Sam Gilbey's distinctive observational illustrations and portraits are painted digitally by hand and are inspired by a lifelong passion for popular culture. This is his Tumblr.

His illustrations have been featured on television and a film's DVD and soundtrack cover, as well as in magazines, books, comics, exhibitions, and a movie test shoot.

Clients include: Aardman, Adidas, Activision, Edgar Wright, Hammer and Tongs, Manga UK, MGM HD, Picturehouse Cinemas, Revolver UK, Playstation, Tiger Aspect Productions, Twitter, Vertigo Films, Virgin Media, Virgin Movies, Wired and Working Title.

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#petersellers as #presidentmuffley in #drstrangelove — work in progress detail from new #Kubrick piece for @spoke_art

MacUser Feature
Been away for a short break, so it was real nice to come home and check out the latest issue of MacUser magazine, where they kindly set aside 6 whole pages of their current Summer 2014 issue for some of my words and pictures. Thanks a lot guys!

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We Have Unfinished Business – artwork inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill for Spoke Art’s Quentin vs Coen exhibition, San Francisco, July 2014.

24” x 18” giclée – edition of 40 – $40. Prints available soon after the show opens on July 5th.

In my teens I discovered the joys of Hong Kong action cinema and was hooked forever, so it’s only natural that Tarantino’s homage to the genre remains one of my favourite of his films.

I thought it would be interesting to have The Bride squared up against a number of the adversaries she faces (not just the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad), splitting them up as if by strokes of her Hattori Hanzo katana. The exception of course is her instructor Pai Mei, but he really needed to be in there, and having him face off against Johnny Mo (despite the fact that he’s also played by Gordon Liu of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin fame!) just brought it all together.

Just a little repost to let you know that this print is now available to buy!

Just a little post to say that you can get Free Worldwide Shipping (+ $5 off Biker Tanks) through Sunday July 13th 2014 with THIS LINK only. Over and out.

We Have Unfinished Business – artwork inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill for Spoke Art’s Quentin vs Coen exhibition, San Francisco, July 2014.

24” x 18” giclée – edition of 40 – $40. Prints available soon after the show opens on July 5th.

In my teens I discovered the joys of Hong Kong action cinema and was hooked forever, so it’s only natural that Tarantino’s homage to the genre remains one of my favourite of his films.

I thought it would be interesting to have The Bride squared up against a number of the adversaries she faces (not just the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad), splitting them up as if by strokes of her Hattori Hanzo katana. The exception of course is her instructor Pai Mei, but he really needed to be in there, and having him face off against Johnny Mo (despite the fact that he’s also played by Gordon Liu of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin fame!) just brought it all together.

Chiaki Kuriyama as Gogo Yubari
Work in progress detail from the piece I’m currently finishing up on for Spoke Art’s upcoming Quentin Vs Coen show, which opens in SF next weekend.

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Portrait of O-Ren Ishii by Sam Gilbey, part of our upcoming #QuentinvsCoen art show, debuting in San Francisco on Saturday, July 5th. Stay tuned for more!

Thanks to Spoke Art for sharing this sneak peek!

80s Movies Kids (private commission).

This piece was a huge amount of fun to create (although as I’ll go on to explain, not without its challenges!). When the client first suggested that they were interested in a piece featuring The Goonies, the kids from Joe Dante’s Explorers, as well as Corey Haim (circa License to Drive) and Michael J Fox, I started to figure out how best to get all those characters to work in a dynamic collage.

It then became clear that the client actually wanted all the characters to be in a single scene, all walking together down a typical suburban American street. A very cool idea no doubt, but as you can imagine this increased the complexity quite a bit. Lots more research was needed up front before I could even get started, getting a handle on the relative heights of characters, finding reference of them looking in a certain direction so they could be ‘talking’ to each other and so on.

Still, detail by subtle detail it gradually came together, and the artwork will soon be framed in the (very happy) client’s home. 

Pop culture exhibitions & limited edition prints

I’ve contributed to seven group shows so far this year in LA, SF and NYC, with more on the way soon. You’ll find them all on my portfolio (along with quite a few from last year), with links to buy numbered/limited edition prints where they’re still available.

Sneak peeks at a private commission.

Over on instagram I share work in progress snaps of artwork every now and again, so that’s the best place to go if you want to see the latest things I’m working on. For a while now I’ve been working on a piece featuring a whole bunch of kids from classic 80s movies. It’s pretty much done now, but I thought it might be collating these previews here before I can reveal the full thing…

Apologies for the repost, but wanted to let you know that this limited edition print is now available to buy

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Now I have another reason to hate Christmas – inspired by Joe Dante’s Gremlins for Hero Complex Gallery’s Joe Dante/Roger Corman exhibition, opening this weekend in LA.

