecessarily nasty — but education (especially art education) is an area that if anything, should be harder. It should coddle less, be honest more, and build an environment that invites criticism as a building tool, not something that can be too “mean”. The purpose of an education is to learn and improve — but I found in my experience at art school — that most students, myself included at times — treated it as a place to express angst or most commonly: just not give a shit about anything. Giving up was a widespread mentality among people who weren’t willing to improve.

Don’t get me wrong, there are awful teachers with god-complexes who are just a brigade of dicks for the sake of it and do not care about building you up through breaking you down in a productive manner — but I still believe that this shouldn’t be cause for quitting school. Education shouldn’t coddle you, it should depict harsh reality in a space where the consequences aren’t as severe as losing a contract or getting fired. There are dick brigades in the real world, awful clients, awful bosses, irrational criticism, malicious criticism, people who will knock down your ideas, shit on your dreams, and education at its best should steel you for how to handle and work through that. I believe it’s better to ready you for the imperfect world and the imperfect people that fill it — than for how it ideally should be. 

“After” - Portrait Contest Winner Illustration by Sam Spratt
So first, thanks again to everyone who entered my portrait contest, they’re always fun for me to make. Rob, who won the whole shebang, gave me a few vague ideas to get inspired by, and let the rest unfold. He liked aspects of The Grey, and desolate, almost post-apolcalyptic in aesthetic environments — the minimal colors, extreme lighting, and graphic look of 300, and from his FB interests I noted a lot of top notch cinematic movies and TV shows like True Detective and Memento so wanted the pose and composition to give a more in-motion vibe than I usually am keen on. I sketched out a new pose from the references given, used myself and a shirt as a lighting reference, created a vague refinery scene, added small details from cuts and bruises to his girlfriend’s name carved into the butt of the rifle on his back, and began painting.  Thanks for being an awesome subject matter with a hell of a beard, Rob. 
To everyone else, I’ll be sure to do this again, and you can of course always snag a print of many of my other works: HERE

I’ll be in Savannah March 22nd - 26th

and swinging by the SCAD illustration building at some point just to say hi and give old professors hugs. I’ll let you know what time closer to those dates.

“After” - Portrait Contest Winner Illustration by Sam Spratt
So first, thanks again to everyone who entered my portrait contest, they’re always fun for me to make. Rob, who won the whole shebang, gave me a few vague ideas to get inspired by, and let the rest unfold. He liked aspects of The Grey, and desolate, almost post-apolcalyptic in aesthetic environments — the minimal colors, extreme lighting, and graphic look of 300, and from his FB interests I noted a lot of top notch cinematic movies and TV shows like True Detective and Memento so wanted the pose and composition to give a more in-motion vibe than I usually am keen on. I sketched out a new pose from the references given, used myself and a shirt as a lighting reference, created a vague refinery scene, added small details from cuts and bruises to his girlfriend’s name carved into the butt of the rifle on his back, and began painting.  Thanks for being an awesome subject matter with a hell of a beard, Rob. 
To everyone else, I’ll be sure to do this again, and you can of course always snag a print of many of my other works: HERE
Mass Effect - Illustration by Sam Spratt
Purchase here: http://www.biowarestore.com/mass-effect-saga-special-edition-lithograph.html Mass Effect - Illustration by Sam Spratt
Purchase here: http://www.biowarestore.com/mass-effect-saga-special-edition-lithograph.html Mass Effect - Illustration by Sam Spratt
Purchase here: http://www.biowarestore.com/mass-effect-saga-special-edition-lithograph.html Mass Effect - Illustration Process by Sam Spratt
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"Mass Effect Saga" - Illustration for Bioware by Sam Spratt

UPDATE: Thanks so much to all the majestic koala bears who ordered my print — the 500 metal-inked limited editions sold out, but you can always snag the open edition for those who place no value in me scribbling my name on things: http://www.biowarestore.com/art/lithographs/mass-effect-saga-lithograph.html

Mass Effect - Illustration by Sam Spratt
Purchase here: http://www.biowarestore.com/mass-effect-saga-special-edition-lithograph.html Mass Effect - Illustration by Sam Spratt
Purchase here: http://www.biowarestore.com/mass-effect-saga-special-edition-lithograph.html Mass Effect - Illustration by Sam Spratt
Purchase here: http://www.biowarestore.com/mass-effect-saga-special-edition-lithograph.html Mass Effect - Illustration Process by Sam Spratt
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"Mass Effect Saga" - Illustration for Bioware by Sam Spratt

To celebrate the anniversary of the Mass Effect trilogy, I painted this poster for Biowareavailable at their store in 2 editionsWith a little under 2 weeks and a mess of replayi—err, *research* to do, I sketched out a composition that’d get the best of it in there, and began painting the majority of key players and aspects from the series. With a roster as large as the game has: I was selective (my custom ginger Shep did not make the cut). The special edition even has metallic inks on the golden text and border elements which I’m particularly fond of. You can snag one HERE.

SAM SPRATT’s 2014 PORTRAIT GIVEAWAY

In short: Reblogs and Likes of this picture are each entries to have me paint a personalized portrait of you.

In slightly less short: Longtime followers are no stranger to these contests but for those new to this or me, I’m an illustrator (my work: www.samspratt.com ) who has worked with National Geographic, Janelle Monáe, Childish Gambino, FX, Game Informer, Angry Birds, Wall Street Journal, among others – creating album and magazine covers, advertisements, and posters – but a big part of me being able to do all that has been you sharing my work over the last 3 years. As my small way of paying that forward, I’d like to paint for one of you as I would for my clients, but ya know … for free. Maybe you want that regal portrait of you in a velvet smoking jacket to hang over your mantel, maybe one of your loved one, favorite character, or perhaps you just want me to paint you however I see fit (warning: this will 100% involve dinosaurs) – if you can think it, I’ll probably paint it – and I’ll work with you to make it something special.

As usual I’ll also be sending signed prints and haikus about your eyebrows to extra winners. The contest will stay open for about a week then I’ll randomly draw winners. You can enter on facebook and twitter for extra entries but be cool and don’t spam your followers.

"5 hour 30 Minute Portrait Study" - Time-lapse by Sam Spratt

Got a bunch of requests to throw the HD version of my time-lapse painting from my instagram up on youtube so here you go. 

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