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Samantha Mash Illustration
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samanthamash · 3 days ago
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Tomorrow is the last day to pledge and get “Ox and Oranges” as your monthly mini print at my Patreon. Next month’s print will be “Pears”.

What is a Patreon? It is a monthly membership platform where creators provide exclusive content in exchange for pledges.

My Patreon has four tiers you can pledge at, and each provides a different set of rewards that range from casual blog posts, to behind the scenes work, to tutorials, to art advice, and of course the monthly mini prints at the top tier. All tiers have a one time tier sticker that is exclusive to Patreon (and since there is always some confusion here, one time means there is one sticker I will send you—not monthly stickers) Check it all out for yourself at www.patreon.com/samanthamash

Patreon has been the main tool that allowed me to finally be a full time artist! I am endlessly thankful for everyone past and present who supports me there. I always appreciate the help I get there for as long or as short as anyone wants to pledge, there is no obligation to stay (though if you pledge for a full calendar year you get a discount!).

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samanthamash · 6 days ago
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A send off to a long winter season using bright colors and fruits that remind us of warmth.

All three are for sale at my Inprnt and all but the Pears are for sale at my Etsy now!

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samanthamash · 8 days ago
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Just a girl and her cat. I’ve worn pretty much the same thing for the past year: workout pants, sweaters, and sneakers (and of course my masks).

What has been your go to outfit this last year? 👟

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samanthamash · 15 days ago
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I recently did my first cover for WE CAN BE HEROES by the lovely Kyrie McCauley for Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of HarperCollins Children)!

Big thanks to Joel Tippie for being such a wonderful AD throughout the whole process, and letting me try out ideas that fell outside the brief! 

I believe the book is already up on Goodreads and will be in print on 9/7/21!

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samanthamash · 16 days ago
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This will start off slow, but since I don’t always trust social media to be around forever I started a newsletter sign up on my website. I’ll be using it to let people know ahead of time when product launches will be happening before the general public. 

I guess it could evolve from there, but overall I just want it to be a way for folks who, say, want a first preview of originals or the exact time a pin will launch to know when products are up.

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samanthamash · 20 days ago
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A mini Ox and Oranges print or sticker is ready to go home with you. You can find them both at www.etsy.com/shop/samanthamash

I will also be sending a free mini print of stock I am trying to get rid of with every purchase while supplies last!

There are a limited supply of the stickers, which I made larger than I normally do at 4” high, but more are coming in within the week. So if you miss out just check back again in the future.

Want to save 3 USD or more on getting this mini print? Pledge at my Patreon at the Sovereign tier and get a mini print sent to you anywhere in the world for only 10 USD a month. This covers everything, including shipping (yes even international shipping). Being a Sovereign tier member comes with other perks too, like a one time tier level sticker, monthly art advice, behind the scenes, some tutorials, and a new feature called “Daily Life” where I make small blog style posts about what is going on in my business behind the scenes. It is a fun place!Check it out at www.patreon.com/samanthamash

If you want a larger print of Ox and Oranges, you can find those at www.inprnt.com/gallery/samanthamash/

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samanthamash · 24 days ago
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Made a little present for @violentcosmos for her birthday today! It is her cat Maddie! ✨🐈

Go wish her a happy day if you follow her and if you don’t I’d suggest it, her art is great! We’ve been through one hell of a year together, she is my roommate, and deserves to have the best of birthdays.

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samanthamash · 28 days ago
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For those at the Protector tier and up I have 37 Art Blog posts up at www.patreon.com/samanthamash.

Not art this time sorry! Just wanted to update my current list of posts! I have been putting out a monthly art related blog post, the topic voted on by my Patrons, since 2018. The core of every post is being helpful to both those who are new to art or who have been creating for a long time. The main theme running through all of the posts is unlearning toxic art practices that cause burn out, self doubt, and stress.

Topics cover business, but also go into well being and how to cope with some of the more difficult parts of being an artist. Well being and mental health is often overlooked in our line of work, and I don’t think it needs to be. While I am only one person with a singular view of the experience of being in this industry I try to break down the walls of secrecy and be open and honest about my path to this place. If you have questions on any post too on Patreon I always make sure to answer them. It is can be a dialogue as much as it is me presenting and breaking down a topic.

You can pledge for as long or as short as you want. There is absolutely no pressure to stick around forever. My Patreon has four tier levels, and you can learn more about them at the link above!

