is a freelance illustrator and filmmaker, based in London. Sam has worked for numerous clients, such as The New York Times, BBC, Blacberry, The Guardian among many others.
We are happy to publish our interview with Sam!
Something you’ve always wanted to do but have never tried yet.
I’d love to do some sort of big collaboration with other illustrators on a really stimulating project. Perhaps making something interactive - like a tablet game or something. I really like stuff similar to that iPad game, Limbo.
Imaging that you are the owner of a museum or a gallery what kind of art would you place in it?
I’d pool everything from some of my favourites in London - The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, photography from The V&A and most stuff from The Whitechapel Gallery. I think art and everything of interest is so inter-twined that I wouldn’t be able to limit my museum to just one style - I love to see everything contextualised. For example, I find that it helps with your understanding if you get to see a Picasso then in the same trip see some pictures of Paris in the 30s and read about the politics. It allows you to connect the dots yourself. Of course there’d have to be unusual categories and lots of glass cabinets too, like the Pitt-Rivers
Museum in Oxford.
Is it difficult to separate function “creator” and function “manager” when you are a freelancer?
It can be limiting, to know what my style has to ‘sell’ in order for me to making a living out of drawing. Fortunately I’ve found a style that I’m comfortable working in and so far I haven’t had to compromise on my values with the jobs that I’ve had. Perhaps because they’re mostly used to illustrate relatively light subjects and non-divisive issues. Having said that, I do like a challenge - for instance, recently I illustrated an article about the Typhoon in the Philippines for The International New York Times
and I wanted to stay true to the event, yet sensitive to the situation.
What’s on your playlist at this moment?
Brian Eno, Mogwai, Eluvium, Dawn Of Midi etc. Also a bit of Jazz & Blues. I listen to a lot of podcasts too, so include Radiolab, Freakanomics, WIRED and some BBC Radio 4 programs in there.
If you didn’t become illustrator what will be your second passionate work?
I am also really into filmmaking; live action, proper fiction filmmaking that is. I’ve made a handful of short films so far and I fully intend to pursue this until I get to make a feature film - check them out at www.samandsam.co.uk
Thank you Sam!