Last semester I had the privilege of taking Kevin Sample’s service marketing class. I didn’t know too much about him until he offered his Snapchat and Instagram handle to the class. Everyone eagerly whipped out their phones and gave him a follow. Upon following his page, I discovered a different Kevin. I was immediately enchanted by his illustrations, in fact, I probably liked his entire Instagram page that day. He even drew a picture of our class, the first class he ever taught, as tribute. He labeled each of us individually and wrote a description by our name. Next to my name he wrote “her own style,” which I took as a compliment. Now I want to feature him on my page, so let’s meet KevSamp.
Tell me about yourself. Who are you and what do you do? Kevin L. Sample. I’m a Ph.D. Candidate in the marketing program here at UGA.
Tell me about your journey as an artist. Since I was a little kid I liked to draw. I was typically drawing monsters or good/bad guys because I was really into comic books when I was a kid. As I got older I tried out different media. I really got into sculpting for a while, and besides pen and paper it is my favorite type of medium. I then tried to paint for a while, but I’m terribly impatient making art so painting usually takes too long for me. For whatever reason I never really thought I could make a living as an artist so I focused on other things, but then after working a while I went back to school to get an architecture degree. While I really love architecture, because it combines the drawing and sculpting aspects of art, which I love, the actual profession is kind of lame. I wanted to make cool things that I liked, but I just ended up having to make only the things that people with the money told me to make. I realized that unless I had a bunch of money, possibly by working non-stop that I would probably be able to do my own thing, but that didn’t really seem worth it. I like being able to do what I want to do with art, so I realized it was best not to try to make a living on it. So I gave up architecture and art as a profession and came back to my other main interest of marketing. Now I just make art for fun and as a way to relax. It’s kind of awesome, because I can make whatever I want to and it doesn’t matter. I would like to have a bit more time to make art, but I found that when I was doing it for other people I didn’t have the energy to make things for myself. It’s a good balance now.
What kind of art do you create? How often do you work on your art? I primarily draw with a pen or pencil on paper, sometimes color it with markers or pencils, and sometimes make watercolors. I try to at least sketch, even if just a little bit, every day.
Is there a certain time of the day or place where you like to draw? I usually do it at night. It’s a nice way to unwind when I’m not being distracted by other things.
Describe your style of illustration in a few words. Cartoony and carefree
When did you decide to sell your art? About 7 years ago I decided to try to sell some paintings and statues. I was really kind of terrible at marketing myself, and I still kind of am. It didn’t go that well :p
When did you decide to promote your art on Instagram? Tell me how your art insta page came about. I had been on the Gram here and there over the past few years. I had put a few things out there with an older account, but never really had it be just for art. I struggled with if I should only put art on here or if I should put some pictures here and there. Finally, before October I wanted to get involved in Inktober (the month of October where artists try to draw every day). I had come across Inktober before so I decided I wanted to try it out. I think about a month or so before I decided to start posting things and drawing more often to get ready for it.
Do you promote/sell your work on other sites? If so, which ones? When I post to Instagram it also posts to Twitter and Facebook thanks to IFTTT. But I don’t really promote/sell. Heck, I barely promote/sell on Instagram. I just have a link to my redbubble page. I could definitely do more, but I either don’t have the time or don’t want to spend the energy. Since I just do it for fun, I’m not super motivated to try to sell things. Although it would be nice to have some extra income, maybe I should up the ante a little bit.
Has this helped advance your art in anyway? If so, please explain. I’m not sure if the promotion/sales bit has helped. It’s been more just doing it every day that has helped.
Show me your most recent favorite drawing!
What are your plans for the future? (Mere hobby or profesh illustrator) Completely hobby. I would like to make a few graphic novels. I actually made two issues of a comic about 6 years ago. It’s called Octopus Turf, and I think I made it available for the Kindle and the Nook. It’s probably formatted wrong now though. I enjoy doing research and teaching, so I’ll keep my day job. It’s a bit more stable and pays better, but I’ll definitely keep making art on the side.
For more of Kevin’s cartoons follow him on @kevsamp or purchase some of his work at http://www.redbubble.com/people/kevsamp/shop.