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April 3, 2014

Anonymous said: You're an extremely talented artist that could represent anything. Why do you choose to depict celebrities and iconic figures? I believe your artwork could have so much more merit and can contribute much more to society then just entertainment. You even have your symbol as the golden spiral, which I find rather smug for an artist who creates "fan art". I don't intend to offend, it just greatly bothers me to see such a talented artist create advertisement and I would like to know why.

samspratt:

Oh boy.

"Smug" is arbitrarily thinking that one entire genre of art is less than another. 

"Smug" is anonymous back-handed compliments that insult an entire group of artists while trying to police what I choose to make.

"Smug" is thinking that you bestow merit to art and decide its value or contribution to society — or that it needs to do that to begin with.

"Smug" is believing that advertisements are something that automatically lessens art when some of the best painters and works throughout art history, from Leonardo to Caravaggio to Rockwell and Leyendecker have worked in advertising for clients (churches included).

"Smug" is looking at my portfolio of hundreds of paintings over 3 years that cover dozens of genres, styles, subject matters, clients, and sits everywhere from the internet, to billboards, album covers, magazine covers, galleries, newspapers, movie posters, bus-sides, books, homes of friends, strangers, and celebrities, and still choosing to think that I am one thing — a thing that is just as valuable to me as everything I’m paid for professionally.

"Smug" is being a smug dicklet and throwing in “I don’t intend to offend” to cushion the smug dickletishness of it all.

"Smug" is not seeing a simplistic connection between realism in painting and the golden rule that is genre-irrelevant, but again insulting an entire group of artists while commenting on something you haven’t bothered to understand. 

But most of all, “Smug” is thinking that I, or any artist, owes you anything. We can make whatever we want, however we want to. I will keep making advertisements, I will keep making album covers, I will keep making posters for games and movies, I will keep making all that I’m hired to do and choose to take on, but I will also keep making fan art because despite the merit or value that you’ve decided it has — I want to — and that’s all the reason I need.

Take your soggy waffle compliments and fuck the fuck off. Viva la fan art.

This was too good not to reblog. All hail Sam Spratt!

March 4, 2014

February 20, 2014
Apologies for the cheese but I painted this for my boyfriend for Valentine’s day. 

Apologies for the cheese but I painted this for my boyfriend for Valentine’s day. 

December 31, 2013
If anything can be said about 2013, it’s that I learned a lot, and I had fun doing it. Happy new year!

If anything can be said about 2013, it’s that I learned a lot, and I had fun doing it. Happy new year!

December 10, 2013
I’ve been pretty ill this week and I needed to draw me some Harry Potter to make me feel better. Totally worked.

I’ve been pretty ill this week and I needed to draw me some Harry Potter to make me feel better. Totally worked.

November 18, 2013

October 15, 2013

October 12, 2013

September 13, 2013

PlayTank

I recently started some projects for PlayTank, an online platform for creative projects, due to launch late 2013/early 2014. Quite enjoying the brief break from illustration work. Only a matter of time before I get itchy fingers again…

August 15, 2013
'Turning'

'Turning'

August 13, 2013
John Malkovich

John Malkovich

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August 7, 2013
Emma Watson.

Emma Watson.

August 1, 2013
He Who Must Not Be Named

He Who Must Not Be Named