Illustrator Sam Kalda has made work for clients including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, but we were delighted to find while scrolling through his website that it’s not only his editorial work that he has published online. You can also see early ideas from his sketchbooks, including patterns, typography, portraits and illustrated maps and buildings in with the more polished pieces, and there’s a certain fearlessness to posting publishing preliminary sketches online for the world to see which appeals to the nosy neighbours in us.
As with many editorial illustrators though, the real skill in Sam’s work is his ability to explore a narrative through his images; adding depth and new dynamics to characters through nothing but the quirk of an eyebrow or the way objects are positioned on their bookshelf. How exactly he’s going to find room for more in what it already a very complete collection remains to be seen, but we sure intend to keep an eye on this one.
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