Interview with artist: Junkyard Sam

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:27:51 +0200

With pleasure, we present Junkyard Sam - a Seattle area-based artist with a jolly memorable style. This talented mind kindly took some time to discuss his art, creative process, and why paint terrified him as a kid.


Tell us about you and how did you become interested in art?
Growing up in Texas I specialized in pencil because I figured I’d end up a poor or homeless artist. Lottery kiosks have stacks of little pencils for free so I knew I’d always have access to drawing tools. Paint terrified me, as I feared becoming addicted to color and expensive art supplies.
My art teacher in high school gave me an open-ended free reign to study art. I had multiple hours booked in her classes and for three years I read every art book from every library and even let other studies suffer to focus on art. She encouraged me toward my own self-study program and I became completely obsessed with art. I studied art technique by day and by night I read about the lives of artists from history and wondered what my own life as an artist would be like.
My parents worried a LOT about my future, but they realized a plan for my life was coming together when I was awarded a full scholarship to the Art Institute of Dallas. This led me to an art career in the video game industry where I’ve worked ever since. Working as an artist in games made it possible to buy a house and support my wife & soon-to-be four kids. Not homeless after all!
After 20 years of making games, I rediscovered a love for drawing. I graduated from pencil and upgraded to a fountain pen… but still no paint. With technology, we have something even better: digital! Tools like Rebelle offer an artist a lot more freedom than paint, are more enjoyable, and even cost less. Perfect!

That’s a truly pragmatic approach to career choice. ;) Besides freedom, in what ways does Rebelle influence your creative process?

I draw my linework by hand using various Japanese fountain pens with exotic extra-fine nibs. Paint still terrifies me! Paint has a tendency to go wrong and there’s no undo; One bad stroke and hours and hours of line work are lost! I’ve found happiness in scanning my art & coloring it digitally with a Wacom Intuos pen & tablet.

Rebelle is a joy to paint in because the interface is friendly enough to relax and just focus on the art but powerful enough to use for professional illustration. (Most recently I used it to color the cover of 425 Business magazine.)

Best of all, with Rebelle I don’t have to worry about my art looking “too digital.” The process is simple. I choose a paper texture. I choose the paper color. Then I use the watercolor brush on my scanned drawing and my colors actually stay wet and blend together just like real paint! There’s no other software that even comes close to the watercolor simulation in Rebelle. It’s incredible!


Can you introduce us to your agreeable yellow characters? Where did they come from?

Art school was great for molding me into a commercially viable artist, but all the rules took the fun out of art. Art school said, “Draw BIG!” but I like to draw small. Art school said “Draw realism!” but I don’t enjoy that. Later in my career - with all the pressures of competitive game industry art I realized I didn’t even enjoy art anymore.

So I threw all the rules out the window and took my pens to paper without regard to what I would create. These little yellow guys kept appearing in my drawings with ghosts and monsters in strange exciting worlds from Earth and beyond. After a while, they took on a life of their own. Now it feels like they’ll all die if I ever stop drawing so I keep going in order for them to live on and have new adventures!


How long does it take you do draw a picture? Do you do anything else when you’re drawing?

My drawings range from 5 to 20 hours depending on complexity. This means I draw long into the wee hours of the night after my family has gone to bed. I listen to podcasts while I draw because it’s like having friends talking in the room. With a good podcast on and Rebelle open on my laptop - suddenly it feels like I’m at a party and I’m drawing in the background. I’m laughing. I’m drawing. Time goes by and suddenly a new drawing is finished!


Where can people see and possibly buy your artworks?

My art lives online at and all the social media networks as “Junkyard Sam.” I’ll do something big with it someday, but for now, I’m overloaded with game and illustration work so I’m content to make people smile with a few new drawings each week. =)

Thanks a million for speaking with us today. We enjoyed it a lot! 


For everyone who’s got interested in Junkyard Sam’s art, we’d definitely recommend not to miss on his social channels:

Facebook · Instagram · Twitter · Youtube · Behance · 

DeviantArt · Ello · Flickr · Google+ · Tumblr

So spread some love and click that “Follow” button!   ❤️

comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe for News

Subscribe to stay notified about the latest news, releases and discount offers.

25 Nov
31 Oct
20 Oct
14 Oct
08 Oct
06 Oct
30 Sep
03 Sep
11 Aug
27 Jul
17 Jul
06 Jul
17 Jun
05 Jun
28 May
23 Apr
31 Mar
16 Mar
06 Feb
30 Jan
20 Dec
28 Nov
25 Nov
15 Nov
14 Nov
30 Sep
17 Sep
22 Aug
16 Aug
09 Aug
11 Jul
07 Jun
30 May
28 May
23 May
12 Apr
05 Apr
15 Mar
27 Feb
20 Feb
30 Jan
23 Jan
21 Dec
10 Dec
23 Nov
02 Nov
26 Oct
26 Sep
31 Aug
10 Aug
24 Jul
29 Jun
17 May
01 May
27 Apr
19 Apr
13 Apr
16 Mar
02 Mar
09 Feb
02 Feb
24 Jan
12 Jan
21 Dec
12 Dec
10 Nov
06 Oct
08 Sep
29 Aug
19 Jul
30 Jun
28 Jun
04 May
25 Apr
20 Apr
18 Apr
12 Apr
28 Mar
01 Mar
17 Feb
26 Jan
17 Jan
22 Dec
22 Nov
19 Oct
06 Oct
04 Oct
14 Sep
06 Sep
15 Jul
13 Jul
05 Jul
09 Jun
24 May
20 May
05 May
29 Apr
12 Apr
07 Apr
15 Mar
08 Mar
03 Mar
01 Mar
25 Feb
17 Feb
10 Feb
27 Jan
18 Jan
22 Dec
18 Dec
28 Nov
28 Aug
22 Jul
23 Jun
28 May
19 May
24 Apr
16 Apr
09 Apr
26 Mar
24 Mar
10 Mar
05 Mar
22 Jan
19 Dec
11 Dec
03 Dec
06 Nov
22 Oct
30 Jul
22 Jul
03 Jun
28 May
29 Apr
23 Apr
15 Apr
08 Apr
02 Apr
19 Mar
13 Jan
07 Jan
25 Dec
20 Dec
10 Dec
07 Dec
21 Nov
08 Nov
06 Nov
30 Oct
15 Oct
16 Sep
09 Sep
03 Sep
08 Aug
17 Jun
07 Jun
05 Jun
25 May
22 May
19 May
16 May
15 May
14 May
12 May
10 May
04 May
09 Apr