A lady illustrator and visual development artist living and working in Los Angeles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your question not here? E-mail me! Also please check my Q&A Blog.

  • What hardware/software do you use for your sketches? I use Wacom’s Cintiq 24HD, Photoshop CS3, and a Mac Mini
  • Are your drawings/paintings digital or traditional? For the most part, everything on the blog is created digitally, with the exception of the sketchbook pages.
  • Which photoshop brush do you use for the “pastel” look? I use the “conte pencil on bumpy surface” brush (it’s a standard photoshop brush and should come with the program).
  • What kind of brush pens do you use? I use the Pentel Pocket Brush pen which I get from the student store at my school, but I think you can order them to Blick.
  • Where did you go to school? What did you major in? Art Center College of Design for Illustration and Entertainment Arts!
  • I want to go to Art Center too! Any advice? My best advice is to make an appointment with the Art Center counselors - they will look at your portfolio and give you really solid feedback. They are very nice and helpful - they will know far better than I how to get into Art Center, as times have already changed since I applied! 
  • Know any awesome drawing resources? Yup, I sure do… Drawn! / Rad’s How To / The Art Center / Disney Model Sheets / CG Hub / Animation Backgrounds / Character Design / Char Blog / Ransom Notes
  • Do you have anything else you have to say to protect yourself legally? Yes, as a matter of fact, I do! All artwork © Samantha Kallis unless otherwise specified. If you have any questions regarding the use of artwork, feel free to e-mail me. For tumblr folk, a note regarding “reblogging”: If you “reblog” my artwork, please credit me with a link back to my blog/website. While I find “reblogging” very flattering, doing so without giving me credit and a link back is STEALING. 

Tool Talk - Let’s talk tools!

I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails about what art supplies I use/process/etc. Here is a brief overview of my basic art supplies. These are my go-to sketching things, but I’m always on the look-out for something cool and new.

Everything listed here can be found at your local Blick store, except the pentel brush pen, which I think you have to special order. I use the brush pen for most of my inking, because it has an actual brush tip and the ink isn’t water soluble, unlike the Tombo markers, which I use mostly for shading. The wacom pen shown goes with the Cintiq Wacom Tablet, which is fantastic! (It was a gift, I am not worthy!)

As for paper, I draw on pretty much anything… but I like the Moleskine pocket sketchbooks, Aquabee sketchbooks, Bristol paper, vellum, illustration board, and the canson watercolor and canson drawing paper. But pretty much I’ll buy whatever is on sale or cheapest. In my opinion you should always buy whatever is least expensive, except when it comes to brushes. Buy good brushes and take care of them, and they last you forever.

That said, these days most of my work is done digitally in photoshop using the Wacom tablet. I don’t use any custom photoshop brushes - I just use whatever came with the program, so it’s pretty basic.

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