Category: sketches

An idea

By Sam on 20 Feb, 2016 — 1 min read

I’m going to draw more consistently in my sketchbook. I’m already drawing a ton every day, but usually it’s for client work, and I haven’t been sketching for the pure enjoyment of it. I’m going to keep one sketchbook and one drawing tool at my desk until I fill the book. I’m hoping that by getting rid of choices and only using one book and one medium, I’ll get into sketching more quickly and increase my creative output. Here’s a page from today.

Happy publication day!

By Sam on 16 Feb, 2016 — 1 min read

Get a Hit, Mo! is out today in bookstores everywhere, so I thought I’d share a few little sketches to celebrate.

These are the cover thumbnails for the book. I thought the Hamlet idea was pretty awesome, but it didn’t make the cut.

And here are some early rough concepts for Mo’s baseball look.

That’s it for now!

Mo cover sketch

By Sam on 15 Feb, 2016 — 1 min read

The sequel to Don’t Throw It to Mo! comes out Tuesday, so I thought I’d share a quick sketch from the new book. In this sketch for the cover, Mo was right handed, but as the illustration process continued, I thought it’d be great to switch things up a bit and have him be a lefty.

So Mo’s a lefty throughout the book. In some ways, the leftie thing was a bit of a bummer, because I wanted Mo to be facing right, and the only way for him to do that if he was left handed would be for his back to face the viewer. So, in the final cover he’s facing left.

In the coming weeks, I hope to post more often (even though I have two books due in March, which is making me crazy), and I’ll show some more preliminary work for Mo.

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.

Enoch at the counter

By Sam on 21 Mar, 2013 — 1 min read


My son likes to sit at the kitchen counter a lot. He watches my wife cook there. He likes to draw there. It might just be his favorite hangout spot.

I’ve been experimenting with using fountain pen and marker on watercolor paper. It’s been pretty fun. The color is really vibrant, but obviously the texture and subtleties of watercolor aren’t there. Still, it’s quick, and it’s not messy.