Sam Weber

Sam Weber is an illustrator who, by his own admission, finds it very difficult to sum up his style. "I have no idea how to describe it without sounding like a total moron," he laughs. "It was a fairly organic development. My time in graduate school was pretty unrestricted, which allowed me a lot of time to explore my own visual vocabulary and ideas about image-making. In the end, the artwork that people seemed to respond to the most was stuff based on what I was doing in my sketchbook. I spent a lot of time trying to make usable illustrations, which really got me nowhere. In the end I sort of just gave up and began making pictures based on things I was interested in instead: villains, Shakespeare, and fairy tales, to name but three. The more personally driven illustrations resonated with clients a lot more, which was really exciting. I still sometimes can't believe that I'm actually getting away with all this."

But getting away with it he is. So much so in fact that the biggest names in contemporary illustration just can't stop bestowing awards upon him. With a gold award from The Society of Illustrators, another gong from the industry-renowned Spectrum Annual, and a Best Illustration prize in the Canadian National Magazine Awards for his Walrus magazine cover, God's Slow Death, these all prove that the personal approach is working. And all that's without mentioning his contributions to such publications as Spin, The New York Times, Time and Rolling Stone.

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