Sam is a 25 year-old New York-based artist who graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010 with a BFA in illustration. He immediately began work as Gawker Media's first staffed illustrator where, over the course of 9 months, he created hundreds of on-demand illustrations and editorial packages, bringing a little bit of art to tech-journalism.
Since then, celebrities and corporations worldwide now come to Sam for their creative needs. His work and clients range from magazine covers for Game Informer, editorial illustrations for MSNBC, promotional and advertising imagery for the Angry Birds franchise, FX Network, Cinemax, Bioware, and Tomb Raider, conceptual art for the game industry, advertising billboards for National Geographic Channel,merchandise for Warner Bros., cover art and branding for the music industry with labels and artists like EMI and Miike Snow, Album covers for Janelle Monáe, movie posters for Sundance winning Best Documentaries, as well as personally commissioned artwork and covers for Actor/Rapper, Donald Glover (Childish Gambino), private portraiture for Fortune 500 CEOs, medical illustrations for The American Association of Cancer Research, illustrations for some of the world's most renowned photographers--including a 55 foot long painting on a tour bus, with book covers, websites, logos, and everything in between.
His work has caught the attention of the public but also critics and mainstream publications with interviews in outlets such as PBS, ImagineFX, Print Magazine, Complex, NME, Pitchfork, Maxim, The Daily Dot, and MTV. His technique is built off of classical oil-painting training and translated to the fast-paced digital world.
(What it's like to work with Sam according to the SVP and Creative Director at National Geographic Channel can be viewed here)
(Time-lapse video process can be viewed below)
Top Photo by Joey L
"I Love his work."
Grammy, Oscar, & Golden Globe Award Winning Musician
"Brilliant. A gift to the world."
Grammy nominated recording artist & Cover Girl
"Sam Spratt, you are brilliant! A lot of great artists, but you are by far the best -- You are an incredible talent my friend."
Emmy Award Winning Actor for Breaking Bad
"Sam Spratt's work is %$!#ing awesome"
Creative Director at Adobe
"When it came time to find an artist to celebrate 200 issues of Game Informer, Sam was the obvious choice based solely on his skills as an artist, but it was his understanding of the subject, speed, and attention to the tiniest of details that left me in awe of his ability."
Editor in Chief at Game Informer
"Pop-Culture's Digital DaVinci"
by Zach Swickey
"Check out Sam Spratt's amazing illustrations. I think he's the next Drew Struzan"
Center for NFL Carolina Panthers
"The talented artist, Sam Spratt, is the genius behind my Dwight-meets-bear [painting]"
Actor for NBC The Office
"Spratt is a creative monster, who we'll be seeing on every magazine cover, on billboards and in ads for four decades to come."
Writer for Nieman Journalism Lab
"Sam took on exactly the mindset of our tour, and expressed it visually, and perfectly. He effectively drew the spirit of the bus, and captured the audacity and humor which were the keynotes of our time on the road. Once we realized we were going with an illustration for our 55-foot canvas on wheels, there was never a question as to who would create it. Sam Spratt's warped mind was just what we needed to set the visual tone for the whole tour. The bus turned heads everywhere we went."
-Joe McNally and David Hobby
World Leaders in Flash Photography