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Meet Sam Zabala

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Zabala.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
When I was younger, I had absolutely no skill in visual arts or illustration. I come from a family full of multi-talented people and a lot of my relatives were skilled in design or illustration. My frustration was enough motivation for me to have that skill.

While growing up, drawing became my hobby and was self-taught. I would do small illustration commission projects, but I didn’t pursue it as a career. In college, I pursued Computer Science and wanted to eventually specialize in Web Development as a degree, but it didn’t work out. I started college at a young age so I got overwhelmed. I realized that it wasn’t the career for me and I decided to shift. I still wanted to be in the web field, but I decided to approach it with a skill I’m more familiar with, design.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to have design as my career skillset, but continuing my education, and truly understanding the fundamentals and technical design skills confirmed that it’s something I want to pursue professionally as well. Today, I’m a Web Developer, Branding and UX, UI Designer, and Freelance Illustrator.

Please tell us about your art.
I create illustrations for either web or print of any style. Majority of my work are portraits, pop culture oriented, or web assets. I do my work in the digital medium on either Photoshop, Illustrator, or sometimes code, but I occasionally use traditional tools too.

When I’m not doing my work for a check (heh), I create my work because the subject inspires me or it’s an outlet for what I feel like I want to illustrate. I like to experiment with different styles or look and feel of illustrations to push the extent of versatility in my work. I want artists of different skill levels to take inspiration from my work to explore these as well.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I feel that with social media and online presence, artists can find more ways to showcase our work with ease. With available job opportunities, I feel that there’s still not as much out there where design work is valued fairly unless you get opportunities from high end or well-known companies. On a lot of opportunities, designers get underpaid.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work through my website and social media
http://samzabala.com
http://design.samzabala.com
http://codepen.io/samzabala
http://dribbble.com/samzabala

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Image Credit:
Main photo: Dave Downes

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