One Christmas gift down...

I drew Asgardian Storm as a Christmas gift for my BFF Camisha, who is probably the biggest Storm fan in the world.  Looks like she got it in the mail this week...

Biting Is Wack

Sigh...  I really don't have time to write this post, but it seems that I must briefly address a little bit of art theft. 

3 Steps to Killing the "Starving Artist" mindset (and some new art) by Samax

Here's a piece I did for an art contest on Facebook. I hate contests for all sorts of reasons, but I took it as an opportunity to start a discussion about the "Starving Artist Mindset" and the importance of teaching artists of all sorts to overcome it.

"Surfin'" art print by Samax Amen

I'm currently offering premium giclée prints on high-quality paper stock of Surfin' a digital drawing I made a few years ago.  This vector image was created completely in Adobe Illustrator. The  available premium giclée prints are available in multiple sizes while supplies last.

UNCHAINED tees are almost gone!

If you've been thinking about buying one of these UNCHAINED teeshirts, this is the time to do it.  I have run out of some sizes and only have a few left sizes small, medium, large, and XL. 
All orders are GREATLY appreciated!

Rent is Due Monday. Checking balance... CARTOON PORTRAIT SALE!

I have a little bit of a gap to close to get the rent paid on Monday, so I figured I'd offer ONE FREE UPGRADE on any Cartoon Portrait order submitted this weekend. 

Get some inspiration from "Punches of Pink"

Dallas area artist, photographer, and entrepreneur Jen Shu of Pink Light Images contracted me to create this artwork to be the banner for her inspirational video testimonial series Punches of Pink, and I am happy to unveil it for you now!

My Cartoon Portraits make great birthday gifts, apparently...

 Like the poster I made for Ari that I posted last week, both of these latest Cartoon Portraits were purchased as birthday gifts, of course we will leave the names out in case anyone googles themselves before the birthday reveal...

For everyone asking about that STORM fan art

The homie Camisha (a serious Storm appreciator) shared my STORM fanart print on Instagram, so people are asking about it.

Just some doodles...

I got into the bad habit of posting my doodles on social media and not dropping them over here first (or at all), and I am correcting that. I am working to diminish my social media presence as I increase my email list subscribers, and focus my efforts more and more on my blogs and my email newsletter.  Anyways, here's a dump of sweet sweet sketches for those who missed 'em...

"The Dragon Queen" by Samax Amen

If you've been a fan of my art for very long, you're probably already familiar with Seattle-based jewelry designer Camisha Jackson, a frequent subject of my portraits and sketches.  The first drawing I did of her was as a character called the Dragon Lady (Camisha hearts dragons), back in the Myspace Era.  Since then, the Dragon Lady has ascended to the throne of whatever afrofuturistic fantasy realm she inhabits, as evidenced by the title of this piece...

Kid Carvers commission drawing

So I needed some money one day, so instead of asking for money, I offered a one day sale where customers who bought an issue of Kid Carvers & The Backyard Bike Bandits from the GM store got a free sketch of the Carver twins.  The offer got lots of likes, shares and a few comments, but only one customer.  So here's what I drew for him...

5 Items I am grateful to own

Today's Daily Health Challenge: "Walk around your home and notice 5 useful items that you feel grateful to own".  I strongly believe in the cultivation of gratitude, so I did a quick list, and encourage you to do it too!

I want to make 2017 a BREAKTHROUGH year!

I was born on March 22nd, 1973 which means this year I turned 44 years old.  This past year was filled with plenty of ups and downs, and I want to thank God, as well as my friends, fans, and family who helped me get through all of it.  So far in 2017, I have been living strictly from money made from art.  It has been VERY rough, but this year with your help, I want to use my birthday week to launch into the most successful year I've ever had as an artist!

"Stream of Consciousness" by Samax Amen (03/2017)

Here's a bunch of detail photos and notes about my new piece, Stream of Consciousness.  This one is another example of a piece where I made it up as I went along, not really sure if it would become a "real" piece of art, or just practice...

"Love Seat" a painting by Samax Amen

I was recently commissioned by my longtime friend and patron Cathy Hutchison to create a painting.  Because she is a fan of the way my mind works (and a really awesome lady), Cathy just pointed out a couple of my previous pieces and explained what appealed to her about them, but released me to do whatever I wanted within those loose parameters.

Check out these pages I drew for KID CARVERS & THE BACKYARD BIKE BANDITS

Busy, busy, busy... I was fortunate to get to contribute some artwork to Kid Carvers: Engineers of the Impossible, a comic starring Marley and Charlie Carver, young twins who are genius-level inventors and detectives.  Here's some pages I drew for Kid Carvers & the Backyard Bike Bandits.

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