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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Well seeing as it’s the #‎DayofDredd I figured I should ‘do my bit’ and (re)post this piece I did inspired by the movie last year. Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby were fantastic in the movie so of course we want a sequel!

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Dredd/Anderson

Finally caught Dredd over the weekend. Loved 2000AD when I first discovered it around age 12, and the gritty taut feel of this adaptation really hit the spot for me. It certainly doesn’t mess about for a single moment (well, despite the Slo-Mo!), and I felt inspired to capture the visages of Dredd and Anderson.

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Private commission of Chris Evans as the ‘First Avenger’. This was presented to a big fan of the character on their last day at work.

If you’d like to commission something for yourself, a loved one, a colleague or any other human in your life, then why not check out a few recent examples in this Facebook album I recently created. Prices start from £100.

Sorry for reposting, but wanted to let you know that the prints are NOW ON SALE (16 left at time of posting)

Huge thanks to everyone who picked up a print. Now SOLD OUT.

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We were afraid of a Doomsday gap (for Spoke Art’s Stanley Kubrick tribute show, September 2014)

18” x 24” giclée, available in a numbered edition of 40. Exhibition opens Saturday September 6th, and remaining prints will go on sale online early the following week.

Absolutely love this film, and thought it would be interesting to approach as a character collage, especially with Peter Sellers featuring three times.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (commissioned by Paramount Pictures)

Earlier this year at Manchester’s Blab I spoke about some of the things I loved as a kid, such as how in the 80s, Ninjas were everywhere, which was just fine with me. While I didn’t get chance to mention the Turtles specifically in the talk, I clearly remember discovering the Eastman/Laird comics in a local (and sweaty) comic shop aged twelve (which sadly closed many years ago, though there is still a good local shop in the town called Close Encounters) and being hooked. Raphael’s sai seemed like such exotic/cool weapons so I certainly drew him the most. Of course in the UK any self-respecting burgeoning geek had to get their hands on the American comics because in the cartoons we didn’t get Ninjas at all, only the more generic and ‘safer’ sounding ‘Heroes’. 

The point is that the twelve year old me would have been very excited if he could have know that one day he’d get commissioned by Paramount Pictures to create an alternative poster to accompany the launch of a new movie about those green heroes in their half-shells, and that’s exactly what you’ll find above.

Several other artists have been commissioned and the collected works can be found at the Legend of the Yokai campaign site. Here’s the direct link to mine.

In terms of the piece itself, I wanted the composition to be really dynamic, self-contained but leading your eyes around from character to character. I felt that the laboratory tubes you see in the trailer filling up with green liquid (which presumably are in some way connected with the origin of the Turtles) represented a perfect device for framing the characters, although importantly, their signature weapons all overlap this flowing frame.

The whole process was a smooth one. I presented a few possible layouts to Paramount and actors Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner all approved their likenesses on the first attempt to win their approval. Thanks to Paramount for the opportunity.

'We've done the impossible, and that makes us mighty' (Inspired by Firefly for Gallery1998 X Joss Whedon, LA, September 2014)

The edition of 20 prints sold out at the weekend, and thanks to a busy week I hadn’t had chance to post on here. I do have a handful of artist proofs though, so please drop me an email (which you’ll find on the about page of my portfolio) if you’d like to get your hands on one.

Firefly is (sadly, was) a fantastic show driven by its characters, and I thought it would be interesting to literally place the characters as satellites around Nathan Fillion’s Captain Mal.

We were afraid of a Doomsday gap (for Spoke Art’s Stanley Kubrick tribute show, September 2014)

18” x 24” giclée, available in a numbered edition of 40. Exhibition opens Saturday September 6th, and remaining prints will go on sale online early the following week.

Absolutely love this film, and thought it would be interesting to approach as a character collage, especially with Peter Sellers featuring three times.

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Private commission of Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan from Flash Gordon. 

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KUBRICK: An Art Tribute Show to the Films of Stanley Kubrick" at Spoke Art.

Spoke Art will be presenting over 60 artist’s work of art dedicated to Stanley Kubrick in their new show “KUBRICK” which opens on Saturday, September 6th in San Francisco, California.  Kubrick is responsible for some of the greatest films in history, which leaves plenty of room for contributing artists to draw from.  The work above is by Tracie Ching, Kate Copeland, Epyon5, Bartosz Kosowaski, Sam Gilbey and Guillaume Morellec.

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Huge thanks to supersonic art for including my Dr. Strangelove inspired piece in their preview of Spoke Art’s new show.

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. 

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