Samuel B. Thorne Interview


Samuel B. Thorne is an Illustrator and designer inspired by the worlds of vintage animation and comic books with psychedelic colours and general weirdness.

Tell us a fun fact about you I am allergic to both fun and facts.

How did you get into illustration? After mucking around with graphic design and textiles in college, I realised that what made me happiest was drawing, so I went back to the, urm, drawing board.

Who or what inspires you the most? Vintage animation, adverts and comic books and imperfect printing methods.


What does a typical day look like for you? I have a day job as a junior creative director which takes up my weekdays before dragging myself home to work on freelance stuff. At weekends it's a mix of drawing, wishing I was out with friends and then beating myself when i am out with friends because I am not drawing.

What do you do when you have a creative block? Get away from the desk, go for a walk, and look at other artists work to get envious.

Top three clients you've worked with? I won't name names as I have been lucky enough that almost every client has just wanted my vision undiluted and that really is the dream!


What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? All work in drawn with ink on paper, using a brush pen, sharpie and a fine liner. I then scan this in and colour digitally using Photoshop.

What's your favourite resource for inspiration? Street art like graffiti and stickers, weird shops full of curios and of course, the Worldwide Webarooney.

Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? Have a safety net, be prepared to be crushed and have excellent time management skills. Very boring, but essential.

What would your dream project be? Branding a brewery and then sampling all of the brews

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram


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