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The Art of Sharon Samples

March 18, 2014
by Sharon
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We could have been friends, now where’s my stuff? [a Veronica Mars Kickstarter confessional]

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The Veronica Mars Movie Project is definitely a momentous event. It was the highest funded film project in Kickstarter’s history. Fans were lauded for the success, showing the studio powers-that-be that the viewers know what they want are are willing to support it.

I am one of those supporters.

Veronica Mars was a show that I was always aware of, figured I would enjoy, but never got around to actually watching. My sister started watched the series kept urging me to watch it. To date, I have only seen one episode of the show. Still, when I saw a post on tumblr advertising the Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter, I immediately forwarded the information to my sister. I told her I’d be willing to go half on it with her, and I planned on catching up on the show by the time the movie came out.

I do recall seeing all the rewards and having an inkling that there may be problems when it came to fulfilling the rewards of the pledgees. But I thought (possibly naively) that since this was being supported by a major studio and people experienced in the television biz, that they would have all their ducks in a row. Or they would learn a really hard lesson. Anyway, I was confident about getting what I paid for.

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As an official Backer of the project, I received frequent email updates about the production of the movie and the status of the rewards. I recall getting an email a few months back saying when the t-shirts would be shipping. I waited with anticipation for something to come in the mail. Time passed and nothing came, but I forgot easily forgot about it, as I got caught up in the goings on of everyday life. I was more expectant of receiving my Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD, anyway.

As the release date for the movie neared, though, I began to pay more attention to those emails. My sister was eager to see the movie. After informing her that we would be receiving a download link to the movie on March 14, the release date, she decided to host a little “viewing party” at her home.

I received an email update with information on how the movie links would be distributed. The instructions were as follows:

IF YOUR REWARDS DOI NCLUDE

A DIGITAL COPY OF THE MOVIE…

You will receive an email with a digital download code and instructions TOMORROW, March 14. The email with your code will provide more complete details about your download, including instructions on how to redeem it and start watching.

I waited anxiously to receive the link. The company was supposed to send out test emails before the sending out the actual link to make sure that the email addresses worked. I never received any of these.

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March 11, 2014
by sharon samples
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Hello, March.

Finally an update.

I had grand plans for awesome new content and features, beginning the month of February. As you can see, we’re halfway through March (where does the year go?), and that has yet to occur. There’s still time, though, and it’s always good to have goals to keep me moving forward.

Today I’m doing the hipster thing, wearing a truly vintage shirt. It belonged to my dad and it’s from the 1982 Fiesta Run in Pensacola, FL. Back then, he was into jogging (before it was cool, to hear him tell it), so I guess the apple hasn’t fallen far.

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On top of that, I’m blogging from a cafe. It was needed though. Since my niece was born, it’s been difficult to get a quiet moment to focus on things. I easily get distracted with being ask to hold her and/or watch her while someone goes and does something or the other.

And she indeed needs to be watched, because that baby is quite precocious and love to “explore” her surroundings.

So…about the plans for my blog. Hopefully, within the next week, I will start posting Featured Artist Interviews. Over the past year-and-a-half, I’ve met many amazing artists, and I’m eager to share their worth with you.

I also plan on doing a Throwback Thursday: Art Edition. I started doing this on my Instagram, occasionally posting images of old art, especially when I didn’t have an old photo available. I might do this in conjunction with a version of the Draw This Again Meme, in which you take a piece of old art and redraw it, making use of your current and improved artistic skills.

As always, I will keep posting art. Here’s a Rule 63 Robin Hood that I did for @sketch_dailies.

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December 10, 2013
by sharon samples
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Bad Art Is Good Art: Always Room for Improvement

Reposted from tumblr.

This idea was originated by ivorylungs.

The purpose of this meme is to encourage younger artists to continue to improve. But it can also work for older folks like me. ;)

To be hones, I never thought about giving up on art. Doing art was something that was just a part of my life, and my parents encouraged my talent, never discouraged it. But it wasn’t until I got to my junior year of high school, when I was considering what career path to pursue in college, that I had to make the decision on whether or not to pursue art as an actual profession.

So drawing has never really been a chore for me. However, as I progressed in developing my artistic talent, there were many moments of frustration, of things not turning out exactly as I pictured, and that’s still something with which a struggle to this day.

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August 1996—Spring 1997: I was about 14 years old when I got “serious” about my art. The piece on the right is something I drew of my characters Adriana and Amber, referencing the poses from catalogs. Sometime between then and the next year, I discovered art on the internet and I began reading comic books. This led to me to learn how to stylize my art.

After high school, I went to college, earned a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Photography. I had to take a butt-load of art and art history classes. I didn’t take any illustration classes, but I did take figure drawing (LOVED IT) and perceptual drawing classes.

So, if when people ask me if I have formal art training, the answer is “yes,” but I was drawing long before that. Drawing is a talent, but it’s also a skill that needs to be developed and cultivated. The only way to get better at it is to do it.

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September 21, 2013
by sharon samples
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Equinox

Let me try to be better and post more frequently than every 3 months.

There was that awesome moment when my art was featured in the demo reel by Pemberley Digital submitted for consideration of the Primetime Emmy Awards. The whole thing is so surreal, but I’m honored to be a part of such an incredible fandom for the little web series that could.

You can see a brief clip of my art in the embedded video below.

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June 3, 2013
by sharon samples
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Happy Summer!: an Arts Alive 2013 recap

I can’t believe it’s June already. I’m back at work after taking a vacation the week after Memorial Day. I expected to get more art done.

That did not happen.

However, I do feel quite refreshed. I haven’t posted here since the days before Arts Alive. I’m happy to say that that venture went very well for me. I was prepared not to sell anything and maybe meet some awesome artists and network.

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The day did not start out well, as I arrived late, a little before 11 a.m. on Saturday, with barely enough time to set up. While running around, I saw that my art school mate Josh Holland had a booth (with Joe Hobbs), as well as, surprisingly, my former college Photography instructor, Rita Skiadas. Rita was selling her beautiful handmade silver jewelry and sketchbooks. I remember waaaay back when I was in college, Rita saying offhand that she made jewelry for herself and friends. So it was great to see her there, to see her work, and to have both of us at our first art festival. Aaron Hunt was awesomely chivalrous in helping me get an aisle assembled. Literally NO ONE had a screwdriver. Who are these people that call themselves artists/craftsmen?

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