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samanthamash · a month ago
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Ox and Oranges for the Year of the Ox.

Bovine are one of my favorite things to draw, I can’t really say why, but they are made out of some of the best shapes and are very fun to stylize.

You can buy large prints of this at www.inprnt.com/gallery/samanthamash.

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samanthamash · a month ago
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New mini prints are here! You may have already seen the Pomegranates and Persimmons in my shop, but if not here is a reminder that they are there. Epiphany is now also up for sale and ready to help bring you some hope for peace and prosperity in the new year. All mini prints are 13 USD, with 2 USD shipping within the US and only 3 USD shipping to anywhere else in the world. Yep, you read that right, 3 USD to ship any paper goods from my shop to anywhere in the world. Only pins are excluded from this worldwide flat shipping fee (they need customs forms and to ship anything with a customs form is more expensive). I’m always happy to see a returning customer or a brand new face picking something up for their home.

Want an even better deal? Well these Epiphany mini prints will also be the Sovereign tier reward for those at my Patreon this month. Pledge at that tier for 10 USD monthly (or pledge for the whole year with a discount of 15% off for that full year subscription) and you will get this print this month and more mini prints going forward for as long as you pledge at that tier. That 10 USD pledge covers shipping too, even if you live outside the US. You can find my Patreon at learn more.

So feel free to check out these new three, or anything else in my shop or pledge at my Patreon at the Sovereign tier before Feb 1st to get Epiphany in your mailbox soon! You can find either by typing in the URLs above in this post or going to my Linktree on my Insta homepage and going from there.

You can buy large prints of these at www.inprnt.com/gallery/samanthamash too.

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samanthamash · a month ago
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I am calling this piece “Epiphany”. I started this piece maybe 2 years ago? You may remember seeing a WIP of it. Never finished it. I started this up again as an illustration with a wish of calm and personal peace, similar to last year when I drew “The Sun Always Rises”. I wanted to finish it by Jan 1st, then Jan 5th, but life just keeps hitting.

This past year has been eye opening. People who I thought would care, did not care. People I thought I knew, proved they are not the people I don’t need to know. The road that is right is often a hard road, one that forces you to be uncomfortable and confront difficult things. You mess up, you learn, you start again. To see so many just absolutely ignore reality, pain, upset, and live life as if we didn’t have the most horrifying year I can remember though rocked me to my core. I’ve always been cynical, but this was more than even I could expect. We all deserve happiness and peace, but happiness cannot come because of ignorance and selfishness. That happiness is a form of toxic positivity and toxic positivity doesn’t have a place in our world.

On the other hand I saw people who I never thought would come to my aid, come and help me, my friends, and my family. Strangers, people I don’t know that well, or people I only know through the internet. Their kindness kept me from totally breaking and delving into what I can only imagine would have been a truly dark place. They brought me a grounded positivity, a positivity rooted in awareness and care.

This piece is still a wish of calm and personal peace, but it is also a wish for those to see others and make efforts to truly reach out, to truly assist others, to truly make an effort to make the world around them better. We cannot hide our heads in the sand and we can not live a life without thinking about the impact our actions have on others and the world as a whole.

You can buy large prints of this at www.inprnt.com/gallery/samanthamash and mini prints and stickers will come to my Etsy next week of the set.

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samanthamash · 2 months ago
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The winter solstice arrives and brings our darkest days, but within all absence of light life remains.

 You can buy large prints of this at www.inprnt.com/gallery/samanthamash and mini prints and stickers will come to my Etsy next week of the set.

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samanthamash · 2 months ago
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Well it is time for another #artvsartist! It has been a very turbulent year to say the least, globally but also very much so personally for me. I started the year off with a severely cut finger and got nerve damage, then my mother had heart surgery, my cat Seti had dental surgery and then complications after it, freelance jobs dried up overnight when COVID hit (though have since returned thankfully), I dealt with the quitting my teaching job in June due to a variety of systemic and personal issues (which left me in a deep depression for months), which also meant I went full time with my freelance career for the first time in my life, COVID caused a huge anxiety spike for me in late spring to the point where I was uncontrollably shaking for weeks with near daily migraines (this has luckily evened out), my roommate developed shingles due to (what we think) was stress around that same time, my only living grandmother fell and hurt herself resulting in a stay at the hospital, and my bad neighbor situation escalated to the point where my roommate and I feared for our safety. It just felt like wave after wave of personal upheaval and sudden life altering moments. Big changes came into my life, but I’m trying to find some positivity in all of the extremely emotional and taxing times this year has brought.

