Work break painting; dreaming of the little Swiss town my family is from.

Work break painting; dreaming of the little Swiss town my family is from.

My contribution to the Iron Giant Mini Tribute Show taking place Saturday, September 13th from 6-10PM at A Little Known Shop in Anaheim, CA. For more information about the show and the other artists participating, check out their facebook event page!

My contribution to the Iron Giant Mini Tribute Show taking place Saturday, September 13th from 6-10PM at A Little Known Shop in Anaheim, CA. For more information about the show and the other artists participating, check out their facebook event page!

This painting is a lunch-break doodle that got completely out of hand. I had been wanting to try out Kyle Webster’s new gouache photoshop brushes, which I am totally digging, and once I started, I couldn’t stop myself from painting this with them. They are very addicting brushes. It’s edging toward something I’ve been trying to capture in my painting lately… and I think it’s getting closer, but more experimentation is required!  
As for me, I just started working for Disney on their show “Gravity Falls.” My work shows up later in the second season, so hopefully I’ll be able to share those paintings as the episodes air! Many thanks to Gravity Falls’ great crew for welcoming me to the team!
Happy Monday everyone!

This painting is a lunch-break doodle that got completely out of hand. I had been wanting to try out Kyle Webster’s new gouache photoshop brushes, which I am totally digging, and once I started, I couldn’t stop myself from painting this with them. They are very addicting brushes. It’s edging toward something I’ve been trying to capture in my painting lately… and I think it’s getting closer, but more experimentation is required!  

As for me, I just started working for Disney on their show “Gravity Falls.” My work shows up later in the second season, so hopefully I’ll be able to share those paintings as the episodes air! Many thanks to Gravity Falls’ great crew for welcoming me to the team!

Happy Monday everyone!

Viking ship work-break doodle. I guess all the “How To Train Your Dragon 2” art has filtered its way into my subconscious. Photoshop, 30 minutes.

Viking ship work-break doodle. I guess all the “How To Train Your Dragon 2” art has filtered its way into my subconscious. Photoshop, 30 minutes.

Instagram sketchbook roundup! Some various sketches from the last few weeks - mostly observational sketches, paintings from life, and some film studies. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, this is old news - sorry!

Instagram sketchbook roundup! Some various sketches from the last few weeks - mostly observational sketches, paintings from life, and some film studies. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, this is old news - sorry!

Making A Successful Portfolio

I get a lot of questions about what goes into making a good portfolio, and while there are many different opinions on the subject, Ty Carter (a Visual Development Artist at Blue Sky Studios) has compiled some really useful information about crafting a portfolio on his blog. Definitely worth reading! And I think this topic is going to be a series of discussions on his blog - so follow his tumblr to catch all the useful tips!

First time using gouache. Documenting as motivation to keep going. Hopefully tomorrow will be more successful.

First time using gouache. Documenting as motivation to keep going. Hopefully tomorrow will be more successful.

Some people-watching sketches from this weekend. I’ve been so busy at work, the blog has been reduced to Instgram sketches (Instasketches?) - but there are new paintings coming soon!

Some people-watching sketches from this weekend. I’ve been so busy at work, the blog has been reduced to Instgram sketches (Instasketches?) - but there are new paintings coming soon!

Instagram sketchbook roundup! Some various sketches from the last few weeks - mostly observational sketches and some film studies. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, this is old news - sorry!
Also, I’ve been answering some very good questions over on my question and answer blog Ask Sam Sketch lately - check it out! I get a lot of e-mails with people’s questions (which I am always happy to answer), but many of those questions are already answered on the Q&A blog. :)

Instagram sketchbook roundup! Some various sketches from the last few weeks - mostly observational sketches and some film studies. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, this is old news - sorry!

Also, I’ve been answering some very good questions over on my question and answer blog Ask Sam Sketch lately - check it out! I get a lot of e-mails with people’s questions (which I am always happy to answer), but many of those questions are already answered on the Q&A blog. :)

Last weekend, Gilbert and I celebrated out 3rd anniversary. It has become something of a tradition for us to celebrate our anniversary at a California mission (I don’t know why, we just do) - and this year we took the train down to San Juan Capistrano. Gilbert and I both love missions, and it was a beautiful day. So, today for my warm-up, I cranked out this little painting. I was also very excited to try out the photoshop brushes I recently downloaded from Kyle Webster - they are so much fun and this painting was done with several of them. I definitely recommend you buy them - they are a great deal for super high quality art brushes. 

Last weekend, Gilbert and I celebrated out 3rd anniversary. It has become something of a tradition for us to celebrate our anniversary at a California mission (I don’t know why, we just do) - and this year we took the train down to San Juan Capistrano. Gilbert and I both love missions, and it was a beautiful day. So, today for my warm-up, I cranked out this little painting. I was also very excited to try out the photoshop brushes I recently downloaded from Kyle Webster - they are so much fun and this painting was done with several of them. I definitely recommend you buy them - they are a great deal for super high quality art brushes. 

Haven’t done this in a while - sketchbook roundup! These were mostly done on public transit - it seems sketching on trains is the only sketching time I get in these days. I’m working on some personal paintings this week also - (first time in a long time that I’ve been able to do that too!) - so hopefully I can share those with everyone soon. Cheers!

Haven’t done this in a while - sketchbook roundup! These were mostly done on public transit - it seems sketching on trains is the only sketching time I get in these days. I’m working on some personal paintings this week also - (first time in a long time that I’ve been able to do that too!) - so hopefully I can share those with everyone soon. Cheers!

All artwork © Samantha Kallis 2014

A lady illustrator and vis-dev artist living and working in lovely little Los Angeles.