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the art + life of sharon samples


June 1, 2015
by Sharon

for the artist: resources

An artist is only as good as her ability to use resources.

Is that a saying? If not, it definitely should be.

So, I’m going to share a few of my go-to resources for creating art. I’ve found that it’s good to have a little stash of textures and templates available so that you don’t have to create everything from scratch. Especially when someone else has done it for you.

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robyn + marian

March 25, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

Just a post to show that I’m still alive. My version of Robyn Hoode & Marian with their genders switched. I’d like to do more with them and draw the rest of the characters, like the Sheriff, Little John, Will Scarlett…

This was drawn in pencil and colored using Photshop CC.

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flaunt your fangirl – pixel & print commission

December 3, 2014 by Sharon | 0 comments

A few months ago I was commission by Lauren of doodlebug design (the most adorable hand-carved stamps ever) to create some characters for Pixel & Print, the 3D-printing company that she runs with her husband Daniel.

Lauren designs the jewelry part of of the brand, which features pop-culture inspired earrings. She wanted illustrations that would reflect and appeal to the fangirls toward whom their products were geared. She specifically wanted girls in costumes (cosplay), and we discussed the characters that she had in mind. Once that was settled, I pretty much had free reign in what to create. So it was a lot of fun coming up with these images.

Everything was drawn out in pencil and then inked traditionally with Sakura Pigma Micron Pens and India ink. Then I scanned in the finished drawing and colored it digitally using Adobe Photoshop.

digital illustration of girl cosplaying as leia organa

digital illustration of girl cosplaying as a star trek officer

digital illustration of girl cosplaying as batgirl

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I’m on Patreon

August 29, 2014 by Sharon | 0 comments

support artgyrl on patreon

I’ve started an account on the site Patreon. It’s a lot like Kickstarter, but instead of obtaining funding for one big project, an artist can get support for smaller projects on a monthly basis. You can set a limit to how much you donate, but there are various rewards I’ve set up depending on how much you give. (The CEO of Patreon is Jack Conte, one half of the musical duo Pomplamoose, which makes it even more awesome.)

I have quite a few projects in the works, so it would be great to get financial support to help with the expenses. And you’re not getting something for nothing. I have a variety of rewards depending on how much you donate. So…win/win. :)

This time of year is the slow season at my job, so I think it’s an ideal time to get all these projects in the works. I will be sharing more info (sketches mostly) regarding my comic project. I’m planning on posting it free for you guys to read, eventually compiling it into book form, if all goes well.

Thanks you for the support. I hope you find something you’d like to contribute toward.

In other news, I’m taking my photography more seriously. I’m available for bookings this fall. [Sharon Samples Photography]

Two posts in a month, y’all. Progress.


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Paper & The Big Draw

August 8, 2014 by Sharon | 1 Comment


You remember when I said I was going to update my blog at least once a week? No. Well, maybe once a month would have been a better goal. Still, neither one of those happened. I will try to do better.

Last night I attended the preview of the Paper & The Big Draw exhibits at the Mobile Museum of Art. I had received notice of the event via the museum’s email newsletter. Every Thursday, the museum has free admission. They host special events in the evening in a feature called Museum Nights. Of course, I was excited to see this exhibit because I really liked the drawing featured in the preview image. There is some very stunning work in this show. My favorite piece was this massive illustration of a tiger drawn by Paper Frank.

After the show, I was looking through Mobile Museum of Art’s Instagram, and Paper Frank was featured. I discovered, that he’s a tattoo artist at City of Ink in Atlanta. Melvin Todd, a former schoolmate of mine (we attended middle school at the same time—he was in 6th grade when I was in 8th, and he was talented even then), also works at City of Ink. So, it would have been cool if I had realized this beforehand and stayed around to possibly chat with Paper Frank.

Attendees were invited to draw right on the museum wall. I could not pass up that opportunity. I was photographed and interview by a news crew. I don’t know if that part will be broadcast in the final cut of the segment, but it was cool all the same. I created a rather nice drawing.


[As I was creating this entry, my mom called me to tell me that she did, in fact, see me on the news this morning. Thankfully, it was just the segment of me drawing, not talking. :)]

Check out the video below.

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