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Gabourey Sidibe - Portrait by Sam Spratt

A while back, I asked Gabby to come to my studio. Work immediately began and the beginnings of several sketches and pieces started to come together, but I didn’t want to rush the main painting so I shelved it while the usual pattern of clients interrupting personal work took over. Many paintings never get finished or see the light of day, both personal and professional, but Gabby was special. I wrote these notes back during her visit:

Her time in my studio was mostly light, filled with her bubbly energy as we cracked open some beers, exchanged embarrassing drinking stories, taking group photos as if we’d known each other for more than the actual hour we had, and her trying to convince me that she has an actual medical condition where she finds everything adorable. You’d be fooled too if you were lied to by an Oscar-nominated actress with her talent. But when I asked her, stripped of any pretension, that if I were to paint her, how she’d like to be portrayed, she said “I don’t really care about how I’m portrayed” and then she paused and continued “I guess … did you ever watch the show Community? Ya know how the school’s mascot is the human being? I mean, I don’t want to be a grey faceless spandex blob like that, but I’d like to just be a human being. Not someone’s message or idea of what I stand for because of what I look like, just a human, how you’d paint me if I were anyone else".


New York based illustrator and painter Sam Spratt (b. 1989)

Sam is a 26 year-old illustrator and painter. His technique is built off of classical oil-painting training and translated to the fast-paced digital world.

He graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2010. Since then, he’s worked with celebrities, publications, and corporations worldwide.His work has been featured and interviewed in outlets such as PBS, ImagineFX, Print Magazine, Complex, NME, Pitchfork, Maxim, The Daily Dot, and MTV.

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Artist Sam Spratt Paints a Striking Portrait of Gabourey Sidibe.

When asked how she wanted to be represented Sidibe told Spratt,

“[…]I’d like to just be a human being. Not someone’s message or idea of what I stand for because of what I look like, just a human, how you’d paint me if I were anyone else.“

You might also recognize Spratt as the artist behind Janelle Monáe’s The Electric Lady album cover.

American Royalty by Sam Spratt
[Available Today: September 25th]

American Royalty is a collection of limited-edition illustration prints inspired by the music of Childish Gambino. The series was commissioned by Childish Gambino and created by acclaimed illustrator Sam Spratt.

New York, NY: “American Royalty” is a series of illustrations created exclusively for Childish Gambino by New York City-based artist Sam Spratt. Much like the music on Gambino’s latest mixtape, “Royalty,” the modern scenes of Americana depicted in the pieces address themes of struggle, family, intimacy, simple pleasures and other experiences that are relevant to rap culture, but are often not explored.

 “The pieces are littered with tiny nods, details, and Easter eggs that Childish fans will appreciate, but really these are the stories of many people—not just one. The chance to paint vignettes based on Donald’s music, and the genres it’s born from, wasn’t something I would ever pass up.” –Sam Spratt, Artist

“Sam’s an amazing artist. I’ve been following his work online for a long time. He has a great aesthetic that reminds me of Norman Rockwell, a man who I think is one of the greatest and most underrated artists in American history. Donald and I reached out to him about creating a series of images to go along with the music for the mixtape ‘Royalty’. Most of the illustrations for the project were based on pictures we took of family and friends in March, while we were in Atlanta waiting for Donald’s broken foot to heal so we could start his tour.” –Ibra Ake, Art Director

About the Artwork:

  • Only 28 copies of each print will be available for sale.
  • Each illustration is printed on thick matte paper with a light-fastness rating of over 100 years.
  • Each print will be individually signed and numbered by the artist, Sam Spratt.
  • The individual will be delivered to collectors in flat, rigid containers, to avoid damage and curling caused by tubed shipping.
  • Price: $80 each excluding shipping and tax and are available at

1) Leonard Hofstadter & Sheldon Cooper by Vlad Rodriguez on Tumblr

2) Emmet Brown by Mike Mitchell on Tumblr 

3) Steve Jobs by Steve Rude

4) Walter White by Sam Spratt on Tumblr

5) The Algorithm by Alice X. Zhang on Tumblr  

6) Unstable Peter Bishop by syllirium on Tumblr

7) Lex Luthor by Lee Bermejo

8) Tony Stark by Gerald Parel on Tumblr

9) Doctor Octopus by Kaare Andrews 

10) Doctor Doom by Glenn Fabry


Presently, only my contest winners and Industrial Light & Magic own my 'Gilded I’ piece, but I have teamed up with 1xRuns to offer a limited TIMED edition of it. That means this RUN will be on sale from 12pm EST today until September 28th at 3pm EST. The edition will be set to the number sold during that time and will close precisely at 3pm EST on September 28th. I wanted to find a way to get this to you all, do so in a way that lets everyone who follows me an equal chance of getting one, offer it for a fraction ( 1/6th ) of what I normally charge for limited edition prints, make sure they’re printed at 13”x19” on thick 330gsm archival fine art paper, and individually signed/numbered to boot. If this goes well, I will try to do things like this more often. Ships worldwide and you can purchase it directly with a frame through 1xRuns.


The Space Age Artwork Behind Logic’s New Album, ‘The Incredible True Story’

To see more of Logic’s photos and Sam’s artwork, check out @logic301 and @samspratt on Instagram. For more music stories, head to @music.

For the cover of his second record, The Incredible True Story, Logic (@logic301) had a specific image in mind. So he recruited Sam Spratt (@samspratt), who he collaborated with on his debut album, to help bring it to life.

“Sam will give me exactly what I want, but sometimes make it better,” says Logic. “I just rap. This dude is the artist.”

The 25-year-old emcee was looking for an image that a) encompassed the record’s futuristic plotline and b) was inspired by a still from Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou — a wide shot of the film’s main characters sitting front and center in a submarine. Logic had come across the photo by accident after opening a book dedicated to the director.

“I swear to God, I took a book and I opened it — and it opened to that picture,” he says. “I was like, wow, this is amazing.”

After relaying the information to Sam, the artist got to work, creating something that felt true to Logic and the album’s storyline, which takes place in 2065 after Earth has been deserted and what’s left of humanity lives in a space station.

“A lot of it was just creating a still from a movie because the album itself is a cinematic experience,” says Sam, “and the art needed to reflect that.”

The final piece, which takes place inside a ship, has 12 characters, with the rapper sitting in the middle, along with members of his team and characters in the record’s story positioned next to him. (If you look closely, you’ll be able to see Sam himself peeking out from behind the shadows.)

“He was able to create a ship where, not everybody but damn near everybody that made this album what it was, was part of the cover,” says Logic. “And yet, because of the color of the flight suit, it draws the eye straight to me, straight to the middle, straight to what the consumer is looking for.”

Now, the finished cover isn’t just on the album, it’s been slapped on the side of a giant tour bus that Logic has been traveling across the country in, surprising his fans and playing them a few cuts from the new record.

“I’ve noticed every single place I go, the music is a big part of it, but the biggest part is the message and the actual lyrics. It’s an era where everybody is talking about the beat and the melody. So to know that they love the beat and the melody, but they [also] love the message, that is what drives them to listen to it, is insane. That’s why I’m excited.”

—Instagram @music