Thanks for wanting to get in touch. I get a lot of emails and put together some answers below to questions frequently asked. If you don’t see what you want to know please email me and I will try to reply soon. XO- Sam
1. How did you become a professional illustrator?
I grew up in a creative house. Went to Syracuse University to study illustration (BFA) and then Columbia University (MA).
I love what I do so much and can’t imagine doing anything else. Illustrating, collaborating with fellow artists and designers and blogging is the best career I can imagine so that’s what I do. I’m represented by an agency/ gallery who handles contracts for me and some marketing as well (you can get an agent too but you need to be in the field for a little while first and build up a healthy roster of clients and learn how to manage your business a bit on your own before an agent will take you on). Many illustrators never go with an agent, preferring to handle everything themselves.
2. How do you get started and how do you make it in the industry?
Be comfortable with rejection. Constantly try to grow in your own work, keep going no matter what, look at the market to see what’s out there, figure out where you can fit in, carve out a niche, network online and offline, start a blog and devote your life and most of your free time to doing the work you love. The cream rises to the top. If you see your potential someone else will.
3. How do you balance work and life? You’re a mom, blogger and professional illustrator.
I prioritize. I love socializing and going out to dinner and traveling but I mostly work and spend time with family and close friends. I’m very lucky to have friends in art, design and media so when I socialize I’m also networking and getting inspired by other creatives. I don’t jog as much as I probably should ; )
4. Can you blog about my product or artwork?
I’m so happy you are a fan of Maquette. I would love to see your work. I only post things I love and feel fit with my blog aesthetic, even my sponsors were selected because I think their product fits. Sometimes I might love something but think it does not fit with Maquette. Please don’t be insulted, I am still happy to see what you do I just have a very specific POV for this space. Thank you for sharing.
5. Can you give me feedback on my work?
I’d love to. Send me a link to your site. Don’t be insulted if I take a while to get back to you. See my answer for #3.
6. Can you come to my art school to give a talk or critique? Or can you talk on a panel about XY and Z?
I’d love to. Are you in NY or a surrounding area? I’ll see if I can make it. See my answer for #3.