Sweet Strawberry -Surface Design Series

BarSoap  OvenMitt
Towel Apron

Sweet Strawberry Series: Illustrated pattern project mock-ups, a summer reminder while its cold outside.
– Patterned Bar Soap, Oven Mitt, Hand Towel, and Apron.  

– Watercolor and ink on coldpress watercolor paper
– 30cm by 10cm painting


Sketchbook Page – Iron Rich Foods and Anti-anxiety

A page from my sketchbook that I did when I found out I had low iron. My doctor recommended looking into iron-rich foods, to help maintain my iron once it was at a better level. Low iron is very common, especially in women!
I wanted a list of iron rich foods other than meat products, since just eating iron rich meat is not enough.

Along with that, I made a page of anti-anxiety techniques and reminders. I had struggled with anxiety a lot in college, and occasionally ever since.

Colour Psychology Roughs – Red Bridges

Colour psychology has always been an interest of mine, which has easily seeped into my illustration.  I love learning and utilizing it with every piece I do, making itself into a powerful tool.

This first spot illustration was my experimenting with the idea of taking two colours with very conflicting messages (Light blue – serenity, calm, optimism. Red – action, aggression, passion)
My interpretation of the image is a feeling of hope and promise that comes with making a new connection with someone. A mix of the optimistic sky blue, and the action of vibrant red.

The Red Bride Roughs were inspired by the statistics that found red bridges and cars have far more accidents than any other colour. As well, red bridges statistically have many more suicides. Red grabs attention and focus, and encourages action. In these cases, that is a negative.

Some reading on Colour Psychology: New York Times


Sketchbook Spots Continued


A few more spot illustrations in my recently finished sketchbook.
The first spot was inspired by little drawn perfume bottle (it was the illustrated tester paper in stores)

The sheepdog was a little doodle I did while my good friend and roommate was telling me about the band SheepdogsHer cousin is a member of the band, and this little sheep came to mind.

Switzerland and France

This month I took my very first trip out of North America. I went with a friend, staying in Trélex (Switzerland) for most of the trip and Paris for four days between. We took day trips to many different cities, and I took my sketchbook wherever I went. Here are a few pages.

SamRussell_Lausanne SamRussellLaudsanne SamRussell_Nyon
Sam_Russell_Trelex SamRussell_Trelex SamRussell_Versailles
SamRussell_Versailles SamRussell_VersaillesRoof SamRussell_ParisNight SamRussell_Yvoire SamRussell_OldGeneva SRussell_Geneva

Emotion Bestiary

These illustrations are intended for a book, specifically a bestiary detailing the behvaiours, dangers and coping mechanisms associated with different emotions. These emotions are shown as beasts. This bestiary would be a guide for navigating through the world of your mind, and how to defeat bad emotions, and encourage good ones.

This was executed for my Thesis class for my final year at Sheridan. Everything was of my creation, including concept and research.

SamRussell_Fear    SamRussell_ContentLove

is a shape shifter, a stalker made of smoke. It will feed on every worry and build itself up until you turn around and face it.
Tranquility and Love are sister spites. Tranquility is made of blue skies and still waters. Love is a storm that turns twisted when separated from her sister. They must be sought out and cherished.

SamRussell_Misery    SamRussell_GuiltShame

Misery is a slow-moving harpy, grounded by broken wings. If you give in to her siren’s embrace, your energy drains away. She must always be fought.
Guilt and Shame are brother tricksters, made of stone. They will hide their true natures, and try to trap you. They cannot be trusted. You must never listen to them, no matter what you see or hear.

SamRussell_Frivolity   SamRussell_Rage

Frivolity is a childish sprite, made of light and song. She wreaks havoc if left to run amok. She must always be bound, but never too tight for she is also Joy.
Rage is a screaming beast, made of molten heat and lightning speed. He often keeps company with Fear. He must be waited out with immobile patience.