Most importantly my mother, cat, and grandmother have either recovered or are recovering. Personally I am finding more work than I ever thought I could as a full time freelancer, I did finally move with my roommate to a new place that is more than we could have ever dreamed of as far as a living situation, I’m looking to expand my personal home studio space which means I can take on bigger and more exciting personal merchandise endeavors, and my mental health since I quit teaching and now with this big move have just significantly improved.

I know I thank the folks who follow my work all the time, but it really is because without you all none of my life and being an artist (and now being a completely independent freelance artist) would be possible. From the bottoms of everything I have, thank you for supporting me through this absolutely overwhelming year.

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samanthamash · 2 months ago
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The collection of persimmons brings in a warm harvest in a cold season. Each one a colorful reminder of the growing chill in the air.

As a child I grew up with a persimmon tree in my front yard. My maternal grandmother lived with us and would watch and take care of me when my parents worked. Both of my parents worked a lot so I spent a ton of time around her. In the Fall she would take me outside with a fruit picker basket and try to get every single one off of this very large, old tree and we’d collect these giant piles of Fuyu persimmons. It was a special time, and so these fruits are very close to my heart.

You can buy large prints of this at www.inprnt.com/gallery/samanthamash and mini prints and stickers will come to my Etsy next week of the set.

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samanthamash · 3 months ago
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New pins are up for sale! While these were meant to be sold in early October, circumstances kept that from happening. Luckily things have seemed to work out. Buy a Sphinx or Ginkgo Leaves pin now at my Etsy!

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samanthamash · 3 months ago
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Since the radar feature I got a decent number of new followers here. I’m not sure how many knew about my art before or not, but for those who didn’t thank you for liking my work enough to follow it.

For those who don’t already know me, I’m Samantha. I’m an illustrator of Eastern European and Jewish descent who makes her living off of editorial (what does that mean? I do art for magazines and newspapers. Some clients include Eater, Outside Magazine, The Marshall Project, New Republic, The New York Times, and Scientific American), media (what does that mean? I do art for books/comics ((though I do not make comics)), like covers or promo art. Some clients include BOOM! Studios, DC Comics, Hank Green, HarperCollins, and Penguin Publishing) and personal illustration work. I do not really do personal or private commissions (just a mention since I do get asked it a lot). I occasionally do gallery exhibitions, mostly with Spoke Art and Gallery Nucleus. I’ve worked a lot of odd jobs to get here from food service to design to social media management to education, but in the summer of 2020 I finally went full time with my freelance art career!

While from California, I have lived in Oregon for many years now. I own a black cat named Seti and many plants. I’m actually in the dead middle of a move right now, so I really hope to have more pets and greenery in the near-ish future. Maybe a dog sibling for Seti? My personal interests/pursuits usually revolve around zoology, botany, pomology, matcha, oversized sweaters, dog watching at the park, walking for miles and miles, sustainability, and social equity. I suffer from chronic migraines and an anxiety disorder.

My personal art is heavily focused on symbolism and the human form which I use to explore concepts of vulnerability, identity, anxiety, repression, and freedom. I am currently focused on pushing the space between line work, shapes, and light to create a sense of fluidity, color, and form. My main medium is working digitally, at the moment with photoshop and an old wacom intuos tablet. I do however occasionally work traditionally with gouache paint and poscas.

Anyway, thanks for sticking around I’ll be posting more art after my move. In the meantime if you like what you see you can always buy my work at my Inprnt and Etsy!

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samanthamash · 3 months ago
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Another editorial piece I did this year. This time for New Republic about the California wildfires and what it means to be a Californian during such intense times of climate change.

I really enjoyed how this one turned out, and as a person who was born and raised in California it was near and dear to my heart.

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samanthamash · 3 months ago
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I’m an editorial illustrator when I do freelance work. What does that mean? I make art for magazine articles. I also have been known to do book covers. 

People sometimes think I do comics, or graphic design and I get lots of inquiries about if I can do that for them–but I don’t really do that work.

This piece was done for Quanta about COVID-19 and how our different genes may allow us to be more or less susceptible to getting it (and/or getting it severely).

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