Sam Wolf Connelly Jack Frost

This is the first in what I hope will become a series of six question interviews on Farmidable. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. I hope you enjoy. 

I’ve posted about Sam Wolfe Connelly’s work in the past. He is a young and very talented illustrator living in Savanna, GA, who’s work has been featured in the Society of Illustrators NYC, NewYorkTimes.com, Creative Quarterly, CMYK Magazine and more.

Q1:  What made you want to become an illustrator?

I’ve always loved drawing, especially narratives, so when it came time to choose a major in college, illustration seemed like the obvious choice. I really have fallen in love with it since ‘deciding’ my major. If i had to pick an exact moment though, it was when I saw Sam Weber‘s cover of the 2008 Communication Arts Illustration annual (which was a portrait of a bloody vampire) and thought to myself ‘I need to be an illustrator’.

Q2. Did you ever consider something else besides illustration?

Right now I’m trying to invest my energy in the fine art field too. As much as I love illustration, I really like having my own voice heard through galleries too,; it helps me from feeling to stifled. In fact, I have an upcoming solo show this fall in San Francisco with the new Spoke Art Gallery.

Q3. What influences your style of illustration?

Well having just gotten out of school, I had a lot of anxiety about creating a unique style and trying to branch away from my own illustrative influences, but as of right now, I’m pretty comfortable with where my art is going. These days I usually spend a lot of time on my tumblr, collecting photographs that help me generate more ideas for my own ‘world’. I feel like using photography as a creative jumping off point really helps in not generalizing my work and allows for style to come more naturally.

Q4. Describe your processes.

My process generally fluctuates depending on the type of job I’m working on. Some, especially the ones with tighter deadlines, are more digital heavy than others, while some are all traditional. What’s usually always the same though, is beginning with a solid drawing in graphite on paper. Sometimes I take this straight into photoshop, while other times I’ll lay down washes of acrylic/colored pencil, and build it up to get a nicely glazed look. I hate painting though. I’d say nearly all of my pieces are drawing-heavy.

Q5. What is your favorite illustration you have done, and what do you like about it?

This is terrible, but all my illustrations are kind of dead to me. By the time I finish one, I try and focus on the next, because I’m usually sick of looking at it. So, in all honesty, I couldn’t tell you which is my favorite.

Q6. What would be a dream project for you?

To do a huge collaboration with the most talented illustrators I know. That, and to illustrate a Pokemon card.

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Thank you so much for agreeing to do the interview I really enjoyed it and wish you all the best. Please keep us updated on your endevers.

Readers can view Sam’s portfolio here and purchase a limited edition print at 1200 Posters shown above.