Sam Weber’s approach to his drawing is both literary and theatrical. “As an illustrator, you need to react to the content and create images that are appropriate to the problem,” he says. “But I get to play director and producer myself, and cast it with my own actors, build my own sets, bring in my own lights, make my own soundtrack, whatever it is I want to do.”
Whether he’s drawing humans, animals, magical characters, or abstractions, Weber is committed to the “finicky, tiny details” like the filigree of a coat button or that elusive shadow between lip and chin. He’s equally devoted to old-fashioned methods and modern technology, embracing blots and natural patterns in his paint before finishing the desaturated images in Photoshop.