Today's episode is indeed a conversation with Sam Weber and I (Swain) am really geeked that we finally got a chance to speak with him. Sam and I have traded emails for over a year now and in that time I've connected with his work in a big way.
I, like Sam, Dwight and many others, started off loving comic art and eventually broadened my scope to include other areas of the visual arts. Fine art, illustration, animation, concept art, etc. Sam's work today reflects many of his influences, not least of which, his earnest love of comic books.
I'm sure I stumbled across one of his paintings on The Art Department blog (one of the best damn art resources on the planet) and pretty much fell right away. Later, I realized he was the same guy doing those covers for Vertigo's House of Mystery that I loved.
Sam is an illustrator by trade, but often times gets asked to lecture and share with students. He's spoken at his Alma Mater in Canada, The Alberta College of Art and Design, done a workshop here in Atlanta at SCAD, and was a part of the recent Art Out Loud 6 experience in NYC. Art Out Loud featured him and a few other folks you may know (all of this stuff is covered in our talk, by the way).
Visit Sam's site, ogle his images and prepare for amazement—the man's got something to show you. Oh, and enjoy the interview, too!
**Yes, that's a reference to the great Dr. Seuss in the title—one of my all time favorite writers.
Pic above by Irene Gallo.