24” x 18” giclée – numbered edition of 25 – PRINTS NOW AVAILABLE.

I absolutely loved Gremlins when I first watched it way back when at a friend’s birthday party. I thought it would be interesting to take the ‘warm’ characters of the film and compose them within the silhouette of Stripe. So it’s mostly a nostalgic take on that family (and Kate, plus Pete and the teacher) but with a hint of the sinister things that are to come.

Now I have another reason to hate Christmas – inspired by Joe Dante’s Gremlins for Hero Complex Gallery’s Joe Dante/Roger Corman exhibition, opening this weekend in LA.

24” x 18” giclée – numbered edition of 25 – PRINTS NOW AVAILABLE.

I absolutely loved Gremlins when I first watched it way back when at a friend’s birthday party. I thought it would be interesting to take the ‘warm’ characters of the film and compose them within the silhouette of Stripe. So it’s mostly a nostalgic take on that family (and Kate, plus Pete and the teacher) but with a hint of the sinister things that are to come.

20 Things You Didn’t Know About X-Men Past/Present (for Virgin Movies)

It seems like a distant memory now, but I think it’s fair to say that Bryan Singer’s X-Men (2000) marked a point where comic book movies showed they could be relevant and engaging for adult audiences. It was the match dropped on the trail of petrol, if you will, and over the last 14 years there have been a huge number of great examples of the genre, whereas before they’d been few and far between, basically having tailed off following the nadir that was Batman and Robin.

So, with Bryan Singer returning to the franchise for Days of Future Past, it was cool of Virgin Movies to commission another ‘Things you didn’t know about’ piece, following Iron Man, Star Trek, Superman, Wolverine and Robocop which you can see collated on my portfolio here.

I suggested splitting the twenty facts into past and present so that it would play nicely against the titular future past. Then what’s interesting is you get an extra level to it, where you have James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender playing the ‘past’ versions of Professor Xavier and Magneto, but of course they’re also the younger actors who are attached to the franchise in the present.

Naturally many more characters might have been included, but it would have quickly got to a point where the relative scale of characters would have been too small compared to the text, so having two character portraits in each ‘wedge’ around the X for the facts felt like the most effective way to go.

Really looking forward to seeing the movie ASAP!

Infernal Affairs glow in the dark poster – limited edition prints available here.

Back in March I took part in Bottleneck Gallery’s ‘When the Lights Go Out 2’ exhibition in NYC. I created my first ever screen print for the show, inspired by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s Infernal Affairs, the brilliant Hong Kong movie that inspired Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. I felt that the story of the police planting a mole in the triads (and vice versa), with the characters hiding their true allegiances from each other, provided the perfect theme for a glow in the dark poster.

Being accustomed to simply painting my digital art as I see fit and sending it off to the printer, it was really interesting (and at times quite challenging!) to rewire my ‘art brain’ in order to create a screen print, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.

The Half and Half were recommended to me by the gallery, and I worked with Sara, who proved to be invaluable throughout the process. I knew in general of course that I needed to be able to split my art up into colour layers, but I certainly learnt a lot about the nuances of screen printing along the way.

The key thing was to be able to work in my normal style, albeit leaving the blacks and outlines a bit bolder than I often would, and thanks to a little test on an old illustration, it suddenly clicked and I knew I could make it work, basically using a halftone effect so that I could paint in my normal way and automatically stipple the steps between colours. I felt the final effect also really suits the gritty theme of the piece.

Whilst the printer were able to send me a couple of snaps of the final print, it wasn’t until a few weeks later that I was able to see the lovely work they’d done in person.

Over the weekend I finally took some photos of the print, including setting up the tripod and doing some longer exposures to capture the glow in the dark version. So, the photos are a tad brighter than the real effect, but it certainly shows up, and I still get a kick out of seeing the other details appear. What’s especially cool is hiding things in the shadows (which is really just the white of the paper) where you haven’t used the glow in the dark ink.

Anyway, I thought I’d post some of the photos so you can see the details of the print. My original post (with an animated gif – yeah!) can be found here and the print can still be purchased here.

'Times are Hard for Dreamers', My Amélie inspired print for Gallery1988's 10 year anniversary exhibition, is now available to buy in a limited edition of 20 prints for a very reasonable $30 each.

For more info see my original post.

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