Category: illustration

More Dark Lord Stuff

By Sam on 22 Jul, 2014 — 1 min read

After a long silence, more stuff! Here’s some more imagery from the covers I did for Bloomsbury’s Dark Lord series. If you haven’t picked it up, it’s a really fun maniacally awesome read.

I don’t have any amazing commentary on this, except that I’m still trying hard to make my final illustrations as lively as the sketches.









I thought the concept behind this one was pretty awesome.

The final cover has a yellow background. I really liked the purple.

Sneak Peek

By Sam on 5 Mar, 2013 — 1 min read


Here’s a glimpse of a project I’m working on. It’s already a completed dummy*. (This is a big deal. The process leading up to the book dummy takes forever.) Here’s hoping an editor somewhere likes it…

* A ‘dummy’ is a picture book mockup that helps editors decide whether you will succeed in life.

Traveling Pigeon

By Sam on 18 Sep, 2012 — 1 min read

Pigeons sometimes get a bad rap for being dirty and kinda dumb – which I never understood since pigeons and doves are pretty much the same thing except for their size and coloring. Anyway, this pigeon apparently doesn’t worry about that. He travels the world without a care. Another few images from an iPad book for ilearn4free.

Graphic Novel Project

By Sam on 2 Jun, 2011 — 1 min read

Kristin Royer and I are working on a graphic novel! Above are a few images, without any of the accompanying word bubbles. If you want to see the big versions of these images, go to Kristin’s site dedicated to pitching the project.

Kristin wanted me to desaturate the colors for the beginning of the story, and once we move into the more magical part of the tale, she wanted things to get more vibrant. I went for a very sketchy, loose drawing style that I think works well.

Hope you like!

Thriving Family Illustration

By Sam on 19 May, 2011 — 1 min read

I finished this illustration for Thriving Family magazine a few months ago. Now that the issue is out, I can finally post the image.

The article is about welcoming adopted children into blended families. The art director wanted vibrant colors and wanted to show a family with diverse ethnicities. Hope you like! And check out the magazine; it has some great articles.


By Sam on 31 Mar, 2011 — 1 min read

I made these two years ago for a company that wanted a polygonal tree logo. (Really.) Sadly, the client decided not to use my work. (Actually, I think the mark they decided on is more appropriate; all type.) But this afternoon while looking through my archives, I found the image, put a cool texture (which I made*) on the trees, and now I present them to you!

* (I love parentheses. And asterisks.)